Microsoft brings cloud fever to the channel

Washington, D.C. – At its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) went all in with cloud computing, but the software giant did manage to surprise several of the 9,000-plus channel partners, including 450 Canadians, in attendance with the announcement of a Windows Azure appliance.

Company CEO Steve Ballmer said that many channel partners are embracing the cloud and its potential to streamline operations. “There is still a lot of work to do with the cloud for partners, but there is no question the path is clear and inevitable. Microsoft is embracing that path,” Ballmer said.

In this video feature, CDN interviews newly appointed Microsoft channel chief Jon Roskill along with channel partners and market analysts about the company’s clould plans for the channel.

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Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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