Microsoft Office 365 is now available for government customers in the United States. In a blog post, Microsoft just introduce the "Office 365 for Government," is a "new multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud."
"Like other Office 365 offerings, it includes productivity and collaboration services including Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online, and Office Professional Plus. Customers can contact their Microsoft representative for details and to explore the service," posted Kirk Koenigsbauer, cvp, Microsoft Office Division.
"Office 365 for Enterprises and Government offer the same level of functionality: Both offer a FISMA package and have best-in-class security, transparency, and compliance features," a Microsoft spokesperson said.
"The difference is that Office 365 for Government has a segregated infrastructure for US government customers. If the customer has no special need to be in a tenant community that only has other US Government tenants, then we recommend staying in our Enterprise cloud. If customer has a special regulatory need to migrate, we will help them do so."
Koenigsbauer notes, Microsoft plans to add support for IPv6 in Office 365 for Government by September of this year, "we're taking steps to soon support Criminal Justice Information Security (CJIS) policies," he said.
"Office 365 already supports the most rigorous global and regional standards such as ISO 27001, SAS70 Type II, EU Safe Harbor, EU Model Clauses, the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the US Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the US Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)," he said.
In other Microsoft news,
First, TechEd turns 20.
Microsoft has announced a Windows Azure event scheduled for June 7 "Meet Windows Azure" n San Francisco. According to "Meet Windows Azure" website, the plan seems to be for Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie and some of his team to share some information on June 7, and then follow up with more technical details on Azure to come at TechEd North America, which kicks off on June 11.
Guthrie heads the Azure Application Platform Team, which oversees ASP.Net, IIS, IIS Media Services, Windows Workflow, Windows Communication Foundation, Service Bus, WebMatrix, NodeJS and other developer-centric cloud technologies.
"Antares," the company's new app/sitehosting framework, as well as a technology preview of persistent virtual machines for hosting Linux, are likely to be announced.
Microsoft has also begun sharing publicly its Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) service. For now, the comapny has scheduled to talk WAAD, possibly on its June 7. And, TechEd North America, which kicks off on June 11, will likely be a venue for more WAAD information.
According to Microsoft, WAAD also is enabling single sign-on for Dynamics CRM Online and the Microsoft Windows Intune PC management cloud wares. WAAD also already is being used by select third-party developers to provide single sign-on and identity-management for their Azure-hosted apps, Microsoft execs said.
Microsoft officials are playing up the "social" side of WAAD with promises of future blog posts on how WAAD will allow developers to create apps that connect the directory to other software-as-a-service apps, cloud platforms and social networks. And there will be a mobile angle to WAAD, as well, with promised support for apps running on mobile devices like the iPhone, Microsoft officials said.
"Microsoft makes it easy to 'connect' Windows Azure Active Directory with an existing directory. At the technical level, organizations can enable identity federation and directory synchronization between an existing Active Directory deployment and Windows Azure Active Directory," blogged John Shewchuk, a Microsoft technical fellow working in the identity space.
Moonlight, the open-source implementation of Silverlight for Linux and Unix, is no more. Xamarin, the company behind the Mono open-source implementation of Microsoft's C# and the Common Language Runtime, has abandoned the related Moonlight technology -- according to Xamarin Chief Technology Officer Miguel de Icaza.
"Artificial restrictions" that Microsoft added to Silverlight "made it useless for desktop programming," de Icaza went on to say. He also said that "we no longer believe that Silverlight is a suitable platform for write-once-run-anywhere technology, (as) there are just too many limitations for it to be useful.
"These days we believe that in the C# world the best option is to split the code along the lines of the presentation layer. The user would reuse a core part of their application across all platforms, and write a new UI specifically for each platform they target: iOS with MonoTouch, Android with MonoDroid, Mac with MonoMac, Windows with WPF or Winforms or Mac, Web with ASP.NET and Windows and Linux with Gtk," he told InfoQ.
"It is not write-once-run-everywhere, but the result are applications that can exploit the native facilities and create native experiences on each platform," de Icaza added.
Finally, Hortonworks and Yahoo! announced the 5th annual Hadoop Summit.
The two-day event will be on June 13th - 14th at the San Jose Convention Center and will feature many of the leading thought leaders from the Apache Hadoop community who will showcase successful Hadoop use cases, share development and administration tips and tricks and educate organizations about how to leverage Apache Hadoop as a key component of their enterprise data platform. [via ZDNet]