Employee sues Microsoft, alleging discrimination in Azure division

A longtime Microsoft employee has sued the company, alleging that she was subjected to race, gender and age discrimination in her role as a software test manager in the Microsoft Azure cloud computing division. The suit by employee Nancy Williams was first reported by the Seattle Times. It alleges that Williams’ manager gave preferential treatment to male colleagues… Read More


Predicting the future: Microsoft adds machine learning to Azure cloud platform

Microsoft announced today that it’s launching Azure Machine Learning, aiming to bring predictive analytics to the masses. Companies will be able to feed data into Microsoft Azure, and then derive insights from that data that they can apply in the future. For example, companies can create their own fraud detection solutions, or use machine learning to predict equipment… Read More


Microsoft and Salesforce may join together in the cloud

Microsoft Azure could become more attractive to businesses that rely on Salesforce’s cloud-based customer management programs. The two companies are discussing a deal that would make some of Salesforce’s tools available to users of Microsoft’s cloud platform, Bloomberg reported today. In addition, Microsoft wants to integrate Salesforce data into Office applications. It would be an… Read More

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Titanfall or Titanfail? Will Microsoft’s cloud technology hold under pressure?

Microsoft will be center stage tonight as Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall begins to roll out at midnight across the globe. Not only is the Redmond giant counting on tomorrow’s launch of Titanfall to spur sales of the Xbox One, but it will also be a huge test for Microsoft’s cloud technology. That’s because the game, published by Electronic… Read More


The 3 best pitches from the TechStars Windows Azure accelerator

Three months of hard work, coaching, mentoring and a whole lot of cloud applications culminated Friday afternoon at the Westin Seattle hotel for the Microsoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator Demo Day. One by one, ten entrepreneurs pitched their ideas, hoping to convince angel investors and venture capitalists in the crowd to open up their wallets. The Windows Azure accelerator program… Read More


Meet the 10 startups Microsoft just accepted into the TechStars Windows Azure accelerator

Microsoft is back with a new crop of companies for its Windows Azure accelerator program, operated in conjunction with TechStars. The companies just started working today at Microsoft’s offices in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, with each receiving $20,000 in startup capital, $60,000 in Azure credit and access to resources from BizSpark. We’ve… Read More

MetricsHub founder Charles Lammana pitching at the Windows Azure accelerator Demo Day

Microsoft acquires cloud startup MetricsHub, taking hatchling under its wing

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than two months after graduating from the Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator, Bellevue-based MetricsHub has been acquired by … Microsoft.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. It is the first acquisition of a company from the Windows Azure accelerator program, which was formed last year in conjunction with TechStars… Read More


4 ways Microsoft can make Azure better for startups

Guest Commentary: This week Microsoft made a big announcement by providing TechStars startups up to $60,000 worth of Windows Azure services for two years. That’s huge. I have never seen Amazon or any other cloud provider, or any other provider of anything, offer this much. It’s an exciting opportunity for those startups, but it also… Read More