As you may know, I am pursuing a new leadership opportunity within Microsoft. Effective March 3rd I will be transitioning into a new role as Corporate Vice President, OEM Division. This will be a cool opportunity for me to lead the OEM group through its next stages of growth and I am excited to be… Read more

Validation for Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Strategy

A key focus area in our platform strategy is business intelligence.  Our goal is to provide all individuals, teams and entire organizations with BI solutions that drive bottom line performance and operational excellence.  This was reiterated by Steve Ballmer last year when he proclaimed “BI for Everyone.”  Microsoft continues to make progress on this strategy… Read more

Windows Server 2008 RTMs!

Today  Windows Server 2008 released to manufacturing and will be available for purchase to new customers on March 1st .  This is a critical milestone in our platform strategy as it will bring new levels of security and reliability to both enterprise and Web-based solutions.   The combination of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and… Read more

MIX 08

In case you missed it yesterday…..  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie will join Scott Guthrie on stage as a keynote speaker at MIX08 on Wednesday, March 5, 2008.  Ray will discuss Microsoft’s continued investment across the platform to deliver world class Web technologies and tools.  There’s lots of excitement with Silverlight, IE and much… Read more

Heroes Happen Here {Comic Series}

We are doing some cool things to support our forthcoming Heroes Happen Here launch on 2/27 in LA.  Check out the Daily Comic Series.  A new comic strip will be available Monday – Friday.  Sign up for the RSS feed here.  The content and storylines in many cases will be generated by submissions by IT… Read more

Change is Good

Notice something different today?  Yes, we have updated the look and feel of the blog.  I think I am hearing a sigh of relief from all of our readers. 🙂 We are also expanding the blog to bring in more news, opinions and topics from across the entire application platform team. I will still post entries on… Read more

TechEd US Registration Opens

Today, registration opens for Tech·Ed U.S 2008 at  Tech·Ed is Microsoft’s premier technical gathering for IT Professionals and Developers worldwide.  Tech·Ed provides both audiences with top-notch technical education, connection to the community and in-depth product evaluation.  As Microsoft’s largest event, Tech·Ed provides Developers with the resources to build state-of-the-art software solutions and IT Professionals… Read more

20 years ago this week…

Twenty years ago we announced the first version of Microsoft SQL Server. This year we’re working towards launching SQL Server 2008, as part of the biggest enterprise launch in our company’s history. We ship more units of SQL Server than Oracle and IBM combined and we are the fastest growing database and Business Intelligence vendor…. Read more

Guest Blogger: Carol Dullmeyer, Director of Application Platform Communications

Today we have a guest blogger to share some insights – Carol Dullmeyer, Director of Application Platform Communications   In my role on the Microsoft Application Platform team, I spend a lot of time speaking with industry analysts and customers. I have a favorite question I like to ask. “What industry challenges are top of mind… Read more

Happy New Year

Happy 2008 to everyone. Hope you all had a good holiday.  Last year, we talked a lot about Web technologies and this year will be no different.  The Application Platform team kicked things off with Silverlight taking front and center of Microsoft’s CES presence.  As you may have heard from Bill’s keynote last night and… Read more