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11 May

Microsoft Continues Its Climb to the Cloud

Microsoft Build 2017 features several cloud-focused panels that will discuss the future of Microsoft's cloud services and improvements to Azure and Office 365. Here are three developments that Microsoft users can expect to see over the next twelve months.

Greater Integration Capabilities

Azure has been gaining momentum and one of the reasons for its growth is its ability to integrate applications. Azure Analysis Services has recently benefited from increased integration. The service now integrates with Azure Active Directory, making the service easily accessible to users within the directory. There are some drawbacks though. Guest users have difficulty gaining access and may have to be manually entered. This flaw will soon be eradicated by a development called Azure AD B2B. Expect to hear more about Azure AD B2B in the coming months.

Microservices and Containers

At Microsoft Build 2017, Microsoft will provide developers with a "road map for the Azure Compute program." The road map includes plans for continuous delivery that relies on improved container services and microservices. Currently, building a container pipeline is an arduous process that involves legacy systems and complicated set-ups. The goal is to create a cloud-native environment that isn't dependent of legacy systems or traditional application designs. An entire session will be dedicated to Node.js Javascript, so expect to see linkages between the Node.js Javascript platform and Azure as a way to improve continuous delivery.

Global Markets

Azure has made an impact in Asian markets, with Microsoft's cloud serving 13 regions on the continent, most recently in Seoul and Busan. Microsoft has also become the cloud provider to India's Flipkart, the largest e-commerce firm in that country. Flipkart plans on using Microsoft's analytics to improve its marketing, advertising and customer service. In addition, Microsoft is exploring new ways to serve its international markets by offering the Azure Intellectual Property Advantage Program. The program will make it easier for customers to manage their intellectual property, patents and legal issues. 

It is obvious that Microsoft's future is in the cloud. To find out more ways Microsoft's future parallels that of your own company, please contact us.

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