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Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner.  It’s interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at ParisLemon.  Given my own perception of  Valley bias on the part of Siegler (he is one of the new voices of TechCrunch after all), it’s great to see that we’re making progress which is being met with receptivity and not suspicion.  Further, everyone is focused on the most important beneficiaries - customers. I have to admit, since returning to the company a little over a year ago, I have had this sense that things are looking up.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s no shortage of frustrations for me, but that’s to be expected when you come from a tiny company where you were the founder and CEO to a large company where you a cog in a wheel. With the new fiscal year, I have a new role and a new team, and I plan on making liberal... (more)

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Leaving Company Unexpectedly

Ray Ozzie, Bill Gates' hand-picked replacement as Microsoft's chief software architect and the father of the Azure cloud, is leaving the company. Steve Ballmer sent out an all-hands e-mail saying so Monday. Ballmer also said Ozzie will not be replaced. Ballmer calls his job "unique." In his place, Ballmer says Microsoft has "a strong planning process, strong technical leaders in each business group and strong innovation heading to the market." There is no explanation for why Ozzie is leaving or what he will do next. Ballmer says he has no plans. When exactly he departs is unclear; apparently he will be sticking around through a transition and paying some attention to the entertainment space before he leaves. Here is the e-mail: From: Steveb Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2010 To: Microsoft - All Employees Subject: Ray Ozzie Transition This past March marked a signifi... (more)

The Long Tail of Cloud Computing?

My watered down translation of Long Tail theory is simply the notion that the aggregate sum of stuff buyers take in small, infrequent quantities will invariably outstrip the aggregate sum of the most popular counterparts. Research evidence is beginning to corroborate what we saw some three years ago: There is a Long Tail in Cloud Computing. Consider some well accepted research points from IDC and others of late: The Cloud Computing market will hit USD $42 Billion by 2012 Of that, more than 50% will comprise business process applications (the stuff we all use daily to run companies big and small) So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here's the thing. The cloud computing market is already becoming pre... (more)

Microsoft Prices Azure

Microsoft's Amazon-like Azure public cloud is four months away from going live. The company confirmed Tuesday the widely held supposition that Azure would go commercial at its Professional Developers Conference in mid-November. Microsoft also deigned to start explaining what it's going to cost developers to use it after November 17. Until then the technical preview will continue to be free to all comers. Azure will be available on a consumption basis, a subscription basis, and as volume licenses integrated into existing agreements with Microsoft. Microsoft's not ready with the subscription prices that are meant to offer predictable costs or the price discounts that it'll trade for usage commitment but as a basic utility Azure will run 12 cents an hour for the computer infrastructure; 15 cents a gigabyte for the storage; and one cent for every 10,000 storage transactions... (more)

Microsoft To Release On-Premises Cloud Computing in 2010

It was inevitable, and I just missed the release by a few months, however, Microsoft is working hard on releasing the “Private Cloud”, your own on-premises cloud computing software. With the Microsoft cloud strategy, organizations can now move towards cloud computing models with the confidence that their existing investments in their datacenter are safe, and can be leveraged in this new paradigm. Existing applications and services will be able to move to the private cloud without the need to learn unproven technologies or introduce unnecessary complexity. The Microsoft Private Cloud enables: Management of the datacenter fabric as a single pool of resources Delivery of scalable applications and workloads Focus on the management of the datacenter service and it’s dependencies Federation of services across the full cloud continuum Microsoft is enabling customers to buil... (more)

Microsoft WebsiteSpark: Get New Business Leads to Grow Your Business

Click Here to Download Now! Did you know that PHP runs on Windows?? Run Drupal, WordPress, SugarCRM, or other PHP-based apps on Windows today with the free Microsoft Web Platform Installer. Microsoft WebsiteSpark is a specially designed program for PHP Web developers and designers to help you explore running on Windows. This program enables you to get new business leads to grow your business, and receive the software, support and trainingyou may need, at no cost for 3 years. To find out how to start getting new business leads, and leveraging the benefits of WebsiteSpark please enter your information here to download the Program Guide and receive enrollment instructions. Click Here to Download Now! ... (more)

