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By SuperUser Account on 10/28/2010 1:35 PM
Highlights Pixar Animation Studios’ adoption of Windows Azure, and customer momentum for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7.
 
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 28, 2010 — Today at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC), Microsoft Corp. showcased how developers can build applications in the cloud to power rich, immersive device experiences. In addition to the developers in attendance at the company’s corporate campus in Redmond, Wash., the event was broadcast live over the Web, and reached more than 20,000 developers at over 200 PDC events held around the world.

During the keynote address, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Server and Tools Business President Bob Muglia showed how the company is advancing the Microsoft platform, spanning the PC, phone and cloud. Microsoft specifically highlighted the momentum of Windows Azure, Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7 and the opportunity for developers today and in the future.

“Microsoft is combining the power and reach of the cloud with both Web and local device experiences,” Ballmer said. “There has never been a better time for developers to bet on Microsoft.”

Customer Momentum

Since the commercial availability of Windows Azure was announced earlier this year, Microsoft has seen strong growth with close to 20,000 applications to date. Demonstrating its RenderMan application during the keynote address, Pixar Animation Studios showed how it intends to use Windows Azure to more efficiently manage compute cycles by scaling as needed, helping improve project performance and eliminate costly back-end infrastructure.

NVoicePay, a key technology partner of Automatic Data Processing Inc. (ADP), is using Windows Azure and SQL Azure to provide medium-sized companies with the ability to pay invoices electronically and via a desktop PC or a mobile device.

“Building a mission-critical B2B payment network would have been nearly impossible without the low-cost, pay-as-you-go access of the Windows Azure platform,” said Karla Friede, chief executive officer of NVoicePay. “We could not have built our network at this speed and cost without it.”

By SuperUser Account on 10/27/2010 10:34 AM
A new interactive media player will enable developers worldwide to virtually attend this week’s Professional Developers Conference at microsoftpdc.com. Using Silverlight and Windows Azure, Microsoft is providing many of the features NBC used when broadcasting the Olympics online.
 

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 27, 2010 – At Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC), the company lays out a roadmap for Microsoft technologies and explains why developers should bet on it.

This year, the company will leverage those same technologies to extend its PDC pitch to every corner of the globe via a virtual experience at microsoftpdc.com.

Microsoft’s online PDC player uses technologies including Silverlight, Windows Azure, and Town Hall to deliver every minute of this year’s conference and provide virtual attendees a forum to interact with each other and the presenters.
Microsoft’s online PDC player uses technologies including Silverlight, Windows Azure, and Town Hall to deliver every minute of this year’s conference and provide virtual attendees a forum to interact with each other and the presenters.
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PDC10 kicks off Thursday, October 28, on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Previously, the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) event was held at much larger venues such as the Los Angeles Convention Center, but this year the company decided to bring PDC to its own backyard.

While the conference will be smaller and more intimate, Microsoft is using its technologies to bring PDC to developers worldwide.

Created by the same team that delivered the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball March Madness Tournament to online viewers worldwide, Microsoft’s online player for PDC10 will offer the most robust online event experience in the company’s and the technology industry’s history, said Jamin Spitzer, Microsoft’s director of Platform Strategy.

“We are very determined to push the boundary and the expectation for what an online event ought to look like,” Spitzer said.

Microsoft is doing so to reach an expanding global community of developers, he said. There are now more developers than ever who have an increasingly diverse set of needs; some are looking for new monetization models, while others want to get to market faster and more affordably.

Microsoft’s new online player uses technologies including Silverlight, Windows Azure, and Town Hall to deliver every minute of this year’s conference. In addition to live-streaming the keynotes from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, the PDC online player will simultaneously live-stream all session content. The player will offer virtual attendees a forum to interact in real-time with each other and with PDC10 session presenters in Redmond. And, for the first time ever, the keynote will be translated live in Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish and closed-caption English, with other session content offered on-demand in multiples languages within 24 hours.

