Skype’s big redesign publicly launches to desktop users

Source: Microsoft more
 Earlier this year, Skype introduced a revamped version of its application offering a heavier focus on media sharing and social expression tools, in an effort to better compete with more modern social communication services, like Slack and even Snapchat. Today, the company is publicly launching the new version of Skype to the desktop, including on Mac, Windows 10 (November 2016 update and… Read More
Skype’s big redesign publicly launches to desktop users

Equity podcast: Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter earnings madness

Source: Microsoft more
 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and myself — Alex Wilhelm — took it back to our roots with a show with just us hosts. Which worked out great as we had a lot to unpack. Tech! It never stops. This time ’round we had an earnings… Read More
Equity podcast: Alphabet, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter earnings madness

Microsoft easily beats the Street as its cloud run rate passes $20B a year early

Source: Microsoft more
 Microsoft today announced its quarterly earnings for its first financial quarter of 2018 (yes, I know it’s early, but that’s how Microsoft’s financial quarters work). Wall Street’s crack team of financial analysts expected the company to report revenue of about $23.56 billion and earnings per share of $0.72. Read More
Microsoft easily beats the Street as its cloud run rate passes B a year early

E-rate: Trick or Treat?

Source: Meraki-Cisco

pumpkin-768x449Applying for E-rate can be tricky at times. With its complicated processes and strict form deadlines, it can feel like you applying for funds that are sometimes difficult to get. Rest assured though, there really are funds at the end of the E-rate rainbow for you to take advantage of ($3.9B worth, to be exact). Wouldn’t you like to treat yourself to some of those dollars to improve your network infrastructure?

Think of all of the crazy network advancements you could make with $3.9B… bandwidth of 100 Mbps per student perhaps? A network so secure, not even Alan Turing could hack? So many network policies in place you never had to answer a help-desk ticket or troubleshoot a problem again? Though these ideas may be a little far-fetched, you can still use your piece of the E-rate pie for Cisco Meraki to get you closer to having your IT wishes granted.

Imagine being able to centrally manage your entire network from one simple interface. The Meraki dashboard puts the network at your fingertips, from quickly configuring hundreds of high-density access points, to traffic shaping your students’ music streaming apps, it gives you complete visibility into your network without needing specialized training. Cisco Meraki is specially designed for K-12 environments in a few key ways:

  • Meraki MR wireless access points are designed for high-density classroom environments — so all of your second-grade students can stream educational YouTube videos on their iPads, while your fifth- grade students can take standardized tests without any downtime or interruptions.
  • Meraki MS switches are built to scale to support school districts of all shapes and sizes. Whether you have one location to manage or a hundred, you can remotely configure your network without being on site.
  • Meraki MX security appliances enable you to create and maintain CIPA-compliant networks, which are mandatory for E-rate funding, so that you can sleep soundly knowing that student data remains protected and secure.
  • By deploying a full stack of networking products that are easy to deploy and manage, you get back time to focus on projects that are important to you, allowing you to keep your school(s) on the cutting edge of new technology.

Treat yourself to Meraki! Our access points, switches, and security appliances and licenses are eligible* for E-rate funding. Learn more about our eligible E-rate solutions. To get a deep dive on our solutions for K-12, and specific product offerings, attend an upcoming live webinar. And don’t forget to get started with your E-rate application today!

* MX Advanced Security Licenses are 50% eligible; SM licenses and MC/MV hardware and licenses are not E-rate eligible per Funding Year 2018 eligible services list.


E-rate: Trick or Treat?

It’s time for the internet to block fake emails

Source: Microsoft more
 One of the biggest upsides of the internet is that people from all over the world now have access to virtually anyone anywhere. Everyone is just an email away.
That’s also the problem. That same accessibility has left people, businesses and organizations open to attack.
In headline after headline, crippling cyberattacks are highlighting in bright neon the new insecurity of our digital… Read More
It’s time for the internet to block fake emails

Facebook’s Workplace, now at 30,000 orgs, adds Chat desktop apps and group video chat

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
 It’s been once year since Workplace, Facebook’s social network designed specifically for businesses and other organizations, came out of beta to take on the likes of Slack, Atlassian, Microsoft and others in the world of enterprise collaboration. Now, with 30,000 organizations using Workplace across some 1 million groups (more than double the figures Facebook published April)… Read MoreFacebook’s Workplace, now at 30,000 orgs, adds Chat desktop apps and group video chat

Techstars alums will now get discounted WeWork space

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
 WeWork and Techstars are buddying up, the organizations announced today. Techstars, the global accelerator program responsible for companies like ClassPass, Sphero and Digital Ocean, will be bringing its program into the WeWork community by running its curriculum at WeWork locations in Toronto, Boston, Kansas City, and New York City. As a part of the deal, Techstars alumni will now get a… Read MoreTechstars alums will now get discounted WeWork space

Spotinst delivers spot cloud infrastructure services at discount prices

Source: Tech News – Enterprise
 Cloud infrastructure vendors offer a range of prices for their services including aggressively priced virtual machines available on the spot market on an as-available basis. The catch is that the vendor can shut down these VMs whenever they happen to need them. Spotinst, a Tel Aviv-based startup, developed a service to buy and distribute that available excess capacity. Today, the company… Read MoreSpotinst delivers spot cloud infrastructure services at discount prices