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  • Blog Post: Royal Mail heading to the cloud with Microsoft

    Postman Pat is heading to the cloud! Okay I’m sure the Royal Mail is tired of the cartoon references….great news to hear they’re heading to the cloud though with Microsoft Online. CSC will deliver our Business Productivity Online Suite in the company. PR newswire quotes Royal Mail Group's Head of Technology...
  • Blog Post: 2 new Software plus Services videos

    Together Anywhere A new Software plus Services video crossed by my browser today and it sits alongside the other dimly lit, moody video Overnight Success video that has been around since the PDC last year. This video takes more of a consumer look at things and even shows a (theoretical) video camera...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 brings Office to the browser

    See What's New in Microsoft Web Applications 2010 Okay so this is hardly news now as it was all over Techmeme and the web in general this morning – Office 2010 Tech Preview got announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference. For my world of Software plus Services the big news was Office Web Applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Beginner's Guide To Cloud Computing

    As I mentioned in an earlier post today, Ron Markezich is talking at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium later today in Cambridge, MA on a panel about cloud computing. I just caught up with John Foley’s post from InformationWeek who confirms that Ron will share five tips on how to get started in the cloud, based...
  • Blog Post: A Hybrid Exchange

    I’m doing a lot of cloud reading of late which is handy as I’m off to present at mashup* Cloud Computing tonight in London which is hosted at one of Sun’s offices. Should be fun :) A few things have caught my eye in addition to the recent post titled Fill Your Sunday with Cloud Computing .   First...
  • Blog Post: Capossela on Enterprise Cloud Computing

    Chris Capossela is one of my favourite execs to listen to at Microsoft. He always takes a very customer oriented view of the world and listens a lot more than he talks – always a good sign. In a recent guest column on GigaOm , Chris discussed the enterprise, cloud computing and 5 key considerations for...
  • Blog Post: Google Talks Software plus Services

    Great stuff, GMail goes offline and endorses the Software plus Services approach. I couldn't have said it better myself really. Well, maybe I can as this approach it viable for more than just email…see below for what is Software plus Services . Seriously, this is how people want to work and it’s good...
  • Blog Post: What Is Software Plus Services: A Video by CommonCraft

    It’s one of the most common questions I get – most recently from Michael Arrington in the back of cab in Paris. Hopefully this video will help clear things up for people – in under 4 minutes. Much less than it usually takes me so I have to work on my pitch! For a long time I’ve admired Lee and Sachi...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 14 Has 3.5m Users Already

    Exchange 14 (or E14) broke cover this week with a post on the Exchange Team blog . As KC mentioned, this version of Exchange is being built from the ground up to be scalable in multi tenant hosting environments which explains why we’re well in to a testing phase now that is know as Exchange Labs. I actually...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online whitepapers

      Regular readers will know I’m all about Software plus Services and with Microsoft Online gathering pace I thought it would be useful to share some useful document that are up on the haystack that is Microsoft.com. Here I present you with 3 needles Exchange service description SharePoint service...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Making Data Centers Like Lego

    Video: Microsoft Generation 4.0 Data Center Vision   Lovin that video – I want to see those Windows Azure trucks rolling down my street! Fun aside, the Generation 4 data centers that are depicted here and talked about at length on Mike Manos’s blog are a big deal. They take many of the conventional...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: We can help you save money

    That was the word from Stephen Elop today at the launch of our Microsoft Online products . In a nutshell, this is Microsoft offering to host Exchange and SharePoint in our datacenters for customers of all sizes. Previously available only to big businesses like Phillips, Coca Cola and others with many...
  • Blog Post: What’s All This Cloud Computing Guff?

    The broadsheet coverage of cloud computing continues apace with Tim Walker at The Independent covering it today under the soon to be overused title Cloudsurfing . What I love about serious papers covering the topic is they remove a lot of the hyperbole and marketing nonsense and turn it in to something...
  • Blog Post: The Azure cake

    I thought Network World did a pretty good job of putting the Azure cake together – though the top layer shown here isn’t technically part of the Azure Platform. The top layer shown here is Microsoft Online so this is actually a good cake of our S+S offerings though even then it doesn’t include the Live...
  • Blog Post: Michael Manos on Datacenter Leadership

    ARCast.TV - Michael Manos on Datacenter Leadership Slowly but surely I’m slipping to to being a data center geek and there is nobody better to learn from in Microsoft than Michael Manos. His is da man. He works in GFS (Global Foundation Services) and is one of the main men behind the honking big data...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft 3.0

    What I believe you actually saw last week at the PDC, if you looked carefully, was Microsoft 3.0   The dust is now settling on PDC 2008 and more measured commentary is arriving . I’ve been waiting for this PDC for a long time and to see the reaction. I thought I’d give you my take on what really...
  • Blog Post: A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution

    Steve Ballmer lays out our Software plus Services announcements and ambitions in an executive email titled A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution . It’s a pretty solid read if you want to know what this S+S thing I rattle on about is all about. He explains it very well, especially the power of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office – now in a browser

      We just announced here at PDC our Office Web Applications – yep, Office is coming to the browser. I’ll write more on this later but one thing I’ll say up front is this is a very capable version of Office. Much more so than Google Docs IMHO and yes, they will work in IE, Firefox and Safari for...
  • Blog Post: Developing on Live Mesh is…well, Live

      Let the good times roll with development on the Live Framework – just announced by Treadwell. Go get it
  • Blog Post: Microsoft hits F5 on the Software plus Services website

      From the people who brought you that amazingly cool Live Mesh video…..finally a website to do our Software plus Services vision justice. I know, i know….the video is in WMV right now but I think the video quality does it justice. I’ll be back with a Silverlight version soon but you can get it...
  • Blog Post: Clouds On The Horizon at PDC 2008

    I landed in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon with huge excitement about next weeks PDC. For the last year or so I have been working on our Software plus Services initiative within Microsoft and have had to stay tight lipped about lots of the things I’m involved in. After next week that’ll all change as...
  • Blog Post: iPhone is Cloud Computing

      Yep, we’ve been saying the iPhone is a great example of cloud computing – or more accurately Software plus Services – for a while. I’ve said this at a few recent conferences and it always get’s a raised eyebrow when I put an iPhone in my presentation but it gets the message across. The combination...
  • Blog Post: Craig Mundie's talks cloud

      S+S and Cloud Computing tends to be the domain of Ray Ozzie, Bob Muglia and other execs so I was interested to read the Technology Review interview with Craig Mundie who heads up research here at Microsoft. Though he used different language at times he essentially says the same thing Ray and others...
  • Blog Post: Explaining Software plus Services

    Sometimes we overcomplicate things here at Microsoft to the detriment of getting a clear message across not only to our customers and partners but also our staff. I had the opportunity to explain Software plus Services recently to many of my UK colleagues and in the interests of both time and clarity...
  • Blog Post: Intuit already delivering Software plus Services

      That’s the charge of Larry Dignan in his post on Microsoft talks software plus services; Intuit actually does it and though the post initially got my back up (XBOX Live is S+S for example) his post is good news – it’s another acknowledgement that S+S is the right approach over a pure SaaS approach...
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