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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: What’s New in 2012 R2: Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery

    Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here .       As an industry we have worked on disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) solutions for – well, it seems like forever.  There has been a lot of good work...
  • 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: Podcast Episode 9: Corporate Device Management

    In this episode, Brad expands on the topics he discussed earlier in the week on the topic of cloud-based corporate device management. As noted in that previous post, to see some amazing corporate device management demos, take a look at Molly Brown’s demo during my TechEd North America keynote at (skip...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Identity Management for Hybrid IT

    Part 6 of a 9-part series . Leaders in any industry have one primary responsibility in common: Sifting through the noise to identify the right areas to focus on and invest their organization’s time, money, and people. This was especially true during our planning for the 2012 R2 wave of products ; and...
  • 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: Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

    As some of you may have already noticed , earlier this morning Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide on October 18, 2013 .  But before you start your 8.1 party (with a DJ in a data center, for example ), there’s even more good news:  I...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking

    Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the first of two sections; to read the second half, click here . One of the foundational requirements we called out in the 2012 R2 vision document was our promise to help you transform the datacenter. A core part of delivering on that promise is enabling Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: The Edge Show: Talking About the “Transform the Datacenter” Pillar

    Now that we’ve wrapped up the “ Transform the Datacenter ” pillar in the ongoing What’s New in 2012 R2 blog series , I sat down (well, we stand the whole time) for another conversation with Rick Claus , host of The Edge Show . In this discussion, Rick and I talk about some of the ‘behind the scenes’...
  • Blog Post: The Edge Show: Wrapping up the “What’s New in 2012 R2” Series

    To wrap up our nine-part series on the new 2012 R2 wave of products , I sat down stood up with Rick Claus from The Edge Show to talk about the third pillar of the R2 release:  Enable Modern Business Apps . As always, it was a lot of fun to sit down and talk about the solution-focused nature of 2012...
  • Blog Post: Continually Improving Continuous Availability

    Several weeks ago I met with a customer who expressed a very common problem: “If we can’t access our data at any moment, from any location, we immediately begin losing money.” This comment was made before any other topic we discussed that day – before concerns about app management, security, or even...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: PaaS for the Modern Web

    Part 9 of a 9-part series .   A major promise underlying all of the 2012 R2 products is really simple: Consistency . Consistency in the user experiences, consistency for IT professionals, consistency for developers and consistency across clouds. A major part of delivering this consistency is the...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Keynote

    Earlier this week I got to deliver a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.  It was a lot of fun, and pretty exciting to be the first Microsoft exec to talk to this massive and important part of the IT industry. In case you missed it, you can check out the full keynote here , or the highlights below...
  • 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: Friday Replay: Monday’s Keynote from TechEd Europe

    In place of this week’s podcast (since everyone is on their way back from Spain!), check out this replay of my TechEd Europe keynote from earlier this week.
  • 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 Next for MMS

    Over the past 11 years, the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) has grown from a small user group event focused on systems management and managing PCs, to a large and passionate gathering of the world’s best and brightest IT Pros. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next step for our industry and this community...
  • 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: Three Big Trends for Corporate Computing (and what to do about them)

    Until just a few years ago, the entire IT industry was pretty tightly focused on two things:  PC’s and Servers.  These clients are still the biggest players in our market, but, for a modern IT pro, today's landscape also includes slates, tablets, laptops, and smartphones. It makes that earlier...
  • 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: Today is the RTM for Windows Server 2012 R2!

    As noted in my earlier post about the availability dates for the 2012 R2 wave , we are counting the days until our partners and customers can start using these products. Today I am proud to announce a big milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing! This means that we are handing...