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.