Microsoft continues with their push towards the Cloud.

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CloudJust the other day, I was having a conversation with someone at work, regarding the shift to cloud computing.

Now I read a pretty good article on Network World

Microsoft COO tells partners to get with the cloud program now

And it just reinforces what I forsee as a huge market trend.

Here are some highlights:

  • Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company’s cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.
  • Right now, there aren’t enough partners on board. Microsoft has more than 600,000 partners worldwide, but only 53,000 are reselling cloud services.
  • While that number is up more than 100 percent from last year, Turner said he wants to bring it to about 150,000 in the next 12 months.
  • Microsoft is pushing ahead with its vision of having a single Windows API (application programming interface) for all types of devices, from small smartphones to massive displays, so that developers can write applications once, he said.
  • He said OEMs this year-end holiday season will release Windows devices in the sub-US$200 and sub-$100 price range, including an HP Stream laptop that will cost $199.

I highly recommend you read the rest of the article HERE, and I iterate to many of you – start brushing up on your EC2, Azure and Cloud Technologies…there is a change coming.

Enjoy.

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