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  • 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: 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: Engineering Firm Saves €16,000 Annually with Cloud Solution

    In today’s post we learn from TGE Gas Engineering on why Microsoft was the best decision for their business in their move to expand, and embrace cloud computing! “ Office 365 fit our needs perfectly. It’s definitely a cost-effective solution that poises us for long...
  • 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: 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: BBVA Paraguay Improves Operational Efficiency and Customer Service with Microsoft SharePoint

    Despite implementing Google Apps as its communication platform, BBVA Paraguay is using the Microsoft SharePoint platform to run its critical business processes and improve organizational efficiency. We recently spoke to Pablo Estebanez, Operations, Transformation and Technology Director, for BBVA Paraguay...
  • 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: 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: WPC 2010: We're all In!

    First, let me introduce myself. I'm Tom Rizzo and I work in the Online Services group here at Microsoft. You may know the Online Services team as the Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) team. Before working in this group, I worked in the SharePoint product management team and before that the...
  • Blog Post: Spring is in the air!

    On Friday we finalized the code for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 in what we call RTM ("Release to Manufacturing"). Customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be able to download the products in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. ( Credit :...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Office Suites - Steering Wheel or HandleBars?

    Steering Wheels for a Reason For arguments sake, let's say you are deciding on a new car. You likely expect the car to have basic features like four wheels, an engine, seats and a steering wheel etc. Did it ever occur to you to make sure the seats are adjustable? Or if the steering wheel can tilt...
  • 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: PC, Phone, Browser - 90 Seconds to Why Microsoft

    I recently read the CIO Magazine "State of the CIO" survey. What I found interesting was that 63% of CIO respondents said 'improving end-user workforce productivity' would be the one of the most significant accomplishments in the year ahead. So f or the upcoming release of Office/SharePoint 2010, we...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Migrate Google Apps Content to SharePoint

    Metalogix Software has just released Migration Manager for Google Apps for moving Google Docs and Sites content to SharePoint. We spoke with Geordie Henderson, Director of ECM Migration Products at Metalogix about how the product works and the Google Apps migration market. Who is Metalogix? Metalogix...