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WPC 2014 - 3rd day key note address

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Yesterday (Wednesday, July 16th), there was another key note address at Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) 2014. This time, Satya Nadella was among those who took the stage and he delivered some of the coolest content. Here are some of my takeaways:
Project Siena, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/projectsiena/default.aspx - awesome technology for building agile business apps (no advanced programming knowledge required)The concept of ambient intelligence powered by Cortana and Delve (previously known as project Oslo) –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambient_intelligencehttp://www.wpcentral.com/cortanahttp://www.businessinsider.com/nadella-bets-heavily-on-delve-2014-7And live demonstration of Skype Translate technology was super cool, Microsoft meets Star Trek, http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/translator-052714.aspxAll these were wrapped nicely around “Cloud First, Mobile First” theme – none of these services would be possible without a cloud, and mobile is what puts th…

IBM-Apple deal and its impact on Microsoft

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IBM and Apple may seem to be the unlikeliest of partners at first, but the relationship truly is mutually beneficial – highlighting individual strengths (Apple – devices and ecosystem, IBM – enterprise capabilities and services) while avoiding competition (IBM is out of the device business, Apple is not particularly strong in the enterprise). This would not have been possible with IBM and Microsoft (both are competing in the enterprise market) or Apple and Microsoft (both are competing in mobile market). So, on the surface it appears to be a very important deal for the enterprise customers. It is also a deal that needs to be watched carefully as things develop (a somewhat similar arrangement between IBM and Palm did not generate much success). Read more on this subject here - Why the Apple-IBM deal matters

How does this impact Microsoft? To a degree, though I don't think the impact is going to be very profound (something I can't say about other enterprise mobility players, such…