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The Business Value of Smart Meters

The deployment of smart meters worldwide continues to accelerate and we have seen estimates of over 200 million being deployed by the end of 2014.  It would probably be an understatement to call this the decade of the smart meter deployments...Show More Summary

Austin Energy and Schneider Electric are working together to implement an advanced distribution management system (ADMS).

Excellent case study article in Smartgridnews on Austin Energy’s quest to build a smart utility and their work with Microsoft Global Alliance partner Schneider Electric. A key piece of this strategy is the implementation an advancedShow More Summary

Rethinking Mobile Possibilities with Avanade's Windows 8 Enterprise Studio

Avanade's Windows 8 Enterprise Studio is at the forefront when it comes to building touch applications and proof of concepts on Microsoft Windows 8. Examples include horizontal scenarios and verticals such as energy, communications, banking, insurance, airlines, healthcare and automotive. Show More Summary

Microsoft Announces Enhanced Customer Data Security

Yesterday, we announced three important new steps our company is taking to protect customer data: · Expanding encryption across services. · Reinforcing the legal protections for customer data. · Enhancing the transparency of code, making it easier for governments to reassure themselves that products do not contain backdoors. Show More Summary

Windows 8.1 is a mobile OS

Excellent article on the work that we have done to make Windows 8.1 a significant advancement in mobile technology that goes well beyond a typical x.1 release. Check it out here!  - Jon C. Arnold  

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

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