Microsoft unveils the future of Windows

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept 30, 2014 – Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its next Windows operating system, Windows 10, and gave a first look at an early technical preview for the PC available Oct. 1. The announcement highlighted advancements designed for business, including an updated user experience and enhanced security and management capabilities. The company also introduced the Windows Insider Program, kicking off its largest-ever open collaborative development effort to change the way Windows is built and delivered to best meet the needs of customers. Program participants will receive the technical preview of Windows 10 and a steady stream of builds through the development cycle to use and give feedback on.

“Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows, unlocking new experiences to give customers new ways to work, play and connect,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems group at Microsoft. “This will be our most comprehensive operating system and the best release Microsoft has ever done for our business customers, and we look forward to working together with our broader Windows community to bring Windows 10 to life in the months ahead.”

Windows 10: familiarity and consistency across devices

Windows 10 adapts to the devices customers are using — from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets — and what they’re doing with a consistent, familiar and compatible experience, enabling even greater productivity. Windows 10 will run across the broadest range of devices ever from the Internet of Things to enterprise datacenters worldwide. Microsoft is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. Developers will be able to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple device types, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers.

windows 10: designed for the challenges of modern business

Windows 10 builds nearly everything that businesses need right into the core of the product — including enterprise-grade security, identity and information protection features — in ways that can reduce complexities and provide better experiences than other solutions. One area of advancement is in the work Microsoft has done with user identities to improve resistance to breach, theft or phishing. Windows 10 will also help advance data loss prevention by using containers and data separation at the application and file level, enabling protection that follows the data as it goes from a tablet or PC to a USB drive, email or the cloud.

Management and deployment have been simplified to help lower costs, including in-place upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8 that are focused on making device wipe-and-reload scenarios obsolete. Businesses will also have the flexibility to choose how quickly they adopt the latest innovations and influence continued improvements. In addition, organizations will be able to customize an app store specific to their needs and environment. The intent is an app store that will allow for volume app licensing, flexible distribution, and the ability for organizations to reclaim or reuse licenses when necessary.

Technical preview PC productivity

The early technical preview of Windows 10 demonstrates new levels of flexibility, navigation and familiarity through the Windows experience. Features include these:

  • Expanded Start menu. The familiar Start menu is back, providing quick one-click access to the functions and files that people use most, and it includes a new space to personalize with favorite apps, programs, people and websites.
  • Apps that run in a window. Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop programs do. They can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing users to maximize, minimize and close with a click.
  • Snap enhancements. Working in multiple apps at once is easier and more intuitive with snap improvements. A new quadrant layout allows up to four apps to be snapped on the same screen. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping, and it will even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.
  • New Task view button. The new Task view button on the task bar enables one view for all open apps and files, allowing for quick switching and one-touch access to any desktop created.
  • Multiple desktops. Instead of too many apps and files overlapping on a single desktop, it’s easy to create and switch between distinct desktops for different purposes and projects — whether for work or personal use.

Open and collaborative development

The introduction of the Windows Insider Program demonstrates Microsoft’s continued commitment to working closely with customers to help shape the future of Windows. Windows Insiders will be able to give feedback on early builds of the product throughout the development cycle. The program will include various ways for Windows Insiders to engage in a two-way dialogue with Microsoft, including a Windows Feedback app for sharing suggestions and issues and a Windows Technical Preview Forum for interacting with Microsoft engineers and fellow Insiders. More information on the Windows Insider Program and the technical preview can be found at

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM redefines sales productivity for businesses today

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 8, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT”) on Wednesday announced that it will offer a new Sales Productivity solution that combines Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Professional with Office 365 and Power BI. This powerful combination gives sales professionals the leading productivity tools that work seamlessly with business applications to enable them to do more and achieve more. The new solution will be offered to customers at a promotional price of $65 per user, per month. Existing users of Office 365 can upgrade to the Sales Productivity solution for $45 per user, per month. This is almost 50 percent lower than comparable offerings in the industry. This offer is available in all markets worldwide where Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and Power BI are available, starting Wednesday.

