PANEL INSIGHTS: #POWEROFSEARCH

Back in the early days of ecommerce, using the search function of an online store was long-winded and unpredictable. Retailers and their developers had to design systems that could cope with spelling mistakes and ambiguous searches and slowly but surely, we began to embrace that all-powerful search box and trust the results it provided. As […]

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AZURE MEDIA SERVICES TO HELP STREAM THE BIG GAME

NBC Sports recently announced ‘Super Stream Sunday’, allowing over 11 continuous hours of streaming surrounding Sunday’s big game. While many of us here at Microsoft are excited that our home team has a chance to repeat as champions, we’re also proud that NBC Sports has once again selected Microsoft Azure Media Services as a technology partner to deliver […]

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AUTOMATED EVERYTHING WITH SQL SERVER ON IAAS VMS

Today, we are excited to announce support for automated backup and automated patching, available directly in the portal for SQL Server Azure Virtual Machines. Both of these features are built with the new SQL Server IaaS Agent, an Azure VM Extension, combining the power and management ease of SQL Server with the agility offered by extensions […]

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REPORT: CLOTHING REPRESENTS LARGE SEGMENT OF GLOBAL ONLINE RETAIL MARKET

According to a recent press release highlighting findings from yStats’ “Global Clothing B2C E-Commerce Market 2015” report, clothing is in a close rivalry with consumer electronics for the top ranking ecommerce category by share of online shopper purchases. The report shows that clothing has been the most purchased physical product in a number of highly-populated countries across […]

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THE ANSWER TO SIMPLIFIED STREAMING IN 2015: A LOOK BACK ON THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

Many CES attendees we met with didn’t understand how streaming could ever be simple. With the proliferation of so many disparate operating systems, different video formats and distinct consumer devices (Android alone is up to 18,796 in 2014 from 11,868 in 2013 – that’s 6,928 NEW devices in one year!), who can blame them? News and announcements […]

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