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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...
16 Nov 2010
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
15 Nov 2010
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
1 Nov 2010
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...
3 Aug 2010
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....
16 Jul 2010
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...
14 Jul 2010
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...
8 Jul 2010
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...
8 Jun 2010
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...
13 May 2010
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. ...
10 May 2010
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 :)
23 Apr 2010
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...
19 Apr 2010
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...
23 Mar 2010
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...
15 Mar 2010
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...
6 Mar 2010
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...
4 Mar 2010
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...
4 Mar 2010
Steve Ballmer on Microsoft’s cloud strategy
Watch the speech live Thursday, March 4, at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST
2 Mar 2010
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...
9 Feb 2010
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...
9 Feb 2010
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...
1 Feb 2010
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...
26 Jan 2010
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...
11 Dec 2009
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 &...
10 Dec 2009
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...
26 Nov 2009
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