Talking Data Podcast

Jul 24 2015   1:24AM GMT

Microsoft Azure gains more data power – looks to meet Amazon head on

Jack Vaughan Jack Vaughan Profile: Jack Vaughan

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A fellow who used Front Page to build 5 fair-sized Web sites back in the mid-1990s can attest to Microsoft’s ability to bring better technology to the wider public. Front Page is often joked about now, but it was basically a $5000 (or more) 4GL tool that Microsoft bought (from Vermeer), in the process reducing the price to $99. We mention this because, in the Spring, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked about Microsoft’s enduring mission to make technology available to the masses. It is an assertion that has some grounding, but it is hard to speculate whether Microsoft can find that kind of magic again. This podcast is a recap of Ignite 2015 and Build 2015 SQL Server and Azure announcements that look to move the traditional mission forward. Can Microsoft steal a march on Amazon Web Services? Today, developers’ ability to whip out a credit card and build an app quickly on the cloud may be the closet analogy to the effect Microsoft had when its software crept into the organization without first going through IT, then known as the Glass House. But in the cloud, Amazon has the lead. – Jack Vaughan

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