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Information At Your Fingertips

Next week I will be attending and speaking at the OpenText Enterprise World event in Orlando. The theme is the Power of Information which is about how to discover, control, secure, and unleash it so that you can be remarkable – in your role, in your organization, and in your industry. Show More Summary

Believe it or not: Bill Gates Unveiled Windows 30 Years Ago Today

I have always been a bit of a technology historian having grown up testing vacuum tubes and stepping on transistors in my dad’s basement. Whether it is Quantum mechanics or Maxwell’s equations I have always had a flare for the opportunities that technology presents for changing the way we live, work and play. Show More Summary

Goin' Mobile!

Most readers of this blog know that Mobility has become a widely recognized megatrend—alongside other trends such as social, cloud, and big data that are sweeping the enterprise. The numbers being reported by analysts and the press speak for themselves. Show More Summary

Windows XP users six times more likely to be hacked

Check out the USA Today article and video interview with Tim Rains, director of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing.  - Jon C. Arnold

Orbit - A Revolutionary Approach to Mobile Field Data Collection

We have written before about Schneider Electric’s Orbit solution for field inspections here and here.  Now our friends at Schneider have posted a great video that demonstrates the value of Orbit to customers.  I  would strongly encourage you to take a minute and check it out here. Enjoy! – Jon C. Arnold

Schneider Electric Selects Microsoft Windows Azure as Preferred Cloud Platform for StruxureWare

We are delighted Schneider Electric has selected the Windows Azure as their preferred cloud platform for StruxureWare. StruxureWare™ software is a platform of integrated applications and suites that delivers visibility into energy and resource use across an organization. Show More Summary

Redknee accelerates cloud-based billing adoption using Oracle’s mission-critical software on Microsoft’s Windows Azure

A couple of weeks ago at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Lucas Skoczkowski, CEO of Redknee, joined Microsoft Vice President Brad Anderson on stage and announced that Redknee is accelerating the ability of its customers to launch cloud-based billing and customer care solutions as a result of its strategic relationship with Microsoft. Show More Summary

Microsoft Cloud Achieves FedRAMP Status

In a quiet press release, Microsoft has announced what may be one of the most significant milestones concerning the cloud to date. The announcement is for achieving FedRAMP certification for the Microsoft Platform and Infrastructure Cloud Services. Show More Summary

Project “GeoFlow” now called “Power Map”

We’ve written about our project “GeoFlow” before and it’s amazing 3D visualization capabilities for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data. But as we get closer the formal release, GeoFlow has transformed into part of our Power BI offering and the product name of “Power Map”. Show More Summary

Ventyx Cloud Risk Analytics Solution to Help Energy Companies Improve Profitability and Mitigate Risks

In today’s complex world I often wish I could predict the future. Even with my access to enormous amounts of information I still cannot even come close in a world filled with uncertainty, ambiguity, and variability. But like most of you, I run mental calculations to try to analyze possible outcomes and assess risks. Show More Summary

Windows Phone takes flight, literally at 35,000 feet!

Naturally, I am big fan of the Windows phone. It really is easy to use, easy to see things (my baby boomer eyes are fading fast) and the applications are available are really taking off.  We have some amazing OEM devices from our partners...Show More Summary

The touch revolution comes to a wall near you

This week I was invited to participate in a customer event concerning innovation. My presentation was “Innovation for Impact” as I wanted to show how Microsoft and our partners are making work experiences more positive and more productive. Show More Summary

Schneider Electric launches Orbit: A devices and services solution for field inspections

We wrote back in April about the work Schneider Electric was doing on a new field inspection solution called Orbit. Orbit has officially been released to the market and what’s so intriguing is that Orbit is a new mobile device platform that uses our Azure cloud technology. Show More Summary

Welcome to the world of Power BI!

At our annual Worldwide Partner Conference several weeks ago we announced a new offering that builds on our self-service BI story -- Power BI for Office 365. We often discuss our strategy of empowering customers and partners with powerful...Show More Summary

Enabling smarter homes for everyone

Back in 2006 when we were working on the ideas that eventually turned into Microsoft Hohm, we saw the need for a broader platform that would support scenarios such as patient health care monitoring, home security, home maintenance, home automation as well as home energy management. Show More Summary

Microsoft Brings Smart Buildings to Seattle; and Residents in the French town of Issy-les-Moulineaux Trim Energy Use by 20 Percent When Given Real-Time Consumption Data

I want to highlight a couple stories that highlight how the cloud and big data are being used to drive energy efficiency and provide solutions to global energy challenges. The first is the work we are doing with the city of Seattle in driving energy efficiency at city scale. Show More Summary

Visualizing Information: “GeoFlow” for Excel delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling

One of my favorite books during my career in computer science was Edward R. Tufte’s Envisioning Information. Why? It made me think differently about how represent the real world of information that is complex, dynamic and multidimensional. Show More Summary

Blue sky thinking with O365

A quote from the CIO:  “Office 365 was a compelling solution for AGL's business that seemed to address issues around flexibility and bring-your-own-device opportunities”.  Read the story here. What is even more interesting is that the O365 service is being provided offshore, at least for now. Show More Summary

It’s Time for the Next Wave

Microsoft has just published the Smart Energy Reference Architecture SERA v2.0, after many months of diligent work on the part of architects, partners and Microsoft engineers combined. The document has grown slightly from the SERA version 1.0 length of 130 pages: SERA v2.0 is now 255 pages. Show More Summary

Cloud Produces $1 Billion for Microsoft

  We couldn’t help but beam brightly when we saw this headline the other day in the Seattle Times: “Windows Azure now one of Microsoft’s billion-dollar businesses.” Here’s the summary: It’s a big deal at Microsoft when one of its products or services joins its billion-dollar club,  the ones that bring in a billion dollars or more of revenue a year. Show More Summary

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