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I wrote about the Business Value of Cloud Computing back in June, 2009. I highlighted in that post, why enterprises were interested in cloud computing from a business value perspective and discuss why this style of computing has been, and will continue to be huge platform shift. As I discussed then, the transformation to cloud computing will come with significant improvements in efficiency, agility and innovation.
Recently, the Corporate Strategy Group at Microsoft did an extensive analysis of the economics associated with cloud computing, leveraging Microsoft’s experience with cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Windows Live, and Bing. The outcome resulted in a blog post and a whitepaper, “The Economics of the Cloud.”
In the paper, it highlights how the economics impact public clouds and private clouds to different degrees and describe how to weigh the trade-off that this creates. Private clouds address many of the concerns IT leaders have about cloud computing, and so they may be perfectly suited for certain situations. But because of their limited ability to take advantage of demand-side economies of scale and multi-tenancy, the paper concludes that private clouds may someday carry a cost that is as much more costly then that of public clouds.
Windows Live Client for your Windows Mobile phone is now available for download! I downloaded and installed this today and it looks great.
With Windows Live client you will be able to:
- Synchronize Live contacts with your contacts on the device
- Synchronize your Live email (msn, hotmail, live)
- View graphics, web links and contact photos in emails
- Respond to emails with voice recordings
- Upload photos to your Windows Live Spaces
To download and install Windows Live for Windows Mobile now, point your mobile browser to http://wl.windowsmobile.com
Clubspaces is an online social networking community which helps you to create and manage your own club online, communicate with members and connect with other clubs. Clubspaces lets you freely manage your club (sports or social) operations, communicate with your members or parents and connect with other online clubs. Clubspaces, built on the Microsoft platform, enables you to quickly setup, manage, communicate, and connect with your club members.
Recently, we worked with Clubspaces to envision how they could leverage a number of Windows Live Services and new technologies like Silverlight. It quickly became apparent that there was a great opportunity to develop a solution that provided huge value to Clubspaces and its customers. It was also planned that the source would be made available to the Developer community and essentially anyone that would like to download the source code, customize it, and use the Field Manager Quick App.
CodePlex is Microsoft’s open source project hosting web site. *Windows Live Quick Applications Beta provide customizable out-of-the box solutions for specific Web scenarios. Each Quick App is built on Windows Live services and is offered as a source code download for you to use today.
The Field Manager app provides the following functionality:
- Real time Maps
- Real time weather
- RSS Feeds
- Alerting text/email
- Live Maps Search
- Easy brand/ad integration
- Easy to use Administration
The Field Manager utilizes the following Software and Windows Live Services:
- Silverlight 2
- Silverlight Streaming
- Live ID
- Virtual Earth
- Windows Live Spaces
- SQL Server Express 2008
- Ajax Control Toolkit
You can download the Field Manager Live Quick Application project on Codeplex here.
The working group’s mission: Put all existing technologies and initiatives in context to create a reference design for end-to-end Data Portability.
Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google, Plaxo, and even Facebook have joined Dataportability.org.
Windows Live platform seeks to provide tools and platform that enable the types of seamless experiences that are one of the goals of the working group on DataPortability. To learn more check out the Windows Live Dev center at http://dev.live.com/Services/.