Cloud Platform Release Announcements for July 12, 2016

This is a blog post of a new ongoing series of consolidated updates from the Cloud Platform team. In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft provides the technologies and tools to enable enterprises to embrace a cloud culture. Our differentiated innovations, comprehensive mobile solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the… Read more

July 11, 2013 News Thursday: Team Y-Nots Wins Imagine Cup Windows Azure Challenge and more Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger   Team Y-Nots Wins Windows Azure Challenge at Imagine Cup 2013Imagine using the cloud to connect to your contacts’ physical location by updating your status. That’s what the Imagine Cup-winning app, Zoik It! does. The India-based Team Y-Nots won the Imagine Cup 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the Windows Azure Challenge… Read more

July 12th, 2012 News Thursday: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta Released, Partner News from WPC, and more Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger Download the Beta Release of Windows Server 2012 Essentials Today!Last week, Microsoft disclosed the new Windows Server 2012 licensing model and outlined the future of Small Business Server. This week, Microsoft has made the Windows Server 2012 Essentials beta release available for download and evaluation. The successor to Windows Small Business Server,… Read more

WPC 2012 – New Ways Partners Can Benefit in the Era of the Cloud OS

Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Division (STB) at Microsoft, took the stage this morning on Day 2 of the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Canada.  Speaking to more than 16,000 attendees, he discussed new ways that partners can benefit in the era of the cloud OS, which Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice… Read more

Microsoft Releases SMB and Hosted IT Index 2010 Research

Microsoft today released its global Small and Midsize Business (SMB) IT and Hosted IT Index 2010, which surveyed 3,193 small and midsize businesses in 15 countries to investigate how they use technology especially during the recession.   Overall, the survey results showed greater awareness of the benefits of IT among SMBs and a high reliance… Read more

Business Ready Security at WPC 2009

This week in New Orleans, Microsoft is hosting the annual Worldwide Partner Conference where  Microsoft made several identity and security announcements as part of their Business Ready Security strategy including the following:   o   Forefront codename “Stirling” – the next generation of the Forefront Security Suite will be officially known as Forefront Protection Suite (FPS)…. Read more

Microsoft Streamlines Its Licensing Structure – Updates Announced at WPC

In today’s economic environment, customers are looking for ways to compete in a global marketplace through combined strategic investments in IT innovation and careful cost management. Microsoft Volume Licensing policies and programs keep pace with customer needs and pave the way for new computing models.   Joe Matz, corporate vice president of Worldwide Licensing and… Read more

SQL Azure Database is on its way; new pricing and licensing information announced at WPC

    The next wave of information on the Windows Azure platform was revealed today at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans.  Since many of you are following the roll-out of this highly anticipated cloud platform, we wanted to provide you with an update on Microsoft SQL Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure Database–… Read more