Satya Nadella speaks on the future of Microsoft and will not sell Xbox or Bing

i-gWRqJW7-X3_jpg-550x0Satya Nadella spoke to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the inaugural Code Conference in San Fransisco about the future of Microsoft and how they intend to reach this future.  With Satya Nadella at the throne of Microsoft, public perception has already started to shift to a much more positive one, as Satya Nadella has done a great job communicating what Microsoft is capable of.

He talks about how Microsoft’s core is building platforms and software for productivity, as well as stating that Xbox and Bing are here to stay as they are very important to the overall success of Microsoft.  Although Kara Swisher pressed Satya Nadella about Bing’s difference in market-share compared with Google, Satya was sure to mention that the technologies in Bing are so interwoven in Microsoft’s core products, such as Microsoft’s cloud powered OS called Azure, the new Star Trek-like Skype translator, natural language understanding, and in every single other Microsoft product.  He specifically says that Bing is much more than just a search engine to Microsoft, it’s a platform that they intend to build on.

For those of you who were worried that the Xbox division will be spun-off, there’s no more need to worry, as Microsoft’s unified vision ensures all of their core products are to be even more integrated with one another.  Microsoft has always had many interesting and innovative technologies, but due to organizational divisions being separated from one another, many of these technologies have never been fully realized.  As the company has recently unified their strategy, externally and more importantly – internally, we are starting to see major positive changes, and innovative technologies come together like never before.

Microsoft’s Xbox One, and the recently announced Surface Pro 3 are great examples of hardware and software melding together with the best Microsoft has to offer. Microsoft Azure has been tremendously successful and offers some ground-breaking innovations, such as machine-learning and flexibility of the platform.  For people watching Microsoft closely, it hard not to feel like Microsoft is on the right track, and that it will take them to great places as they evolve all of their platforms.

Source: Recode

Microsoft illustrates Big Data in an Infinity Room @ SQL Server 2014 Launch Party

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Last month in San Francisco, Microsoft hosted a three-day SQL Server 2014 launch party. This was a party at  which the general public was invited to take part in a very unique virtual experience, called “Microsoft Infinity Room”.  Microsoft has done a great job articulating  “big data” to an average person, in their unique well-choreographed infinity mirror room.  Microsoft projected an interesting take on when data is analyzed and insights are revealed, how something as simple as a how a coin in your pocket has impact on the global and local economy.

The ultimate goal of this presentation was to show “how to transform your data into action with the power of SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft’s complete data platform.”, according to Microsoft. At the event, CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark gave the keynotes.

To see the “See the ordinary become extraordinary” 360-degree virtual tour of the Microsoft Infinity Room, click here.


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Microsoft plans to deploy millions of Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to Fortune 500 companies

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Senior director Stella Chernyak has revealed today that Microsoft plans to deploy several million Windows Phone 8.1 handsets to fortune 500 companies in the next few months.  These companies are currently testing Windows Phone 8.1 devices and she has also confirmed that the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 is set to be in June.

“With Windows Phone 8.1 we’re delivering a converged platform where 90 percent of APIs on it are also consistent with Windows,” she said.

“This means people can write an application once and run it across our phones and tablets. This is another thing businesses really want and have requested from us.”

Windows Phone has had a good success with business in the UK with 20% of the enterprise share. We have also seen companies like Delta Airlines deploying 19,000 Lumia 820 handsets and just recently planning to deploy 20,000 Lumia 1520’s to upgrade its flight attendants from the previous Lumia series. Although Windows Phone hasn’t had the same success in the US, the new 8.1 update may change this situation as it has added significant functionality features and brought VPN functionality.

“Since unveiling it we’ve had an unbelievable amount of enthusiasm from enterprises for Windows Phone 8.1. Several hundred customers are participating in our enterprise adoption program,”

Microsoft has a significant advantage in the enterprise as the majority are using Windows, Office and Microsoft’s device management software. Microsoft’s recent announcement of universal apps that run across all Windows devices has sparked lots of interest in Windows development and deployment. Although the iPhone is currently the most popular device in the enterprise, Windows Phone has good potential to be a significant player as Android hasn’t been widely accepted due to security concerns.

Cherniak stated that with the addition of Cortana and her capabilities, employees will use these devices as their personal phones rather than just for business.  Although Windows Phone is very enterprise-friendly, its success will be based on it being an extremely useful consumer device as well.

Cherniak said the following:

“A great enterprise phone starts by being a great phone for everyone. To achieve this with Windows Phone 8.1 we did a lot of things to improve the user interface and make it more customizable,”

“On top of this we’re also supporting enterprises’ core needs by offering an open device management platform. This means any vendor can build a solution to manage Windows Phone 8.1. We’ve already had many do this and there are currently solutions from MobileIron and Airwatch in beta.”