 

By SuperUser Account on 10/21/2010 3:37 PM
Consumers line up to be among the first to own new handsets.
 

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 21, 2010 – The much-awaited launch of Windows Phone 7 has begun, with the first handsets going on sale yesterday in New Zealand, followed shortly in countries throughout Europe and Asia Pacific, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Spain and the U.K.

Consumer Launch of Windows Phone 7 Begins

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Jourdan Templeton, first person in the world to buy a new Windows Phone 7 device, completing his purchase in New Zealand. Oct. 21, 2010.

First Purchase Worldwide

Jourdan Templeton, first person in the world to buy a new Windows Phone 7 device, completing his purchase in New Zealand. Oct. 21, 2010. 

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First Purchase Worldwide
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Crowds in London for Windows Phone 7
London DJs With Their New Phones
Germany Celebrates Launch in Style
Windows Phone 7 Launch in Berlin
Lining Up in Australia
Australia Customers With Windows Phone 7
 
By SuperUser Account on 10/21/2010 11:10 AM
Microsoft’s Xbox team today is launching a Kinect advertising campaign aiming to show people how the new controller-free entertainment experience can transform their living room.
 

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 21, 2010 – This holiday season also will be the season of Kinect, as the Xbox team prepares for one of the biggest entertainment launches in the company’s history.

“The Nov. 4 debut of Kinect is more than just a product launch, it’s a re-launch of the Xbox brand,” says Robert Matthews, general manager of global marketing communications for Xbox. “We are expanding the relevancy of Xbox to new audiences such as families, kids and those who have never picked up a video game controller.

Just like real pets, "Kinectimals" will come running when they hear a player's voice, respond to commands such as "jump," "roll over" and "play dead," and purr with joy when scratched them behind their ears.
Just like real pets, "Kinectimals" will come running when they hear a player's voice, respond to commands such as "jump," "roll over" and "play dead," and purr with joy when scratched them behind their ears.
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“With Kinect, there is something for everyone. It transforms ordinary entertainment into an extraordinary experience,” Matthews adds. “Kinect lets you control games, movies, music and more with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. With Kinect, you are the controller.”

Not unlike a blockbuster movie, Kinect will be popping up everywhere this holiday season – in digital and social media, on primetime television, in consumer and business press, at major retailers and even in the cereal aisle at grocery stores. The ad campaign launches today, Oct. 21.

“We’re not the only ones excited about Kinect,” Matthews says. “An unprecedented collection of partners have joined us for the launch .”

Xbox is partnering with well-known consumer brands in countries around the world. In the United States, Kinect will be prominently featured on Kellogg’s cereal boxes and on hundreds of millions of Pepsi bottles and 12-packs. Kinect also will be featured in promotions with Foot Locker, Macy’s, Bose, and even Burger King – where the cats of Kinectimals will be featured in kids’ meals.

Disney, Nickelodeon and other major media networks have developed custom promotions for Kinect, and television ads will run in places where people don’t normally see Xbox advertising – during shows such as “Glee,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “The X-Factor,” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

Matthews says it’s the same for print ads, with Kinect showing up in magazines such as People, Real Simple, Health, and InStyle. And Kinect’s public relations presence will also be strongly present, he says.

By SuperUser Account on 10/19/2010 11:14 AM
Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 19, 2010 — With the announcement of Microsoft Office 365, the productivity power of the cloud just got a turbo boost for customers of all sizes. The new service brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.

Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
Microsoft announces Office 365, a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time.
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“Office 365 is more than a new brand. It’s a progressive approach to cloud applications,” said Kurt DelBene, president of the Microsoft Office Division. “We designed Office 365 to work for a business of one – or a business of one million and one.”

Any business will be able to transform the way it works with Office 365, and make it dramatically easier for people to connect to co-workers, partners, customers and the information that keeps business moving forward – instead of spending valuable time on technology management and maintenance.

