Microsoft CEO: tech sector needs to prevent '1984' future

Posted May 13, 2017

Microsoft also revealed an iOS and Android Azure app to enable the management of virtual machines and cloud-hosted apps on the move from a smartphone.

Cosmos wasn't the only piece of database news at the company's Build conference on Wednesday.

Also this week, Samsung-owned Harman Kardon announced the release of its new Invoke speaker powered by Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana and integrating Skype for making calls using the device.

Described by Microsoft as a database built from scratch to "power planet-scale cloud services" with both strong power and fault tolerance capabilities and the ability to handle all manner of data, including documents, graphs, and columnar, Cosmos DB has evolved out of DocumentDB, the NoSQL database service.

What is particularly striking about Cosmos DB is that it's unashamedly created to take full advantage of Microsoft's hyperscale data center infrastructure - running across 27 regions.

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Microsoft also gives developers their choice of container orchestration technology, including Kubernetes, Docker Swarm, and Mesos DC/OS with Azure Container Service.

Azure Government Cloud is a physically isolated instance of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform and is designed for public sector customers. The transition has officially started on May 10 with no additional charge for existing Azure DocumentDB customers.

SEATTLE-In its continued efforts to make Azure a platform that appeals to the widest range of developers possible, Microsoft announced a range of new features at Build, its annual developer conference. For database starters, SQL (which stands for structured query language) is the standard way to interact with relational or other SQL databases.

"Microsoft's serverless offering uniquely includes rich tooling support with Visual Studio, seamless workflow and systems integrations, and built-in DevOps with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), GitHub, and Bitbucket, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft, in a blog post". It is a competitor to Amazon Web Services. AWS added similar capabilities past year, and Oracle responded with a price hike to run its databases on AWS and Azure, as it tries to get more customers for its refactored public cloud.

The company is offering a preview of a database-migration service that takes data from on-premises SQL Server and Oracle databases and migrates it to Azure SQL Database.

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Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 is available in 12 markets across Asia Pacific: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Macao, Philippines, Bangladesh, Brunei, Nepal and Sri Lanka. For a more detailed information about pricing and availability, check out the Azure official website.

Last week, DocuSign said that it has grown its user base 135 percent year-over-year, and has more than 300,000 customers and more than 200 million users.

Nadella's opening keynote signaled an evolution to his signature message of "mobile-first, cloud-first", which is evolving into a message of "an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge", thanks, in part, to the company's growing confidence in its developer tools and services.

Microsoft hinted that there will be more discussion of devices and consumer-facing announcements during tomorrow's keynote.

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