Microsoft pushes hybrid cloud computing into the sweet spot for cloud PaaS solutions

If Microsoft’s Q1 2015 earnings report can be taken as a reliable measure of where it makes sense for them to allocate resources and focus, hybrid cloud computing is now in the limelight. SharePoint on premises and SharePoint Online, Office 365 are great examples of this concept at work. Earlier this week this writer published some comments on Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO’s comments on the earnings report, specifically how he chose to answer an opening question posed by one analyst covering Microsoft. The analyst asked a big one, why Microsoft is benefitting better from Cloud, IaaS and PaaS than its…
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Microsoft Begins to Expand the Features of Enterprise Search for SharePoint Online, and for Office 365

Organizations with a SharePoint Online, Office 365 subscription may have noticed a new, amber colored query symbol on the top left of the pages served with results from a SharePoint search. This writer found this icon when he ran a search with the SharePoint Online query box. When he clicked on this new query symbol he landed on a Google-like blank page with a centered search box, in Office 365. Is Microsoft starting to role out some of the new features Satya Nadella referred to, when he mentioned Microsoft would soon “stand Enterprise Search on its head”? (to be precise,…
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Office 365 is the Cornerstone for the Future for Microsoft

During an announcement of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Salesforce.com, a webcast recording of which went online on Thursday, May 29, 2014, Satya Nadella and Marc Benioff (of Salesforce.com) both referred to Office 365 as the future strategic direction of Microsoft. This statement, is, of course, a very big one, but one observers might have seen coming for some time. For example, anyone attending SharePoint Conference 2014, who watched the multimedia presentation which provided the preface to President Clinton’s Keynote presentation would have noticed the lengthy set of statistics of the extent of not only SharePoint’s penetration of day…
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