Weekend Reading: April 4th Edition — Cortana coming to Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft creates a cloud portal

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This edition of Weekend Reading is all about the Build developer conference in San Francisco where Microsoft unveiled new opportunities for developers, the new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana on the way, and updates to Windows 8.1. Cortana, your personal virtual assistant in Windows Phone 8.1, was introduced at Build. Cortana is powered by Bing and inspired by the “Halo” character of the same name. She’ll … Read more »

Microsoft announces new cloud experience and tools to deliver the cloud without complexity

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On Thursday at Build in San Francisco, we took an important step by unveiling a first-of-its kind cloud environment within Microsoft Azure that provides a fully integrated cloud experience – bringing together cross-platform technologies, services and tools that enable developers and businesses to innovate with enterprise-grade scalability at startup speed. Announced today, our new Microsoft Azure Preview Portal is an important step forward in delivering our promise of the cloud … Read more »

A cloud for everyone, on every device

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In my initial remarks as CEO, I spoke about how Microsoft is embracing the new “mobile-first cloud-first” world. I’ve gotten great feedback around this declaration from customers, employees and partners who are excited to see us communicate this commitment so emphatically. I’ve also been asked a number of interesting questions about the language I used. A common one is actually the simplest and most important to answer: How can two things … Read more »

Microsoft Azure the perfect solution for on-demand video service blinkbox

Leave it to the cloud to make even movie viewing a better experience. That’s what Microsoft Azure did for blinkbox and the streaming service’s million monthly users. The United Kingdom-based company, owned by Tesco, the country’s biggest retailer, needed a way to ensure the on-demand content looked great on every device for its customers. Blinkbox employed Microsoft Azure to encode and catalog its vast library, streamlining the process so that … Read more »

Microsoft becomes the first global public cloud provider in China with the general availability of Microsoft Azure in the region

In May of last year, we announced that Microsoft Azure would be coming to China, launching a public preview to support the growing appetite for cloud services in this important region. Today, I am pleased to share that Microsoft Azure, operated by 21Vianet, is now generally available for our customers in China. This significant milestone makes us the first global company to make onshore public cloud services available to customers … Read more »

Data driven insights – bringing Big Data to 1 billion people

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  Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, Microsoft Enterprise and Partner Group on stage with Marc Reguera discussing Big Data at the Microsoft Global Account Summit in San Francisco. Earlier this week, I had the great privilege to speak with a number of our customers at our annual Global Accounts Summit in San Francisco. The event affords me the opportunity to hear what is top of mind for global enterprise customers, and … Read more »

North Carolina’s largest county saves $3.2 million with Office 365, Windows Azure and Surface Pro

The following post is from Michael Donlan, Vice President of State and Local Government, Microsoft. On Wednesday, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina’s most populous county, announced it has bet big on the Microsoft platform by selecting Microsoft Office 365 as its communications and collaboration platform, Windows Azure as its cloud storage solution, and Microsoft Surface Pro for its mobility needs. Together, the seamless mobility, productivity and flexibility aspects of these solutions have … Read more »

SQL Server 2014 released to manufacturers, will be generally available April 1

The following post is from Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Data Platform Group. Today I am very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1.  SQL Server 2014 is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work from Microsoft engineers and thousands of hours of testing and input from our preview customers. The result is an important component … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 14th Edition — ‘Titanfall’ makes landfall

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the launch of “Titanfall” on Xbox One, Office 365 Personal will be offered and Microsoft in Education’s continuing commitment to student privacy rights. “Titanfall,” the game that really is larger than life, came to Xbox One this week, and there were no shortage of ways to celebrate this first-person shooter that’s giving the genre a big lift. Literally. In the … Read more »

Weekend Reading: March 7th Edition—Customers shine at Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 and SharePoint conference

In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on the annual Microsoft Dynamics Convergence and SharePoint conferences, profiles on five dynamic women in honor of International Women’s Day and the buzz building up to the March 11 release of “Titanfall.” The Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014 in Atlanta showcased how customers are using Dynamics, such as New Belgium Brewing Company’s external sales representatives, Beer Rangers, who brew up sales using … Read more »