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Microsoft Observations From The Trenches
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rradina
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rradina,
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9/25/2013 | 5:48:59 PM
re: Microsoft Observations From The Trenches
I believe the feared death of the pay-for-software model is driving Microsoft to the cloud. In the cloud Microsoft can monetize its software without giving folks sticker shock. When folks can buy a Windows 8 laptop for $299, it seems wrong to then more than double the price if you want Office Professional. Instead, I signed up for Office 365. Although I don't technically "own" a copy of Office, I now have Office on up to 5 mobile and 5 desktop devices for $10/month or $100/year. Of course that cost is ongoing but with three school-aged kids, it seems to be a better deal than last year when I bought Office 2010 Home/Student edition for $149 and I could only install it on three devices. It also didn't include all the products Office 365 includes.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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9/25/2013 | 6:48:36 PM
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"However, most of the organizations we deal with
-- typically global or national -- remain fully vested in on-premises
technology with a growing interest in an on-premises/cloud hybrid
approach." You mean they're not yet trying private cloud model? That would be surprising.
virsingh211
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virsingh211,
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9/26/2013 | 12:16:22 PM
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MS has revived itself and i can see that shadow in surface pro 2, all new look with improved keyboard speed and handsome look..that is what i guess was required here ...you know why people love using android or ios its because of their trendy look and different flavors.
RobPreston
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RobPreston,
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9/26/2013 | 4:00:01 PM
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Don't underestimate Microsoft's ability to rally around a technology movement, whether it's cloud computing, big data or mobility.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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9/26/2013 | 4:18:34 PM
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Microsoft is in leadership limbo and Windows 8 has been such a disappointment (no matter how hard Microsoft tries to tell you how much you like it). But Microsoft also makes some of the best enterprise software and it always has and it's transitioning its best wares to the cloud better than most think. It will continue to thrive here. But the consumer efforts will remain a half-empty proposition.
RUSSIRBB
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RUSSIRBB,
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10/10/2013 | 12:22:15 AM
re: Microsoft Observations From The Trenches
Hi Rradina - thanks for the comment! In terms of your situation, it is a perfect opportunity to leverage the cloud model. And your assessment is of course correct in that over the long run, your costs will most likely be greater with a subscription; however, the convenience and cash flow make it a worthwhile proposition. Also, Microsoft has got the muscle to continually deliver both on-premise and cloud solutions.
Regards,
Russ
RUSSIRBB
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RUSSIRBB,
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10/10/2013 | 12:24:47 AM
re: Microsoft Observations From The Trenches
Hi Laurianne - Thanks for the comments! Our company typically deals with global orgs as well. We have seen a very definitive trend, independent of most industries, that point to experimentation and adoption of cloud offerings. It is real and is also a blended solution that many organizations are pursuing.
Regards,
Russ


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