Yammer Available to Everyone as Default EnterPrise Social Network in Office 365

Bing now power Siri's web search in iOS 7. Yammer as the primary enterprise social experience available to all in Office 365. Microsoft explains "Automatic Maintenance" in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Yammer, Microsoft's primary enterprise social experience is now available in Office 365 for everyone.

In additon, Microsoft notes, that next month it will deliver the new "Yammer app for SharePoint," as well as "guidance on how to integrate Yammer with SharePoint 2013 on-premises."

Though, "SharePoint Newsfeed is the primary social experience in Office 365, organizations can now choose to switch their Enterprise Social Collaboration setting to Yammer, and make Yammer your primary experience," Microsoft Office team wrote.

Microsoft recommend to use Yammer, as it is "committed to making it the underlying social layer for all its products."

To use Yammer, just go to the SharePoint admin center and select Use Yammer.com service. After making this change, "Yammer will replace Newsfeed in the navigation. You can still access the SharePoint Newsfeed through Sites, and your users will continue to be able to follow sites, documents and tags," explains office team.

Yammer default enterprise social network in Office 365

Apple has integrated Bing search in to the new iOS 7 mobile operating system unveiled at the WWDC, Microsoft also announced that starting this fall, the "decision engine will now power web search results from Siri, iPhone's voice-controlled personal assistant."

"Making sure customers can have access to the power of Bing where and when they need it has been a big focus of the work we have done over the past few years, and we are excited to work with Apple to deliver it to Siri users this fall," writes Bing exec Derrick Connell in a blog post.

Bing already integrates with a wide range of Microsoft devices and services, from Xbox to Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.

While, Apple was busy unveiling its new mobile operating system, iOS7, refreshed MacBook Airs, new cylinder form MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks, iTune Radio--Microsoft aired a new television advertisement featuring Windows Phone 8 powered Nokia Lumia 920.

Microsoft touts Lumia 920 as the "smartphone of the year" and even compares it to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3.

On a side note, Microsoft is calling all U.S. partners to register for the 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas in July 8-11, where it will share the company's strategies, initiatives and roadmaps for the coming year; and also what's new with the Microsoft Partner Network.

You'll also get tons of opportunities to share experiences, make connections and find new ideas for building your business.

Microsoft explains how to manage updates with deadlines in an era of automatic maintenance coming with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 onwards.

Unitl now, Windows Update used to manage its own internal scheduling for checking, downloading, and installing updates, and Agent was always running in the background, consuming memory and other system resources. Now, Windows 8 introduced a new feature called "Automatic Maintenance," which runs nightly and performs various tasks such as lightly defragmenting hard drives (or TRIMming SSDs if necessary), checking, repairing, and optimizing the system component store, running anti-virus scans, installing updates, and more.

"Automatic Maintenance runs once a day by default, and due to the consolidation of maintenance tasks there isn't a way to individually specify which maintenance tasks run on which days," explains Microsoft.

Adding, the company says, "this works because if you have set a deadline, WUA will enforce that deadline even outside of the Automatic Maintenance window, and even if updates are set not to install automatically. The computer will be rebooted (if needed) at the end of the installation process."

"You need to make sure that all the updates you care about have deadlines assigned to them. If you neglect to assign a deadline and you've instructed Automatic Updates to not be automatically installed otherwise, you could be leaving your network in a less secure state if your users don't manually install those updates," Microsoft said.

WSUS also provides administrators with a way to control when patches get installed and PCs get rebooted.

"You can limit reboots to "service time" windows if you approve all updates with deadlines during your desired service windows. Machines that are powered off during the service window will be automatically updated when they are powered on once again," Microsoft added.

Microsoft making some serious efforts to support its users, get familiarized with Windows 8, pushed two new video clicps.

Update: Windows 8.1 Preview unveiling at the BUILD developer conference. While, according to some reports, "Windows 8.1 could hit RTM in early August, approximately one month after the public beta gets to see daylight."

Either way, here are the details of the preview builds of Windows 8.1 prepared by Microsoft for its partners:

Milestone 1

Milestone 2
6.3.9415.0.fbl_partner _out22.130525-0845

Milestone Preview

Also, a couple of concept screenshots leaded today showing of some major UI improvements for the Windows 9, which is slated for 2014.

The first screenshot below shows a new concept Start screen, that borrows cues from the Windows Phone platform, but adopted in a much simpler and cleaner appearance.

The second screen below shows a concept File Explorer, with more focused on the Metro UI, while also bringing the libraries in the spotlight.

Windows 9 concept File Explorer

Windows 9 concept Start screen