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  • Blog Post: Microsoft on Cloud Computing: "All In" & Why Microsoft

    Today, Microsoft held a live event from the University of Washington where Steve Ballmer outlined Microsoft's view on the power of clouds to drive innovation. (You can find replay, transcripts here .) This was a pivotal speech not only for the company, but for the industry as a whole. For additional...
  • Blog Post: The University of Arizona picks BPOS

    Today we are proud to announce that the University of Arizona has selected Microsoft Online as the messaging and collaboration platform for all faculty and staff. Earlier in the month I highlighted the fact that 10,000 institutions on every continent have enrolled with our Live@Edu offering in the just...
  • Blog Post: Top Considerations in Moving to the Public Cloud

    Earlier this month I posted Why Move to the Public Cloud? , outlining the thinking behind choosing a public cloud implementation. As you may recall, it described why organizations choose public, private or hybrid cloud implementations and also why some choose traditional, on-premises applications. ...
  • 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: Get Started With Office 365!

    The wait is over! Office 365 brings together Microsoft cloud productivity services in a secure, reliable, and flexible package. Better yet, it has been tested by over 200,000 organizations and Office 365 is available today to businesses of all sizes in 40 markets around the world. You’ll find that...
  • Blog Post: Real World with Microsoft Online Services: Interview with Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs

    As part of the Real World Microsoft Online Services series, we spoke to Christian Kuttler, Director of Information and Communication Technology at Center Parcs, about replacing Google Apps with the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite. Here's what he had to say: Q: Tell us about...
  • 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: 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: Migrating IBM Lotus Notes and Domino Systems to the Cloud

    Just imagine that I am an IT leader supporting a legacy Lotus Notes and Domino application... My dream getaway this summer is a stress-reducing, weekend trip. I’ll be on the beach with a great book, a sailboard and sunshine, with plans to return to an up-to-date email, calendaring and collaboration...
  • 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: 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: 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: Real World with Microsoft Online Services: Interview with Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7

    As part of the Real World with Microsoft Online Services customer series, we talked to Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7, about replacing Google Apps with the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes Microsoft Exchange Online. Here's what he had to say. Q: Tell us about the...
  • Blog Post: WordPad's ruler now matched by Google Docs

    At the beginning of the week, Anil Sabharwal, Product Manager, for Google Apps wrote a blog post “ Laying the foundation for a new Google Docs” Please do read it: I found it thought provoking to hear how Google articulates the excitement of their new groundbreaking features: · Users...