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Category: Windows Azure
November 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Seattle police body camera maker plugs into Microsoft’s cloud

A Seattle company is rolling out the latest application for Microsoft’s expanding cloud: storing the footage taken by police cameras.

Police departments have been taking video — think dashboard cams — for decades. But with the increasing push to record more of officers’ interactions with citizens, the volume of data is growing fast.

Vievu’s answer? Upload the footage to Microsoft’s servers.

Vievu said Tuesday that it has built software on Microsoft’s Azure platform that offers law enforcement agencies the ability to send footage from the company’s line of body and car-mounted cameras to Microsoft’s data centers.


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July 14, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Microsoft announces pricing for cloud computing on Azure

Microsoft brought some form to its cloud this morning, giving pricing details for Azure, its cloud computing platform. The service is now in technical preview phase, but will go live at the Professional Developers Conference in the fall of this year, Microsoft said this morning. With cloud computing, Microsoft hopes to persuade business customers to shift from…


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June 18, 2009 at 5:21 PM pitches cloud computing in Microsoft territory was in Seattle on Thursday promoting its cloud-computing product ahead of Microsoft’s anticipated announcements this summer about its competing product Azure. Chief Executive Mark Benioff gave a speech at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle to customers in an event called CloudForce, which is touring the globe. While better known for its Web-based…


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March 11, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Microsoft cloud services progress report

For a few years now, Microsoft’s mantra has been “software plus services,” the idea that customers can chose how they buy and consume the company’s products. For example, a business may choose whether to buy Exchange for e-mail and run it on its own servers or have Microsoft host Exchange in its data centers and provide it as a service for a per user, per month subscription. For many products, there are also third-party partner companies that offer similar hosting models for Microsoft’s business applications. Last week, I talked with three Microsoft executives about which among these options looks the best to Microsoft from a financial perspective, and how the online businesses are evolving.


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February 24, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Microsoft Strategic Update: Ballmer tells Wall Street more dramatic cost cutting would be ‘imprudent’

With Microsoft’s Redmond campus largely emptied out for the winter holidays, CEO Steve Ballmer crunched the numbers on the proper level of spending for his company against the current economic climate, which he has repeatedly referred to as a “reset” rather than just a recession. Ballmer said his own estimates for the weakness and duration of the downturn tend to be more severe than those of other business leaders he meets.

With that in mind, he settled on $27.5 billion of operating expenses — a level the company aims to hold relatively steady through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and during its 2010 fiscal year. Ballmer made clear to financial analysts meeting in New York this morning for the company’s annual strategic update that cutting back even more significantly — say to $20 billion — would be “imprudent.”

“I think this is right,” Ballmer said.

That should give some comfort to those wondering if the modest layoffs Microsoft announced last month were the beginning of a more significant reduction. Wall Street analysts and investors are pressuring companies in every industry to continue cutting costs as sales and profits slow dramatically.

The strategic update call just came to an end. Ballmer gave a detailed look at seven major business areas for the company. Check back here later this morning for more details.

Update, 7:50 a.m.: As he told Congressional Democrats earlier this month, Ballmer said Microsoft’s corporate strategists have been evaluating past downturns — particularly those driven by “deleveraging.” The team read company annual reports from 1927 to 1938 to determine who did a good job managing through the Great Depression. “RCA, God rest them in peace, became our role model,” Ballmer said. The company was able to dominate the television business because it continued to invest during bad times, he said.

Then he broke down how Microsoft plans to invest.


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November 12, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Microsoft’s Azure platform for investors

David Treadwell, Microsoft’s corporate vice president in charge of Live Platform Services, is hosting a meeting this morning with the financial community to discuss the company’s recently unveiled Windows Azure platform. A link to the meeting, which will include a strategic overview of the new services platform, can be found here. For background,…


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October 27, 2008 at 10:50 PM

PDC: Microsoft’s Muglia on profit margins for Windows Azure, opportunities to work with Amazon

LOS ANGELES — Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsoft’s server and tools business, shared his expectations of the impact Microsoft’s new services platform will have on company profit margins, where he sees opportunities for collaboration with — the company’s biggest cloud competitor not named Google — and more in an interview earlier today.

Check out these edited excerpts of our conversation. I’ve put the particularly interesting bits in bold for easier scanning.


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October 27, 2008 at 11:39 AM

PDC: Azure, Microsoft’s new favorite color, an odd choice for a “cloud” OS

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft exec David Thompson, giving a demo of Microsoft Online, noted that the project heads-up screen he was showing is in “Microsoft’s new favorite color: Azure blue.”

So what of the name Azure, as in Windows Azure, Microsoft’s new cloud computing platform? It seems to have caught the Microsoft chattering classes a bit by surprise. (It was not one of the code names I had heard recently.)


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October 27, 2008 at 8:45 AM

PDC: Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ozzie announces ‘Windows Azure’

LOS ANGELES — Ray Ozzie, the man who replaced Bill Gates as chief software architect at Microsoft, is on stage at one of Microsoft’s most important conferences in years. This Professional Developers Conference marks a “turning point” for Microsoft, Ozzie said.

It’s the first time the company is able to talk “end to end” about the software plus services platform it has been working on since Ozzie took over three years ago.

Today, the focus is on the back end systems that run everything from enterprises to Web sites to global Internet services.

Ozzie said a team at Microsoft has been working for a few years on a platform for computing in the cloud. The company unveiled a major product of those efforts: “Windows Azure.”

Note: I’ve posted several updates after the jump.


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