Hello from Microsoft’s media event in San Francisco
Frank Shaw, MSFT CVP of Communications is saying the event will run for 45 minutes
There’s a 60" Microsoft branded touch panel behind Shaw
event will begin in a few minutes
Event space is very small, with about 60 seats. Not all are occupied, but several people are standing
MSFT CEO Satya Nadelle is on stage
"Day 52 for me" running Microsoft he says, "spent 22 years at MSFT," but seeing a fresh perspective. "Today marks that day of exploration for us"
Today he says we will talk about one aspect of "the new core for microsoft" and what it can uniquely do as a company
cloud "an amazing opportunity for our company"
Microsoft sees a future of "ubiquitous computing" in all form factors, that all data and interactions will be digital or digitized.
Slide states: "Users x devices x apps= Cloud Growth"
referencing "Mobile first, cloud first" memo he sent to employees. "How can both be first? They are one and the same"
"A device not connected to the cloud" not very interesting
Microsoft’s cloud for mobile. 1) we think about users spanning across devices
First: People. "we have a set of activities that we do," "all activities we do across devices"
goal to step up and provide services across devices
"Empower developers to create more so people can do more on all devices"
tackle the hard problems that exist when spanning platforms
This sort of reminds me of Steve Jobs introducing iCloud in 2011
Except Nadella is speaking of it like the world has never heard of any of these basic concepts
"A cloud for everyone on every device"
"a great innovation vector for everyone at microsoft"
Looks like Windows 8 on the touch screen behind her
Microsoft is absolutely committed to mobile devices" White says, saying 'iPad" a half dozen times as she begins demonstrating
Shows a document with overlapping content rendered improperly. If only I had the "real office" on iPad" White says. Now you have it: will be live on App Store
Showing Word for iPad, with a "ribbon" menu
very easy to interact, shows iOS selection of text, popup menus from Ribbon for stylizing text
created Excel chart, brought into Word. Can select formatting on charts and images
"This is an example of something nothing but Office can do" White says, as she floats an image around a text wrapping document. -- Except that’s what iWork for iPad has been doing since 2011
Documents saved to Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud, just like iCloud
Excel demo: shows features like spark lines
shows custom excel keyboard for entering numbers... just like Numbers in 2011