For example, The Starwood Hotel chain, which owns Sheraton, St Regis, W, Westin and other properties around the world, will be able to use Office 365 to change how its regional managers work together. Each manager oversees 70 to 80 properties, making it impossible to be physically present in all company locations. With Office 365, Starwood managers will improve the performance of their properties, using Web conferencing with collaboration and messaging technology. This will change how the company implements promotions, trains new employees, and shares its best practices, while saving money. Managers will be in multiple locations virtually, creating better customer and employee interaction and satisfaction.

Office 365 changes the rules

Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division.
Kurt DelBene, President, Microsoft Office Division.
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To date, only the largest businesses have been able to take advantage of modern, enterprise-caliber IT solutions. Office 365 changes that. No longer will enterprise technologies be reserved for traditional office workers and the larger organizations that can afford their own data centers. Instead, organizations of all sizes and people in all types of jobs will use enterprise-grade collaboration tools, social networks and unified communications to improve the way they work – and never again be trapped behind the firewall or on applications from last decade. In a few clicks, a small business can get enterprise-caliber productivity applications, an expansive capacity to grow, and a team of IT and security experts on its side. It’s not realistic for a small company to acquire these resources on its own, but delivered at scale, customers can get these solutions at a dramatically lower cost – saving 10-50% over comparable alternatives.

Any type of business can use the cloud service too. At The HerbFarm, a Northwest restaurant ranked regularly as one of the best in the United States, the manager of guest services doubles as the IT lead. With Office 365, he’ll be able to focus on his “day job” and let Microsoft focus on the technology – all while enabling better collaboration. For example, the team will be able to communicate more efficiently between a sous chef at the local market and a team at the restaurant to set the day’s menu based on the freshest produce and fish available at the moment. A delicious meal will be prepared for customers in real time – helping a local chef create a world-class dining experience.

Office 365 means speed and scale

 

By SuperUser Account on 10/19/2010 8:07 AM

Windows Embedded Automotive powers Nissan’s 2011 LEAF electric car’s infotainment system; release of Windows Embedded Automotive 7 gives automakers a new foundation for developing the next-generation in-car experience.
 

DETROIT — Oct. 19, 2010 — Imagine driving down a typical American highway in three years. Do you hear the growl of hundreds of engines and smell car exhaust? Are drivers punching radio buttons looking for a station with good reception, while passengers search for the best way out of a traffic jam using a fold-out map and a mobile phone?

Windows Embedded Automotive technologies are powering the touch-screen Information Hub for the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car.
Windows Embedded Automotive technologies are powering the touch-screen Information Hub for the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car.
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If today’s news from SAE Convergence 2010 Conference and Exhibition is any predictor, you’ll instead experience a clean, quiet future where drivers and passengers have an amazing variety of in-car entertainment options and powerful tools available safely at their fingertips.

Microsoft announced today that Windows Embedded Automotive technologies are powering the touch-screen Information Hub for the 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car. The hub gives LEAF drivers and passengers a navigation system and electricity charging station locator. It also shares power consumption monitoring information with drivers, and enables easy in-car climate monitoring – all on top of a smooth, quiet electric ride. Be sure to check out a video of the car in action.

Windows Embedded Automotive is the software platform that Ford, Kia, Fiat, Nissan, Alpine and Paccar are using to develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models worldwide.
Windows Embedded Automotive is the software platform that Ford, Kia, Fiat, Nissan, Alpine and Paccar are using to develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models worldwide.
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In addition, Fiat Group Automobiles is bringing the Fiat 500 car to the North American market this year. The 500 includes Fiat’s Blue&Me technology, powered by Windows Embedded Automotive, which takes mobile phones and digital music players and integrates them into the overall audio system and controls of the car. Drivers are given the ability to control these devices by voice.

Windows Embedded Automotive is the software platform that auto manufacturers and suppliers such as FordKia,FiatNissanAlpine and Paccar are using to develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models worldwide. Today, Microsoft unveiled the latest version — Windows Embedded Automotive 7 — which will support speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity, dashboard access to music and maps, third-party applications, and connections to a wide variety of portable devices.

