According to Drew Gude, Microsoft's director of U.S. High Tech & Electronics, "The cloud is central to all elements of the new normal." This was said during a recent interview with Desktop Engineering's Kenneth Wong, looking at trends and themes from the 2011 Microsoft Global High Tech Summit. The conversation explored the overall impact of cloud computing, highlighting the software's ability to combine with current tools and skills used by engineers and designers. Microsoft's "Cloud as an Engine of Growth" survey results were also explored, which prove that a growing number of manufacturers are investing in these services to increase growth and innovation.

The full discussion between Drew and Kenneth can be heard on the Desktop Engineering blog