The software giant has a multi-pronged cloud involvement. provides its Office suite of desktop applications to the cloud for customers such as Danish audio firm Bang & Olufsen which says the service is saving it money and allowing it to better serve its mobile staff.

Microsoft also runs Azure, its public cloud application hosting and development platform and has "cloud optimised" Windows Server 2012 for users to create private clouds.

PowerPoint alternatives

Advice 18 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

PowerPoint is the presentation software application "du jour", but can other options prise you away from Microsoft?

HPE chooses Microsoft to accelerate hybrid cloud offering

News 1 Dec, 2015 Jane McCallion Clare Hopping

Partnership will stretch from engineering to support and services

Microsoft launches PowerApps to boost employee collaboration

News 1 Dec, 2015 Clare Hopping

The enterprise service allows teams to connect, create and share business apps on any device

Public cloud continues to grows, but concerns persist

News 27 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

Many firms still have problems with workload visibility, monitoring and managing outages

RAC chooses Getronics as cloud-based IT provider

Case Studies 23 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

Getronics will provide the motoring services provider with IaaS and DRaaS solutions on Microsoft's Azure services

Skype for Business review

Reviews 18 Nov, 2015 Kat Orphanides Andy Webb

Microsoft’s Lync replacement provides sophisticated communications but doesn’t yet feel entirely finished

Excel alternatives

Advice 16 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

Most organisations cannot live without Excel, but there are other options

Workday gains ISO 27018 certification

News 16 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

The company is only the fourth cloud organisation to gain the privacy accreditation

Word alternatives

Advice 13 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

Word is the powerhouse of word processing, but what other choices exist in the cloud?

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AvePoint announces Office Connect SP2

News 12 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

The updated software helps businesses adopt cloud and hybrid environments with support for Microsoft Office 365

Tech leaders vow to extend capabilities of Swagger

News 9 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

Organisations including Google, IBM and Microsoft want to boost the Linux Foundation's Open API initiative

OneDrive users submit plea to Microsoft over unlimited plan

News 9 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

The letter says punishing its users is not fair and the company should boost its new limits

Microsoft partners with Red Hat to deliver native cloud solutions

News 5 Nov, 2015 Caroline Preece

Red Hat's services will now be the default option for Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure

MariaDB launches database solutions on Microsoft Azure

News 5 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

The move will present businesses with the ability to deploy Enterprise Clusters faster

Microsoft kills off unlimited storage

News 3 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

Blames small number of users that backed up entire video libraries and networks of PCs

ThyssenKrupp chooses Azure for IoT lift tech

Case Studies 3 Nov, 2015 Clare Hopping

The cloud-based management system will help reduce downtime

Free cloud storage: The options explained

Advice 2 Nov, 2015 Rene Millman

We like stuff when it’s free. So is cloud storage any different?

Microsoft previews SQL Server 2016 and Azure Data Lake

News 29 Oct, 2015 Clare Hopping

Analytics services, Azure SQL Database In-Memory OLTP and Operational Analytics also make an appearance

TeamQuest announces capacity management add-on for Azure

News 27 Oct, 2015 Clare Hopping

The solution will also bring application health capabilities so customers can ensure they are running at maximum efficiency

Taser switches from AWS to Microsoft Azure

News 27 Oct, 2015 Clare Hopping

The move will allow the law enforcement software company to create new experiences based on Windows 10