By SuperUser Account on 10/18/2010 8:46 AM
Bing and JAY-Z are partnering to promote the hip-hop star’s new book, “Decoded.” Bing created a multi-platform search experience and interactive game, where fans can immerse themselves in JAY-Z’s life and lyrics and search for the book’s pages, which are being hidden in the real world.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 18, 2010 — Hip-hop icon JAY-Z is turning to Bing to help “decode” his life and lyrics for fans.

The rapper and Bing announced a partnership Monday to promote his upcoming book, “Decoded,” through an interactive game and multi-platform search experience. Before the book hits shelves Nov. 16, Bing will distribute all 350 pages at hidden locations in the real world as well as online through Bing Maps. Fans can go to Bing.com/JAY-Z to crack clues and find and compile the pages, which will be released in batches every day until the book’s release.

Decode JAY-Z's New Book Using Bing

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Bing and JAY-Z are partnering to promote the hip-hop icon’s upcoming book, “Decoded.” Bing created a multi-platform search experience and game (at Bing.com/JAY-Z) where fans can immerse themselves in JAY-Z’s life and lyrics and search for the book’s pages.

The Game Begins

Bing and JAY-Z are partnering to promote the hip-hop icon’s upcoming book, “Decoded.” Bing created a multi-platform search experience and game (at Bing.com/JAY-Z) where fans can immerse themselves in JAY-Z’s life and lyrics and search for the book’s pages. 

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The interactive campaign is a one-of-a-kind promotion, says Ryan Cameron, senior marketing manager for Bing.

“This campaign is designed to be an innovative combination of the hotly anticipated book from a musical icon with the technologies from Bing,” he says. “JAY-Z is excited to offer his fans this inside look at his life, and his publishers claim this campaign will drive one of the boldest book launches in history.”

By SuperUser Account on 10/13/2010 10:42 AM
NEW YORK — Apple shares broke through the 300-dollar mark to hit a new record Wednesday, powered by booming sales of the iPad and iPhone.

Apple shares were up 0.94 percent at 301.35 dollars about an hour after the opening bell on Wall Street.

Apple is to report its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings on Monday and analysts are predicting another blockbuster quarter from the Cupertino, California-based maker of the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Apple shares have received a boost this week from reports the gadget-maker plans to begin producing a new iPhone that will be sold by Verizon Wireless next year, ending the run of AT&T as the exclusive US carrier.

AT&T has been the sole carrier of the iPhone since the touchscreen smartphone was launched in 2007.

On Tuesday, US retail goliath Walmart announced that it will start selling the iPad in hundreds of its stores and on its website on Friday, joining Apple stores, Target, Amazon and Best Buy in offering the device.

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By SuperUser Account on 10/11/2010 2:02 PM
Steve Ballmer and Joe Belfiore: Windows Phone 7 Press Conference

Remarks by Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, and Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program Management
New York, NY
Oct. 11, 2010

 

STEVE BALLMER: Well, thanks, and welcome, everyone. We are very pleased you would spend time with us here today, and that we get a chance to share with you the new Windows Phone.

I've been looking forward to this day for some time, I would say, and we think very much that after today you will agree with us that with Windows Phone we really have built with our partners a different kind of a phone. And it is an exciting opportunity for us to have a chance to be here with you to show this very different kind of a phone.

In a sense you could say the differences in the Windows Phone are as much about not just what you're going to do with the phone, but how you're going to do it.

We've really put our energy and our design creativity into bringing together the things that you love. We've focused in on the way real people really want to use their phones when they're on the go. We want to let you get in, out, and back to life, and have that be as fast and simple as humanly possible.

We set out to build a phone that was thoroughly modern, modern in the hardware that it used, modern in its design principles, modern in the way that it embraces what people do today with Internet services and the like.

