Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

Summary: Microsoft says it intends to invest almost $10 billion into cloud R&D over the coming year.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just came out swinging, in a new editorial in Forbes, against those accusing the software giant of lagging in today's cloud computing space.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Ballmer noted that Microsoft has been in the hosted cloud business for 15 years starting with Hotmail, followed by Exchange email server, which has been available online for more than a decade.

(Larry Dignan also reports on Microsoft COO Ken Turner's "stump speech" on cloud computing at Microsoft’s financial analyst meeting.)

Microsoft is putting plenty of resources into cloud computing these days as well, he says:

"...we'll invest $9.5 billion in R&D this year--more than any other company in the world--with most of that devoted to cloud technologies. Right now, 70% of Microsoft’s 40,000 engineers work on cloud-related products and services. By next year, that number will grow to 90%."

Ballmer points to three Microsoft customers using Microsoft cloud services: NASA, RiskMetrics, and the Kentucky Department of Education.  NASA is using Windows Azure "to enable the public and researchers to interact with hundreds of thousands of images collected during the space agency’s hugely successful Mars Exploration Rover program."

RiskMetrics is using Azure to ensure that "computing capacity can expand instantly to meet almost any level of demand for its sophisticated risk simulation models."

The Kentucky Department of Education is using Microsoft cloud-based communications and collaboration tools "to connect more than 700,000 students, teachers, and staff to each other and a wide range of educational resources."

(Credit: Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks)

Topics: Microsoft, Cloud

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  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    Thr real story or question should be .... has Ballmer been hiding behind a cloud of blue smoke for fifteen years or what?
    Over and Out
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    Hotmail still around ?
    TxM2xTx
    • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

      @TxM2xTx<br>Yes, it's the worlds largest webmail provider. 360 million live accounts.

      Bizarrely it's in 2nd place in the US. Approx 48million users.
      Poppets
  • Yo, pass the bong, Steve.

    I wanna make a cloud too.
    OS Reload
    • Pass the bong, Steve!!!

      @OS Reload

      I wonder what is in that bong; it must be some really good stuff!!!! I bet that `cloud` is one serious `reality distortion field`.
      fatman65535
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    Two things. One: botnets composed of non-voluntary nodes don't count as a legitimate cloud architecture. Two: just like tablets, eh? How's that working out for you?
    symbolset
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    Guessing most of the people commenting thus far don't really understand how cloud is being used. MS does have a very impressive cloud infrastructure. They already have 10 data centers worldwide.
    rengek
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    I agree. This IS one area where MS is taking the lead...VM is there is some areas but MS is way ahead on the Dev App fabric.
    Jay1000
  • According to Ballmer's logic....

    According to Ballmer's logic.... The rest of the world has been focusing on cloud for 30+ years... To just blatently call the entire internet "cloud" is pure stupidity... Microsoft doesn't have focus, they have photocopiers.<br><br>Fire Ballmer... He is the patron saint of @ss clowns.
    i8thecat
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    When I saw this, I laughed so hard, I ...... .. .. .....!!!!


    Now, please excuse me, while I go and take a shower, and change my clothes.
    fatman65535
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    More like staring at a cloud for 15 years!
    Dr. Figgnuttan
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    Send the cloud to India with the jobs that you exported.....
    wayco
  • Steve Ballmer says...

    "Ballmer noted that Microsoft has been in the hosted cloud business for 15 years starting with Hotmail, followed by Exchange email server, which has been available online for more than a decade." and they have yet to come up with a WOW product. Incredible!!!!

    "Azure", in the clouds with a name that speaks of "cloudless skys".... Only at Microsoft.

    Just a thought,
    en
    eldernorm
  • RE: Steve Ballmer: Microsoft has been focusing on cloud for 15 years

    It' s like a mainframe manufacturer saying that it has been in the PC business already for 100 years. It's truly Personal Computing!
    kfilius