Microsoft CityNext, a global initiative to empower city governments, companies and residents to re-imagine their futures and cultivate vibrant communities is announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference.
"Microsoft CityNext brings together an extensive ecosystem powered by Microsoft partner relationships and their technologies and helps urban leaders make the most of their existing investments. Cities can find solutions to their problems using flexible cloud services, enterprise-grade devices and apps for city employees, and big data platforms. This innovation allows critical information to flow seamlessly between municipal departments and among government, businesses and citizens," Microsoft explained.
Also, the company has officially launched its High Performance Buildings Pilot Project, "a new smart buildings initiative aimed at increasing energy efficiency and reducing power consumption through real-time data analysis in the Seattle."
The project introduces a new analytics layer in which a single data repository for all building systems is created, equipping managers with a powerful new tool to analyze the data and optimize building performance.
Working with Seattle and local utility Seattle City Light, Microsoft has joined with the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private collaborative of downtown Seattle property owners and managers that has a goal of reducing their energy use by 50 percent by 2030. Pivotal to the pilot is the Accenture Smart Building & Energy Solutions, which identifies and implements energy savings opportunities, alongside Microsoft's Azure cloud technology.
"The cloud solution will collect data from the myriad systems in those buildings and use data analytics to provide a prescriptive approach to how the building management systems can be tuned to improve energy efficiency," describes Bill Mitchel.
Microsoft also said that it has settled 3,265 copyright infringement cases around the globe during the past year.
"At the end of its fiscal year on June 30, the cases totaled 35 across 19 U.S. states and 3,230 international cases across 42 countries," said David Finn, associate general counsel in the Microsoft Cybercrime Center.
"The majority of Microsoft enforcement cases have resulted from consumer tips and reports, and since 2005, the company has heard from more than 450,000 customers who reported counterfeit software, which was often riddled with malware and viruses or did not work as they expected," added Finn.
Last month at TechEd 2013, we announced Microsoft's agreement to acquire InCycle's InRelease Business Unit, a leading release management solution for .NET and Windows Server applications.
Microsoft completed the acquisition of InRelease and today released the "InRelease for Visual Studio 2013 Preview."
The release management capabilities provided by InRelease offer a critical component of the DevOps workflow, enabling developers to deliver faster and more frequently into production.
"While this preview is available as a separate download, we intend for the InRelease components to be packaged together with Visual Studio Test Professional, Visual Studio Premium, and Visual Studio Ultimate when Visual Studio 2013 ships later this year," Microsoft stated.
You can download the bits here.