How to: Build a SharePoint 2010 PowerShell Cmdlet

One thing that is getting a lot of attention in SharePoint 2010 is the use of PowerShell.  It’s too cool and you really have a lot of power (no pun intended) to automate just about anything in SharePoint.  In fact Kyle Kelin (@spkyle) is speaking this weekend about it at SharePoint Saturday Houston (#spshou). The Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snapin comes with over 500 commands, but you might want to create your own.  Today’s post will show you how to get started. There are a lot of great posts out there on how to build a regular PowerShell cmdlet, but I wanted to build one that focused specifically on building one for SharePoint. Start by creating a new class library project in Visual Studio 2010.  It’s too bad there isn’t a built-in project template, because there are a number of references you must add.  Several of these references don’t show up in the referen... (more)

SQL Data Services Rebranded to ‘SQL Azure’

Microsoft announced the rebranding of SQL Services to SQL Azure. SQL Server is the data platform of Windows Server so it made sense to align the name of the relational database platform of Windows Azure, SQL Azure. SQL Azure is built on the SQL Server technology foundation which delivers relational database capabilities in the cloud. The next CTP of now SQL Azure will be in August. You can, however, get started today with SQL Express. Over the next days there will be more details about SQL Azure, including posting the first round of SQL Azure Database documentation to MSDN. Also the SQL Azure prices will be announced on Monday. Related posts: Email Archiving in the Windows Azure Cloud Using SQL Data Services I wrote previously about the potential of SQL Data Services, the... SQL Data Services. Your Database in the Cloud. One thing in the Microsoft cloud I find real... (more)

Microsoft Open Government - To the Cloud!

With the US Government announcing a 'Cloud for Clunkers' migration plan for Cloud computing, and also an Open Government initiative to make agencies more transparent and responsive to the public, this overlap area is a very fertile zone for driving adoption of the technology and new models. Needless to say Microsoft is one vendor offering a powerful solution set for the requirement. They offer a Gov 2.0 resource centre, where there are tools like case studies, news, and articles that explain what Open Government is, and even an implementation plan template so that agencies can document their own strategy and business plan for achieving compliance with the OG Directive. Their white paper 'The Way to Go Gov 2.0' (22 page PDF) provides a comprehensive overview of what's involved, covering various points such as: Examples of how agencies are using Twitter et al, to delive... (more)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Grows 75 percent in 2008

Recently, Gartner reported that the overall Customer Relationship Management software business had grown 12.5 percent in 2008. But the two clear winners for growth were Microsoft and Salesforce.com at 75 percent and 42.7 percent growth, respectively. So in the middle of a downturn, Microsoft CRM grows 75 percent. If you were to take the Microsoft CRM as a separate business, you would be in revenue shock right now. How can someone grow 75 percent in this economy? The high growth is because CRM delivers the ability to get new buyers and retain existing clients. Companies are coming to the conclusion that the category helps them make and save money. Once the buyers see the benefits of the category, they then choose the best solution for them in the category. Microsoft for many companies gives them the ability to leverage the existing usage of Microsoft Outlook so it’s le... (more)

Native WPF & Silverlight Report Viewer & Printing Control by DevExpress

DevExpress.com has announced the immediate availability of its newly added Silverlight and WPF Report Viewer Control. This new Report Viewer Control renders reports created with the award-winning DevExpress Reporting System and prints natively within any Silverlight and WPF application. -- Client/Server Interaction via the WCF Technology Reports are downloaded using Microsoft WCF Technology and rendered in your Silverlight applications. -- Exporting and REST API Reports can be exported to numerous formats like PDF, RTF, XPS, CSV, HTML, Microsoft Excel and others. A RESTful API is also available to access pre-built reports. -- Full Support for DevExpress XtraReports Suite The Report Viewer Control can render and print any report type built using the DevExpress XtraReports Suite. Supported types include banded reports, master-detail reports, mail merge reports, side-by-sid... (more)