Brad Smith

Microsoft’s top lawyer: U.S. surveillance policies making it harder to do business overseas

SAN FRANCISCO – The United States’ approach to Internet privacy and surveillance needs to change, and U.S. government officials were wrong if they believed the furor over Edward Snowden’s leaks would simply blow over, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith told an audience here this morning. “It is not blowing over,” Smith said at the GigaOM Structure… Read More

Gamers complained of long waits to connect to Titanfall. Via @ShaneMlsley.

Patch gets Titanfall back online after brief server stumble

Dozens of unhappy gamers complained of server issues early this morning, shortly after Titanfall launched at midnight around the world. One gamer, using theTwitter handle @ShaneMlsley, quipped: “Good thing I preordered #titanfall. How else would I have the chance to see this for 15 minutes. #titanfail.” The tweet was accompanied with a photo of the… Read More


Google Cloud Platform roadshow aims to lure companies from Azure, AWS

Google’s cloud services team is going on an international tour in a bid to bring companies onto its cloud services platform, the company announced today. Following its Google Cloud Platform Live conference later this month, representatives from the company’s cloud team will visit 25 different cities in Europe, Asia and North America. The roadshow is… Read More


Microsoft announces general availability of multi-factor authentication for Azure

Software developers, want to make sure your Windows Azure logins are extra double secure? Well, now you can. Microsoft is continuing its push to make it easier to create secure cloud offerings by incorporating multi-factor authentication into its Windows Azure platform. That means developers can now build applications that incorporate multi-factor security, make VPNs more… Read More


Microsoft to deliver its first-ever Oracle OpenWorld keynote

Yes, times have changed. As a follow-up to the cloud-computing partnership announced earlier this year between longtime rivals Microsoft and Oracle, the Redmond company is getting its first-ever keynote slot at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco this afternoon. It’s the latest step in a partnership that was some two years in the making,… Read More


50% of Fortune 500 uses Windows Azure, Microsoft says

Microsoft’s cloud is gathering steam, according to new data released by the company today. Like Amazon and Google, Microsoft is trying to snag a piece of the cloud computing pie with Windows Azure. Microsoft has tried to make inroads with startups, which are traditionally Amazon’s turf, while Amazon has tried to pick up accounts with… 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


Realty Mogul raises cash to bring crowdfunding to commercial real estate

Realty Mogul, a recent graduate of MIcrosoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator, has raised $500,00 in seed funding from Gust CEO David S. Rose, Zillow board member Gordon Stephenson and serial entrepreneur and Sky Kruse. The company also announced that LA-based real estate investment company AH Capital recently used Realty Mogul — a crowdfunding platform that allows investments to… Read More


Meet the 10 startups from the Windows Azure accelerator

It’s not easy to stand in front of a packed room of angel investors and venture capitalists and ask for money. But on Thursday afternoon, that’s exactly what 10 entrepreneurs attempted to do as part of Microsoft Windows Azure accelerator, a new incubator program supported by TechStars.  After months of preparation, Socedo founder Aseem Badshah… Read More


Keeping up: Windows lowers Azure prices to stay even with Google, Amazon

Amazon and Google recently dropped their cloud storage prices, and now Microsoft is following suit. The Redmond-based company is reducing pricing for Windows Azure Storage by as much as 28 percent beginning Dec. 12. That’s after a 12 percent price reduction put into place last March. “Our continued commitment to reduce costs and increase capabilities… Read More


Microsoft and TechStars tap 10 startups for new Windows Azure Accelerator

After receiving 600 applications, Microsoft this morning named 10 startups to participate in its Windows Azure Accelerator, a three-month program focused on creating new business apps and building new companies on Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and related technologies. The accelerator is a partnership with TechStars, and a follow-up to the similar Kinect Accelerator program that… Read More


How Microsoft’s new Bing Fund will invest in startups

Microsoft today confirmed that it has created a new angel investment fund and startup incubator sponsored by its Bing search engine. The Bing Fund will be making investments in selected startups, giving them access to Bing’s data for use in their applications, and generally helping them build their businesses. News of the fund first leaked… Read More


Video: Raunchy dance routine a PR nightmare for Microsoft

[Follow-up: The story behind that nasty Microsoft dance routine] Microsoft announced a significant set of updates to its Windows Azure cloud computing platform this week … and this is how somebody in Norway decided to celebrate, apparently. A techno-dance routine that preceded Microsoft’s Windows Azure presentation at the Norwegian Developers Conference this week featured a group of… Read More


TechStars, Microsoft ally on new Windows Azure startup incubator

Microsoft is deepening its relationship with TechStars, announcing today a new startup accelerator program in Seattle designed for those companies developing cloud-based services on the back of Windows Azure. The program will kick off this fall with 1o companies traveling to the TechStars Seattle incubator space in the South Lake Union neighborhood, which ironically happens… Read More


How a high-five changed this Microsoft GM’s life, and helped a bunch of kids

Bill Hilf spends his days as a general manager for Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform, based in Redmond. He spends his nights, weekends, vacations and spare moments running a program that uses basketball and other team sports to teach homeless and imprisoned kids in the Philippines about teamwork, friendship, commitment, trust and other values… Read More


Video: Windows 8 app controls police car from the cloud

Over on the Microsoft campus this week, I got a chance to check out a vehicle control system from Modularis that uses Windows to control a police car’s in-vehicle systems — everything from the lights and sirens to the rear door, using traditional input and voice commands. It’s also a cloud-based solution, using Windows Azure…. Read More


Amazon Web Services cuts prices again, cites lower costs

Amazon Web Services announced another round of price reductions in its services for data storage, processing and computing in the cloud, aiming for more business from application developers and companies. The reductions range as high as 37 percent for some services. It’s the 19th time the company has lowered its AWS prices in the past… Read More


Microsoft’s Windows Azure suffers extended outages

Updated below with new information from Microsoft, saying service has been restored to the majority of customers. Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been experiencing outages in numerous regions around the world for much of the day, apparently resulting from a glitch related to Leap Day, the extra day in February that occurs once… Read More