Microsoft shares have opened lower in the US Monday, as the tech giant announced plans to offer its Government clients additional cloud services, with the secure integration of Azure Stack. The move is likely designed to entice more US Government cloud users to engage with its offerings.
By 1510 BST, Microsoft shares were 0.48% lower at $92.60. The stock is around 7 cents higher than the beginning of the year, despite experiencing volatility in line with the broader market.
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Microsoft said at its Government Tech Summit in Washington DC, it would produce an Azure Stack and Office 365 option for Government users in the next few months.
This latest plan will mean Government and other secure agencies, can access Microsoft’s public cloud services, in addition to their existing, ultra-secure, on site server infrastructure.
The ability to utilise a hybrid cloud solution is appealing, as it allows users to expand their cloud storage and usage needs as required, without having to buy and install costly hardware to do so.
“In mid-2018, Azure Stack will integrate with the Azure Government cloud, enabling connections to Azure Government identity, subscription, registration, billing, backup/DR, and Azure Marketplace,” Natalia Mackevicius, Director of Azure Stack, wrote in a blog post.
“A hybrid cloud helps organizations address requirements around regulations, connectivity, and latency, which is why many government agencies turn to a hybrid approach as the bedrock of their IT modernization strategy,” Mackevicius adds.
As well as rolling out some new services and connectivity for its government and enterprise users, Microsoft is also improving Skype for users on older and lower-end mobile devices.
Skype will release an update that optimises the app for users on older Android and iOS systems.
“This update—starting to roll out in the next few days—is lighter on both disk and memory consumption, allowing for greater speed and better audio and video quality on lower end Android devices, as well as increased performance in challenging network conditions,” a Skype blog post states.