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Microsoft’s “End of Days”?

June 9, 2010

What a difference a day makes – or so the song goes. OK, how about about five years? Most people – even many who work in IT had not even heard of cloud computing in 2005. By 2015 Gartner predicts in a recent report that cloud computing will have entered the mainstream and be enterprise ready.

So where does Microsoft currently fit into the picture? Once considered to be the 800 pound gorilla in the industry but beset by the likes of Google, Apple and VMWare amongst others, as well as subject to continuing scrutiny by the European Commission to some it may now more resemble a geek in a gorilla suit.

However, Microsoft is fighting back. Just today Microsoft launched its answer to Google Apps in the form of it’s Office Web Apps and has spoken about its plans for it’s hosted companion – Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) which includes SharePoint at the companies TechEd conference; Since February 1st, it has stated that it has 10,000 paying customers running their applications in the company’s Azure cloud and a beta version of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 featuring what many consider to be two significant enhancements to it’s Hyper-V virtualization platform – Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX will be made available by the end of July and released before the end of this year.

So is this the beginning of the end for Microsoft? Opinions vary – but it’s going to be interesting to watch!

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