“Several hundred in enterprise is a significant number and they are all Fortune 500-type customers. Our projection is to deploy (Windows Phones) to several million seats (individual employees) in the next few months.”

Source: V3.co.uk

New enterprise services & products unveiled at Microsoft's TechEd 2014

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TechEd is Microsoft’s IT pro and developer conference.  Microsoft didn’t announce on premises products, everything unveiled was completely cloud based.  Brad Anderson, Corporate VP of Windows Server and System Center at Microsoft was the keynote speaker at Microsoft’s sold-out TechEd event in Houston, TX. In a blog post this morning, Brad spoke about details on all key services Microsoft is releasing to help move business customers, IT professionals and developers into a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

To help bridge on-site technology and bring it into the cloud, as well as support proprietary functionality and legacy applications, Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. ExpressRoute is designed to simplify the transition and offers private connections to businesses when connecting to Azure.

Microsoft is launching a  preview of Azure Files Site Recovery, it is intended for disaster recovery and offers a full website restore.  Azure Antimalware is another tool which Microsoft launched and it offers protection for your VM’s and services running on the Azure platform.

Azure Site Recovery and Microsoft Azure Antimalware go hand-in-hand when it comes to protection of files and applications in the cloud. With the introduction of these two key cloud services, Microsoft hopes that it can woo those customers who are still weary of the cloud for security reasons.

Microsoft’s new Visual Studio updates and tooling enables developers to create cross-platform apps. “Developers will also get a preview of the next version of ASP.NET, which will be shared as an open source project with the .NET Foundation.”

Source: Microsoft Blog

 

New enterprise services & products unveiled at Microsoft's TechEd 2014

Mobile-First-Cloud-First-Vision

TechEd is Microsoft’s IT pro and developer conference.  Microsoft didn’t announce on premises products, everything unveiled was completely cloud based.  Brad Anderson, Corporate VP of Windows Server and System Center at Microsoft was the keynote speaker at Microsoft’s sold-out TechEd event in Houston, TX. In a blog post this morning, Brad spoke about details on all key services Microsoft is releasing to help move business customers, IT professionals and developers into a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

To help bridge on-site technology and bring it into the cloud, as well as support proprietary functionality and legacy applications, Microsoft announced a new service called Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute. ExpressRoute is designed to simplify the transition and offers private connections to businesses when connecting to Azure.

Microsoft is launching a  preview of Azure Files Site Recovery, it is intended for disaster recovery and offers a full website restore.  Azure Antimalware is another tool which Microsoft launched and it offers protection for your VM’s and services running on the Azure platform.

Azure Site Recovery and Microsoft Azure Antimalware go hand-in-hand when it comes to protection of files and applications in the cloud. With the introduction of these two key cloud services, Microsoft hopes that it can woo those customers who are still weary of the cloud for security reasons.

Microsoft’s new Visual Studio updates and tooling enables developers to create cross-platform apps. “Developers will also get a preview of the next version of ASP.NET, which will be shared as an open source project with the .NET Foundation.”

Source: Microsoft Blog

 

Microsofts closes gap with Apache in web server software

 

Web-Hosting1When it comes to the web server business, Apache has been the dominant player for the past 18 years. According to Netcraft’s latest survey, Microsoft is beginning to threaten that lead.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud services are gaining a lot of traction, this month’s survey was conducted across 975 million websites and has determined which software servers are running them.

It has been reported that 9 million additional sites started using Microsoft Web server software for the month of May. This increased their market-share by 0.37% , while Apache’s market-share dropped 0.18%,  gaining an additional 4.3 million sites.  Apache still powers about 37.6% of all sites but Microsoft is closing the gap now with a 33.7% share.

Microsoft’s flagship web server software IIS (Internet Information Server) was found to be used in over 7 million new sites, which Netcraft has found. They report that 11,000 of these are being run from Azure. These instances help “maintain Microsoft’s position as the largest Windows hosting company in terms on web-facing computers,” Netcraft reported.

 

Source: inforworld.com

 

Microsoft Leads Business Software Market Share, up 12%

top5_software_vendors_2013The leading provider of global market intelligence, data giant International Data Corporation (IDC) reports that Microsoft extended its dominance in global enterprise software market last year.

The overall enterprise software market grew by 5.5% in 2013 – worth $369 billion (1.2% increase compared to 2012). “Sales last year benefited from a recovery in Europe and continued above-average growth in the U.S.”, IDC said in the report.

Microsoft emerged as the market leader with $65.6 billion in revenue, a 12.2% increase from previous year. Microsoft’s market share rose to 17.8% (up from 16.7% previous year) with IBM trailing with 8% market share. Other notables in the top five include Oracle, SAP and Symantec, according to the IDC report.

