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  • Blog Post: Supercomputing from your desktop

    When I was back in college, the Cray supercomputer was a mythical thing – not least as it looked like a fancy park bench – but power has always been good in computing. Speed wins they say….but it’s not all about speed. A lot of the time it’s about access. If you want to get access to a supercomputer...
  • Blog Post: New Windows cloud ad sports Dell Inspiron Duo

    The latest Windows cloud ad includes the forthcoming Dell Inspiron Duo – YouTube version is also up and CNet has more. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Yay cloud

    One of the new windows.com/cloud ads – I REALLY like the Windows Live Photo Gallery one but can’t find it online yet. Tweet
  • Blog Post: The fastest cloud out there?

    Foresight is a gift some folks have so when our executives decided to give the go ahead to plunder a few billion in building out some datacenters a couple of years back, many of us looked on thinking “what the….” Those datacenters house Microsoft’s cloud services such as Microsoft Online, Bing and Azure...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on the cloud

    I just listened to Bob Muglia’s keynote from our WorldWide Partner Conference and it’s one of the best keynotes I have seen in while from Microsoft. In particular, the section on the Windows Azure Appliance and how customers like eBay and partners like Dell are taking Azure in to their data centers....
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 gets cloudy

    Aaron over on the Windows Phone blog published a post yesterday that is getting a good amount of coverage, most notably around how Windows Phone 7 will connect to the cloud. As Aaron mentioned, the Windows Phone Live companion site will give people a central place to see pictures they’ve published, view...
  • Blog Post: The rise (and rise) of the cloud

    As you know, I’m an infographic junkie and the cloud was my old job so I love this one from GigaOm . Click on the image for he full scale version. I’m disappointed to see Azure down at 14 in the list of major cloud providers but there’s no indication of how that ordering is done. We have many millions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office is now on the web

    You may have heard about something called Office Web Applications over the last few months. If not, just think of it as Microsoft Office delivered through a web browser – okay, it’s not full blown office but it’s unquestionably Office and it looks very familiar. This sort of familiar All you need to...
  • Blog Post: Talking cloud services

    I’ve given a few “cloud” talks lately and talked about Microsoft’s experience with cloud services, including Hotmail . Initially it struck me as odd to call Hotmail a cloud service as I’ve always just thought of it as email in the same way I think of Bing (or Google) as search. I mean, they’re not cloud...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft won't dominate the cloud…but

    Rob Preston, VP and Editor in Chief of InformationWeek offers an interesting assessment of Microsoft’s cloud capability and closes by saying Microsoft won't dominate the cloud -- no company will ... it's just too big a place -- but it will be the preeminent, most profitable player there in no time.  ...
  • Blog Post: BobMu talk cloud

    The Wordle cloud from Bob Muglia’s keynote at the Microsoft Management Summit last week. Cloud centric as you would (hopefully) expect. Bob’s day 1 keynote is now available on demand …I’ll get around to watching it next week but I like the “Minding The Gap” catchphrase :)
  • Blog Post: Windows Intune – Microsoft’s latest cloud service

      The latest Microsoft cloud service broke cover today as Windows Intune went in to beta. In short, Intune provides cloud based PC management including anti-virus, patch updating and more. The admin console is shown below and it’ll be a familiar experience for anyone who has seen Microsoft Online...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Data Center in a box…more details emerge

    Welcome to Microsoft’s data centre evolution (previously called the “Generation 4 vision”). As earlier videos have shown, we’re heading towards the pre-manufacturing every part of the data centre: the IT, mechanical and electrical components as part of Pre-Assembled Components that we call an “ITPAC...
  • Blog Post: A Yottabyte you say?

    [credit: The Economist]   A lot is the answer as noted above in The Economist . They had a great special report a couple of weeks back on the enormous amounts of data we’re now creating in the digital age. For someone who remembers 5 1/4 inch floppy disks and loading computer games of an audio tape...
  • Blog Post: Windows, Windows Phone and XBOX + cloud & Visual Studio= cross platform gaming

    Wow, two coups for TechEd MEA – they get Eric Rudder to present AND they get a pretty impressive demo from Eric of a single game running across a Windows 7 PC, a Windows Phone 7 Series device and XBOX 360. The unspoken part of the demo is the cloud of course and the fact that Live ID enables this seamless...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer says Microsoft is “all in” with the cloud

      [updated post] Steve Ballmer spoke at the University of Washington this afternoon on Microsoft and the cloud. He spoke for a little over an hour with some Q&A at the end and included demos of BingMaps (by Blaise of course) Sky Player on XBOX. He touched on almost every aspect of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Services website is live

      In about 5 minutes, Steve Ballmer will take the stage at The University of Washington to talk about Microsoft’s cloud services. In conjunction with that, we have a new Cloud Services website that has gone live today with a very easy to remember URL – www.microsoft.com/cloud There’s plenty of info...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer on Microsoft’s cloud strategy

    Watch the speech live Thursday, March 4, at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST  
  • Blog Post: More than 300 million people in 76 countries and 48 languages use Messenger every month

    Wow. That’s quite a stat…when people say to me that Microsoft is new to this whole cloud thing, that’s what I’ll respond with. I have to confess for a while I wasn’t sure about calling existing services like Messenger and Hotmail “cloud services” but they genuinely are and it feels a little like the...
  • Blog Post: Cloud security whitepapers

      I just noticed Roger Halbheer has posted a couple of new whitepapers on Cloud Security that are not the usual techno megafest – these are more targeted at the executive summary level. The first paper is written by Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing organization and is a high-level overview of the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and cloud interoperability

    [click image for full size version]   The cloud is everywhere – literally, but also in the mainstream press as well as the IT press these days. We all use it with no real concern for the technology going on in the background though I’d argue that will come under the spotlight more and more over...
  • Blog Post: The cloud in Europe – challenges and opportunities

    In the last hour, Brad Smith, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Microsoft gave a speech titled “ Technology leadership in the 21st century: How cloud computing will change our world ”. It follows a similar speech he gave last week in the US about building confidence in the cloud. In that speech...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires Opalis

    We just announced we’ve acquired Opalis Software , a Toronto-based private company that is a leader in IT process automation software. Opalis will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. What do they do? Opalis v6.0 automates the integration and orchestration of cloud actions such as: Cloud Bursting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure means business

    At the Professional Developers Conference last month, Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia made a series of announcements around Microsoft’s cloud platform that moved us from something of interest to developers to something that I think will catch the attention of CIO’s too. A few things of note App Fabric &...
  • Blog Post: Optimal Workloads for the cloud

    This is one of my favourite slides from the PDC last week – it comes from the session titled Windows Azure Platform Business Model “ Transforming to a services business “ by my friend Dianne O’Brien. When talking to customers, colleagues and journalists I often talk about these models and Dianne’s slide...
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