2014 was a busy year for Microsoft, and it built out a number of products and services for both individuals and the enterprise. In a blog post issued on Wednesday, Microsoft stated its 2014 year in a number of highlights, and showed off its insight with its partners as well for many to enjoy.
The 2015 year saw a new CEO at Microsoft and saw a number of changes within the company. With its Office 365 program taking stride, updates to Windows and Windows Phone, it certainly became a big year for Microsoft. Its partners as well have a large role, and those were spotlighted in its post.
Microsoft saw the cloud as the biggest thing in 2014, as it sold Office 365 to make than 70% of Fortune 500 companies. It also saw 56% of the Fortune 500 companies on Microsoft Azure, and saw 8,000 new companies sign up for Azure in 2014. Over 250,000 customers are currently using Azure, and that is huge.
Microsoft is also seeing 60 percent of Fortune 500 companies using Microsoft Dynamics. With its could packages, new steps are being taken to make businesses grow, and that will help businesses overall in 2015. Microsoft saw small and midmarket cloud solutions, cloud productivity, and its cloud platform as big things.
Its View Ahead
In its 2015 view ahead, Microsoft is seeing companies looking for managed services and building IP, which will help Microsoft grow. It is seeing companies looking to purchase, and wants to court them big time. Also it is seeing companies looking for recurring sales prices, which will bhelp them get new customers.
Lastly, Microsoft is seeing companies switch to digital in its marketing, and that will help them with Azure and Office 365. Microsoft is seeing Office 365 and Azure as its biggest tools for 2015, but is seeing the cloud as the biggest. Customer and business need for the cloud will only get bigger in the years ahead.
2014 was big for Microsoft. Clearly, Azure and Office 365 were the winners though.