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  • Blog Post: A People-centric Approach to Mobile Device Management

    It's been a little while since I wrote about the work we are doing around the BYO and Consumerization trends – but this is an area I will be discussing much more often over the next several months. Consumerization is an area that is changing and moving quickly, and I believe the industry is also...
  • Blog Post: As Seen at MMS: Scripts and Overviews of All Six Keynote Demos!

    My keynote at MMS yesterday featured six separate demos (if you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch it on-demand here ), and, as promised on-stage, this post will provide a detailed overview of each one. What’s really exciting to me about each of these demos is how they show, in great detail, the thorough...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Beginning and Ending with Customer-specific Scenarios

    Part 1 of a 9-part series . Over the last three weeks, Microsoft has made an exciting series of announcements about its next wave of products, including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune and several new Windows Azure services. The preview...
  • Blog Post: Getting ‘In the Cloud’ with Microsoft

    Microsoft is fortunate to count among its customers some of the most innovative and productive companies in the world, and one thing that each of these organizations have in common is a drive to make their IT budgets, dollar-for-dollar, flawlessly efficient. This is a time of great change in the industry...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Making Device Users Productive and Protecting Corporate Information

    Part 2 of a 9-part series .  The modern workforce isn’t just better connected and more mobile than ever before, it’s also more discerning (and demanding) about the hardware and software used on the job. While company leaders around the world are celebrating the increased productivity and accessibility...
  • Blog Post: Bringing IT Together at MMS

    Every year there are a handful of audiences that I really look forward to seeing, and the 5,000+ IT professionals who attend the annual Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) are among the very best anywhere in the world. This is a big week for Microsoft: It’s an opportunity for us to show what we’ve learned...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization for IT: System Center Ops Manager Dashboards

    One of the most important things an IT department can do for itself is demonstrate its value to business leaders clearly and regularly. The easiest way to do this is with a dynamic, real-time dashboard view of the IT operation. The bad news is that accurate, functional, and responsive dashboards have...
  • Blog Post: A Cloud-first Approach to Corporate Device Management

    In a previous post I talked about technical, people, and cloud computing trends in corporate IT.  The practical impact of these trends means that the shift to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) or “choose your own device” (CYOD) enterprise workforce is here to stay .  These trends place a lot...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: Big Bets & Big Opportunities

    I am absolutely thrilled to be delivering the Day 1 keynote at TechEd Europe for the third straight year . This is consistently an amazing event with the very best and brightest companies and IT pros across Europe, not to mention some equally amazing products to highlight and demonstrate. There were...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013: After Today, Cloud Computing is No Longer a Spectator Sport

    [Posted Monday, June 3]   In Satya Nadella’s post from earlier today , he describes Microsoft’s transformation to a “cloud-first” business: Two years ago we bet our future on the cloud and quietly refocused our 19 billion-dollar software business by completely transforming our products, culture...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: People-centric IT in Action - End-to-end Scenarios Across Products

    Part 3 of a 9-part series . In today’s post, we tackle a common question I get from customers: “Why move to the cloud right now ? ” Recently, however, this question has changed a bit to, “What should I move to the cloud first ? ” An important thing to keep in mind with either of these questions is that...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Talking About PCIT and the ‘What’s New in 2012 R2’ Series

    This week’s episode is a repost of an interview I did with TechNet Radio earlier this week.  In this interview I talk with host Kevin Remde about the new 2012 R2 wave of products, and we talk about the first two posts (covering People-centric IT ) in our new nine-part 2012 R2 series .  Check...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013: Big News and a Big Event

    As many of you already know , at this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and I am very excited to be delivering the keynote address at both TechEd North America and TechEd Europe .  I cannot wait to talk about – and demo! – some of the remarkable...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it: The MMS 2013 Keynote Opener Video

      As seen before my keynote at MMS 2013!  Featuring Microsoft MVP’s from around the world!
  • Blog Post: Episode 3 of the ‘In the Cloud’ Podcast: Enabling the Modern Workforce

    In this episode I take a look at how enterprise IT can really support the modern workforce’s desire to work from any location with any device – and how organizations can embrace this trend.  I touched on this topic in my post about corporate computing trends .  I also discuss the role of the...
  • Blog Post: The Edge Show: Talking about “What’s New in 2012 R2” and PCIT

    Check out my appearance on the latest episode of The Edge Show with Rick Claus. In this episode I talk about some of the behind-the-scenes elements in the “ What’s New in 2012 R2 ” series, with an emphasis on the first pillar covering PCIT .  I’ll meet up with Rick again later to discuss each of...
  • Blog Post: Today is the GA for the Cloud OS!

    Over the last year, we have made some incredible developments with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new release of Windows Intune – and I am incredibly excited for these products to reach general availability today! Leading up to this, our team has worked incredibly hard...
  • Blog Post: From the MMS 2013 Keynote: A Datacenter Full of Pizza

    If you were able to catch my keynote on Monday (either in person, or on demand ), you got to see a pretty remarkable story from Domino’s Pizza . I’ve been thinking a lot about Dominos ever since last summer when I had lunch at one of India’s 500+ Domino’s locations . My wife and I had traveled there...
  • Blog Post: Replay: The MMS 2013 Keynote

    In case you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, included below is the entire Day 1 keynote from the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit.  Thanks to everyone who attended – what a great opportunity to get our industry together!  
  • Blog Post: Q&A at GigaOm’s "Future of Mobile and the Enterprise" Panel

    Earlier this morning I participated in a panel at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference . Sitting on the panel with me were Alan Dabbiere the Chairman of AirWatch, and JP Finnell the Head of Mobile Strategy and Innovation for SAP. You can watch the panel on demand here , and I shot a short recap of my morning...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the “In the Cloud” Podcast

    I get to talk about the Cloud with customers and colleagues every day – and these discussions always leave me even more excited about this industry and the work we’re collectively doing. To share some of that enthusiasm with all of you, I'm beginning a weekly podcast series, the “ In...
  • Blog Post: Wow: Remote Desktop Goes Cross Platform!

    As of yesterday afternoon, the Microsoft Remote Desktop App is available in the Android, iOS, and Mac stores (see screen shots below). There was a time, in the very recent past, when many thought something like this would never happen. If your company has users who work on iPads, Android, and Windows...