Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 1/27/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s

UL Embraces Microsoft Cloud Productivity Services to Drive Increased Global Collaboration
To help create a culture of stronger collaboration and communication worldwide, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) has begun deploying Microsoft Office 365, powered by Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online, to its 50 offices worldwide, Microsoft Corp. announced today.

Slalom Consulting Named Microsoft's "Office 365 Race to Innovate" Grand Prize Winner
The award is given to the technology firm in the Microsoft Partner Network with the most outstanding Microsoft Office 365 customer deployment story. This designation highlights Slalom's success in providing strategically based cloud deployments that enable customers from the enterprise-level Fortune 500 to emerging companies to succeed in a fast-changing business environment.

Microsoft Office 365 Wins Over Large Enterprises
The main reason the American Heart Association is moving to the cloud offering is cost-savings. The association considered going with Google Apps but ultimately chose Office 365 because of concerns about privacy.

Microsoft’s New Cloudware Could Cast a Shadow over VMware
Brad Anderson, corporate VP of Microsoft's Management & Security Division, blogged that "The public cloud is now what we call our ‘design point' for how we build software. We design and build for the requirements of the public cloud, such as scale and security, and then bring that value and efficiency to customers to deploy in their own data centers.”

Microsoft Gives a Glimpse of the Windows 8 Store Experience
Microsoft has revealed a little more of the Windows 8 Store experience, with screenshots and video of browsing the store, application search, and the install and upgrade experience.


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