Microsoft Adds New Capabilities to Government Cloud Platforms

Microsoft has announced the addition of several capabilities to its government cloud platforms designed to help agencies meet their technology requirements and facilitate the delivery of services to citizens.

Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Thursday, that one of the company’s latest offerings is Azure Data Box Edge, an artificial intelligence-based computing appliance designed to process and analyze data at the tactical edge and transmit data to the cloud.

The company will roll out phone systems and audio conferencing capabilities of Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace unveiled in March, on Government Community Cloud High and Department of Defense environments in mid-October.

Townes-Whitney announced the availability of the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection service, PowerApps and Flow applications to GCC High environments and the company’s plan to launch its Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Government offering for DoD environments by the end of 2019.

Other services Microsoft launched are the Blueprint for FedRAMP offering to help agencies comply with the requirements of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the updated version of the AI Business School module, which offers best practices to promote responsible use of AI in the government, and the Sequoia Combine capability for Azure Government and Azure Government Secret regions.

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