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  • Blog Post: Clearing my cloudiness

    Hi….is this thing on? Hi….I’m Steve lets dispense with the rambling history of my life and do this in the tried and trusted, 10 things list to help clear the clouds on who I am and why I’m here. Steve Clayton, at Microsoft for 12 years, currently Director of Cloud Strategy in a part of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Valentine’s Weekend Collaboration

    I had to go to Bainbridge Island for work last Friday afternoon. It was Valentine’s Day weekend, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and invite my wife. She, of course, decided to invite our dog. Speaking of dogs, my team is dogfooding the Microsoft Online Services Business Productivity Online...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Data Center in a box…more details emerge

    Welcome to Microsoft’s data centre evolution (previously called the “Generation 4 vision”). As earlier videos have shown, we’re heading towards the pre-manufacturing every part of the data centre: the IT, mechanical and electrical components as part of Pre-Assembled Components that we call an “ITPAC...
  • Blog Post: The Forecast is Sunny for Cloud Services.

    I spent the weekend at a Microsoft internal event hearing from the makers of the next generation of cloud services to be available from Microsoft. It's too soon to discuss details but wanted to share some of my excitement about what's coming nonetheless. Regarding Business Productivity...
  • Blog Post: University of Arizona Picks Microsoft's Cloud

    Today we are proud to announce that the University of Arizona has selected Microsoft Online as the messaging and collaboration platform for all faculty and staff. Earlier in the month I highlighted the fact that 10,000 institutions on every continent have enrolled with our Live@Edu offering in just the...
  • Blog Post: Cloudburst

    From time to time a storm sweeps across the IT landscape and transforms the landscape. We've seen this before with the PC, the Windows operating system, the internet, and object oriented programming to name a few. There have been a lot of other technologies of course in the mix, but the latest technology...
  • Blog Post: Aisle7 Talks About Why They Switched to Microsoft’s Cloud Applications

    We recently talked to Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7, about replacing Google Apps with the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes Microsoft Exchange Online. Here's what he had to say. Q: Tell us about the Aisle7 business model. Harris: We are a health and wellness...
  • Blog Post: Hello World

    Hi everyone, I'm writing this post to introduce myself, and let you know who you're dealing with. My name is Jim Glynn and I've been working in the high-tech/information technology field for about 25 years. I've been at Microsoft for the last 12 of those years. Wow! This is the first time I've slowed...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer's Bet on the Cloud Receives Rave Reviews

    My boss just took off for Australia and New Zealand. Trying to get everything done before he left absorbed most of my time during the last few weeks, so after he left, I started catching up on my cloud services reading. This has been a busy time for cloud computing too! Here’s what I found. I started...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft won't dominate the cloud…but

    Rob Preston, VP and Editor in Chief of InformationWeek offers an interesting assessment of Microsoft’s cloud capability and closes by saying Microsoft won't dominate the cloud -- no company will ... it's just too big a place -- but it will be the preeminent, most profitable player there in no time. Bold...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer says Microsoft is “All In” with the Cloud

    Steve Ballmer spoke at the University of Washington this afternoon on Microsoft and the cloud. He spoke for a little over an hour with some Q&A at the end and included demos of BingMaps (by Blaise of course) Sky Player on XBOX. He touched on almost every aspect of Microsoft’s business and how it...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Google Apps for Microsoft Online - Two New Examples

    Today we've publish two more case studies that highlight how customers have answered the question "Why Microsoft?" Building on our previous post about customers 'Leaving Google Apps', both customer interviews both provide continued examples of why Google Apps doesn't really deliver the nirvana its creators...
  • Blog Post: Cray and Microsoft Join Up to Streamline Cloud Computing

    Moving to the cloud requires reframing how a business thinks about its data and services. It's quite a leap to get from having everything on premise where you have total control (and responsibility) to having all or some of your key business services and data provided in the cloud. This reframing...
  • Blog Post: Coca Cola in the cloud

    I was talking to Tim Weber from the BBC earlier this week about Microsoft cloud services and as often happens we discussed who is actually in the cloud already and who us there with Microsoft. I mentioned Coca Cola Enterprises is one of the customers who’ve made the move to the cloud with Microsoft Online...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online updated to provide 25GB mailbox by default

    Providing online services like BPOS ( http://mocp.microsoftonline.com ) are not like shipping server or client software. Once you cut the bits for on-premise software, they pretty much stay the same for a while. Not so with online services. Microsoft is continually updating them to provide more services...
  • Blog Post: Three Big Wins for Microsoft Cloud Services

    Today at our annual Financial Analyst's Meeting (FAM) we announced that The Dow Chemical Co., Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the University of Georgia have each selected Microsoft cloud solutions. If you'd like to watch any of Executive keynotes, please visit the digital site dedicated to this event. ...
  • Blog Post: Recent chats on Cloud services at Toolbox.com and TechTarget.com

    Last week, I played answer guy to a couple of chats about Microsoft's clould services on two popular websites. I wasn't expecting a big crowd and was pleasantly surprised as they were well attended and there were a lot of great questions. Questions ranged from very general "what is SharePoint" to...
  • Blog Post: Center Parcs Goes with Microsoft Online - Interview with Christian Kuttler, Dir. of Information and Communication Technology

    As part of the Real World Microsoft Online Services series, we spoke to Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs, about replacing Google Apps with the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite. Here's what he had to say: Q: Tell us about...
  • Blog Post: Why are Businesses Leaving Google Apps?

    Security Concerns. Hidden Costs. Document Fidelity. Marketing Hype. No Support. Lack of Roadmap. Oh My! (NOTE: this is a duplicate entry from previous week due to blog platform migration at Microsoft) These are a few of the reasons that the organizations I've spoken to have either left Google...
  • Blog Post: 700,000 inboxes in the Bluegrass State are "All In" - Kentucky Dept. of Education moves to Microsoft cloud services

    Today, we are excited to announce that the Department of Education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has gone live with Microsoft's Live@edu solution. With more than 700,000 people , this is one of the largest cloud deployments in the world! Schools in the Bluegrass state are 'All In' for the cloud. ...
  • Blog Post: I Have Met the Meme and it is Cloud!

    We just wrapped up our annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), held in Washington, D.C. where thousands of partners from over 100 countries came to participate in this years meme 'Cloud Computing'. If you haven't seen any of the coverage or watched the keynotes, I highly recommend you take some time...
  • Blog Post: Two More Customers Pick Microsoft Over Google

    Over the last several weeks, I've been proud to highlight why customers of all sizes, geographies and industries have picked Microsoft over Google Apps. Some have left Google after realizing 'it's more pony than horse' , others gave it a test drive and found out quickly it was 'more showroom than track...
  • Blog Post: Technical Computing in the cloud

      Earlier today Bill Hilf blogged about Microsoft’s Technical Computing initiative and Bob Muglia sent an executive email on the topic. So what is the Technical Computing initiative? I think Bob captured it nicely by positing that recent world events have clearly demonstrated our inability to process...
  • Blog Post: A Yottabyte you say?

    [credit: The Economist] A lot is the answer as noted above in The Economist . They had a great special report a couple of weeks back on the enormous amounts of data we’re now creating in the digital age. For someone who remembers 5 1/4 inch floppy disks and loading computer games of an audio tape, the...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand Rugby Union picks Microsoft Cloud

    If you've never seen the NZ All Blacks Rugby Haka, it's truly one of the great events in any competitive sport. (see video below). So we are proud this week to announce a win for BPOS with The New Zealand Rugby Union. As one of New Zealand’s largest sports organizations they are charged with...