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

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…

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

The following post is from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. 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…

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A cloud for everyone, on every device

The following post is from Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. 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…

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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…

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

The following post is from Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise Marketing, Microsoft. 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,…

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Data driven insights – bringing Big Data to 1 billion people

The following post is from Susan Hauser, Corporate Vice President, Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…