On Wednesday, Microsoft talked all about expanding its Azure services globally and expanding its enterprise communication tool. The mixture of the updates for Azure and Lync for Windows 8.1 gives enterprise users more reasons to use Microsoft this year and in the future.
The two announcements are clearly aimed at the enterprise customers, but shows how important the enterprise customers are for Microsoft. By expanding Azure and then giving customers more mobile tools to use Lync, enterprise customers will embrace Microsoft more globally.
Azure Expanding To Brazil
The first big enterprise announcement from Microsoft talked about how they are expanding its Azure services into Brazil. The move to Brazil shows Microsoft’s commitment to Latin America and also into the South American continent. The move is expanded to be completed in the first half of 2014, and embrace the Brazilian enterprise customers.
Microsoft in its post, tells about how they want to get into Brazil quickly with its cloud offerings. The area is expanding at a vast rate, and shows how important the business growth is in Brazil. Businesses have been able to get Azure since 2010, but this expansion will get a lot more enterprise customers into the expanded Azure cloud of services.
Lync App For Windows 8.1 Launches
The other enterprise tool announced on Wednesday was the new Lync app for Windows 8.1. The enterprise tool is only available for Windows 8.1 and features a ton of new updates. Some of the initial improvements include the ability to take control of the sharing started by someone else in the meeting. This feature has been wanted for a long time, and gives Lync users a big update.
But, the big update for Windows 8.1 includes the ability to run Lync side-by-side with another app at any window size. Other improvements to the Lync app include the ability to answer audio and video calls when the device is locked, the ability to mute speakers or control volume from the conversation window, an enhanced contact in-app contact search, and finally improvements made to the sign in experience for enterprise customers.
I use Azure for a few projects and see Brazil as a huge market for Microsoft. The Lync app has needed these updates and finally gets love on Windows 8.1