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2010: The Year in Review

2010: The Year in Review

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2010: The Year in Review

 

2010 was an outstanding year for Microsoft, our customer and our partners since it was a year filled with great product releases, some amazing customer wins and deployments and also some tremendous partner offerings and success stories.

Cloud Momentum

In 2010, we saw the growth of cloud momentum from Microsoft starting with the All In declaration by Steve Ballmer at the University of Washington to the Office 365 Launch and everything in between.  Below are a couple of key moments for cloud momentum from Microsoft throughout the year:


Click the image to play the PDC 10 Keynote Video

 



Click the image to view the Office 365 Demo


Watch Bob Muglia's IT Paradigm Video - Cloud Power!

 

Office 2010 Released and Momentum

It was an amazing moment when we released Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and Exchange 2010Office 2010 has become the fastest selling Office in our history, SharePoint continues to delight customers and partners and Exchange is growing leaps and bounds!

I'll share two of my favorite videos for Office 2010 for the year. 

1. Office 2010 the Movie:

2. What if the Founding Fathers did use Microsoft Word?

 

Lync 2010 Released

If you haven't experienced Lync (it's a combination of Link and Sync), you're missing out.  It combines together voice, video, web conferencing, IM and presence.  I use Lync every day and with its presence integration integrated into Outlook and SharePoint, connecting with other folks is always just a click away.  Check out one of the best videos that explains Lync for the newbie:

 

Microsoft Growth in Government and Education

It was an amazing year to see Microsoft's growth in the Government and Education space.  We announced BPOS for Government and Live@EDU continues to take education by storm.  From what I hear from customers, the move to the Microsoft cloud is driven by lowering costs and increasing productivity.  Mayor Bloomberg of New York said it best:

"To deliver services efficiently and function at the highest level, City employees need the same technological resources that top private sector businesses provide to their employees," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Through our partnership with Microsoft, we've found ways to offer our employees Microsoft's newest, state-of-the-art computing tools while reducing costs to taxpayers."

Read the full release from the NYC government.

From Albany to Stonybrook, Suny encompasses 64 campuses with over 465,000 students who can now take advantage of Live@EDU from Microsoft!  Learn more by reading here.

120,000 users. . . I would say that's Organic!  Read about what the USDA is doing here.

"Migrating an enterprise of USDA's size and complexity from multiple environments, across multiple agencies, requires not only a trusted enterprise-ready solution, but also a partner that is able to work with us and navigate everything from archiving to authentication to mobile phone support," said Chris Smith, chief information officer at USDA. "USDA's IT modernization will allow us to streamline our operations and help us use taxpayer dollars more efficiently. With a focused cloud road map, we saw a clear opportunity to help achieve our cost savings and consolidation goals and tap into the promise of the cloud."


Scotch Tape, the Bundt Pan, Wheaties, Bisquick and Green Giant vegetables. . .   They all were invented in Minnesota and now the next generation of collaboration and communication is on the list since the great state of Minnesota is moving to BPOS!

 

Web Apps Everywhere - SkyDrive, Facebook

I couldn't have a year recap without talking about the Office Web Apps.  If you haven't tried them, pop over to SkyDrive and give them a try.  In fact, if you prefer to try out Office Web Apps and have a Facebook account, navigate over to docs.com and see how Office Web Apps can integrate with Facebook with the click of a button!  Join the over 20M users who have given the Office Web Apps a try!

A Little Competitive Fun

How could I recount 2010 without talking about the competition?  In 2010, we brought you the new website - WhyMicrosoft.com - which compares Microsoft's offerings with the competition.  Combined with the website is the WhyMicrosoft blog that you're reading. 

Of course, there was also the Computerworld interview that I did that got the folks at Appirio, a Google premier partner, so riled that they did a parody of it!   I'm surprised they didn't draw some devil horns, a black eye and a moustache on my picture in the article! I'm always happy to debate the merits of Microsoft's approach versus the competition.

 

 

Coming up tomorrow. . . . My New Year's Resolutions!

 

Comments
  • Yeah, a lot of things went well. But sadly it was overshadowed by the mobile and especially tablet failures. Indeed the general MS news cycle was the most negative I have ever seen. Even Frank Shaw had to acknowledge the pervasiveness of the "MS is doomed" meme. And of course the stock got crushed, although it managed to recover a bit by year end (though it still finished negative).

    You're doing a good job of getting the story out personally, but the company isn't overall. Let's hope 2011 shows some improvement.

  • Yeah, a lot of things went well. But sadly it was overshadowed by the mobile and especially tablet failures. Indeed the general MS news cycle was the most negative I have ever seen. Even Frank Shaw had to acknowledge the pervasiveness of the "MS is doomed" meme. And of course the stock got crushed, although it managed to recover a bit by year end (though it still finished negative).

    You're doing a good job of getting the story out personally, but the company isn't overall. Let's hope 2011 shows some improvement.

  • Glad you enjoyed the parody, Tom!  The truth is that our first version did indeed have you sporting an eye patch ;)

    Happy to take you up on your offer to discuss the merits of Microsoft's approach. We have our annual "Cloud Fisticuffs" coming up-- interested in participating?

    (Here's last year's: thecloud.appirio.com/Fisticuffs2010.html)

  • @Brent thanks for the kind words on us getting out our story.  I agree we had some flops and some "doh" moments during the year but overall I feel that in 2010, especially starting in the spring with Office 2010 releasing, the momentum starting shifting with things like Office 2010, Office Web Apps, Kinect, Windows Phone, etc.

    I do agree the "MS is dead" bell has been ringing maybe a little too much and prematurely but when they underestimate you, that's the best time to shine and I think MS is about to shine very brightly in 2011 with the lineup we have.  You'll have to judge us again at the end of 2011 and give me your thoughts on how we did.

  • @Ryan I think eye patches are going to be "the" style accessory in 2011 :)  I'm interested in your Cloud Fisticuffs so let's sync offline about more details as long as you promise in return to give Office 365 a whirl and give me your pros/cons :)

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