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Keeping Up with Generation Z
I am constantly amazed at how effortlessly my son uses technology. By the time he was 3, he was already programming our TIVO. By the time he was 5, he was playing games on my smartphone. Now he’s 8, and he knows his way around my Windows Phone 7 better than I do. He prefers text messaging to talking...
30 Jun 2011
A Rising Cloud: Turning Downtime into Gold
OK, I confess. I’m a gaming addict. I worked in Xbox for five years and have wasted hours of time playing games on my console. My kids love me for it. My wife, well… More than 174 million American are gamers, and we are progressively heading towards an app centric world with a focus on...
14 Apr 2011
We’ve Come a Long Way
As Loretta Lynn once said, “We’ve come a long way, baby.” When I think back to what it was like when I first entered the workforce compared to today, it is a different world. Believe it or not, my roots are in IT – I started out as a system administrator working on Sun OS and...
20 May 2011
Turning on the Office 365 Faucet
One of my favorite things about camping is that it enhances my appreciation of all the day-to-day luxuries I normally take for granted. After a few days roughing it in a tent, it’s easy to appreciate even the small amenities like turning on lights with the flip of a switch or filling a cup with...
26 Jul 2011
Unleashing the Power of a Mobile Workforce
Enterprise Productivity Team
No longer are information workers confined to the four walls of the office building. The combination of high-speed wireless networks and powerful mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones, and PDAs has made it possible to work from pretty much anywhere. Today, the “office” can be a conference...
1 Sep 2011
Helping Enterprises Attain WOW!
I recently re-read, Tom Peters’ book ,“The Pursuit of WOW!” in which he talks about WOW as stepping up and standing out with a sense of uniqueness. At Microsoft, our goal has always been to help businesses not just pursue WOW, but to actually achieve it – by helping them stand...
4 May 2011
The First and Best Customer of Our Own Products
Today we are featuring a guest blog post from Tony Scott, our CIO at Microsoft. One of the best things about being the CIO at Microsoft is helping the company develop great products for our customers. The Microsoft IT organization is Microsoft’s first and best customer. We take ...
14 Jun 2011
Lync is the “Kinect of the Enterprise”
Last week in front of an audience of 13,000 partners who attended the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Steve Ballmer called this a special year for Microsoft Lync, the centerpiece of our unified communications solution. He quoted Microsoft COO Kevin Turner who has referred to Lync as “the...
19 Jul 2011
Trust vs. Control with Office 365
Many IT professionals are familiar with the German proverb, “Trust is good, but control is better." As the father of two children, I understand that sentiment. Like most parents, I feel protective of my children and want to steer them out of harm’s way. Yet to be a good father, I actually...
26 Jul 2011
Weekly Business Productivity Digest
This is the first in a series we call the "Weekly Business Productivity Digest" This is a collection of interesting articles, blog posts, etc from around the web related to Cloud, Technology, Leadership, CIOs and the Enterprise. In addition to our own content, the goal is to showcase the variety of conversations...
4 Apr 2011
Welcome to the Future of Productivity Blog
Welcome to the Future of Productivity blog! As director of marketing for the Microsoft Office Division, I manage marketing strategy and development of the Microsoft Business Productivity Platform . Each year, I meet with hundreds of business leaders, many of whom face diverse challenges as they strive...
4 Apr 2011
Look Before You Leap
Today, we have a guest blog from Tony Tai, Sr. Product Manager on the Office 365 team. He frequently posts to the Why Microsoft Blog . He will share a recently released white paper and learning from customers who found that Google Apps could cost considerably more than the annual fee of $50/user. ...
21 Apr 2011
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