Microsoft is "all in" with the Cloud, Steve Ballmer says

Steve Ballmer laid out his vision for cloud computing at University of Washington -- describing a future in which distributed networks of data centers create new opportunities for businesses and individual "creators," and transform the activities of cloud computing providers. Ballmer said he still sees a role for "smart devices," including computers running the company's […]

Steve Ballmer laid out his vision for cloud computing at University of Washington -- describing a future in which distributed networks of data centers create new opportunities for businesses and individual "creators," and transform the activities of cloud computing providers. Ballmer said he still sees a role for "smart devices," including computers running the company's Windows operating system. But in course of describing his "Five Dimensions of the Cloud," he made it clear that he views cloud computing as a key driver of technology innovation. He spoke for a little over an hour with some Q&A at end and included demos of BingMaps (by Blaise of course) Sky Player on XBOX. He touched on almost every aspect of Microsoft’s business and how it’s influenced by cloud – noting that ~40k people within company work on cloud and literally stated that we’re betting company on this trend. I guess closest thing I’ve seen to this before at Microsoft was Bill’s infamous 1995 Internet Tidal Wave memo (pdf). 1) Cloud creates opportunities and responsibilities 2) Cloud learns and helps you learn, decide and take action 3) Cloud enhances social and professional interactions 4) The cloud wants smarter devices 5) Cloud drives server advances that, in turn, drive the cloud.

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