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Google Apps for Work has added new connections to its identity service integration with Microsoft Office 365, Facebook at Work, Slack and Box as well as others.

The company said last year that it would offer preconfigured support under the SAML 2.0 standard. With the move, Google became an identity provider and a front-end to other applications and became of a competitor to services like Okta.

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Back in 2001, Wikipedia was launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger as a free, Internet encyclopedia for the masses. Over the following 15 years, Wikipedia has grown in popularity to become one of the ten most popular websites with some 38 million articles available in over 290 languages.

Despite amassing a formidable amount of reference content, there has still been a hurdle for those with visual impairments, illiteracy, or learning disabilities.

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Along with its recent and shocking set of announcements regarding SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has decided to offer free SQL Server licenses for its customers to help with migrating away from Oracle database software. It's positioning this sale as an opportunity to "break free from Oracle". This offer is only available to Software Assurance subscribers, which is an enterprise licensing agreement that Microsoft offers to large customers.

google docs outlinetoolGoogle is updating Docs to make it easier to manage large, complex documents. The company is adding a new outline tool which collates headers from whatever you're working on (that unfinished novel, for example), allowing you to jump quickly from introduction to index with minimum fuss. The tool appears on the Docs web app as a sidebar on the left of the screen, and on the Android app as a scrollable list on the right. (There's no word on an iOS release.)

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Microsoft's Bing search engine has added some new elements to help others learn more about science. One of them is an interactive simulation of Earth's solar system when the search term "solar system" is used.

Microsoft says that this feature was added due to a request from Bing users:

    "We noticed that people were searching for queries related to the Solar System and information around it such as "how far is the sun from the earth?" We also found that many wanted to see the planets in order of distance from the sun, in order of size, and shown at distance to-scale. Now, a search for 'solar system' gets the animated, interactive answer we developed and you get answers to all the above questions. You can hover over individual planets to see their orbits, get details about that planet, and clicking on a planet will take you to the Bing search page for that planet."