It’s Time for Cloud First

I know there is a flurry of information hitting you from all sides right now, but I wanted to being some important links and information to your attention.  First up is a blog post at penned by yours truly.  This post has a number of links to announcements from the Presidents and VP’s at…


Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into player preferences and support an online…


Office 365 Home Premium Announced

NEW YORK — Jan. 29, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities. The new offering includes the latest…


Microsoft Cloud Scale - By The Numbers

From time to time Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw, likes to do a blog post that has some numbers to indicate the scope of what we do at Microsoft.  We thought you might enjoy a few numbers around our Cloud services.  If the graphic above is too small, go ahead and click it and the full…


Windows Azure Active Directory Processes 200 Billion Authentications

At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing.  Since the inception of the authentication…


System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - Supporting Windows Server 2012, Azure Virtual Machine Mgmt and more!

Microsoft’s Private Cloud is built on the industry leading foundation of Windows Server and System Center. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) update enables System Center to run on and manage the final version of Windows Server 2012, released earlier this week. System Center 2012 SP1 brings System Center manageability to many new…


Platform Delivered! Windows and Visual Studio RTM

Today is another exciting day for Developers and IT Professionals as we mark a new milestone for the Visual Studio and Windows product families.  Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) phase and will soon be available for download.  The new platform supports application development, deployment…



There was a lot of news today.  I went to login into my Hotmail account this morning at 11am CST and was fascinated to find a whole new look and feel.  Sure enough, about two minutes later I see the press release and blog post about Very cool. Here’s a video showcasing some of…


TechMentor Early Bird Discount Ends Next Week - reserve your spot now

Interested in going to Seattle for some great technical sessions?  The TechMentor Conference is in August on the Microsoft Campus in the Briefing Center.  The early bird registration deadline looms next week so be sure to book your reservation and save. See the main site at for more information.