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30 July Jul 2017

Azure™ Container Instances

2017-07-30T17:00:17+00:00 Jul 2017|

Microsoft® has not been subtle about their focus on cloud computing. It wasn’t long ago that the mere notion of surpassing Amazon® (AWS™) or even competing for market share seemed completely unattainable, but the software giant is closing the gap. [...]

18 July Jul 2017

Microsoft® 365

2017-07-18T08:36:29+00:00 Jul 2017|

Microsoft® has a long history of bundling products together. The strategy has always been that if a customer obtains a product as part of a bundle, they will be less likely to buy similar functionality from a competitor. This has [...]

13 July Jul 2017

Yet Another Microsoft® Reorg

2017-07-13T16:44:44+00:00 Jul 2017|

Anyone who has worked at Microsoft® can attest to the frequency with which they reorganize the workforce and the disruption that typically accompanies the reorg. The disruption isn’t limited to MS employees, as channel partners and large customers question whether [...]

11 June Jun 2017

Windows™ 10 S

2017-06-14T12:35:43+00:00 Jun 2017|

Last month, Microsoft® announced a new addition to the Windows™ 10 family. Windows 10 S is essentially Windows 10 Pro with a restricted configuration that will only let the user run applications obtained from the Windows Store. This ensures that the [...]

28 May May 2017

Windows™ 10 Fall Creators Update

2017-06-19T12:41:23+00:00 May 2017|

We’re learning more about the next major update to Windows™ 10, which expected to be available later this year (autumn). In some respects, the message Microsoft® is sending may be as important as the added features. The most notable aspect [...]

7 May May 2017

Perpetual Office Rights Slashed

2017-05-07T10:28:54+00:00 May 2017|

Microsoft® has made no secret of their desire to move their customers to the cloud. We see evidence of this every day, through incentive offerings for cloud subscriptions and services, and with their reluctance to negotiate pricing and terms for [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Office 365™ Enterprise K1

2017-04-30T12:08:03+00:00 Apr 2017|

When Microsoft® originally announced plans for a subscription based Office productivity suite, they often promoted the simplicity of the offering. Unfortunately, as is typically the case with Microsoft, nothing is “simple”, and Office 365™ is no exception. As many people [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Microsoft® Surface® Studio

2017-04-30T11:02:39+00:00 Apr 2017|

When Microsoft® announced the first Surface® tablet in 2012, many people were critical of the decision to produce a hardware device which would compete with their strategically and monetarily significant OEM tablet makers. The first-generation Surface didn’t turn out to [...]

27 April Apr 2017

Enterprise Advantage?

2017-04-30T11:48:42+00:00 Apr 2017|

I was recently asked about the status of the Microsoft® Enterprise Advantage on MPSA the company announced last summer. The idea was to bring traditional EA terms to the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) as part of an effort [...]

13 April Apr 2017

Azure™ Stack

2017-04-30T12:11:41+00:00 Apr 2017|

As Microsoft® approaches the formal release of Azure™ Stack during the coming months, they recently released that which is said to be the third and final technical preview. Azure Stack is a way to deploy Azure in an organization’s own [...]