Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) – news from Brad Anderson

Over the past 11 years, the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) has grown from a small user group event focused on systems management and managing PCs, to a large and passionate gathering of the world’s best and brightest IT Pros. Now it’s time to look ahead to the next step for our industry and this community…. Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Reaches the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) Milestone

As noted in my earlier post about the availability dates for the 2012 R2 wave, we are counting the days until our partners and customers can start using these products. Today I am proud to announce a big milestone: Windows Server 2012 R2 has been released to manufacturing! MORE… Read more

The enterprise cloud and our Partners

As longtime competitors, partners and industry leaders, Microsoft and Oracle have worked with enterprise customers to address business and technology needs for over 20 years. Many customers rely on Microsoft infrastructure to run mission-critical Oracle software and have for over a decade. Today, we are together extending our work to cover private cloud and public… Read more

Transforming Our Products, Culture and Practices to be Cloud-first

Today Microsoft Server and Tools President Satya Nadella posted to the Official Microsoft Blog, an email he sent to employees about the progress we’ve made completely transforming our products, culture and practices to be cloud-first.  See his “The Enterprise Cloud Era” video to hear his additional thoughts.  An embedded player option is provided just below… Read more

Migrating 150 Petabytes of Email in 6 Weeks

Yesterday we announced that we’ve completed upgrading all Hotmail customers to Coupled with the growing organic excitement for, this has pushed us to over 400 million active accounts, including 125 million that are accessing email, calendar and contacts on a mobile device using Exchange ActiveSync. See the full report and details at… Read more

Highlights from Microsoft Certified Career Day 2013

Missed the live broadcast of Microsoft Certified Career Day 2013? Want to revisit the sessions? You’re in luck! You can now watch the following recorded webcasts on your own time at  See for more information…. Read more

MMS 2013 – Windows Azure Active Directory, Backup, Web Site Monitoring and Log Improvements Release Information

Today we released some great enhancements to Windows Azure. These new capabilities include: Active Directory: General Availability release of Windows Azure AD – it is now ready for production use! Backup Service: New Service that enables secure offsite backups of Windows Servers in the cloud Web Sites: Monitoring and Diagnostic Enhancements All of these improvements… Read more

Microsoft Brings Big Data to Windows Azure

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Windows Azure HDInsight Service – the company’s cloud-based distribution of Hadoop – is now available as a standard preview service through the Windows Azure Portal. Windows Azure HDInsight Service builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop while providing customers with the low cost… Read more

Anglebrackets: A New Web Conference is Coming this April

Remember the days of heading to Vegas for a Web conference? Are you still missing the Mix conference? Well, there’s a new Web conference—called <anglebrackets>—taking place in Vegas next month. It will feature a host of notable presenters covering an array of sessions, from Modern JavaScript Development to Rich Data HTML Apps to Responsive Design… Read more

Windows Server Brings Manageability and Productivity to Businesses

For small and mid-sized businesses, the expanded capabilities of Windows Server 2012 provide significant benefits that far outweigh the investment, keeping the focus on growth. By Nick Parker, CVP WW OEM Division If you’re assessing whether to switch to a Windows Server system or upgrade from an older version, chances are you just want your… Read more