Feeding America, the United States's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, left its support of Blackberry devices in favor of Windows Phone. The move strengthens Feeding America's capabilities as it complements the organization's use of other Microsoft solutions including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Lync Server 2010.
"Windows Phone provides a level of integration with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Lync Server 2010 that are not available with the iPhone, iPad or Android," said Kevin Lutz, vice president of Technology at Feeding America.
Also, Microsoft today released, the Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B), a technology reference architecture based on Microsoft's platform and services designed to help financial institutions reduce costs and drive strategic growth.
"MIRA-B, a development and delivery framework that helps financial institutions modularize and align business and technology assets, provides clarity on technical capabilities and implementation approaches to support enterprise IT architecture planning. MIRA-B outlines a road map for the future that provides the architectural flexibility to deliver industry solutions on site or in the cloud. As a result, this supports new business models, profit streams and customer experiences that enable financial institutions to leverage technology as a means of being present in the lives of their customers any time, any place, across channels and devices," Microsoft stated.
MIRA-B has already been endorsed by BIAN, as well as several Microsoft technology partners, including Financial Architects, Fiserv, Misys, SunGard, Temenos and Turaz.