Microsoft Starts Support Countdown for Windows 7 and Office 2010

Just as it beat the drum around Windows XP's end of life a few years ago, Microsoft is now starting to warn its partners and customers that a popular desktop configuration is nearing the support cliff.

The new focus of the upgrade talk is Windows 7 and Office 2010. Ron Markezich, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, started the Windows 7/Office 2010 conversation during a keynote last week at Microsoft Inspire. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 25, 2018 at 11:39 AM0 comments

Microsoft Inspire 2018 Recap: 8 Key Quotes

Microsoft's annual partner conference, Inspire, just wrapped up in Las Vegas, where it was combined for the first time with the Microsoft Ready internal sales event.

Here are some key moments from the Inspire keynotes that illustrated some of biggest themes from the show, which also represented the unofficial start of Microsoft's fiscal year. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 23, 2018 at 11:03 AM0 comments

Microsoft Is Now a $100 Billion Company

Microsoft blasted past the $100 billion revenue milestone for its recently finished fiscal year.

Financial results released after markets closed on Thursday showed revenues of $110.36 billion for the full year ended June 30, a 14% jump compared to the $96.57 billion in revenues the previous year. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 19, 2018 at 2:46 PM0 comments

Making Sense of Microsoft's Partner Priorities for 2019

Microsoft Inspire 2018 wraps up today, and partners are heading home from Las Vegas with a dizzying amount of news buzzing between their ears.

There were a lot of announcements around Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 on the product side, but Microsoft also rolled out significant changes to the way that it works with partners. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM0 comments

Top Dog(fooder): Nadella Details His Daily Use of Microsoft 365

There used to be a regular saying that Microsoft's IT department was the company's first, best customer.

The idea was the department was always at the ready to dogfood technical previews and beta versions of Microsoft's enterprise software and services. Using the software to run a 100,000-person company with nearly $100 billion in revenues and global-scale operations is a great way to kick the tires and prove the scalability of new software. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM0 comments

Microsoft Inspire: Explaining That $4.5 Trillion Opportunity

Ever since last July, Microsoft has been bandying about the number $4.5 trillion.

Microsoft got that sky-high figure from analysts at IDC. Supposedly it's the size of the digital transformation market opportunity by 2023. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM0 comments

Inspire Preview: Microsoft To Focus on Partners, Azure and Microsoft 365

Microsoft on Thursday made dozens of product and partnering announcements in advance of the Microsoft Inspire 2018 partner conference that kicks off on Sunday.

The pre-conference unveilings in blog posts and media briefings covered partner programs, Azure and Microsoft 365. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 12, 2018 at 9:09 AM0 comments

Microsoft Aims 'Surface Go' Tablet at Entry-Level Market

Microsoft this week took the wraps off the latest entry to its Surface PC lineup: the Surface Go.

Shipping on Aug. 2 in several markets, including the United States, the Surface Go is a slightly smaller and slightly less expensive Surface model that aims to be good for entertainment and educational use, but still fully capable of tackling most work tasks either on the road or at home. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 11, 2018 at 9:29 AM0 comments

Microsoft Recognizes U.S. Partners with Awards in Dozens of Categories

Microsoft on Friday honored 39 partner companies with an inaugural set of MSUS Partner Awards.

"Designed to supplement the Microsoft Partner of the Year program, both award programs use the same nominations and nomination tool; however, the MSUS Partner Award program focuses on US-specific partner impact," according to a blog posted by the Microsoft U.S. Partner Team listing the winners. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 29, 2018 at 2:45 PM0 comments

Twilio Launches Partner Program for its Communications Platform

Looking to kick start a next stage of growth after 10 years, communications specialist Twilio is making a major investment in the channel.

The San Francisco area company aims to virtualize telecommunications infrastructure by offering APIs that allow developers to create communications solutions that leverage voice, text, chat and video. In its first decade, the company was all about developers, and boasts that 2 million of them have used the Twilio platform. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 27, 2018 at 12:42 PM0 comments

Microsoft Readying $80 USB-C Dongle for Surface

Microsoft's long-promised USB-C dongle for its Surface laptop is reportedly coming this week.

In an interview with The Verge over a year ago, Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay said that a dongle was in the works. The Verge is now reporting that a rather large dongle to connect USB-C devices will be available starting on Friday. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 26, 2018 at 12:42 PM0 comments

Microsoft Unveils Inspire Keynote Lineup

As part of the lead-up to the Microsoft Inspire partner conference next month, Microsoft revealed the lineup of keynote speakers and dropped hints about some of the big themes of the conference.

Inspire 2018 is being held in Las Vegas from July 15-19. For the first time, the worldwide partner conference is being co-located with the Microsoft Ready internal sales conference. Microsoft executives say the combined event is bringing 40,000 attendees to Las Vegas. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on June 25, 2018 at 10:29 AM0 comments

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