Microsoft to migrate Minecraft to Azure, moves away from AWS

Updated July 27 Microsoft is migrating Minecraft away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and onto Azure according to reports - almost six years after acquiring Mojang, the game's creator.

The Redmond giant told CNBC in a statement that it was in the process of 'migrating all cloud services to Azure over the last few years.'

Microsoft bought Mojang in 2014, with the Swedish game developer saying the price was $2.5 billion. The company had previously utilised AWS for its...

Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenues break $50bn for first time – but Azure growth slips

Microsoft has reported revenues of $38 billion (£29.9bn) in its most recent quarter, a year over year increase of 13%, but Azure growth has dipped to 47% from 59%.

Azure went up 47% year over year - Microsoft does not give specific Azure figures, only a percentage increase - while commercial cloud revenue topped $50 billion for the year for the first time.

For Microsoft's three revenue buckets, intelligent cloud - which covers some Azure but with a wider focus on...

Review: Commvault: Why sometimes all that glitters is not gold – but Metallic

Commvault has not only moved quickly to make its mark with SaaS offering Metallic, but its channel partnership with Microsoft could be a game-changer, as Ian Moyse writes

2020 is already a year of enhanced change and challenge, brought to us all by an unexpected requirement for en masse remote working. With this came a breadth of increased challenges for business, spanning people, process, and technology. The need for already challenged areas of security and data efficacy took on...

Microsoft launches healthcare cloud, says more industry clouds will follow

Microsoft has launched its first industry-specific cloud offering aimed at healthcare, with the promise of more industry clouds to follow.

The announcement was made as part of the now-virtual Microsoft Build event. While the major headlines of the developer jamboree have focused around big investments in artificial intelligence, as sister publication AI News has reported, Azure has often featured peripherally underpinning the projects. The partnership with OpenAI - to whom...

Microsoft to acquire Metaswitch Networks, ramping up Azure 5G push

Microsoft is to acquire Metaswitch Networks, a provider of virtualised network software, as the company's strategy towards binding cloud and communications continues.

The rationale is straightforward: leading cloud vendors are looking to enable telecom operators in deploying and maintaining 5G networks more efficiently. Technologies such as those which Metaswitch builds will be invested into Azure to provide its infrastructure with 'specialised software required to run virtualised...

AWS and Microsoft ramp up war of words in JEDI cloud contract row

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has said it 'won't back down' in its appeal process for the $10 billion JEDI government cloud computing contract - as the war of words between AWS and Microsoft escalates.

The contract for the Department of Defense has long courted rumour and conjecture around alleged potential intervention by President Trump, whose relationship with Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and owner of the Washington Post, is known to be antipathic.

Following the initial award...

Microsoft unveils $1 billion Poland cloud and digital investment plan

Where one hyperscaler goes, another shall follow. Microsoft has announced a $1 billion cloud and digital transformation plan for Poland - almost nine months after Google Cloud opened up its facilities in the country.

Microsoft's initiative includes the launch of a new data centre region in Poland, as well as an agreement with Chmura Krajowa - literally 'national cloud' - to 'provide digital transformation expertise and broad access to cloud solutions across all industries and...

Hyperscaler earnings: AWS’ $10bn takes plaudits, but Microsoft and Google solid as cloud unaffected by Covid-19

Analysis Amazon Web Services (AWS) broke the $10 billion quarterly revenue mark for the first time as the highlight of three more strong quarters for the cloud hyperscalers - with industry analyst Synergy Research reiterating that cloud services will do just fine amid Covid-19.

The Seattle giant, which according to the latest Synergy figures is pegged at holding just under a third (32%) of the cloud infrastructure market, posted $10.21bn (£8.2bn) in revenues for its most recent...

Pentagon rules that Microsoft’s $10bn JEDI cloud contract award was fair

Updated A report from the Inspector General at the US Department of Defense (DoD) has ruled that the DoD's award of the JEDI $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft was fair.

Following the announcement that Microsoft had won the contract back in October, Amazon Web Services (AWS), seen by many in the industry as the favourite, said it would appeal the ruling.

This duly happened; in November reports came that AWS had filed the paperwork, while in February AWS...

Microsoft to acquire Affirmed Networks to get onto AWS’ wavelength

Microsoft has announced it is to acquire Affirmed Networks, a provider of network functions virtualisation (NFV) software – as the telecoms space heats up for the biggest cloud players. 

As 5G is becoming more of a reality, cloud vendors see their role as enabling telecom operators to deploy and maintain next-generation networks more efficiently.  

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it...