Microsoft is a company that I’ve long watched from afar, but never really engaged with much. I’ve never been able to attend any of its large international events and hence haven’t had a really good handle of what the breadth of its product portfolio looks like, especially when compared to other vendors. Recently I was invited by Microsoft to meet with a bunch of its executives to get a deep dive into what it’s doing. (Disclosure: Microsoft covered my travel and expenses to visit Redmond.)

It was interesting to visit Redmond at this time since Microsoft is finally being seen in the marketplace as a very real competitor to Amazon Web Services in the public cloud space. I wanted to take the opportunity to hear Microsoft’s perspective on what it does and, more importantly, what it does differently from the other vendors.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.