TORONTO — Here’s the live blog from Day 3 of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.
The following is in reverse chronological order:
11:05 a.m.: That’s a wrap. Some highlights of today’s keynote:
* Microsoft COO Kevin Turner says cloud revenue grew more than 100 percent across almost all Microsoft offerings. Acknowledges company got into virtualization “a little late” but has been growing at twice the rate of VMware.
* Microsoft will open holiday pop-up Microsoft Stores on the heels of Windows 8 launch.
* Confirms Microsoft opening its first non-mainland-U.S. stores in Puerto Rico and Canada.
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11 a.m.: Jon Roskill back on stage. Says WPC 2013 wlll be July 7-11 in Houston, Texas.
10:36 a.m.: Deepak Chopra, alternative medicine author, takes the stage to talk about technology, leadership and living. Some quotes:
“The stories we tell ourselves are projected out there.”
“We are an ecosystem.”
“Expand your awareness.”
“Cultivate web of relationships.”
Points to his bracelet – says it will be a “GPS for the soul”
“Expand the capacity for well being.”
“There is no power stronger than self-reflection. To ask ourselves: Who am I? What do I want? What is the true meaning of my existence?”
“We are already in the midst of a new planetary civilization.”
Says something about the cloud being “our collective wellbeing.”
9:28 a.m.: Microsoft COO Kevin Turner takes the stage. Says cloud revenue grew more than 100 percent across almost all Microsoft offerings. Says deployment at all-time high for Widows 7 and Office 2010; over 50 percent of desktop PCs in enterprise are on Windows 7. Says Office 2010 is fastest selling release of Office of all time. Says Hyper-V won share against VMware for first time; SQL is worldwide unit share leader.
Says company sees 4 key trends going forward: Mixed bag related to economy – some down, some up; geopolitical issues around the world; businesses going increasingly multi-channel; customer feedback and engagement opportunities with web, social networking.
Sees 8 tech trends: Cloud, explosion of data, social computing, natural interaction — how people engage with tech, ecosystem of computers — everything connected everywhere, consumerization of IT, connectivity, machine learning.
Talks about Microsoft’s plans in FY13. “We aspire to have a continuous cloud” service to every person on planet. Says Microsoft will spend more than $9.4 billion in R&D in FY13 — $3 billion more than other tech co. Says every product in portfolio getting refreshed or relaunched in 12-month cycle. “Largest single release cycle in our history.”
Talks about company’s agenda on execution and focus in FY13. “It’s about Windows 8. Making sure we land Windows 8.” Making sure have great devices in ecosystem and that there are great apps. It’s also about: Winning with Office 365. The cloud and winning with the data center — public, private and hybrid. Deployment is paramount. “Embrace and evangelizing the story that we’ve got on consumerization of IT.” “Rescue people from Oracle and IBM and others” an important part of SQL story. “It comes back to Windows 8.”
With Windows 8, “for the first time in history of operating systems, we’ll have the same user experience across the smartphone, tablet, slate, laptop, desktop and television with the Metro user interface.”
Goes into the Microsoft spiel about Windows 8 being “no compromise” experience: It’s for personal and enterprise use; it’s a PC and tablet; it’s a consumption and creation device.
Says tackling consumerization of IT with 4-point strategy: great devices, security and management tools, productivity tools, unified application development process.
April 8, 2014 — 15th anniversary of Windows XP. “And then we’re going to put it to sleep. May it rest in peace.”
Talks about cloud. Need to get cloud offerings fully deployed. Company has 3 distinct clouds: public, private, hybrid — the most commonly adopted of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. “Office 365 is our collective future. And make no mistake. Google is out there pitching our customers.” Urges partners to emphasize Microsoft’s “great story” on cost and functionality when they hear about Google pitching Google Apps.
Virtualization — “a space we got into a little late” but says has been growing at twice the rate of VMware. Says last quarter, for the first time, VMware lost share. Touts growth of Windows Server 2012, new Hyper-V release, SQL Server. Says SQL Server has 46 percent of usage share.
On collaboration: SharePoint is fastest growing product in history of Microsoft. But says that honor will probably go to Office 365 by next year. “The social enterprise space is a hot, hot commodity.”
Says need more partner capacity for CRM.
Talks about consumer offerings. Significant ad campaign planned for Windows 8. Things coming out: Halo, Smartglass, new release of Office, Skype, Microsoft Stores, Windows Phone — says Windows Phone winning PC World customer satisfaction survey for smartphones. Plays video of back when Siri said Lumia 900 was best smartphone when people asked iPhone’s Siri who had the best smartphone. (Apple has since changed what comes up as a reply to that question.)
Says Apple makes great hardware but reads bad reviews of OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s upcoming OS, saying Mountain Lion is stuck in past. Says “Apple has it wrong.” Says Apple talks about post-PC era, with PC and tablet being different. But “we believe Windows 8 is the new era for the PC plus.” “We believe with a single push of a button, can move seamlessly in and out of both worlds.”
Says Microsoft Stores customer feedback great. Going into Puerto Rico and Canada this year. This holiday, on the heels of Windows 8 launch, going to do some holiday pop-up stores.
On advertising and Bing and search, says goes back to Windows 8. “We’re going to continue to fight, scratch and claw for every single bit of share.” Says Bing is leading Google in search relevance for the first time. [I’m wondering where this finding comes from.]
Gives rah-rah closing. “The opportunity we have this year right now is to seize the moment and seize the day. … This is our time; our collective time. … It’s going to be a lot of fun the next 12 months.”
9:09 a.m.: Jon Roskill, Microsoft CVP, Worldwide Partner Group: “Everybody is excited about stepping into the cloud.” [Really? Everybody?] Says people are saying: “Microsoft is doing it again. … They really are taking the same formula and they’re taking it to the cloud.”
Shows chart with Microsoft partner-generated revenue going up over the years. He says 114 percent growth year-over-year last year — he attributes it to Office 365 intro. “All our products are cloudified this time.” Expects to see a “radical” trajectory up.
Says partners are saying they want: better products; strengthen field connections; show me the path to profit in the cloud. Touts upcoming products; says FY13 “most important release wave in the history of Microsoft.” Growing incentive budget by $200 million to $4.2 billion in FY13.
9 a.m. ET: Thievery Corporation opening the show.