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by Diane Krakora, CEO

The 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Summit kicked off today in Los Angeles with a tone previously un-experienced at a conference. No rock and roll band jamming “it’s a beautiful day” at 8am – a respectable 9am start time with a cool, but understated, synchronized dance act from Japan –  with the message “there is power in walking together”. The opening video segment highlighted a Japanese software company that developed a cool app on Azure to help quake victims find people, share stories and photos and connect with each other. It was a good example of winning together (the conference theme), however a bit sobering to recall the tragedies befallen the globe in the last 365 days. (more…)


July 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Microsoft’s Balmer offers a Rally-cry for Partner Cloud Investment

Highlights of Microsoft’s 2010 Partner Conference

Beth Vanni, Director, Market Intelligence, Amazon Consulting

How can a company that literally owns the desktop and has one of the largest ISV communities not be actively talking about the cloud? It’s clear that after much criticism of its somewhat divided “Software + Services” strategy and its late entry into mobile device support, the Redmond giant is serious about the cloud. Or at least that’s the impression we came away with from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

By definition of its product strategy and customer legacy, Microsoft has to live in two worlds. On one hand they have to actively address the here and now — nearly 400,000 business PCs that are ready for a Windows 7 and/or Windows 2010 upgrades. And Windows 7 has been very successful in its first seven months (namely 150 million licenses).  On the other hand, the company has to paint its future for outsourced and cloud software services.  They have invested heavily in its Business Productivity On-Line Suite (BPOS) and Dynamic CRM on-line services,  and executives shared today that the much-awaited Azure development environment now has a full 10,000 paying customers, addressing the SaaS needs of both ISVs and corporations creating custom applications. (more…)

August 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Windows 7: The Great “White Hope” for IT Spending or Hopeful Optimism?

Microsoft Partner Conference Update

Beth Vanni

Beth Vanni

By the end of 2010 more than 20% of the U.S. IT workforce will be using Windows 7.   More than 177 million copies of Windows 7 should be in place worldwide – 60 million of that in the U.S.   These July 2009 projections from IDC align with the level of optimism and enthusiasm expressed by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO, as he marched back and forth on stage with his customary passion and salesmanship.
Perhaps even more interesting was the number of hands that went up in the main session when Ballmer asked how many of the 9,000 some odd partners in the audience were already running or using Windows 7.  To my eye, it seemed that about 2/3 of the audience raised their hands.   Bill Veghte, SVP of the Windows Business, reported that over 16,000 hardware and software partners are currently developing on Windows 7;  Microsoft experienced nowhere near this early momentum for previous Windows releases prior to their general availability.  IDC projects that the 85,000 Microsoft partner companies in the U.S. will collectively employ nearly 700,000 people and will sell $18.51 of services and products for every $1 of Windows 7 sold.  According to their projections, the economic impact of this market should total $100 billion in products and services sold around Windows 7 into the U.S. market between now and by the end of 2010. (more…)

July 17, 2009 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

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