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Facebook Launches Partner Programme for Workplace

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Facebook Launches Partner Programme for Workplace

It’s not your son’s Facebook. Now Facebook offers a global partner programme for its Workplace service.

Originally known as Facebook for Work, Workplace is an internal social network for enterprises. The Silicon Valley giant rebrands the service as it makes it available for enterprises globally, to take on the likes of Slack and Microsoft's Yammer.

The top five countries using Workplace are India, the US, Norway, the UK and France.

Companies like CSC, Deloitte Digital, TBWA, SADA Systems, Revevol and others have jumped at the chance to be partners… Read more...

Microsoft Bundles Windows, Office, MDM in Secure Productive Enterprise

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Microsoft Bundles Windows, Office, MDM in Secure Productive Enterprise

Microsoft announces Secure Productive Enterprise (SPE)-- a licensing option covering OS, productivity apps and mobile device management by bundling Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS).

Also included is a selection of collaboration and analytics products, as well as the newly announced Windows Defender Application Guard and enhanced Advanced Threat Protection in order to cover the "secure" part of the SPE name. Windows Defender Application Guard uses Hyper-V virtualisation to sandbox web applications, allowing users to visit and use untrusted sites without the risk of malware infections, and stop targeted spear-phisihing attacks.

It creates a Windows instance in hardware, with a separate kernel and the bare minimum of Windows Platform Services required to run Edge. As a result exploitable resources (such as memory and local storage) are blocked, as is access to credentials. Any malware deposited finds nothing to glean or hook to, and once the browser session it is discarded together with the temporary instance.

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SCC Delivers FPT Software

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SCC Delivers FPT Software

European services business SCC signs a Preferred Partner framework agreement with FPT Software, one covering the delivery of services from the Vietnamese software giant across Europe.

The agreement follows the June 2016 expansion of SCC into Vietnam.

SCC does not currently offer software development services, but the agreement provides it with exclusive access to FPT software application development management services in the UK, France and Spain. It also adds software development capability across a number of IT services, primarily Flex Resourcing and SharePoint solutions.

Also provided by the deal is access to the FPT Cloud Migration service, including migration to Office 365.

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HPE Offloads "Non-Core" Software Assets

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HPE Offloads

HP Enterprise confirms rumours of the sale of its software unit as it offloads of "non-core software assets" to British IT consultancy Micro Focus in a deal worth $8.8 billion.

Among the unloved units making the cut is Autonomy, as ill-fated $11 billion acquisition makes a return to British ownership after all of 5 years under HP ownership. Other software assets sold cover application delivery management, big data, enterprise security, information management and governance, and operations management.

"Services and Software remain key enablers of HPE's go-forward strategy," HPE CEO Meg Whitman insists. "HPE will double down on the software capabilities that power and differentiate our infrastructure solutions and are critical in a cloud environment."

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

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Parallels Updates Desktop for Mac

Parallels announces Parallels Desktop 12 for Mac-- an update featuring macOS Sierra support-- together with Parallels Toolbox, a standalone app allowing users to perform simple tasks not tied to virtualisation.

Additions to Desktop 12 include "always on" Windows 10 in the background, instant Windows app launching, incremental backup and Windows update scheduling, improved Microsoft Edge, Outlook and Office 365 integration, the ability to assign special behaviours to Windows apps and Xbox app support. Another feature involves a partnership with Blizzard with support for the hit multiplayer shooter Overwatch.

Parallels also claims the update offers 90% faster snapshot creation, 60% faster VM suspension, 25% faster shared folder performance, 25% faster Visual Studio project compilation and up to 10% improvement in battery life for "certain environments."

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