Category Archives: Microsoft

Parallels Mac Management Update: SCCM Branch Version 1802 will Force PKI Compliance for Users

As you know, Microsoft SCCM is updated periodically with what Microsoft calls branch versions. Since the first branch version, 1511, Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM has not had any down time due to Microsoft’s changes.  Jason Sandys, a Microsoft MVP and friend of Parallels, recently tweeted about the latest branch version—1802—and some rather big […]

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Run QuickBooks Premium for Windows on Mac with Parallels Desktop

Run QuickBooks for Windows on Mac with Parallels Desktop QuickBooks Pro for Windows 10 on Mac with Parallels Desktop Whether you’re a personal finance manager or a small business, you can manage your accounting and financial goals with QuickBook Premium for Windows on your Mac. Mac® devices help businesses solve problems in creative ways. The […]

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Quicken for Windows on Mac with Parallels Desktop

For over 10 years, Parallels Desktop® for Mac users have run Windows on Mac—without rebooting—to use Quicken. Quicken has consistently been a top-used application amongst Parallels Desktop users. Quicken started back in 1984 as personal-finance management software that helps users simplify and organize their money, from staying on top of spending to managing investments. Financial […]

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Did the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update “Balloon” Your VM? Here’s How to Fix That!

Microsoft released the long-anticipated Window 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17. With new features like the People Bar (as well as Cortana and Edge improvements), many Windows 10 users were looking forward to this update and installed it right away. I was one of those who did so. The features and stability improvements were […]

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DirectX and Parallels Desktop 13 Support

For a Windows application that does lots of complex or 3D graphics, there are two popular Windows APIs used by the developers of these applications: DirectX or OpenGL. Together with the graphics card in your Mac, these APIs determine the performance of these applications in a Windows VM running in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Since […]

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Office 365 Design & Migration: How GreenPages Can Help

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Comparing Parallels Desktop 13 and Fusion 10: macOS and Windows Integration

Over 600 man-years of development have been invested in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Our latest product, Parallels Desktop 13, is the culmination of all this effort to run Windows on Mac®. Utilizing a virtual machine for your end-user goals is a great way to save time, money, and space. Since 2006, Parallels Desktop has been […]

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Comparing Parallels Desktop 13 and VMware Fusion 10: Ease of Use

Over 600 man-years of development have been invested in Parallels Desktop® for Mac. Our latest product, Parallels Desktop 13, is the culmination of all this effort to run Windows on Mac®. Utilizing a virtual machine to achieve your end-user goals is a great way to save time, money, and space. Since 2006, Parallels Desktop has […]

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Cloud revenue pushes Microsoft once again

It’s become a familiar story now. The cloud segment of Microsoft is growing at astronomical rates and is pushing the earnings and profits of Microsoft to new levels. But, what is interesting is that the margin of growth grows with every quarter.

According to the earnings report released by Microsoft, earnings from Azure almost doubled, thereby accounting for a year-on-year growth of 90 percent. Though the company doesn’t break down the revenues of Azure separately, an estimate by the analysis firm Canalys, pegs it at a whopping $2 billion.

Revenue from the intelligent cloud business segment rose 14 percent to $6.92 billion. This was higher than analysts’s expectations, which was $6.7 billion. Surprisingly, Satya Nadella kept a target of $20 billion for the cloud business by 2018 and in this quarter itself, it surpassed the target as the total revenue was $20.4 billion. This goes to show that Microsoft is doing great under the able leadership of Satya Nadella.

Cloud was the lifeline that Microsoft was looking for almost a decade now, and it has made the most of it. At a time, when PC sales were plummeting and the company was looking for some direction, the emergence of cloud and the change of leadership to Satya Nadella, both seemed to have weaved the magic again for Microsoft.

One of the highlights of this quarter was the deal that Costco, an Azure customer. In fact, this came along the heels of a deal with Whole Foods that brought it under the Microsoft umbrella.

While this quarter spells good news for Microsoft, it can’t afford to relax. AWS is growing at a much higher rate. It raked in $4.6 billion this quarter, representing an almost 46 percent year-on-year growth.  Though AWS missed out on Costco this quarter, it still managed to secure deals with a ton of big names such as Hulu and General Electric.

Other than AWS, Google is also fast catching up with Microsoft. It entered deals with retailers like Kohl’s and payment processing companies like PayPal. ALl this means, Microsoft needs to amp up its efforts to stay ahead of competition.

In other results, revenue from Microsoft’s cloud computing division fell by 0.2 percent to $9.38 billion. Nevertheless, it beat the analysts expectations at $8.81 billion. This quarter also saw an increase in revenue from Surface. In fact, after two consecutive quarters of declines, it saw an increase of 12 percent in revenue.

Such positive results was welcomed by its investors and the share market as a whole. The value of Microsoft’s shares increased by 3.1 percent to end at $81.20.

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A look into some Azure certifications to become a cloud expert

Azure certifications give you an in-depth knowledge about the Azure platform, so you can become an expert in it. As you know, Azure is one of the best cloud computing platforms available today, so knowing more about this platform can open up a world of opportunities for you.

You may wonder why you need a certification in the first place? Isn’t deep knowledge that you can learn by yourself good enough?

The answer is an overwhelming no for many reasons. Firstly, certifications tell the world you’re an expert in Azure. Imagine you’re walking into a CEO’s room to convince him of your knowledge. Though you’ll have to answer your questions and show your profound knowledge in the subject, a certification can help you start off on a positive note. It creates an impression that you’re well-versed in Azure and this mindset will reflect in the way your interview is conducted or your chances for landing the job you’ve always wanted.

Besides telling the world that you’re an expert, it makes you a more confident person. The materials you’ve learned tend to come from authentic sources, so at the end of the course, you can rest assured that you’re truly an expert in this field.

Now that we’ve talked about the need for certifications, let’s look at some of the choices you have. In this piece, we’ll talk about some of the lesser-known certifications that teach you everything about Azure and at the same time, gives a great value for your money.

Microsoft Azure fundamentals

This course talks about the basics of cloud computing and how it fits well into the Azure platform. This is the perfect course for anyone starting off with cloud computing.

Through this course, you’ll learn about virtual machines, SQL databases, web apps, and other relevant technologies. This course is recommended for more advanced courses like MCSA: cloud platform certification.

Cloud data science with Azure machine learning

This is an interesting course that delves deep into Azure machine learning, how it works, how you can use it and more. This is a relatively recent course that’s based on Microsoft’s Ignite conference where Microsoft introduced a slew of machine learning capabilities for Azure, and this course covers them all for you.

Configuring and operating a hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure stack

Microsoft has introduced something called Azure Stack that allows developers to run mirror images of Azure in their own premises. To help everyone understand how you can work on this extension, Microsoft has also designed this course. It is most ideal for cloud architects, DevOps and service administrators who would be using Azure stack to provide cloud services.

Linux on Azure

Linus and Microsoft have finally found common ground. Surprising, more than 20 percent of Azure are Linux, so it makes sense to have a course dedicated for this operating system.

Each of these courses give you a new insight into how Azure works. Let us know which look more promising to you in our comments section.

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