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  • Blog Post: Google’s One Size Fits All Ultimatum

    When I sit down and talk with business customers and organizations to discuss benefits in moving to the cloud, the first thing they point out is that they want to move in careful phases, at their own pace, as they have done with any major IT implementation. That’s just smart. Plan carefully and...
  • Blog Post: Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 7/6/2012

    Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s selections. Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Accelerator Wins Best of Tech Ed Award A first-of-its-kind solution developed by Riverbed in partnership with Akamai Technologies is Best of TechEd Award winner in...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Reviews: The Proof is in the Pudding

    I can’t help but be excited about the incredible new capabilities we’ll be offering to businesses and organizations around the world with Office 365. As we look forward to our next generation cloud productivity service, I thought I’d share a few snippets from early reviews that capture...
  • Blog Post: Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 1/20/2012

    Microsoft Office 365's New Enterprise Fans Moving to Office 365 are airline JetBlue, outdoor clothing designer Patagonia, and the American Heart Association. "Each customer is unique, different in size, mission, and industry, yet all have a common technology mission--to foster greater collaboration and...
  • Blog Post: Why Governments Buy Microsoft Online Services

    Reflecting on Memorial Day, when Americans remember how military veterans safeguarded fellow citizens through their service, today I’m also recalling how Microsoft’s services contribute in the public sector. We have developed and now manage a suite of online services to assist government...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Power or Cloud Compromises: You Choose

    We announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA ) is ready to go live with the premier productivity cloud solution: Microsoft Online Services. The USDA brings us the food pyramid, organic certification, food safety, and the US Forest Service . Now, we can return the favor...
  • Blog Post: Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Jeremy Mahler of Hickory Farms

    As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series we spoke to Jeremy Mahler, Director of Technical Operations at Hickory Farms, about why, after trying for almost a year to develop an effective collaboration environment with a leading cloud-based messaging and collaboration service, Hickory Farms...
  • Blog Post: Real World with Microsoft Online Services - Rexel

    As part of the Real World Microsoft Online Services series, we spoke to Olivier Baldassari, Chief Information Officer at Rexel, and Thomas Huber, Global IT Collaboration Manager at Rexel, about why Rexel chose Microsoft Online Services over Gmail from Google Apps to manage its messaging and collaboration...
  • Blog Post: 2011: My New Year's Resolutions

    My New Year's Resolutions This is the time of year when people sit down and reflect on their past year and look to the upcoming year and the changes they will make. In my reflections, I came up with the 10 following New Year's Resolutions: 1. I won't take it personally when someone describes...
  • Blog Post: Google Waves the White Flag on Productivity with Announcement of Cloud Connect.

    Yesterday, Google announced Cloud Connect, aiming to embrace Microsoft Office as the preferred productivity environment for all Google Apps users. I think this is welcome news for many users who gain another way to share documents in whatever way they prefer. In fact, just last week, we were pleased...
  • Blog Post: Convenient for Google, Not Good for Business

    As we prepare for the launch of Office 365, I wanted to know what practices Google has in place to serve its business customers. What I found was that some of Google’s practices are convenient for their company and not truly customer-centric. A good example is their tools and support lifecycles...
  • Blog Post: Is Google App Engine Enterprise-Ready?

    Hi folks, my name is Johanna White, and I’m a senior product manager in Microsoft’s Online Services group. I’ve been at Microsoft for three years, first running the Ramp Up program (a free online learning program for developers), and then working on the SharePoint team before I...
  • Blog Post: The Realities of Google Cloud Connect

    Google recently released Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. You might have heard some buzz . When the Cloud Connect beta came out in November 2010, people expressed their frustration with the tool's ability to deal with the most straight forward tasks . Now that it is available we’ve taken a look...
  • Blog Post: Real World with Cloud Services: Interview with Kent Fuller, Director of IT Infrastructure Services, BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP

    As part of the Real World with Cloud Services series, we spoke to Kent Fuller, Director of IT Infrastructure Services at BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, about why BCBG chose Microsoft Office 365 over Google Apps to manage its messaging and productivity environments. Here’s what he had to say: ...
  • Blog Post: Google Limits Free Lunch

    For businesses with 11-50 users wanting to use Google Apps, the free lunch line closed for new subscribers. In fact, those business subscribers need to step up and pay $5/user/month for the pay-as-you-go, non-contractual option for Google Apps for Business. Only companies with 1-10 users will receive...
  • Blog Post: 2010: The Year in Review

    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,...
  • Blog Post: Forbes - Why Microsoft will win the Small Business Cloud War

    I couldn't help but take notice of this article in Forbes not because of their use of my favorite term - Why Microsoft - but one of the customer's highlighted in the article - Bradshaw and Weil . We've worked with Bradshaw and Weil since they looked at us vs Google and chose Microsoft (they still use...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Questions to Ask Google

    There is no question that being CIO is a demanding role that has been made more difficult by facing tough decisions about cloud solutions. Two weeks ago, I shared five key themes I consistently hear from business leaders who are considering moving their business to the cloud. As a follow up, here are...
  • Blog Post: My Thoughts on Google's Message Continuity for Exchange

    If you haven't seen, Google recently announced a new service for Microsoft Exchange Server: Google Message Continuity for Exchange Server . The folks in the Exchange team posted their thoughts about this new service . To quickly summarize their point of view: Cumbersome and Costly . I completely...
  • Blog Post: Government and Health IT Group Promotes Best Practices via Online Collaboration Solution

    Governments and public organizations are making the move to cloud computing, realizing the immense benefits that it has to offer. In today’s post we hear from the SERCH on why Microsoft was the best decision in their move off Google Groups and in embracing cloud computing! “SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Make Google Talk Straight to You

    Today's post is the first of two guest posts this week by Julia White, Sr. Director of Microsoft Exchange Product Management. For those of you who don’t know me, I run the Exchange product management team at Microsoft. I often post to the Unified Communications Group Team Blog ; but my colleague...
  • Blog Post: Dear Google. . .

    Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you all have plans to spend time with someone special today. Or, if you forgot, it might be time to make that frantic call to the florist! Either way, be sure not to disappoint those who are special to you. Heartache is an interesting topic today and something...
  • Blog Post: At Google, the Customer is the Product

    You may have recently read TechFlash’s coverage with Tom Rizzo reviewing why San Francisco chose Microsoft over Google Apps. Tom identified a fundamental difference between Microsoft’s and Google’s business models. Microsoft is a technology company that generates revenue by developing...
  • Blog Post: A Patent Lack of Focus

    I’ve been reading about the impact of Google’s purchase of Motorola Mobility, and it got me thinking: Where are Google’s investments in their enterprise applications? Obviously, I follow Google closely, and whether it’s their financials or company priorities, they say surprisingly...
  • Blog Post: Google, the GSA and the Competition

    Today, the General Services Administration made the decision to replace several different versions of IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino software with Google for its own email. While we are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to meet the GSA's internal messaging needs, we will continue to serve...