Windows IT Pro 2016-04-11 14:18:00

Microsoft and others predict automated assistants are the way of the future. Now they have their own app store

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has made clear: One of the next big platforms for Microsoft is bots, largely behind-the-scenes AI assistants that can do your bidding without so much as a click. Now there’s a directory to help find those bots across a variety of platforms, from Slack and Facebook Messenger to SMS and the web.

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Windows IT Pro 2016-04-04 13:08:00

Microsoft’s betting big that your enterprise will buy into the cloud — and it wants an ecosystem to get you there

T.C. Doyle has a great interview with Microsoft channel chief Phil Sorgen at MSPmentor, where they discuss the opportunity in the cloud ($500 billion by 2020) to how Microsoft will help customers get there (a growing army of trained Cloud Solution Providers). Here’s what you should know.

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Finding Balance in IT

As companies transform into digital organizations, the role of the IT department is being redefined. If business units are taking a larger role in technology decisions and employees are using their own devices, where exactly does IT fit in?

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Report: Microsoft and Canonical bringing Ubuntu to Windows 10 at Build

Finally, the year of Linux on the (Windows) desktop

The Year of Linux on the Desktop became a running joke about a decade ago in the tech community, but now it might finally happen, thanks to some help from an unlikely source: Microsoft.

 Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that at Build, Microsoft and Ubuntu will announce a partnership to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, not just as a virtual machine but actually integrated into Windows 10's Linux subsystems. It's likely to be a fan for web developers used to the full Linux shell but who want to have access to everything .NET offers.

As Vaughan-Nichols reports:

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