Productivity is an important component of any business applications offering, and that is especially critical for sales organizations where people need to quickly respond to customers’ needs. By combining Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, a recognized leader in CRM, with Office 365, the leading productivity solution in the market, Microsoft is empowering people to work across their entire enterprise and beyond with partners and customers directly. And by bringing Outlook, Lync, Skype and Yammer for social collaboration into the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online experience, the company is enabling true sales productivity for customers.

“The importance of combining powerful productivity tools with business applications is something that Microsoft Dynamics has recognized all along — indeed it is core to our strategy,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. “We have been building our products to work seamlessly together from day one, and this new offering makes it even easier for our customers to benefit from this combination of solutions today: Microsoft Dynamics CRM plus Office 365 plus Power BI is a winning bet.”

Customers are already benefiting from the power of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365 and Power BI analytics. Businesses are choosing Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online over competing vendors for its ability to work seamlessly with Office 365 along with its world-class and intuitive process-driven user experience and real-time insights through easy-to-use tools that empower users to get the answers they need.

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton chose Microsoft’s Sales Productivity solution over to enable the firm to offer its clients something the competition cannot — personalized service and closer relationships.

Grant Thornton has revenue in excess of $1.3 billion with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees and has seen some incredible results. One of its key goals as a business was to increase team collaboration among its sales associates. With Microsoft solutions in place, Grant Thornton has seen a 700 percent increase in the number of contacts in its system over the legacy solution and a 450 percent increase in the number of opportunities. That translates to five-and-a-half times more deals managed in the firm’s system. With Microsoft, Grant Thornton’s sales teams are able to easily identify trends affecting their customers so they can proactively reach out to them. The sales teams’ pipeline has increased, their win rate is 39 percent higher and, most impressively, their average win value has increased by 36 percent. Not only are they closing more deals, those deals are significantly larger. These insights into client demand “make very smart people even smarter, which creates a more personalized client experience,” said Rick Stow, head of Client Relationship Management at Grant Thornton.

CSX Transportation, a business with more than 31,000 employees, $12 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 miles of railway in 23 states across the United States and two Canadian provinces, also selected Microsoft Dynamics CRM. More than 1,300 people at CSX Transportation use Microsoft Dynamics CRM on a day-to-day basis, and the company has seen improvement in its productivity, collaboration, ability to identify new business opportunities and relations with customers.

“Now, all related customer information is available in one solution, helping people collaborate more effectively across the company,” said Vicki Burton, director of CRM for CSX Transportation. “And having a single tool to manage much of their day-to-day work has also meant a boost to productivity for CSX staff. Before Microsoft Dynamics CRM, people had to go to multiple systems to get the information they needed. Now, they just go to one.”

Metro Bank was founded on a simple precept: to offer the best customer experience, how, when and where the customer wants it. It chose Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Office 365, Yammer and Power BI analytics to give its people the apps they need to support the personalized interactions that are the hallmark of its business and to be operationally flexible. For a company like Metro Bank — where customer experience is everything — Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Office 365 has been essential to its business.

Microsoft partners around the world, including Microsoft 2014 Global CRM Partner of the Year Hitachi Solutions, continue to see success with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

“While many of Hitachi Solutions’ customers are already using Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and Power BI in combination, this new solution, which is simple, powerful and affordable, is a perfect opportunity for companies looking to boost their sales productivity,” said Mike Gillis, chief operating officer, Hitachi Solutions America. “In fact, many of our successes come from helping clients migrate off alternative cloud-based solutions, which promise low monthly fees but frustrate customers when they receive a bill for over double that amount.”

PowerObjects, a top Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner, has grown its business by over 1,000 percent in the past six years as a result of picking Microsoft over It expects to add thousands more Microsoft Dynamics CRM users over the next few years.

Other partners worldwide, such as Ciber in the United Kingdom and OnDemand4You in Germany, are also excited about the opportunity and potential the new Sales Productivity solution opens up for them to help their customers be more efficient and deliver amazing experiences.

