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What New Features Have Been Added to Skype for Business Mobile?

The latest release of Lync mobile includes a number of new features – first, Lync Mobile now provides the ability to view uploaded PowerPoint presentations from your Windows Phone or iOS device. While Lync Mobile has previously allowed users to view shared desktops, this new functionality allows Mobile users to view PowerPoints that have been uploaded to take advantage of functionality such as Q&AS and imbedded multimedia files.

A screenshot of the shared PowerPoint as it would be viewed from a Windows Phone is below:


Other new features allow Windows Phone users to control Lync using voice commands. This is helpful if you, like me, often use your phone to join Lync meetings while driving. Instead of searching through your phone, now all you need to do is hold down the home key and say “Lync, join my next meeting” or “Lync, join my current meeting”. Note this added functionality is for Windows devices only.

There is also a new GUI for Lync on iOS 7 devices:


The full press release can be found here


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Does Microsoft Have a Service Pack Available for Windows 8.1?

Many of you wait for service packs to release before you begin deployment. As a heads up, for planning purposes, Microsoft is set to release Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office, SharePoint and Exchange in early 2014.  SP1 will deliver performance enhancements, feature updates and improve compatibility with Windows 8.1. More information on all that will be available with SP1 and when you can acquire it, will come early next year.



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What are the Compliance Updates to Windows Azure?

Windows Azure Compliance Updates: PCI DSS and ISO

PCI DSS Compliance

We are pleased to announce that Windows Azure has been validated for compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) by an independent Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). The QSA has issued an Attestation of Compliance, having audited the Windows Azure against the PCI DSS 2.0 security standards for Level 1. To assist customers in achieving PCI DSS certification, Microsoft is making the Windows Azure PCI Attestation of Compliance and Windows Azure Customer PCI Guide available for immediate download.

Visit the Trust Center for a list of other compliance and certifications.

What is the PCI DSS?
The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) is an information security standard designed to prevent credit card fraud through increased controls around credit card data. PCI certification is required for all organizations (merchants and payment service providers) that process credit card transactions.

Is Windows Azure PCI “certified”?
As a cloud provider, Windows Azure does not directly manage cardholder environments, and therefore, is not eligible for PCI certification. However, Windows Azure has been validated by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) as providing a secure environment that merchants can use to achieve their own PCI certification.

What Windows Azure services are in scope?
The Information Security Management System (ISMS) for Windows Azure, including infrastructure, development, operations and support for Compute, Data Services, App Services and Network Services are in scope for the PCI DSS Attestation of Compliance. This includes everything listed under Services on The Windows Azure datacenters in the following regions are in scope: Asia Pacific East (Hong Kong), Asia Pacific Southeast (Singapore), Europe North (Ireland), Europe West (Netherlands), US North Central (Illinois), US South Central (Texas), US East (Virginia), and US West (California).

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