On March 4, 2010, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made the public statement that Microsoft was “all in” with the cloud and that Microsoft was betting the future of its company on cloud computing.1 In October 2012, Ballmer redefined Microsoft as a “devices and services” company in his annual shareholder letter.2 It is clear that cloud computing is viewed as strategic by Microsoft.
1. Steve Ballmer, “Cloud Computing.” www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/exec/steve/2010/03-04cloud.aspx
2. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft shareholder letter. www.microsoft.com/investor/reports/ar12/shareholder-letter/index.html
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