Microsoft Customers and Partners Adopt Cloud Solutions to Grow Their Businesses for the Future

Posted by bink on May 16 2011, 10:05 PM.

HSBC, Travelocity, NetApp and Cisco bet on private and public cloud solutions from Microsoft to drive IT efficiency.

Today at Tech•Ed North America 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice Presidents Robert Wahbe and Jason Zander delivered a keynote that focused on the benefits customers and partners are getting from Microsoft Corp.’s cloud and development platforms. Wahbe showcased how customers HSBC and LP are using Microsoft’s virtualization and public and private cloud solutions to help reduce costs and speed innovation. In addition, NetApp and Cisco Systems Inc. have joined the growing ranks of partners in the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, designed to streamline the delivery of a private cloud. Zander also announced a key pillar of the next version of Microsoft Visual Studio, the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technologies that will help organizations ease application development and management.

Private and Public Cloud: Flexibility to Meet Business Demands

To help ensure HSBC, a worldwide financial services firm, can accommodate shifts in demand for a range of internal systems and also further simplify management of its infrastructure, the company announced it will use Microsoft Hyper-V in combination with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. HSBC today announced its first project to deploy Microsoft Hyper-V to support Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, which will help reduce the cost of desktop management.

In addition, NetApp and Cisco joined the Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program, which enables Microsoft and its partners to deliver a broad choice of predefined, validated configurations to accelerate well-managed private cloud deployments. NetApp has teamed with Cisco to develop a private cloud solution, the NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco datacenter architecture.

“By creating a solution with Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track, NetApp with Cisco is simplifying private cloud deployment and operations. Customers will be able to reduce deployment time from days to hours, and they will gain greater utilization,” said Phil Brotherton, vice president and general manager of the Microsoft Business Unit at NetApp.

Travelocity, a global online travel agency, showcased how it chose Microsoft’s public cloud solution, Windows Azure, to deploy its Java-based critical analytics system to the cloud in just two months.

“At Travelocity, we work hard to understand our customers and make travel a quick and easy experience for them,” said Dave Matthews, chief technology officer at Travelocity. “We wanted the same for our transition to cloud computing, and the ability to quickly get new products to market, regardless of the platform, is an important benefit of Windows Azure, allowing us to easily move and deploy a core application to our business.”

“Businesses are enthusiastic about the economic advantages that the cloud can provide, and they want to know their existing IT investments will take them into the future,” Wahbe said. “Microsoft’s unique approach to cloud computing takes this into account, providing customers with the technology and an enhanced business model to run their business across the public or private cloud, or a combination of both.”

New Developer Tools Ease Management

As organizations today face increased pressure to build, deliver and run applications across a variety of devices and deployment scenarios, Zander, corporate vice president of Visual Studio, announced Microsoft’s vision for ALM in the next version of Visual Studio. Zander described how Microsoft’s ALM offering builds on the strong track record of previous Visual Studio releases, and helps improve the flow of information between key stakeholders involved in planning, building and managing applications.

Zander also demonstrated a connector that links Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 to improve the interaction between the development and operations teams. The connector enables an operations team to send application performance monitoring and diagnostic information immediately to the engineering team. Microsoft delivered a community technology preview of the new connector today, available for download at

Organizations interested in taking advantage of the benefits of ALM should today start using Visual Studio 2010 with an MSDN subscription. More information is included on the Visual Studio website,, and on the MSDN website,

As businesses look to further enable IT efficiency through the deployment of virtualization and cloud solutions, Microsoft also announced the following:

•There are now additional supported hypervisor scenarios for virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, including Unified Messaging. This combines Exchange’s high-availability solutions, Database Availability Groups, with hypervisor-based clustering and failover solutions. Organizations planning to virtualize their Exchange 2010 deployments can get details from The Exchange Team Blog.

•New license mobility options will become available July 1, 2011, through Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements with an active Software Assurance benefit. The new options will provide customers with the flexibility to deploy application services on-premises or through hosted service providers in the cloud. More information is available on the Microsoft Partner Network Volume Licensing website.

Teched 2011, 2012

Posted by bink on May 15 2011, 10:32 PM.

So I’m in Atlanta for Microsoft Teched 2011 North America. I will be reporting on it this week.

There is no Teched 2011 in Europe this year, Microsoft is going to switch to summer based European Teched’s again. For this year this change was too short to implement in time.

This means that in 2010 the US and EU Techeds will be around the same time.

Teched North America 2012 June 11 –14 Orlando

Teched Europe 2012 June 25 –29 Amsterdam! <- that means no travel for me next year Hot smile




Thanks to for the Teched Orlando picture.

Check out, they moved to WordPress and will report also from Teched on all System Center related stuff!

Windows Phone app for the Exchange Team Blog

Posted by bink on May 15 2011, 7:07 PM.

“The Exchange Team Blog” app for your Windows Phone. You can download it from here or directly from the Marketplace on your Windows Phone.

The app allows you to read our blog posts on the go. Some notable features are:

  • Favorite posts you love and refer them quickly
  • Follow our tweets from the same app
  • Quickly filter and read posts by tags/categories
  • Send us your suggestions
  • Share posts with your social networks

Here are some screenshots:

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Now wait for an iPhone app….

Microsoft buys Skype!

Posted by bink on May 10 2011, 7:24 PM.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. The combination will extend Skype’s world-class brand and the reach of its networked platform, while enhancing Microsoft’s existing portfolio of real-time communications products and services.

With 170 million connected users and over 207 billion minutes of voice and video conversations in 2010, Skype has been a pioneer in creating rich, meaningful connections among friends, families and business colleagues globally. Microsoft has a long-standing focus and investment in real-time communications across its various platforms, including Lync (which saw 30 percent revenue growth in Q3), Outlook, Messenger, Hotmail and Xbox LIVE.