And we hope you'll agree that with all of that in mind we've taken a very different tack at the same time.

We think there's a lot of things that you'll see today that will help you understand how the Windows Phone is different, but I'd focus on two key themes: always delightful, and wonderfully mine.

Always delightful. We wanted the Windows Phone to be delightful across a range of different hardware devices, through a range of different scenarios, and across a range of different applications and experiences. We wanted it to be that way for the consumer and for the developer, who will build a growing set of Windows Phone applications.

We wanted the Windows Phone to be always delightful for you, whether you were looking for a place to eat, reading mail, catching up with friends, or making a phone call, for example.

We also stressed this notion of having the phone be wonderfully mine or yours or yours or the next person. Everybody should be able to take a look at a Windows Phone and say, I can represent me in this device.

By SuperUser Account on 10/11/2010 9:16 AM
Windows Phone 7: Ending Bad Phone Behavior With Better Phone Design
Todd Peters, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Marketing Group, discusses the thinking behind the Windows Phone 7 ad campaign.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 11, 2010 — Smartphones have changed how we interact with one another. As a society, we’ve become addicted to our phones and the way they can help us stay connected — but as a result, we’re spending more time heads-down with our phones, to the point that we become unaware of what’s happening around us.

With the launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has planned advertising that pokes fun at the awkward moments our addiction to our phones can create.

To learn more about the campaign strategy, Microsoft News Center spoke with Todd Peters, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Marketing Group.

Windows Phone 7 advertising pokes fun at the awkward moments our addiction to phones can create.
 

Microsoft News Center: This is definitely a big launch for Microsoft. What should people know about Windows Phone 7?

Todd Peters: We love smartphones, and as a culture we love smartphones. But for all their success, Microsoft thinks there is a better smartphone experience. We noticed people going through their day with their heads down, constantly opening and closing applications, sorting, texting and searching for things. By designing a better way to organize all that information Windows Phone 7 helps people get to the stuff that is most important to them — easier and faster.

By SuperUser Account on 10/11/2010 9:11 AM
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Microsoft and Partners Unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio
First phones available soon from leading mobile operators around the world.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 11, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.

Learn more about Windows Phone 7
 
 

“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”

Global Portfolio

Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most. Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung, and from mobile operators including América Móvil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. All Windows Phone 7 phones will include the high-performance Snapdragon™ processor from Qualcomm. A broad selection of phones will begin shipping in holiday 2010 with more arriving in 2011, including phones from Sprint and Verizon Wireless. In addition, select models will be available at Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Windows Phone 7, Glance and Go

In today’s busy world we are spending more time heads-down on our phones than interacting with the people we’re sitting next to and missing out on important life moments. Windows Phone 7 was designed to deliver a mobile experience that has the phone working better for people, bringing together the things they care about most and helping them to get things done faster.

By SuperUser Account on 10/8/2010 8:40 AM

Microsoft acquires AVIcode to become its secret weapon in cloud application performance monitoring.

BALTIMORE—Microsoft has acquired AVIcode, a software firm specializing in .NET APM (application performance monitoring). - By Darryl Taft

The deal is a boon to both companies, as Microsoft gains solid technology to help take customers more confidently to the cloud, and AVIcode gets what it has been seeking from day one–an opportunity to see its technology gain traction in a high-visibility, high-volume situation. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

AVIcode’s management couldn’t be happier, particularly my Chesapeake Bay crab-cracking pal, Mike Curreri, president and CEO of the Baltimore-based company. In an Oct. 6 blog post, he said: “It is with great pleasure that I announce AVIcode Inc. has today been acquired by Microsoft. Both AVIcode and Microsoft share a common vision about the evolution of application performance management and monitoring and the ever- growing need for organizations to gain 360-degree visibility into both application behavior and user experience.”

Meanwhile, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, in his own Oct. 6 post, said, AVIcode will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, with the software being delivered through the System Center product family.

