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Ready. Set. Connect in new ways with Microsoft Lync
Exciting news today related to how Microsoft is helping enable customers to connect with coworkers and information in new ways with the launch of Microsoft Lync . Allen, with the Microsoft Office 365 team, talks about the news in his post, which I've pulled in below . I wanted to echo his "My Experiences...
17 Nov 2010
What others are saying about the Office 365 beta
It’s been a little over a week since the public beta of Office 365 became available, and there have already been some great comments on it from the press and customers. For those not familiar with Office 365, it’s an always-up-to-date cloud service which brings together Microsoft Office...
26 Apr 2011
Hybrid Organization with Office 365 and SharePoint Online
21apps is a Microsoft BizSpark Partner and a SharePoint business value, solutions and platform consultancy from the United Kingdom. In this guest blog, Ant Clay, Chief Strategy Officer of 21apps, shares his excitement around the launch of Office 365, specifically on how SharePoint Online and Office 365...
3 Feb 2011
Office 365 for enterprises: Part 4 - Works With What You Know
Sometimes people refer to the cloud as a "disruptive" technology. But that's really the wrong word to describe Office 365. Constructive? Yes. Practical? That, too. Microsoft understands that businesses don't care for surprises. We have gone to great lengths to make Office 365 familiar and easy to use...
16 Dec 2010
Flickr using Windows Azure and other cloud happenings
There were a couple interesting cloud-related stories I saw that I wanted to highlight as the week raps up. Recently, Yahoo needed a cloud service provider that could help them quickly release their newest Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. They wanted a dynamic platform that would help...
14 Jan 2011
Office 365 for enterprises: Part 5 - IT Control and Efficiency
Control in enterprise IT is a balancing act. Automation and outsourcing save time and money, but if done wrong, can give up too much and make it harder to make technology work for your business. Office 365 is designed to provide the right balance , enabling you to get the value and streamlined management...
6 Jan 2011
Better Cloud Collaboration, Better Healthcare
Exciting news today as several new customers announced their move to the cloud with Microsoft Online Services. These customers join a growing list of others in realizing the benefits our hosted productivity solutions can have in fostering collaboration, improving productivity and reducing costs. Check...
10 Mar 2011
Mostly Cloudy Forecast at Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit
This week Microsoft held its U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit in Redmond, and while we’re used to rain this time of year in Seattle (and most of the year for that matter….), the forecast at the event for the Public Sector was mostly cloudy - cloud related technology that is. With all...
25 Feb 2011
Transformation of IT and Economics 101 of the Cloud
Cloud computing in the enterprise has been available in niches the last couple of years, but the large scale move that companies are now considering for areas of their businesses is relatively new to many. Companies are looking at and analyzing the perceived benefits such as cost reduction, improved...
12 Nov 2010
The Realities of Google Cloud Connect
Some interesting notes in a blog post from my co-worker Tony Tai with the Office 365 team that I wanted to bring to your attention related to the Google Cloud Connect offering. Tony sheds some light on the realities behind the functionality as well as the security and privacy concerns customers should...
25 Feb 2011
Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing
The Consumerization of IT, generally defined as the development of technologies for consumers that make their way into the enterprise , has been a trendy topic the last couple of years. With the International CES consumer technology tradeshow happening in Las Vegas right now, I've been thinking about...
6 Jan 2011
Cloud computing - You say you want a revolution....
About 30 years ago there was a technology revolution underway that some referred to as the “PC revolution”, a time when companies were exploring the use of personal computers as a replacement for aging mainframe systems, typewriters or mounds of accounting being done on 10-key calculators...
25 Oct 2010
Microsoft Office 365 Launches Public Beta
There are a variety of stories coming out today regarding the availability of the Microsoft Office 365 cloud service public beta, including this one on PCMag.com and the official news release on Microsoft.com here . The beta is available to 38 markets and in 17 languages. Office 365 brings the...
18 Apr 2011
Welcome to the Cloud, USDA!
The past few months have marked a transformative time in government IT, with the State of California, the State of Minnesota and New York City, all embracing Microsoft Online Services. And now that momentum is carrying into the federal sector, with groundbreaking news from the United States Department...
9 Dec 2010
Top 5 Questions to Ask Google
I wanted to share a post from our WhyMicrosoft.com site by Ron Markezich, Corporate VP, Microsoft Online, which provides 5 questions CIO's should be asking when considering a cloud solution for their business. I've linked to the post here and included the full text of the post below as well. Let me know...
22 Feb 2011
Modular Datacenters and Dogfooding the Cloud at Microsoft
Welcome to 2011!! Hope that the New Year is starting off on the right foot for you. As I began digging out of emails after the holiday break I came across a couple interesting items that peel back the skin on some of the internal activities happening here at Microsoft that I wanted to share with...
6 Jan 2011
Microsoft Launches Office 365 Around the World
Today Microsoft launched our newest cloud service, Office 365, which delivers Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online together in a predictable monthly subscription. You can find full details on the announcement here and also more information...
28 Jun 2011
Exchange Online in Office 365
This is a repost from the Office 365 blog from Jon Orton, product manager for Exchange Online. -- I'm Jon Orton, product manager on the Exchange team here at Microsoft. Welcome to our product insight series on Exchange Online. For our first post, I want to cover two things: an overview of Exchange...
3 Feb 2011
Email: Not Just a Commodity
Interesting note in a blog post from Julia White of Microsoft, highlighting a Wall Street Journal article regarding Cisco pulling the plug on their Cisco Mail offering. In her post, Julia points out that Microsoft is "doubling down" on email and collaboration tools with our Office 365 offerings, further...
24 Feb 2011
Office 365 for enterprises: Part 1
AUTHOR: Allen with the Office 365 Group at Microsoft Reposting from Microsoft Office 365 Blog This is the first in series of posts about the value Office 365 provides to larger organizations. What do we mean by "larger"? Basically, if you employ (or will soon need to employ) IT staff to meet...
9 Nov 2010
Office 365 for enterprises: Part 3 - Anywhere Access
AUTHOR: Allen with the Office 365 Group at Microsoft Reposting from Microsoft Office 365 Blog It's no secret that the proportion of information workers who are mobile or working outside of headquarters continues to grow. Whether they are working from home, going where opportunity leads, or just...
30 Nov 2010
Office 365 for education
Today we are pleased to announce that more students than ever are using Live@edu, the world's leading cloud suite for education. Live@edu is used by more than 15M students worldwide , up from 11M just three months ago. In addition, we are sharing more information about Office 365 for education , our...
11 Jan 2011
Microsoft CIO Tony Scott: 5 Lessons Learned from Our Cloud Deployment
I wanted to share a blog post from Microsoft’s CIO, Tony Scott, where he provides some insight into 5 lessons he’s learned along the path to deploying cloud computing solutions at Microsoft. Tony shared this information with an audience of fellow CIOs at a Forbes and Microsoft CIO network...
27 Apr 2011
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