Today, nearly every one of Microsoft's products has features or services that support cloud computing. Our Cloud Power vision encompasses all our products including tools and processes. Or in other words, as Steve Ballmer has said, when it comes to cloud computing, we are all-in. We are all-in across every product line that we have and across every dimension of the service.
As we only have half an hour, I would like to suggest different ways of learning more about what Microsoft is doing when it comes to cloud computing. You can either explore the
new website that is available with consolidated content and case studies dealing with Microsoft's efforts in the cloud space.
Or you can watch the highlights of Steve Ballmer's speech presented in a shortened video form that you will find
here. Or, if time is really short, the summary is provided below:
Cloud computing has never been as hot as it is now. As such, Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, spoke on 6 March to a group of students and a faculty at the University of Washington to discuss how cloud computing will change the way people and businesses use technology.
His goal was to challenge people to look at cloud computing more broadly and to understand the multidimensional nature of the cloud transformation revolution happening today. Other companies have defined cloud computing in a narrow, one-dimensional way. Although these companies provide some interesting components, Microsoft is unique in delivering on a wide range of cloud capabilities that bring increasingly more value to their customers.
Mr Ballmer outlined the five dimensions that define the way people use and realize value in the cloud:
- Cloud computing creates opportunities and responsibilities
- Cloud computing teaches and helps you to learn, decide and take action
- Cloud computing enhances your social and professional interactions
- Cloud computing wants smarter devices
- Cloud computing drives server advances that in turn drive cloud computing
This view fuels Microsoft's investments across the entire company, from data centres to cloud platform technologies to cloud-based development tools and applications.