 

By SuperUser Account on 10/5/2010 1:55 PM

Remarks by Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer
London School of Economics
London, England
Oct. 5, 2010

 

Moderator Professor Saul Estrin, Head of the Department of Management, London School of Economics: Hello and welcome everyone. I think it’s a tribute to our speaker that so many people have come early in the morning and I believe there’s a queue outside. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on introductions; I think we all know why we are here.

Steve Ballmer followed the advice I tend to give a lot of our students, which is to take Maths and Economics, only he was, unfortunately, not here but at Harvard. He, since then, has spent most of his working career at Microsoft, ending actually as the CEO, which is his position now. Some of you will have seen him on YouTube or on other videos. He’s a very energetic presenter and I think with no more ado I should welcome him to LSE, announce the title of the lecture, Seizing the Opportunity of the Cloud: the Next Wave of Business Growth, and hand over to him.

Steve Ballmer: Well, thanks. It’s fun for me to have a chance to be here. I was actually telling folks on the way here the whole story; when I graduated from college, which is now a long time ago, I came to London on vacation and I wanted to see the London School of Economics and there wasn’t one beautiful building like this one at the time and I think I wandered around for the better part of 45 minutes not quite sure which building was which, so to speak. So it was just really fun for me to have a chance to come in and say ‘Wow! This looks pretty darn nice. You’re living right here in the LSE’. I’m jealous. A girl down here in the front row has a nice LSE T shirt; I am going to see if I can get somebody who works for me to pick one up. I think I’ll look better jogging the streets of London in an LSE T shirt than whatever Nike stuff I had on this morning.

I will spend a little bit of time and talk about kind of the big opportunity that I see in the technology industry today. I will talk a little bit about some of the things Microsoft is trying to do to seize on that but in a sense I want to talk to you about the general shift in phenomenon and opportunity that I think that presents. I know we have a little bit of a mix of folks in the audience. By visual description, it looks like we have some students and probably some non-students. By visual description, we may have some engineering students as well as people who are more traditionally management and business students and I want to try and give a sense of where the sweet spot is in our industry.

By SuperUser Account on 10/5/2010 8:47 AM

Microsoft chief says his rival's open source OS may carry hidden patent liabilities.


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said rival Google's Android mobile platform, an open source operating system that doesn't come with licensing fees, isn't as free as the search giant would have users believe.

"Android has a patent fee," said Ballmer, in an interview published Monday in The Wall Street Journal.

"It's not like Android is free. You do have to license patents. HTC has signed a license with us and you're going to see license fees clearly from Android as well as for Windows," said Ballmer.

Ballmer may have been making a veiled reference to the fact that his company claims to control patents that govern technology behind many open source software products—and that it's not afraid to use the courts to determine the legitimacy of those patents.

By SuperUser Account on 10/5/2010 8:41 AM
New project-focused features enable companywide collaboration and increased efficiencies.
 

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 5, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) today announced that Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for midsize project-driven organizations, will be generally available in the second quarter of 2011 in English in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. Availability of a Spanish version for Latin America will be announced later.

The new solution, which is particularly well-suited for the construction, professional services, government contracting, architecture and engineering fields, features a broad range of new enhancements and innovation to support increased productivity, business value and insight across an organization, helping it become a more dynamic business.

Enhance Productivity

Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 delivers a RoleTailored user experience for customers. This significant update features the familiar Microsoft Office look and feel and role-specific dashboards that give people a comprehensive view across their organizations. This helps reduce the time required for people to learn how to use it and allows them to focus on the information that matters most to them. Other new productivity-enhancing features include Quick Query, which provides more than 50 predesigned search options to find information faster, and the ability to Quick Send documents, such as invoices and purchase orders from within Microsoft Dynamics SL to customers and vendors.

“Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will drive significant value for midsize, project-driven businesses with its ease of use and ability to extend connections across the entire business ecosystem,” said Crispin Read, general manager, Microsoft Dynamics ERP Product Management Group. “The new level of innovation we’re providing with the release of Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will help customers make more informed decisions with speed.”