IDC tabulated software revenue from three primary segments: applications, application development and deployment, and systems infrastructure software.

Among the three segments, application development and deployment, which comprised nearly 23% of total software revenue in 2013, had the fastest growth with a 5.6% year-over-year gain. Oracle led this segment with market share of 21.5%, followed by IBM and Microsoft.

In the applications software segment, which comprised 50% of total software revenue and grew 5.5%, Microsoft led the field with a 14% share. It was followed by SAP, Oracle and IBM.

Microsoft’s annual revenue for 2013 was just north of $80 billion, this means that around $15 billion came from the consumer segment which includes, Xbox, Surface and other hardware related products.  It shows that Microsoft’s bread and butter is the business market.

Sources: Brian Deagon, Investor’s Business Daily & Big Data and Analytics, Collaborative Applications, and System Software Drove Enterprise Software Growth in 2013, According to IDC

 

Microsoft to open Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami

Microsoft announced today that it is in the process of opening its first ever US based Microsoft Innovation Center (MIC) this spring.

Microsoft Innovation Centers (MICs) are local government organizations, universities, industry organizations, software or hardware vendors who partnered with Microsoft with a common goal to foster the growth of local software economies. Currently there are 115 Microsoft Innovation Centers world wide (Wikipedia).

This map represents the current MIC locations in the world:

Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia

According to RTTNews.com, “Located in Miami, Florida, the center will be equipped with the latest technology and tools to help drive job creation, increase the number and availability of highly skilled technology specialists, and facilitate collaboration among a variety of diverse groups in the greater Miami area.

The company said that the facility will be the first of a series of new Microsoft Innovation Centers to be established across the United States, and will also serve as the flagship technology center connecting Miami to key communities in the Latin American or LATAM region.”

Source: RTTNews.com

Windows Tablets take 6% market Share

 

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Microsoft got into this new generation of mobile devices very late, well…to be fair they started the mobile space with their tablets and Windows Mobile phones. Hardware wasn’t ready for these types of devices in the early 2000’s, they were bulky, capacitive touch wasn’t available, they had poor battery life while being extremely expensive. In 2007 Apple changed the landscape with the release of the Iphone and the release of the Ipad in 2009, Android followed soon with Microsoft’s PC model, in which OEM’s license and install it on their own devices.

Microsoft started with Windows Phone in 2010 and Windows 8 in 2012, many years after IOS and Android became established mobile OS’s in the market, Microsoft is paying the price now and playing catch-up to its competitors. Once a mighty giant amongst its rivals Apple and Google, who were knocking on the door years ago but couldn’t reach the handle to open it, now they grew so big that they completely smashed the door and started to occupy.

According to Strategy Analytics Windows powered tablets captured 6% of global tablet share in Q1 2014, that would equate to roughly 3.5million tablets. Android remains on top with a commanding 66% global share while Apple’s IOS fell to 28%.

Microsoft is fighting back with its recent announcement to give Windows away for free on tablets 9” or smaller, this may provide a major uptick in share due to the OS being free now. Microsoft’s still doesn’t offer its own sub 9” tablet to compete with Apples Ipad Mini and Androids offerings, with the rumoured release of the Surface Mini being sometime in May ,we could see the tablet landscape start to shift more positively for Microsoft.

Total shipments of tablets reached 57.6million unit globally in Q1 2014, up 19% from 48.3 million in Q1 of 2013. Android climbs steadily and commands two-thirds of the market, while Apple managed to ship 16.4 million Ipads, Strategy Analytics believes that Apples iOS platform will continue to lose share over the next few months to refreshed Android devices, but to eventually make a comeback during final months of the calendar.

It will be interesting to see how these tech giants try to make progress in this growing tablet market, and what Microsoft can do to catch up to its rivals. In the past Microsoft used its commanding presence and balance sheet to overcome for being late to the market, and still managed to crush competition, such as Corel’s Word perfect, the famous Netscape Navigator and AOL’s messaging service. It has been said that Microsoft innovates best when playing catch-up, but times have changed and its competitors grew unexpectedly fast and powerful, not only having a commanding lead in market share, but they command the mindshare amongst consumers.  What can Microsoft do to overcome this?

Nokia's new ad emphasizing that Lumias are different

Nokia has posted a new ad to promote its Lumia line of products just a few days after the acquisition of their Devices and Services business by Microsoft was completed.

This ad  features the sound track from The Kinks, ‘Not like everybody else’ to show that Nokia Lumia smartphones are different from other smartphones on the market. The video portrays a black & world which represents other smartphones while the Nokia Lumia devices stand out from the crowd. It’s an interesting ad which shows one of the ways the Lumia line of smartphones differentiates from the competition.