Dear Mac Users – “Be More”

At Microsoft Surface announcement today, CEO Satya encourages everyone to “Do More” and “Be More”.  Maybe he’s talking to the front row at the announcement, given that they are all using Macs?


Notes on Office 365 Launch

Office 365 launch.  28 Jun 2011.  Ballmer introducing it, plus a couple demos.

  • Ballmer introducing Office 365
  • Office + Cloud = Collaboration
  • “Office meets the cloud”
  • Office 365 being announced today
  • Collaboration scenarios, target to small businesses

  • Accessing Office 365 using mobile devices, e.g. Windows Phone 7

  • Real-time collaboration–as one user updates, other user sees changes immediately
  • Outlook in Office 365

  • Online Meeting button – automatically sets up online meeting/conference

  • Realtime collaboration in whiteboard

  • Collaboration using SharePoint
  • New SharePoint design surfaces, with Ribbon

  • Service plans for Office 365 – monthly subscription, or connecting existing Office apps to Office 365 service
  • Touting their SLA, but no numbers
  • Example of company planning to host all their documents in Office365
  • $100k/yr savings for sample company
  • Touting – improve collaboration between offices
  • “Global partner ecosystem” – partnering with various partners that already provide SLAs
  • Partner can package Office365 with services that partners already provide to small businesses
  • Our friend Steve

  • “Bring benefits of Office to the cloud”

Mix08 Notes: Keynote #1 – Ray Ozzie

Mix08 in Las Vegas  (5-7 Mar 2008)

Ray Ozzie
[KYN0801, 0:00]

– Lots of great products during past year
– Many software projects finally coming to fruition this coming year
– Mix ’08 is 1st of key launch milestones this year, culminating at PDC in October
– Many key elements of Software+Services will be released this year
– Let’s look at big picture, put various products into context

– Two distinct aspects of Microsoft’s services strategy
– Things that we do to deeply embrace advertising, which is economic engine that powers the web
– Internet is reshaping & transforming Microsoft’s existing products and services

– Advertising
– Innovation in the experiences on the web provides fuel for ad-based economic engine

– Content, Commerce, Community web properties–key drivers of user engagement
– Innovation in community area transforms the other properties (content/commerce) on the web
– E.g. blogs, social networks, etc.
– Greater and greater user engagement
– This user engagement is why advertising is now huge economic force on the web
– Online ads projected to grow from $40 billion to $80 billion over next 3 yrs
– Advertising is going to be the primary way that we all monetize services/apps on the web

– Aspect 1:  What is Microsoft’s role in advertising on the web?
– Ensure that there is vibrant advertising ecosystem on the web
– Based on highly competitive ad platform
– Significantly investing in search and in content/commerce/community innovation
– Goal: highly engaged, well-targeted audience

– Aspect 2:  How is the web impacting Microsoft’s products/services?
– Look at 3 core principles that MS is using to drive reconceptualization of its software, to embrace world of services

– 3 core principles
– People — Think of the web as a hub — of social & technology experiences — our “social mesh” and “device mesh”
– (Fundamental changes impacting the individual)
– Business — provide power of choice as enterprise moves to embrace the cloud
– Developers — We need to embrace a world of “small pieces, loosely joined”

– Principle 1 — Think of web as a hub / mesh
– Social mesh — interpersonal nature of web will impact everything that MS does
– All applications will incorporate the “group forming” aspects of the web   (linking, sharing, ranking, tagging)
– Device mesh — number & diversity of our devices is on the rise  (phones, PCs, smart TVs, DVRs, media centers, game consoles, car nav systems, etc)
– Idea of “My computer”, single PC, is dated, quaint
– Give way to personal collection of connected devices, brought together by the web
– Web serves as hub for these meshes

– Principle 2: Power of choice in the enterprise
– Most enterprises are in early stages, transition from dedicated application servers to virtualization and consolidating apps on computing grids
– “Virtualization powered utility computing model”
– Spans from enterprise data center, to cloud
– Utility computing model will reshape enterprise applications
All of Microsoft’s software will be re-factored to have symmetry between
– Enterprise-based software
– Partner-hosted services
– Services in the cloud
– Power of server-service symmetry, allows IT to choose
– Systems are distributed, and federated

– Principle 3: Small pieces loosely joined
– Fabric of software & service componentry, spans from cloud to to world of devices
– Applications are trending towards loosely-coupled compositions
– Cooperating systems
– Transparency, standards, interoperability are key
– Lightweight APIs ubiquitous, e.g. REST, RSS, between services across the web
– XAML allows repurposing UI components
– New apps needing to extend beyond the browser, beyond the PC
– Users expecting rich, seamless experiences, delivered across all of their devices
– Applications take advantage of unique strengths of each platform
– Multi-device UI environment
– At back-end, new design models, more appropriate for cloud
– Vast arrays of commodity computing resources–storage & software
– Need new skills to: write code on back-end; deploy across grid; debug remotely
– Developer skills changed by shift to utility computing model

– How will Microsoft products be impacted by these principles?
– Will talk about specific offerings in 5 major groupings
– Connected devices, connected entertainment, connected productivity, connected business, connected development

– Connected devices
– We’re juggling/managing more and more interconnected devices
– Many of them are internet-aware at birth
– Use software to bring them all together into your own personal device mesh with web as hub
– Devices report into central server for status, health, location
– Remote control of all your devices, from anywhere
– Transparent synchronization of data across all devices
– Bi-directional synch of arbitrary feeds
– Application mgmt–centralized web-based deployment of device-based applications
– App platform that is cognizant of all of your devices
– MS has been working on this already
– For starters, looking at PCs, bringing all your machines into single seamless mesh
– Using web as hub
Live Mesh tech preview

– Connected entertainment
– Only license your media once
– Organized collections/subscriptions once
– Use any of your devices to access/enjoy your media
– On portable device, in living room, on desktop
– Each person has “media-centric web presence” — express your tastes, interact w/others
– Microsoft entertainment products/services will be progressively transformed by this connected entertainment vision

– Connected productivity
– Productivity (for MS) =
– Office for PC
– Office Mobile for phone
– Office Live for web
– Seamlessly enjoy
– Rich dynamic benefits of working on PC
– Mobility, capture capabilities of phone
– Work-anywhere ubiquity of Internet
– Devices seamlessly connected, using web as “experience hub”
– Office live extends productivity into social mesh, sharing/tagging, etc.
– Office Live Workspace — in beta, Mar08
– Focus on servicing individual’s productivity needs
– Also deliver connected productivity to people in enterprise  (e.g. Sharepoint, Exchange)

– Connected business (enterprise)
– Services, e.g. CRM, CRM Live
– Well received by small businesses
– Biggest impact of services on business — will come from shift to utility computing within enterprise
– During past year:
– Windows Server 2008, Hyper-V
– System Center products, e.g. Virtual Machine Manager
– “Embrace utility computing in the cloud”
– Now releasing:
– Online business services, beta in Mar08
– Run Exchange, Sharepoint, Office Communications as either local servers or as services in the cloud
– Beta for SQL Server Data Services — API for online data storage; high-scale database services

– Connected development
– Realizing connected development environment through:
– .NET Framework
– Silverlight
– Expression Studio  (designers)
– Visual Studio  (developers)

– This year, delivering on potential promised w/Silverlight
– Devs have many amazing technology choices to pick from
– You should “bet on Microsoft” — can create extraordinary experiences across world of devices