Increase Business Value and Insight

By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2010 3:28 PM

Remarks by Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer
Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 4, 2010

 
 

STEVE BALLMER: Well, thanks. It is a real honor and privilege for me to have a chance to be here with you this morning. Hopefully we'll have a lively session. I'm going to take the opportunity to share a few thoughts. Hopefully we can open your eyes a little bit to some new possibilities with a demonstration, and I'm really looking forward to a discussion with our panelists here today.

In keeping with the theme here of shifts and opportunities, I really want to start with just a statement of optimism about the future. The amount of innovation, the chance, the positive energy and creativity that will come out of our company and of our industry over the next five and 10 years is amazing. And we're all privileged in some senses and lucky to have been born at a time where we can literally do so much technologically to remake the world. And it's fun to have a chance to continue to be in the middle of all of that right now.

As many people in many quarters are talking about what's going to happen and uncertainty in the economy, the one thing we do know for sure is that jobs will be created in the technology sector because of that innovation, and that advances in technology will help to fuel important advances in other industries, as the quality of health care and education, the speed of scientific discovery, the quality of marketing and financial services will all be built upon advances in information technology.

So, to all of you I say thank you for the business that we do together today. We've got a lot of great customers and partners in the audience. And to all of you I'll also say in advance thanks for all the great business we will do as we move to the future. We have areas of strength where I'm sure we'll continue to work together, and we've got areas where we're bringing exciting new products like our new generation of Windows Phones to markets.

And I trust we will work together, but I want to say thanks to everybody very, very much; whether you are a customer or you are one of our 250,000 business partners in Europe who happen to be with us here today, I want to say thanks very much to all of you for your help and your support.

Today's discussion will center around the so-called cloud. And we talk a lot in our business about the cloud -- cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud.

What is the cloud? I gave a speech in May. We had about 100 CEOs and maybe a handful of journalists in an audience at our headquarters in Seattle. And I got up there and I did what I thought was my very best work describing the cloud, and then everybody sat very politely and quietly afterward, and finally one of the journalists raises her hand, and she said, "Steve, I understand you've got a lot of enthusiasm for the cloud." "Absolutely I do," I said, and I said, "What's your question?" She said, "I still don't really understand what it is." (Laughter.)

OK, so I'm going to take a little bit of a shot at it, not so much by trying to pick any one technology and saying it's the cloud, or any one business model and saying it's the cloud. The cloud is kind of a term we use in our industry to describe the general remaking of the way information technology works from a world in which most computing has been done either in businesses or on PCs to a world in which computing is as likely to be done out in the Internet as it is inside a corporation's boundaries, it's as likely to be done on a phone or a TV-style device as it is to be done on a PC, and it is as likely to be balanced, taking advantage of the full resources and information of the world as it is only the specific knowledge that any one person or organization may have.

And that transformation is the cloud transformation, and it's got a lot of moving technical pieces and a lot of new business model opportunities.

You know, when we talk about the cloud typically we will say to many of you as businesspeople, bring your information, your IT infrastructure, and allow us to operate it in our datacenter, or at least take the same modern technologies that we are using in our datacenters on the Internet and put it into your datacenters. So, there are new opportunities brought by the cloud.

Our historic relationship with many of your companies ended the day we gave you a DVD with our software on it. In the world of the cloud, it can become part of our 24-hour a day, seven day a week job to be running the applications and services that you use to run your business.

Of course, with that comes a new set of responsibilities. We have to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have to be able to protect the privacy and security of your information. As individuals as well as businesses we have to be able to protect those perfectly.

So, the cloud, this transformation brings new opportunities and responsibilities for vendors, customers alike.

When we talk about the cloud, one of the things people like to slip to most quickly is that the cloud somehow is just about the business model change, move something from your datacenter to ours, and pay us every day by the glass, so to speak, as opposed to simply buy software.

