Following Satya Nadella and Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also accepted the ALS challenge by taking ice-bucket water over him. Ballmer has nominated Hal Wright, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers, and TV football analyst Rick Neuheisel. The als challenge is a great idea Nominated by Spencer Hawes Nominating Doc Rivers, Rick Neuheisel, Hal Wright http://t.co/RFuaNWyZoy — steve b (@stevebmicrosoft) August 15, 2014 Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and many others accepted the challenge and few also promised to make donations for ALS. ...

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If you are following the cloud computing industry for the past few years, the title should not have surprised you. Microsoft Azure continues its momentum of gaining customers more than Amazon and Google. A survey of CIOs by the research firm Pacific Crest Securities has found enterprise customers are going to spend more money on Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 than Google and Amazon Web Services. Also, Microsoft was the second most preferred supplier for public and private cloud services behind VMware. For the survey, Pacific Crest checked in with CIOs at 152 companies with 1,000 or more employees — most of them with over 5,000 employees. That at least partially explains the overall strength for Microsoft: Big as it is, Amazon’s AWS tends to be more popular with earlier-stage (and therefore smaller) companies. One thing that large enterprises tend to like, writes Pacific Crest’s Brendan Barnicle, is that Microsoft’s cloud tends ...

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The Microsoft Azure for Research project facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Microsoft Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud. Microsoft today posted a video on how cloud computing is changing the way research is done. It enables great collaboration and scalability which was not available in the past due to the limitations of traditional computing platforms. Cloud computing has changed the face of research by bringing almost limitless computational power and scalability to data-intensive research. Researchers across disciplines throughout the world are using cloud computing to process and share enormous datasets—quickly and inexpensively. Find out how easy it is for scientists to quickly share not only their findings but also their data and the entire process by which they generated their results. Read more about the Microsoft Azure for Research program, visit http://www.azure4research.com ...

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It was today reported that Microsoft will build its next billion dollar data center in southeast West Des Moines in Iowa. This upcoming data center will be one of the Microsoft’s largest centers in the U.S., according to plans unveiled today. This “Project Alluvion” is valued at $1.1 billion and will take 154 acres in West Des Moines’ southeast corner. Microsoft already has a data center in the region and the total investment in West Des Moines to just under $2 billion. Microsoft will get incentives from the state government by few millions, but Microsoft has promised to offer 84 jobs in this area. During its meeting Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved granting Microsoft a $20.3 million sales tax rebate for the project. That tax rebate would be available until 2021. Those state incentives come on top of the $18 million in incentives already promised by West Des Moines. To receive those incentives, Microsoft ...

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