Weekend Reading: Aug. 29th Edition – Surface Pro 3 now in 28 markets and Royal Caribbean provides 40,000 crew members with Windows tablets

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This week, we’ve got stories on Surface Pro 3’s increased availability worldwide, Royal Caribbean Cruises going more high-tech by giving its crew Windows 8.1 tablets, and Bing in the Classroom’s lesson plans are back for a second school year. Surface Pro 3 is now available in 25 additional markets around the world, bringing the total to 28 markets, including the United States, Canada and Japan. The 25 new markets are: … Read more »

Weekend Reading: July 18th Edition – Microsoft restructures, showcases the partner opportunity at WPC and unveils Project Adam at MSR Faculty Summit

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s announcement about its restructuring plan, the focus on cloud and mobile at the Worldwide Partner Conference and Microsoft’s acquisition of InMage. On Thursday, Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. “The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is … Read more »

At Worldwide Partner Conference, it’s mobile-first, cloud-first world front and center

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Sorgen shares his thoughts from the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.

Microsoft is integrating the cloud into the Microsoft Partner Network, with three new cloud-focused competencies based on performance for Office 365 and Microsoft Azure to be offered to better help partners serve customers. The announcement was made Monday by Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president (pictured left), Worldwide Partner Channel, at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Microsoft acquires InMage: Better business continuity with Azure

I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft has acquired InMage, an innovator in the emerging area of cloud-based business continuity. Our customers tell us that business continuity – the ability to backup, replicate and quickly recover data and applications in case of a system failure – is incredibly important. After all, revenue, supply chains, customer loyalty, employee productivity and more are on the line. It’s also very complicated and expensive to … Read more »

Microsoft delivers updates, innovations and expansions to meet cloud demand

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Building on some of the incredible innovation already delivered by our engineering groups this year, I’m thrilled to announce some of the new technologies and services that we will highlight at the 2014 Worldwide Partner Conference and over the next few months, including: Cloud-first storage and machine learning solutions · Microsoft Azure StorSimple is a hybrid cloud storage solution that dramatically cuts the cost and inefficiency out of managing a company’s … Read more »

Microsoft joins key industry groups to deliver on promise of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents an undeniable opportunity across a range of industries, a topic many of my colleagues have covered at length over the past few months. We believe that there is a critical set of work our industry must undertake in order to make sure we deliver the right set of platforms and services to realize the IoT opportunity. Microsoft is committed to being an active participant … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 20th Edition—LA County moves 100,000 employees to Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the impact of Office 365 on the L.A. County Fire Department and the city of Chicago, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and news coming from the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity 2014. Los Angeles County, the largest in the nation, is migrating more than 100,000 employees in more than 30 departments to Office 365. The fire department, which responded to more … Read more »

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning combines power of comprehensive machine learning with benefits of cloud

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Maybe you haven’t noticed it, but machine learning – a way of applying historical data to a problem by creating a model and using it to successfully predict future behavior or trends – is touching more and more lives every day. For example, search engines, online product recommendations, credit card fraud prevention systems, GPS traffic directions and mobile phone personal assistants like Cortana all use the power of machine learning. But … Read more »

Weekend Reading: June 6th Edition — Nearly 40 Windows devices and phones unveiled at Computex, and the Houston school district adopts Office 365

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In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the new Windows devices and phones introduced at Computex in Taiwan, and how students in Houston, the seventh-largest school district in the U.S., will use Office 365 to help in their education. Windows and Windows Phone devices of all shapes, sizes and prices were announced this week by manufacturers at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, the second-largest technology exhibition in the … Read more »

Microsoft Azure now generally available in Brazil South region

A few weeks ago, we announced that Microsoft Azure was in public preview in Brazil. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft Azure is now generally available in our Brazil South region. In Brazil, and our other regions around the world, we’ve seen incredible demand for a global enterprise public cloud offering. Globally, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, and revenue grew more than 150 percent in … Read more »