Microsoft and Oracle Deliver Enterprise-grade Cloud Software and Services

For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes to mind, and I believe the Microsoft clouds also deliver the… 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

The Microsoft Account Gets More Secure

Over the next couple days we will roll out a major upgrade to Microsoft account, including optional two-step verification to help keep your account more secure. Microsoft has increasingly focused on delivering connected devices and services that are currently used by more than 700 million people around the world. A Microsoft account is the key… Read more

New Blog: Brad Anderson Goes In the Cloud with Microsoft

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for the Windows Server & System Center division, launched a new blog yesterday called In the Cloud. With regular posts, podcasts, and videos, Anderson plans to use this space as a venue for discussing how IT decision makers can assemble best-of-breed cloud and datacenter solutions. In his first post, Anderson… Read more

VMware Zigs then Zags

Today’s news from VMware about a “hybrid cloud” future is just another example of how IT vendors have been rearranging the furniture to more effectively deliver what they already have on the shelf. You don’t want to place your bets – and the future of your IT department – on a vendor that can’t decide what… Read more

Windows Azure Update for Android Support, SQL Reporting Services, Active Directory, and More

This past weekend, Microsoft rolled out a variety of enhancements for Windows Azure. These changes include support for Android devices, availability monitoring for cloud services, updates to the management portal, and many other features that enable more powerful metrics and management capabilities. For a detailed overview, check out Scott Guthrie’s blog post that details these… Read more

Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 Now Available

Microsoft has announced the immediate availability of the Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012. This is a new set of tools that enable developers to build powerful apps for all current versions of Microsoft Office and SharePoint, including Microsoft Office 365. This new offering includes an online experience (known as “Napa”) and a complete… Read more

Microsoft Busts Common Big Data Myths and Highlights New Tools

With O’Reilly Strata underway, Microsoft has had a lot to say about Big Data over the past few days. Throughout the conference, the Microsoft SQL Server Team has been posting a series of articles looking at some of the myths and misunderstandings about big data that prevent many organizations from fully embracing Big Data. This… Read more

Major New Update to Microsoft Office 365 for Business now Available

Today, Microsoft announced worldwide availability of the new Microsoft Office 365 services. This update includes new features designed for businesses of all sizes. In addition to updated Microsoft Lync Online, Microsoft Exchange Online, and Microsoft SharePoint Online services, business users can now get the rich Office applications they are familiar with on up to five… Read more Leaves Preview, Gains 60 Million Users in 6 months

Last summer, Microsoft released a preview of It was a bold step for Microsoft, as the company built a brand new, modern e-mail service from the ground up. Since then, the adoption rate has been incredible with over 60 million people already actively using This week, Microsoft took the next major step:… Read more