MSDN Architecture Center adds new Software + Services Section

Software + Services (S+S) is a major initiative at Microsoft.  S+S, as opposed to the more limited concept of SaaS, is all about combinations of local software and remote services interacting with one another. Local software leveraging remote services can create a better overall experience than either are able by themselves.  The S+S architecture brings together the best of both worlds, maximizing choice, flexibility and…

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Commerical Content Delivery is not a "Gimme"

Recently I seem to have been involved in multiple ongoing discussions that revolve around the impact of greater than 100 Megabits per second wireless data service (via 4G / Long Term Evolution (LTE)) and the apparently increasing ease of creating rich digital media experiences.  All of sudden there is talk about service providers and even wireless…

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Microsoft the Service Provider

Last week, the TeleManagement Forum (www.tmforum.org) held its Management World Americas event in Dallas, TX. Walking through the exhibit areas and reviewing the two Catalyst Projects that Microsoft contributed to, I began to think about how Microsoft has evolved into a Service Provider over the past several years.  Microsoft has been viewed by this industry as primarily a software or platform…

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