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June, 2010

  • Imagine Cup 2010: Games Could Change the World

    Computer gaming is perhaps the most powerful and influential communications media of our time. More money is spent and made in the video game industry than all other media combined. The recent E3 convention in Los Angeles supports this notion. The conference...
  • Cloud computing in healthcare – private, public, or somewhere in between

    (Last in a series of Microsoft Blog posts about the cloud in vertical industries. Today: Healthcare.) Just about everyone I know in healthcare is asking the same question: “What can cloud computing do for me?” My answer: Plenty. Cloud...
  • Microsoft’s Support Sets Us Apart

    I’ve found that most customers think about the services and support offerings available for a product only when they truly need it. Support is often “out of sight, out of mind” for many customers. But, as the leader of Microsoft’s...
  • Microsoft by the numbers

    [UPDATE: We made an error in the reported figure for Apple’s Net Income in our original post – the cited source had the correct number but we somehow got a wrong number into the body of my post. This post has been updated with the correct...
  • Cloud Computing is a Perfect Fit for Retailers

    (Third in a series of Microsoft blog posts about the cloud in vertical industries. Today: Retail) Retailers today are working to do more with less. And for retailers seeking to get big results with minimal resources, cloud computing is beginning to...
  • Collaboration Is Job No. 1 in Manufacturing

    (Second in a series of Microsoft Blog posts about the cloud in specific industries. Today: Manufacturing.) These days, manufacturers have their heads in the cloud. Cloud computing promises to drastically improve the ability of companies and their customers...
  • Wall Street’s Real Fuel for Positive Change: Cloud Computing

    (First in a series of Microsoft Blog posts about the cloud in specific industries. Today: Financial Services.) Financial services firms have never been shy about using technology. They have long pushed the envelope for more speed and more sophisticated...
  • IP Ventures Helps a Dublin Financial Startup

    In 2008, the financial markets changed fundamentally and completely. The causes will be debated and they of course predate the collapse. But there is no argument that the summer of 2008 is when the market certainties that had prevailed since 1945 evaporated...
  • Tech●Ed 2010 Shows the Value of Microsoft MVPs

    Earlier this month members of my team attended Tech●Ed 2010 in New Orleans, an event where we share our training and expertise with IT professionals. It’s an event that’s not only energizing, it also reminds me of the importance of connecting...
  • Weekend Reading: Kinect, Office 2010 Highlight Big Week

    People don’t always realize the astonishing breadth of Microsoft’s technology footprint. Certainly, this past week demonstrated that big shoe. Over Sunday and Monday, for instance, we unveiled what we believe is the future of electronic...
  • Real Scenarios; Real Life

    With each release of Office, we’re closer to achieving what we set out to do more than 20 years ago: Helping users to work better, faster and smarter. In creating Office 2010 , we’ve invested time to listen to millions of customers, to enhance...
  • Kinect Introduced at E3

    Ever since we first demonstrated Project Natal at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) a year ago, gamers have been waiting for a chance to use the controller-free Xbox add-on. Their wait is almost over. This week at the 2010 E3, we’ve announced...
  • Weekend Reading: Huge week ahead – World Cup, Office 2010, Project Natal and Xbox at E3

    Without even standing up from my desk right now, I can see four jerseys representing four different FIFA World Cup contenders – Mexico, England, the United States, and South Africa. (OK, the South African is actually a rugby jersey…). It...
  • Ballmer Surprises Chicago Students

    Not to be outdone by the historic Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup win Wednesday night, Microsoft put on quite a show Thursday at the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology. Founded only 12 months ago, “Chi Tech” (as it is called) is a proof...
  • Improving Football with Analytics

    I have a deep passion for football – or, soccer as it is called in the United States. On Friday, the FIFA World Cup , watched by billions around the world, kicks off with a game between the team of the host country – South Africa – and...
  • Coming at IT from All Angles

    Over the last several months, I have had the opportunity to talk to about 300 CIOs in a variety of forums all around the world. I consistently hear from my peers and colleagues that they have spent much of the last few years focused on reducing costs...
  • Weekend Reading: Live@edu Cloud Clears Future for Kentucky

    Last week the University of Arizona adopted the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite , our cloud-based communication and collaboration package. This week the Kentucky Department of Education has gone one better and deployed our Live@edu system...
  • Live@edu Brings the Future to Kentucky

    I’ve been managing technology in schools for more than 20 years. And there’s one thing I know: There are very few times when you can simultaneously streamline output and lower costs, while also dramatically increasing capacity and adding new...
  • The role of IT in the era of cloud computing

    Without question, cloud computing continues to be the hot topic of discussion in information technology circles. Vendors, customers and industry observers are all weighing in on the opportunities and challenges posed by the cloud. Many IT professionals...