More about the Sales Productivity offering from Microsoft can be found at In addition, all can follow and engage with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM community @MSDynamicsCRM at, #MSDYNCRM.

About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

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Talis Clinical builds perioperative solution on Microsoft Azure

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 9, 2014 — Talis Clinical has selected Microsoft Azure as the technology foundation of its ACG-Anesthesia clinical anesthesiology solution. ACG-Anesthesia presents the provider with real-time, pertinent information enabling clinically relevant care to be administered throughout the entire perioperative care process. Specifically, ACG-Anesthesia directs advanced clinical and operational guidance to the point of care and beyond to facilitate improved patient outcomes, documentation compliance and revenue cycle enhancement.

Talis Clinical was established in 2013 to bring to market a comprehensive anesthesia system developed at the Cleveland Clinic. Its clinicians developed a solution to streamline the complex process of providing members of the surgical team with real-time information needed to support patients’ health and safety, from preparing for surgery to ensuring thorough intensive care and recovery treatments. ACG-Anesthesia also helps hospitals collect and report the information required by regulatory bodies, such as CMS and AQI, so they can more easily manage documentation for insurers, payers and other quality improvement initiatives.

Because Microsoft provided such an elegant solution while supporting the strict Talis Clinical security protocols, Azure was a natural fit. Microsoft Corp. experts collaborated with Talis Clinical throughout the development process, providing the technological knowledge required to evolve the solution from a custom-built, on-premises installation in all 300 operating rooms at the Cleveland Clinic to a fully commercialized clinical product in the cloud.

“In the operating room, anesthesiologists must manage hundreds of details about the patient’s condition to ensure the best possible outcomes. Outside the operating room, anesthesiologists are frequently responsible for several patients simultaneously, across multiple rooms and caregiver teams,” said Gary Colister, chief operating officer of Talis Clinical. “Azure is critical to supporting ACG-Anesthesia. It allows us to support and monitor our patients with confidence and fewer technology resources so we can better support Talis Clinical’s applications.”

The idea for an Anesthesia Clinical Decision Support System originated with David L. Brown, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Institute, and also a commercial private pilot. Brown reasoned that just as pilots use avionics and moving map reminders to safely conduct a flight, an anesthesiology team should benefit from the guidance of a clinical decision support system to more easily manage a safe and successful surgical and anesthetic course.

Talis Clinical’s solutions help clinicians manage healthcare reform initiatives and medical costs as well as maintain patient safety and health, which has set this solution apart from other traditional healthcare documentation platforms. The result is a next-generation anesthesia information management system that improves clinical and operational outcomes in a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

More information about how organizations are turning to Microsoft technology is available on the Microsoft Customer Spotlight newsroom.

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Satya Nadella email to employees: RE: Grace Hopper Conference

From: Satya Nadella
Sent: Thursday, October 9, 2014 5:24 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG); Retail: All FTE
Subject: RE: Empowering Others

All – Today I was interviewed on stage by Maria Klawe at the Grace Hopper Conference – I encourage you to watch the video. It was great to spend time with so many women passionate about technology. I was honored to be a part of it and I left the conference energized and inspired.

Toward the end of the interview, Maria asked me what advice I would offer women who are not comfortable asking for pay raises. I answered that question completely wrong. Without a doubt I wholeheartedly support programs at Microsoft and in the industry that bring more women into technology and close the pay gap. I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved, Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

I said I was looking forward to the Grace Hopper Conference to learn, and I certainly learned a valuable lesson. I look forward to speaking with you at our monthly Q&A next week and am happy to answer any question you have.



From: Satya Nadella
Sent: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 6:18 AM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG); Retail: All FTE
Subject: Empowering Others

At Microsoft, we are passionate about creating technology that impacts the world and empowers people and organizations to do more and achieve more. This big vision demands that we have a vibrant and diverse workforce — an issue all companies in the technology industry face today. However, now is the time for us to get more involved and that’s just what we’re doing this week.

