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Microsoft: Windows 10 Brings New Opportunities

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Microsoft: Windows 10 Brings New Opportunities

Windows 10 will bring about "a new generation of opportunities" Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella claims at the company's annual shareholders meeting, as part of a glimpse at the future of both Windows and Microsoft itself.

"Windows 10 is the start of a new generation of Windows, that’s more personal," Nadella says. "It will unlock new experiences for customers to work, play and connect."

As such, Windows 10 will not only power PCs, but will serve as a platform for products ranging from small connected "things" lacking a screen to conference room PCs with 90-inch displays. The OS makes a showing at the shareholders meeting (in the shape of a Technical Preview), featuring the comeback of the Start menu, Windows Phone-style live tiles and simplified multitasking.

As mentioned earlier Windows 10 runs on a wide variety of devices, and as such developers will be able to write universal apps, even if the experience will be tailored for each device.

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Europe's Top Software Firms According to Truffle

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Europe's Top Software Firms According to Truffle

Venture capital firm Truffle Capital releases the 9th Truffle 100 Europe list-- the ranking of the top 100 European software vendors (ISVs), a collaboration with analysts CXP and IDC, and Essec Business School.

The top 5 remains unchanged from 2013, and is occupied by SAP, Dassault Systeme, Sage, Hexagon and Wincor Nixdorf. As a result the top 3 European nations also remain the same, being Germany, the UK and France.

The top 5 account for 53% of total European sales and profits, a sign of lasting industry concentration.

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SAP Expands HANA Cloud, IoT Capabilities

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SAP Expands HANA Cloud, IoT Capabilities

SAP announces the addition of further cloud capabilities to HANA 9 at its TechEd event in Berlin-- specifically the so-called "s-innovations," a means to simplify the use of public (SaaS), managed and on-premises clouds.

“We are now redefining the value of enterprise software with the simplicity of SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA," the company claims. "The powerful combination of the SAP HANA innovation platform, our new user experience and SAP’s global cloud will allow companies across the globe to run simple and derive new business value in the digital era.”

As SAP puts it, s-innovations reduce the costs and resources an enterprise or cloud provider needs to allocate to the HANA platform. Such capabilities including support for multiple databases and resource planning services running on a single platform, dynamic tiering and integrated data streaming.

Also announced by SAP at TechEd is a trio of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions-- the Predictive Maintenance and Service solution, Connected Logistics software and the Manufacturing Execution application. All leverage on the HANA Cloud Platform to include predictive analytics, more mobile support and higher business process efficiency.

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How Many Unicorns Are in Europe?

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How Many Unicorns Are in Europe?

Do you know how many "unicorns"-- tech companies worth over $1 billion post-IPO or sale-- Europe has? The answer, according to Atomico Ventures, is 21, with famous names including Skype, Spotify and Mojang.

Other European success stories include Avito, Criteo, King.com, Mobili, Supercell, Wonga and Zoopla, among others.

For the curious, the global Atomico unicorn list names 138 companies divided between N. America (82), Asia (35) and Europe (21). Perhaps tellingly no billion dollar companies hail from MEA or Latin America as yet.

Interestingly the Atomic research also accounts how fast the companies grow into unicorns-- revealing a successful software company takes an average of 6 years. 24 companies even took just 3 years to reach the $1bn mark, most of which were founded in the last 5 years.

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You’ve Been "Apptimized."

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You’ve Been

The problem of installing desktop or virtualized software across the company has been “apptimized;” now it’s as easy as application-packaging-as -a-service.

Today businesses buy software they can’t use,” says Vincent Weberink, CEO of Apptimzed.

And he’s right.

It’s not that companies are buying faulty applications or useless software packages. No, instead they are usually buying excellent software—software that’s usually vital for employees to perform their daily jobs.

Yet once bought, that software still can’t be used straight away. It needs to go through an expert process called “application packaging” to configure and prepare it for deployment in the company’s IT infrastructure. A process that can be days or weeks or months, depending upon the company’s process and capabilities.

And if this is crazy, it’s made even more absurd by the fact we have become inured, accustomed to this “lag” between purchase and use. Imagine buying an auto and having to wait days or weeks to on-board anyone wishing to drive…who would put up with such a major inconvenience?

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