Cloud Computing


Microsoft Kills 'Windows Live' Brand

Microsoft plans to abandon its "Windows Live" nomenclature over the next few months as it prepares to roll out Windows 8.

Server Message Block 3.0: Microsoft's New Storage Model

Considering buying a SAN? Stop what you're doing. The world of storage is about to change and its future lies in a surprisingly familiar protocol: the Server Message Block (SMB).

Quest Rolls Out Options for Office 365 Migrations

Quest Software today described its migration solutions for organizations moving to Exchange Online and Office 365.

UPDATE: Microsoft Improves SkyDrive, but Cuts Free Storage to 7 GB

Microsoft on Monday announced improvements to SkyDrive, along with a new limit to the amount of free storage space provided.

Windows Azure Now Spans U.S. East and West

Microsoft yesterday announced that Windows Azure datacenters now provide coverage for both U.S. East and West regions.

What To Expect in SharePoint 2013

A new version of the Microsoft collaboration and enterprise content management platform is in the works, and it will offer improved social networking, client and mobile UI enhancements, an app marketplace, and better cloud support. And that just scratches the surface.

3 Reasons Office 365 Could Ultimately Fail

After migrating a non-technical friend to Microsoft's Office 365, Greg now wonders whether the online suite can make it long-term.

Report: Office 365 Not Always the Lowest Cost Option

An industry-sponsored report released this month questions whether Microsoft's hosted offerings always represent the lowest cost option vs. other Microsoft-stack approaches.

Report: 'Personal Cloud' Eclipsing PCs in 2014

In the near future, the landing point for computer users will be the "personal cloud," rather than the PC desktop, according to Gartner.

New Microsoft Dynamics Products Arriving Q4 This Year

Microsoft today used the occasion of its Convergence conference to announce upcoming new Dynamics products.

OpenNebula 3.2 Drivers Released for Microsoft Hyper-V

The OpenNebula project last week released its latest drivers supporting Hyper-V.

Understanding Virtualization Classes in Cloud Computing

There are several different approaches to -- or classes of -- virtualization, each suited to their own specific situations. Here's your guide to when to use what.

Office 365 Prices Cut by 20 Percent

Microsoft this week slashed the prices of many of its Office 365 service plans by about 20 percent.

UPDATE: Windows Server 8 Beta Has Online Backup Service

Microsoft late last month quietly rolled out an online backup service for use with its Windows Server 8 beta.

First Look: Inside SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 will offer a variety of new features centered on big data, business intelligence and cloud computing.

SQL Server 2012 Hits Metal, Available for Evaluation

Microsoft today announced that SQL Server 2012 has hit its release-to-manufacturing milestone and is available for download and testing as an evaluation version.

Face-Off: Google Apps vs. Office 365

The cloud is all the rage, and for productivity tools, Google and Microsoft are the biggest players. You tell us who's best.

Outages Hit Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service is still in the process of recovering after a lengthy outage that affected multiple countries took it offline today.

Microsoft's Windows 8 Vision Centered on Devices and Services

Microsoft thinks about the operating system market in terms of "devices and services," according to the company's chief financial officer.

Microsoft Cuts SQL Azure Storage Pricing

Microsoft decreased its SQL Azure pricing again, and added a new 100 MB database storage option.

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