First, today kicks off an initiative to bring the Hour of Code to 100 million youth during Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8–14, 2014. Microsoft is proud to be a lead supporter of this global movement that helps students discover the fun of coding and, more importantly, how it can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things. There are opportunities for every Microsoft employee to get involved as a teacher or mentor. For those new to coding — give it a try yourself. Get involved, I am.

Second, this Thursday, I’ll join hundreds of other Microsoft employees and more than 8,000 female engineers from around the world at the annual Grace Hopper Conference. I’m going to the conference to learn and to listen. I’m also going with the hope of inspiring talented female engineers to continue pursuing careers in technology while also making valuable connections with potential candidates for Microsoft. While there, I’ll be interviewed on stage by Maria Klawe — a member of Microsoft’s Board of Directors and president of Harvey Mudd College — to further the discussion on women in technology.

It is an amazing time to be in tech — the pace of innovation and opportunity to make an impact are boundless. These efforts are part of what Lisa mentioned in her mail last week to increase the pipeline for tomorrow’s technology leaders both within our company and across the industry.

Let’s see what we can achieve together.


Microsoft and Unveil New Joint Solutions at Dreamforce 2014

SAN FRANCISCO—DREAMFORCE 2014—Oct. 13, 2014—Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and (NYSE: CRM) today announced significant progress in their strategic partnership announced in May. The two companies unveiled new joint solutions—including Salesforce1 for Windows, Salesforce for Office and Power BI for Office 365 and Excel integrations with Salesforce—at Dreamforce 2014, the world’s largest software conference.

“Our focus is on empowering every individual and organization on the planet to be more productive — and that’s exactly what this partnership will fuel,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “I’m pleased with the progress our teams have made over the past few months and look forward to showing our mutual customers how Salesforce and Microsoft can help them do more from the cloud with their mobile devices.”

“Our customers have always been the heart and soul of Dreamforce and I’m thrilled to share the first milestones of our Microsoft partnership here,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, “We’re committed to working with Microsoft to further our mutual customers’ success.”

At Dreamforce 2014, the companies will showcase solutions that connect the world’s most widely used customer relationship management platform to the world’s most widely used productivity solutions so customers can be more productive, including:

  • Salesforce1 for Windows. Salesforce1 for Windows will empower customers to run their business from their Windows 8.1 mobile devices. The Salesforce1 app for Windows is currently available through an invite-only preview, with general availability anticipated for the second half of 2015. Customers can access Salesforce1 through Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 devices now.
  •  Salesforce for Office. Salesforce for Office will give customers access to the content they need to collaborate, sell, service and market from virtually anywhere, with:
    • Salesforce Files helps customers unlock files from Microsoft SharePoint so they are mobile, social and can be used in the context of any Salesforce business process. Salesforce Files is generally available today.
    • Salesforce1 integration with Microsoft Office, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business on iOS devices and Android phones will enable customers to seamlessly open, edit and save documents. General availability is anticipated for the first half of 2015.
    • A new Salesforce1 App for Outlook will work with Microsoft Outlook 2013, Exchange Server 2013 and Office 365 to let customers access and manage their Salesforce information right from Outlook. General availability is anticipated for the first half of 2015.
  • Power BI for Office 365 and Excel integrations with Salesforce. With these new integrations, customers will be able to bi-directionally load data to Salesforce and Excel to build reports, visualize information and discover new insights. Salesforce integration with Power Query for Excel is in preview now, with general availability anticipated for the first half of 2015. Power BI integration with Salesforce is anticipated for the first half of 2015. A Salesforce app for Excel is anticipated for the second half of 2015.

Today, Benioff was joined onstage at Dreamforce by Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Marketing Tony Prophet to discuss the progress made in this strategic partnership, the new technology solutions and the benefits for customers.

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Microsoft announces quarterly earnings release date

REDMOND, Wash. — October 13, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2015 first-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Thursday, October 23, 2014 on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at  A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at

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Docker and Microsoft partner to bring container applications across platforms

Editor’s note – Oct. 16, 2014 –The press release below was updated to clarify that the orchestration of containers on Azure is planned to be integrated in a future Docker release.