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer.

“Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” said Tony Bates. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate,” Bates said.

“Tony Bates has a great track record as a leader and will strengthen the Microsoft management team. I’m looking forward to Skype’s talented global workforce bringing its insights, ideas and experience to Microsoft,” Ballmer said.

Speaking on behalf of the investor group that sold Skype to Microsoft, Egon Durban, managing director of Silver Lake, said: “We are thrilled with Skype’s transformation during the period of our ownership and grateful for the extraordinary commitment of its management team and employees. We are excited about Skype’s long-term future with Microsoft, as it is poised to become one of the world’s most dynamic and comprehensive communications platforms.”

Founded in 2003, Skype was acquired by eBay in September 2005, and then acquired by an investment group led by Silver Lake in November 2009. Skype has made impressive progress over the past 18 months under Silver Lake’s leadership, increasing monthly calling minutes by 150 percent, developing new revenue streams and strategic partnerships, acquiring the intellectual property powering its peer-to-peer network, and recruiting an outstanding senior management team.

Other members of the selling investor group led by Silver Lake include eBay International AG, CPP Investment Board, Joltid Limited in partnership with Europlay Capital Advisors; and Andreessen Horowitz.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The parties hope to obtain all required regulatory clearances during the course of this calendar year.

WP7 Marketplace status

Posted by sumeethevans on May 6 2011, 4:46 AM. Posted in Windows Phone 7 Series.

Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you know that we’re investigating reports that some people are having problems downloading apps from Windows Phone Marketplace.

I’ll keep you posted and provide an update as soon as we know more.


Looks like we’re back up…but root cause is still under investigation. More when I have it. Meantime, let the downloads begin.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for May 2011

Posted by sumeethevans on May 6 2011, 4:43 AM. Posted in Security.

This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on May 10, 2011. This bulletin advance notification will be replaced with the May bulletin summary on May 10, 2011.

The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity.

For details on affected software, see the next section, Affected Software.

Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected Software

Bulletin 1

CriticalRemote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Windows

Bulletin 2

ImportantRemote Code Execution

May require restart

Microsoft Office

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Introducing the Windows Experts Community!

Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:22 PM. Posted in windows.

A new site called The Windows Experts Community will be the place to find and collaborate with those knowledgeable experts. If you are a Windows Media Center enthusiast you’re probably familiar with a similar site called The Green Button that focused on Windows Media Center. has been a great example of just that type of interaction I love to see with so many smart people collaborating to extend and personalize the Windows Media Center experience. But we wanted to expand those great conversations, collaboration and sharing of knowledge to all topics related to Windows and Windows Live. The Windows Experts Community will incorporate the users and discussions from TGB as its base but will take the dialogue way beyond Windows Media Center.

At its heart, the Windows Experts Community is a collection of online forums geared for advanced users, enthusiasts, experts and so on – those that are doing fantastic and amazing things with their Windows PCs and other ecosystem devices. We’re also rolling out a community-driven wiki where members can create and edit articles and explainers on how they’ve set-up their PCs, created scenarios, or established their own best practices. There is a great Wiki on Technet for IT Pro and Enterprise related wisdom but why should they have all the fun? Some of us run our home like an IT shop but with HomeGroup and Windows Home Server instead!

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Microsoft and RIM helping people make better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry

Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:21 PM. Posted in bing.

Since we launched Bing, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for people to use the service from any device, anytime, so that they are never without access to Bing’s great decision tools. Today we joined with Research In Motion (RIM) in announcing some exciting news for our joint customers.

This morning at RIM’s annual Blackberry World, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on stage a new alliance between Microsoft and RIM, outlining how the two companies can work together to help people make better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry devices.

Central to this collaboration, , Blackberry devices will use Bing as the preferred search provider in the browser, and Bing will be the default search and map application for new devices presented to mobile operators, both in the United States and internationally.  Also, effective today Bing will be the preferred search and maps applications with regular, featured placement and promotion in the BlackBerry App World carousel.

Bing is also now shipping as the default search experience, and map app, for the newly released BlackBerry Playbook. Together, we’ll also market and promote the strength of our joint offerings as “Making better decisions with Bing on BlackBerry.”

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Windows Thin PC Release Candidate Now Available

Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:21 PM. Posted in windows.

I’m pleased to announce the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available for download from the WinTPC RC site. It’s been a busy month for the Windows Thin PC team. Since the launch of the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) program on March 28 we have seen tremendous interest in the product with thousands of downloads of the software.   So, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize our enthusiastic community of well over 12,000 customers and partners who have signed up for the Technology Preview program. Thank you for helping us to create a great product! Please keep sending us your suggestions; it is valuable as we continue our software development.

Many of you have been inquiring as to when the product will be available to customers outside the CTP Program. I’d like to take the opportunity to announce that we plan to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) within this quarter (Q2 CY2011). Windows Thin PC will be made available as an SA benefit, and customers with active SA or Windows VDA on their Windows PCs will be able to deploy Windows Thin PC to their environments after RTM.   For more information on Windows Thin PC, check out the FAQ.

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Microsoft Interactive Classroom

Posted by sumeethevans on May 5 2011, 9:20 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft Interactive Classroom helps interaction and collaboration between educators and students by enabling the creation of classroom polls using PowerPoint, and sharing content with students using OneNote. Educators can insert a multiple choice, yes/no, or true/false polling questions to lessons using PowerPoint. Students who have laptops running Microsoft Windows and OneNote receive the polling questions and teacher annotations in real-time within their OneNote Notebook.In addition, students can add their own notes to the slides using the features provided in OneNote.
They can also respond in real-time to the questions during the lesson. Students without laptops can participate in polls using hardware clickers. This gives educators real time feedback on how well their students are grasping their lessons.
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