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Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Janet I. Tu.

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October 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Microsoft outlines upcoming enterprise cloud services and products

Microsoft today announced updates and release dates for its enterprise cloud services and products, as Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, gave a media briefing in San Francisco on Microsoft’s cloud strategy.

Nadella placed the releases in the context of being proud of Microsoft’s $20 billion share of the enterprise infrastructure business, but saying that that’s still a small share “compared to the $2 trillion at play” as businesses move to the cloud. He also touted Microsoft as being the only cloud services and infrastructure provider that offered widely used cloud software services (such as Office 365), a scalable global public cloud (Azure), and that provides infrastructure for companies to build their own clouds on.

“We’re the only vendor that does all three,” he said, when asked about how Microsoft is different from its cloud competitors.

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June 27, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Microsoft’s Build day 2 keynote to emphasize cloud, businesses [liveblog]

SAN FRANCISCO — I’m at the Moscone Center for day 2 of Build, Microsoft’s big annual conference for independent, third-party developers. I’ll be liveblogging the keynote, which is scheduled to start a 9 a.m. Today’s keynote is supposed to cover: Windows Azure, cloud for business, rich Office 365 extensibility, enterprise grade SaaS integration, tools.

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June 4, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Sherlund on Microsoft’s reported restructuring, stock price

Veteran Microsoft analyst Rick Sherlund, of investment bank Nomura, offered his thoughts in a note this morning on Microsoft’s reported restructuring, its big cloud push and its stock price. Microsoft this week announced at its TechEd conference some of the ways in which it’s emphasizing cloud-based services as opposed to or in addition to…

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May 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Microsoft expands Windows Azure in Asia Pacific

Microsoft has been steadily growing its cloud business into one of its largest revenue-generating divisions. Now it’s expanding its footprint in the fast-growing cloud market in Asia.

The company announced Wednesday that, in partnership with Chinese data center services provider 21Vianet, a public preview of Windows Azure in China will be available on June 6.

That makes Microsoft the first multinational organization to make public cloud services available in China. (Currently, the major cloud providers in China are the China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, according to 21Vianet.)

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