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Microsoft Defines the Cloud with One Word – Value
When conversation turns to cloud computing, there is a lot of noise. Press, vendors, analysts, bloggers and others deliver opinions on what a successful cloud strategy entails.

“The modern workforce isn’t just better connected and more mobile than ever before, it’s also more discerning (and demanding) about the hardware and software used on the job. While company leaders around the world are celebrating the increased productivity and accessibility of their workforce, the exponential increase in devices and platforms that the workforce wants to use can stretch a company’s infrastructure (and IT department!) to its limit.”

- Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

Converging technologies such as Big Data, Mobility, BYOD and Social are transforming how businesses operate and compete and are relying on cloud as a critical enabler. Cloud itself is considered an emerging megatrend representing a real opportunity for IT to introduce more efficiency across every operational line of business.

Microsoft believes that cloud is quite simply about a single concept – value. In this article we will share how Microsoft helps you realize the value of cloud, why Windows Server is best suited to take you on the journey, and let you hear how luxury car-maker Aston Martin transformed their business and their IT department by using a Windows Server hybrid strategy.

Your Journey to the Cloud

The true value of cloud is the opportunity for IT to get all the benefits of scale, speed, and agility while still protecting existing investments. Cloud better enables the introduction of the megatrends of Big Data, Social and Mobile by providing answers to help IT manage risk while delivering quality services and applications quickly, efficiently, securely.

As organizations start their journey to the cloud, they typically are grappling with a combination of traditional on-premise and cloud-based solutions; however these hybrid scenarios have the potential to introduce new complications. Working with multiple versions of conflicting operating systems, management tools and applications is usually counter-productive and results in staff frustration, departmental inefficiencies and poor productivity. To be successful, teams need a way to consistently manage, support and automate the datacenter.
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Lab:
Get to Know the New Features
In this lab, you will explore some of the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 for Server Infrastructure and Fabric Administrators. This lab is designed to point out the location of new features, discuss and describe them, and enable you to understand and explain these features to customers. In most cases you will not fully implement features, merely locate them, understand the options, and understand the process of configuring them
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Catch the Microsoft Technology Roadmap Event /
Coming to a city near you: This invitation-only event has been supercharged to add immediate and lasting value to your business by exploring powerful new solutions, technologies and business opportunities. Hear the latest on Microsoft Windows 8.1, Office, Lync, Skype, Dynamics CRM, SQL and Systems Center.
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Attend the Premiere Event for Senior IT Leaders
– The Fully Virtual Microsoft US CIO Summit
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

“Having attended last year in person, I have to say that this is the next best thing. Audio/Video quality is great with great interaction.”
RK, Virtual Attendee, 2012

Last year we invited thousands of senior IT leaders to join us for the first fully virtual and interactive Microsoft US CIO Summit. msus_tweet1 The Summit brings together some of the best thought leaders to deliver content that focuses on the role of the CIO as business leader, innovator, and contributor and enables insights into global trends, innovations, and solutions designed to help you reduce costs, drive revenue and profit growth, and ultimately thrive in a changing economic landscape.

Register Today for Your Exclusive Seat at the Virtual CIO Summit

Join your colleagues and share in the latest thinking driving business innovation through IT transformation. Learn more and register now to attend on October 8, 2013.
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Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1! /
Windows 8.1 continues the vision we began with Windows 8 and is an example of Microsoft’s commitment to continuous innovation and improvement for customers. And Windows 8.1 brings many improvements in areas like personalization, Internet Explorer 11, search which is powered by Bing, built-in apps including a few new ones, an improved Windows Store experience, and cloud connectivity with SkyDrive (and much more) that people will enjoy.

If you haven’t already, you can give many of the new features and improvements in Windows 8.1 a try with the Windows 8.1 Preview. Business customers can begin testing Windows 8.1 for deployment in their environments with the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview.
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Advancing the Enterprise Social Roadmap /
Microsoft recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Yammer acquisition. It’s a great time to take a moment and reflect on where we've come from and explore where we're going. It's been a busy year and it is exciting to see Microsoft’s vision start to take shape!
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