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  • Blog Post: Part Deux: A Different Approach to Calculators

    Do you know Exchange 2010 improves storage capabilities so that customers can now replace SAN's with cheaper, direct attached SATA drives? Did you know the new features in Office 2010 can allow employees to do their own photo/video editing allowing you to replace license costs associated with other products...
  • Blog Post: Google Docs does not make Office better

    Hi, I’m Alex Payne and I’m a Director in our Online Product Management team. A couple of news articles and blogs landed today where Google is trying to make the case that existing Office customers (and there are over 500 Million of them worldwide) should hold off on upgrading to Office 2010 and instead...
  • Blog Post: Why are Businesses Leaving Google Apps?

    Security Concerns. Hidden Costs. Document Fidelity. Marketing Hype. No Support. Lack of Roadmap. Oh My! These are a few of the reasons that the organizations I’ve spoken to have either left Google Apps or simply put it ‘through its paces’ and realized it’s more pony than horse...
  • Blog Post: Three Big Wins for Microsoft Cloud Services

    Today at our annual Financial Analyst's Meeting (FAM) we announced that The Dow Chemical Co., Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the University of Georgia have each selected Microsoft cloud solutions. If you'd like to watch any of Executive keynotes, please visit the digital site dedicated to this event. ...
  • Blog Post: Google's Outlook Sync Tool: Out of Sync with Customers

    My name is Brandon Hoff and I am a Technical Product Manager here at Microsoft and have been working on Exchange for almost 10 years. Since the introduction of Outlook into the Office suite in 1997, I have come across my fair share of connectors (IBM, Novell, et al) which have attempted to provide a...
  • Blog Post: Lies, Damned Lies and the “Gone Google” Calculator

    Do you click on 77 spam emails every day or have you spent $47,000 on a lost laptop? Me neither, but Google thinks you do and these are exactly the sort of numbers used to calculate your potential cost savings for "Gone Google". In today's macroeconomic climate, businesses need thorough and defensible...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up! - Live Webcast: Evaluating Cloud Solutions: Insights from an Early Adopter of Google Apps and Microsoft BPOS

    I am proud to announce that on September 22 at 1:30pm ET, we are sponsoring our first live Webcast featuring a Serena Software, a customer who has joined BPOS after leaving Google Apps. Sign up now and join us on the 22nd! Overview: Serena Software, a leading software company in the application development...
  • Blog Post: Two More Customers Answer ‘Why Microsoft?’

    Over the last several weeks, I've been proud to highlight why customers of all sizes, geographies and industries have picked Microsoft over Google Apps. Some have left Google after realizing 'it's more pony than horse' , others gave it a test drive and found out quickly it was 'more showroom than track...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Google Apps for Microsoft Online – Two New Examples

    Today we've publish two more case studies that highlight how customers have answered the question "Why Microsoft?" Building on our previous post about customers 'Leaving Google Apps', both customer interviews both provide continued examples of why Google Apps doesn't really deliver the nirvana its creators...
  • 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: Bigger Than The Beatles and Google’s Crush on Office Get Serious

    Imagine if you filled up Wembley Stadium (82K seats) and the Rose Bowl (100K seats) with a totally new audience every day for 100 days straight. You would be on pace to be one of the most successful attractions ever. Well, today we announced that the Office Web Apps have been used by over 20 million...
  • Blog Post: A Tale of Two Cities – “Gone Google” and Microsoft Office 2010 twelve months later...

    " It was the best of times, It was the worst of times …" the opening line of Dickens famous novel A Tale of Two Cities got me thinking about how busy the last twelve months have been for employees for the corporate campuses of Redmond (Microsoft) and Mountain View (Google). Summary A year...
  • Blog Post: Codelco is 'All In' with BPOS - Mining the Cloud for Savings

    Codelco, the world's largest copper mining company is 'All In' with BPOS! Today on the MS Online blog we are proud to provide a guest post by Marco Orellana, CIO of Codelco. You can also watch a great video interview between Marco and Chris Capossela, SVP of Microsoft Business Division. Codelco is a...
  • Blog Post: Google: "...Not Appropriate for Business"

    Today's post is the second of two guest posts this week by Julia White, Sr. Director of Microsoft Exchange Product Management. Yesterday I talked about the need to look at several factors when considering your next e-mail system, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Uptime is important but control...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability and Innovation In Action: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

    With the “wave” ( yes, I did go there ) of announcements from this past week from both Microsoft and Google has got me thinking about interoperability and innovation. Given that customers and partners trust us to help make their people more productive and help them grow their businesses,...
  • 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: New Zealand Rugby Union Picks BPOS

    If you've never seen the NZ All Blacks Rugby Haka, it's truly one of the great events in any competitive sport. (see video below). So we are proud this week to announce win for BPOS with The New Zealand Rugby Union. As one of New Zealand’s largest sports organizations they are charged with fostering...
  • 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: 700,000 inboxes in the Bluegrass State are "All In" - Kentucky Dept. of Education moves to Microsoft's cloud services

    We are pleased to announce that the Department of Education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has gone live with Microsoft's Live@edu solution. I highly recommend you read Chuck Austin's ( Office of Education Technology, Kentucky DOE) guest blog post for more insights on their experience. With more than...