Windows Server “8” Beta is Here!

Today on the Windows Server blog, corporate vice president Bill Laing writes about the Windows Server “8” beta.  IT professionals and software developers worldwide can now download, evaluate and provide Microsoft with feedback on the new platform. The new server dramatically improves the economics of IT through automated infrastructure for highly available networking, storage, computing… Read more

Microsoft and Dell Streamline Virtualization and Management

Today, Microsoft and Dell are announcing a strategic partnership expansion to help customers more quickly deploy and manage virtualization technologies. This partnership will bring together the strong hypervisor technology of Hyper-V with integrated management solutions from Dell and Microsoft to make virtualization and management more accessible and affordable for customers, and provide essential elements need… Read more

The Windows Azure Platform celebrates its One-Year Anniversary with updates on how T-Mobile USA and Xerox have taken advantage of the Cloud Platform

Microsoft announced today that T-Mobile USA and Xerox have adopted the Windows Azure platform and are creating new services and gaining greater efficiencies through cloud computing.  This announcement comes as Microsoft celebrates the one year anniversary of the Windows Azure platform availability. “I’m confident that as we move forward and implement richer feature sets, Windows… Read more

Microsoft takes technical computing to the clouds at Supercomputing 2010!

Today Microsoft’s Technical Computing and eXtreme Computing groups kick off the company’s presence at Supercomputing 2010 in New Orleans. Technical computing, or supercomputing, harnesses massive computing power and enormous data for advanced modeling and simulation, which can be a valuable asset for researchers who are looking  to solve for big problems in diseases, climate change… Read more

Coming Up Next: TechEd Europe and PASS Summit 2010

Last week at the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced a number of new enhancements and services that make it easier for customers to move to the Windows Azure platform, our general-purpose operating system for Platform as a Service.  Next week, on Monday, November 8 at TechEd Europe in Berlin, the company will make additional cloud… Read more

Fortune 500 Company CH2M HILL Switches to Microsoft from VMware to Save Millions

Microsoft today announced that CH2M HILL switched to Microsoft virtualization and management software from VMware Inc. software, projecting cost savings of more than $3.2 million during the next three to five years. The company also expects to reduce server administration work by 30 percent so it can focus on more strategic work like branch office… Read more

Microsoft announces latest Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 customer value findings; features to come in MDOP 2009 R2 late October

As part of its efforts to help customers evaluate their existing IT infrastructures and begin readying themselves for deployment of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft announced today that it will be releasing the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2009 R2 in late October, as well as detailed the features that will be… Read more

Spotlight on Cost

Microsoft re-launched their Spotlight on Cost site which touts a free downloadable whitepaper titled, Server Infrastructure Optimization: Best Practices to Reduce IT Operational Costs.  The whitepaper shows that businesses can often realize immediate savings just by operating their existing datacenters more efficiently. Here are a few of the cost savings tips, showcased on the site:… Read more

Reducing Cost and Enhancing Security with Microsoft Virtualization

Microsoft Corp. announced today that Lionbridge Technologies Inc., a $461 million (U.S.) translation, development and testing services company, was able to save more than $200,000 last year, enhance security and accelerate the use of customer services by deploying Microsoft virtualization and infrastructure software   Lionbridge uses Microsoft’s server and presentation virtualization software, and systems management… Read more