Helping customers accelerate their digital transformation with intelligent business applications

In July we unveiled a new approach to business apps, and today I’m excited to share more about the capabilities coming to customers in Dynamics 365 – our new cloud service with purpose-built apps that enable you to address specific business needs (like sales automation, operations or customer service) and start small with the assurance that the solution can grow as your needs do. Powered by advanced analytics and machine … Read more »

Microsoft Cloud expands with first-of-its-kind offering for Europe

Today, I’m pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Azure from datacenters in Germany that offer a first-of-its-kind model developed in response to customer needs. The Microsoft Cloud Germany provides a new, differentiated option to the Microsoft Cloud services already available across Europe. Customer data in the two new German datacenters is managed under the control of a data trustee, T-Systems International, an independent German company and subsidiary of Deutsche … Read more »

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters

Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions. Each new region adheres to our Trusted Cloud principles, including security, privacy, compliance and transparency. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in … Read more »

Rio 2016 Summer Games break streaming records; Azure is ready for Olympic-size livestream events

Azure, streaming, NBC Olympics

Much like the athletes who competed in the Rio Olympics, our robust team of Microsoft Azure engineers have been hard at work preparing for the Games since the Sochi Winter Games came to a close in 2014, when NBC Olympics first selected Azure as the cloud-based live encoding, hosting and streaming platform for the Olympics. We’re grateful that NBC Olympics selected us again this year, building on our rich near-decade … Read more »

Turning business process into business advantage for organizations everywhere

Today, we are taking the first step to bring our customers new, modern, enterprise-ready intelligent business apps with the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft AppSource. Technology is transforming our personal lives with apps and services that are simple and intuitive, and deliver helpful assistance to improve our lives. In contrast the apps and services we use to drive business process are often difficult to use, try and deploy.  … Read more »

Microsoft to acquire Secure Islands, a leader in data protection technology

Furthering Microsoft’s investments in security technology, I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Secure Islands, an innovator in advanced information protection solutions. This acquisition accelerates our ability to help customers secure their business data no matter where it is stored – across on-premises systems, Microsoft cloud services like Azure and Office 365, third-party services, and any Windows, iOS or Android device. Businesses continue … Read more »

Upgrade your way to a modern data platform – End of support for SQL Server 2005 less than 6 months away

Data has become increasingly critical to businesses, so it’s more important than ever for every organization to be utilizing a modern data platform that drives innovation, delivers business value and provides quick insight. In just under six months—on April 12, 2016, to be exact—extended support for SQL Server 2005 ends. That means an end to supportability updates, and perhaps more importantly, security updates. In the decade since SQL Server 2005 … Read more »

Microsoft acquires Adallom to advance identity and security in the cloud

I’m pleased to announce today that Microsoft has acquired Adallom, an innovator in cloud security and a leader in helping customers protect their critical assets across cloud applications. This acquisition is the latest example of Microsoft’s commitment to delivering innovative identity and security capabilities to our customers, across both on-premises and multiple clouds. With more frequent and advanced cybersecurity attacks continuing to make headlines, customer concerns around security remain top … Read more »

Microsoft is gaining ground in the cloud with global expansion

IDC recently reported that by the end of this decade the total amount of data on Earth will be around 40 zettabytes – a zettabyte is a ‘1’ followed by twenty-one ‘0’s.[1] The need for all this data and the cloud applications that utilize it, have caused the demand for infrastructure to grow exponentially, and spending on public cloud services is expected to sky rocket to an estimated $175 billion … Read more »

For customers still using Windows Server 2003, now is the time to migrate

It’s hard to believe it has been 12 years since we released Windows Server 2003. Back in 2003, Windows Server 2003 was the first server operating system launched after the Trustworthy Computing Initiative was announced and it introduced server roles. It had a recommended minimum processor speed of 550 MHz, and up to 4GB of RAM supported in the 32-bit version, taking advantage of the new hardware that was then … Read more »