SAN FRANCISCO and REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 15, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Docker Inc., the company behind the fast-growing Docker open platform for distributed applications, on Wednesday announced a strategic partnership to provide Docker with support for new container technologies that will be delivered in a future release of Windows Server. Developers and organizations that want to create container applications using Docker will be able to use either Windows Server or Linux with the same growing Docker ecosystem of users, applications and tools.

Today’s business climate requires higher levels of innovation than before, and distributed applications that support open portability are at the forefront of this demand. Docker is addressing this need, driving developer productivity and agility through a containerization approach that moves application code changes from development to production in minutes, enabling real-time change.

“The strength of Windows Server in the enterprise makes its inclusion into the Docker project a watershed event for the Docker community and ecosystem,” said Solomon Hykes, chief technology officer, founder and chief maintainer of Docker. “Creating a common approach and user interface for containerization and distributed applications will catalyze a new wave of applications that will be transformative across all organizations.”

“We recognize the importance of providing flexibility to our customers as they look to innovate in this mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud & Enterprise at Microsoft. “To deliver this flexibility, we are already providing first-class support for Docker and Linux on our rapidly growing cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Our partnership with Docker further deepens our commitment to help create an open platform powered by choice, bringing together Windows Server and Linux to drive application innovation.”

Together, Microsoft and Docker will enable developers to create new, compelling business scenarios that allow Microsoft’s server and cloud platform customers to benefit from the best work of the Docker open source community. Key components of the partnership include the following:

  • Docker Engine, the open source runtime that builds, runs and orchestrates containers, will work with the next release of Windows Server. In addition, Docker Engine images for Windows Server will be available in the community-driven Docker Hub, where more than 45,000 Docker applications are currently shared across developer communities. This will help drive greater developer agility by making available some of the best images for Windows Server and Linux.
  • Docker Hub will also be integrated into Microsoft Azure directly through the Azure Management Portal and Azure Gallery. This will allow Microsoft’s vast ecosystem of ISVs and cloud developers to have access to some of the best work of Docker’s community to drive rapid innovation on both Windows Server and Linux.
  • Microsoft has also announced its contribution to Docker’s open orchestration APIs, ensuring portability for multicontainer applications. For the first time, developers will be able to directly work with a preconfigured Docker Engine in Azure to create a multicontainer Dockerized application. This new joint capability will be demonstrated at Docker’s Global Hack Day.
  • The Docker Engine for Windows Server will be developed under the aegis of the Docker open source project, where Microsoft plans to participate as an active community member.

“The power of Azure and Windows Server leveraging the Docker platform redefines what enterprises should expect and demand from their cloud,” said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. “Together, we will provide a framework for building multiplatform distributed applications that can be created with exceptional velocity and deployed and scaled globally.”

Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) has made the Docker Engine for Linux available to Microsoft Azure customers since June 2014. Engineers from Docker and MS Open Tech continue to work together to orchestrate containers on Azure, which is planned to be integrated in a future Docker release. Wednesday’s partnership further solidifies this collaboration to provide even greater flexibility and choice to the Windows Server and Linux communities.

Additional Content:

Microsoft Azure blog post

Microsoft Open Technologies blog post

Docker blog post

About Docker Inc.

Docker, Inc. is the company behind the Docker open source platform, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship, run and orchestrate distributed applications. With Docker, IT organizations shrink application delivery from months to minutes, frictionlessly move workloads between data centers and the cloud, and improve infrastructure efficiency by 50 percent or more. Inspired by an active community and by transparent, open source innovation, Docker has been downloaded 35+ million times and is used by thousands of the world’s most innovative organizations, including eBay, Baidu, Yelp, Spotify, Yandex, and Cambridge HealthCare. Docker’s rapid adoption has catalyzed an active ecosystem, resulting in more than 45,000 Dockerized applications and integration partnerships with AWS, Cloud Foundry, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OpenStack, Rackspace, Red Hat and VMware.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Greylock Partners (Jerry Chen), Insight Venture Partners (Jerry Murdock), Sequoia Capital (Bill Coughran), SV Angel (Ron Conway), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), Y Combinator.

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