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Azure, Windows 8.1 Buzzworthy at Microsoft’s 2013 Worldwide Partner Conference

Fred Boulanger

I’m here at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston to see what’s in store for the coming fiscal year.

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I’m here at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 in Houston to see what’s in store for the coming fiscal year. During the opening Vision keynote Microsoft Corporation CEO Steve Ballmer and company spoke to big areas of opportunity, including the Windows Azure Platform andWindows 8.1.

Macadamian is a Microsoft Windows Azure Partner. We’re passionate about building cloud-based apps and recently we co-presented a Webinar titled, Awesome Cloud Apps: Design & Development Secrets Revealed, in collaboration with Peter van der Zouwe, Senior Business Development Manager, Cloud Computing, Microsoft. Watch it here. Our extensive experience with Azure is what scored us an invite to WPC 2013.

Microsoft is being bullish about the Windows Azure Platform and the company is getting results – adding 1,000 customers a day on top of an existing base of 250,000 customers.

At the same time, it was great to hear that Microsoft is taking design very seriously to ensure users benefit from the rich and compelling experience Windows 8.1 has to offer.

It was clear Microsoft also recognizes the importance of modernizing line-of-business apps. Essentially, there’s huge value for businesses to use Windows 8.1 and Azure to create apps that help boost efficiency in the context of a simpler computing experience. And Microsoft is supporting this movement.

In my next blog post, Eight Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1, I breakdown key points from the product demo session I attended at WPC 2013.

Author Overview

Fred Boulanger

Fred is an out-of-the closet design and technology geek who envisions a world where software enables the full potential of ideas, enriches lives, and is a joy to use. He has led Macadamian in its tremendous growth to become a multi-million dollar consultancy with an award-winning work culture. As a director of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Fred is an active advocate for expanding Canada’s innovative capacities. He is also a community leader and a co-founder of the Ottawa High School Technology Program, which encourages a passion for science in high school students. Frédéric graduated from the Université de Sherbrooke with a B.S. in Computer Science. He resides with his wife and children in Gatineau, Quebec, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and cooking for family and friends.