Stories by Juan Carlos Perez

Microsoft consolidates enterprise IT conferences

Microsoft will hold next year a new conference that encompasses its enterprise IT products, including the productivity and server Office software, IT management wares and development tools, and replaces several shows that are narrower in scope.

Microsoft WPC 2014: Cloud message resonating with Microsoft partners

Microsoft has been screaming "Cloud" in many partners' deaf ears for several years, but the company found a more receptive audience at its Worldwide Partner Conference.

Layoffs raise questions about Nadella's commitment to Nokia deal

Microsoft's 14 percent staff reduction, the largest in its history and focused heavily on employees acquired from Nokia's devices and services business, has some observers thinking Satya Nadella got a bad case of Lumia-induced indigestion.

Box lifts storage limit on Business edition, integrates service with Office

Box has integrated its cloud storage and file share service with Microsoft's Office productivity apps suite, and will offer unlimited capacity to customers of its Business edition, as the company waits for the right time to go public.

Zimbra buys its way into Cloud storage market

Cloud storage and file-sharing fever has hit Zimbra.

Microsoft WPC 2014: COO tells partners to get with the Cloud program now

Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company's cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Turner.

Microsoft WPC 2014: Microsoft takes its 'mobile first, Cloud first' mantra to partners

Microsoft shifts its attention cross-country this week, from its Washington state headquarters, overcast with uncertainty, to Washington, DC, where company leaders will try to make sunny optimism shine at its annual partner conference.

Nadella on Microsoft's culture change: 'Nothing is off the table'

Microsoft staffers worldwide should buckle their seat belts because a big culture shakeup is in the works at the company.

Office 365 SMB editions to get a makeover

Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 lineup for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), adding features, dropping prices and increasing the flexibility to mix and match them with Office 365 plans for enterprises and with stand-alone applications.

Microsoft adds Yammer to more Office 365 editions

Microsoft will bundle Yammer with more editions of Office 365, adding the enterprise social-networking product to the suite's editions for schools and midsize businesses.

Many employees won't mingle with enterprise social software

In a great IT industry irony, enterprise social networking (ESN) software, designed to boost interaction and collaboration, is often ignored by users and ends up forgotten like the proverbial ghost town with rolling tumbleweeds.

Dropbox for Business folders can now be shared in read-only mode

Users of Dropbox for Business will now be able to share folders with colleagues without necessarily giving them rights to edit their content.

Microsoft boosts anti-snooping protection in Outlook.com, OneDrive

Microsoft has added encryption safeguards to the Outlook.com webmail service and to the OneDrive cloud storage service, in part to better protect these consumer products from government snoops.

Microsoft admits communications, tech problems during Office 365 outages

A "unique" breakdown coupled with a previously unknown flaw in Exchange Online caused Tuesday's extensive outage, and to make matters worse, the service disruption alert system also malfunctioned, leaving some affected customers in the dark.

Cloud and on-premises Microsoft email faced off in LA County: Guess who won

In a scenario illustrative of Microsoft's tectonic shift to the cloud, Los Angeles County halted an on-premises Exchange upgrade to instead roll out Office 365 and its Exchange Online service.