Microsoft is adding 1,000 new customers a day to the Azure platform

As Microsoft confirmed that Azure will make the long-awaited change to provide IAAS (infrastructure as a service), Bill Hilf, the general manager for Windows Azure product marketing, gave InfoWorld an impressive statistic. Azure has over 200,000 active customers and it is growing at the rate of 1,000 customers a day. At the same time, Microsoft […]

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Office 365 gets the desktop to cloud transition right

One of the prime advantages to moving your desktop applications to the cloud is that you are freed from your desktop. The software and applications will be ready to use any time you have a connected computer. That’s liberating for when you’re traveling. But what about the times when you have your computer and no […]

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Personal Cloud Computing Services Market Will Be Worth $12 Billion in Five Years

Apple is about to lead the development of a brand new industry if a new Forrester Research report is correct. After evaluating the new Apple iCloud service and its history with MobileMe, the analysts conclude that paying subscribers will flock to personal clouds A key factor driving the shift is the state of the personal […]

How Much Revenue Is Being Generated by Cloud Computing?

Dmitry Sotnikov is trying to answer this question at his enterprise cloud blog. He doesn’t try to be comprehensive. It’s a lot easier to look at the sales of large public companies since they have to provide so much disclosure when they make capital investments. And of course, the big vendors have been sinking large […]

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Microsoft moving 1,600 USDA email accounts to the cloud every day

The federal government is well into its plan to move a significant percent of its IT onto cloud servers. The Washington Post has an update and it reports Microsoft is deep into the process of moving the Agriculture Department’s email system with 17,000 accounts moved already and over 100,000 scheduled to be moved before the […]

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Steve Ballmer: 90 percent of Microsoft development will be focused on cloud within a year

University of Washington students were told that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would talk about the future of computing on campus yesterday. But his talk was all about the shift toward cloud computing. Ballmer made a surprising statement when he emphasized how serious Microsoft is about this shift, telling the students that 75 percent of the […]

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Microsoft and Cray collaborating on a low-power super-cloud design

Supercomputers are supposed to solve big problems that require massive computations. Now Microsoft and Cray have put together a deal that is supposed to solve one of the biggest problems of all: how to reduce energy consumption in a meaningful way. The specifics of the deal: Cray’s custom engineering group will work with Microsoft Research […]

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Microsoft gives NSF projects a free pass

Hoping to gain a toehold in the government’s move toward cloud computing, Microsoft has presented the National Science Foundation (NSF) with an offer that is difficult to refuse: any project approved by the NSF can run on Windows Azure at no charge. The NSF has already gained access to cloud-based software services from Google and […]

Azure emerges from beta, is a price war next?

Microsoft kept to its schedule and has promoted Windows Azure from its very long beta status to full-fledged paid product. And the first market reaction came almost immediately, as Amazon dropped prices. The timing could not have been more obvious. The same day that Amazon agreed to change pricing policies on Kindle eBooks in reaction […]

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Microsoft is asking Congress to legislate on cloud computing

Apparently Brad Smith’s mother never told him, “Be careful what you wish for.” Mr. Smith went to Washington yesterday and spoke out in favor of federal laws to support cloud computing. Smith is a senior vice-president and general counsel at Microsoft, and he was speaking at the Brookings Institution, one of the top think tanks […]