And yet the cloud as much as anything is also about a new set of capabilities. The cloud can learn, the cloud can pick up information. It doesn't just know about you, and it may not just even have the data about you and your business.

The cloud has access to the whole world's information, again with appropriate protection for privacy and the like. But when you ask the cloud a question, you will expect it to answer the question, knowing everything it can about the world at large.

So, if I ask, I don't know, show me sales of Microsoft Office, I really probably want to be able to say, show me sales by Microsoft Office by country, by GDP growth in that country.

Now, the truth of the matter is some of that information may come from the cloud, but the cloud is a learning entity; it knows, it indexes all of the world's information. It indexes all it can about the world's people, and it helps you find things and take action, professionally and personally, you would not otherwise take.

The cloud will also learn about you. It can learn about your preferences, what you've done in the past, what you've queried; again all with appropriate privacy connotations. But the cloud is not just a new business model, the cloud is an additional set of opportunities to write exciting software that have a learning characteristic about them.

The cloud is a place where we'll also write programs that from the get-go think not just about individuals or even companies, but think about collections of people who want to enhance their personal and professional interactions.

We talk a lot today about social networking, but if you really sit there and study what's going on in the world of social networks, it's fantastic, but still way under-exploited.

The ability to use the cloud to help us connect more is very high. If I wanted to very quickly, for example, today, put up a little website for me, for perhaps some of our business partners and customers to work together on a project, to implement their cloud implementation, that is not as easy as it ought to be today. You wouldn't go do that on Facebook; it's not the appropriate set of tools. How would that come together?

If I wanted to quickly put together a site where all of the people involved at Microsoft in working with Ericsson, plus all of the people at Ericsson who are working with Microsoft, could come together and talk about opportunities and the like, that is still not the easiest thing in the world to do.

This meeting, I think we're glad I'm here -- I'm glad I'm here -- but this meeting still is not the same if I'm not here physically. The cloud could help make this as good virtually as it is in reality. In fact, there's a lot of things the cloud could do that are better than what we're able to do in this room.

I can't really see the person who's in the sixth or seventh row in the upper deck here in the Chinese Theatre. Of course, if I had my little virtual webcam, then we could have a different kind of a meeting, but it would lose humanity today. It's an area of investment for us.

By SuperUser Account on 10/4/2010 11:30 AM

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By SuperUser Account on 10/1/2010 2:05 PM
Statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing.

  REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 1, 2010 – Microsoft Corp. today filed a patent infringement action against Motorola, Inc. and issued the following statement from Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel...
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Presidents appointed for Microsoft Office Division, Mobile Communications Business and Interactive Entertainment Business.

  REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 1, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. today promoted Kurt DelBene to president of the Microsoft Office Division, Andy Lees to president of the Mobile Communications Business, and Don Mattrick to president of the...
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Ray Lane Joins HP as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30, 201

The Board of Directors of HP today announced the election of Léo Apotheker as Chief Executive Officer and President. Apotheker, who previously served as CEO of SAP, will also join HP’s Board of Directors. The Board also elected Ray Lane, Managing Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as a new member of the Board and designated him as non-executive Chairman. Both elections are effective November 1.

During Apotheker’s more than 20 years at SAP, he was a driving force in making it the largest business software applications company in the world. Apotheker helped develop and implement the most significant changes in SAP history. During his tenure, he transformed R&D and technology platforms and expanded business models and customer segments. Apotheker also helped lead SAP to 18 consecutive quarters of double-digit software revenue growth between 2004 and 2009.

Lane has served on the Board of Directors of more than 20 public and private companies and joined Kleiner Perkins in 2000. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer at Oracle Corporation. Earlier in his career, Lane also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton, EDS and IBM.

“Léo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide-reaching global experience and proven operational discipline – exactly what we were looking for in a CEO,” said Robert Ryan, lead independent director of the Board. “After more than two decades in the industry, he has a strong track record of driving technological innovation, building customer relationships and developing world-class teams.”

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