It may be late to the game, but it seems Microsoft is ready to risk everything to make its mark in the Cloud...
Speaking at the University of Washington, chair throwing CEO Steve Ballmer admitted "we're all in" and said 70 per cent of Microsoft employees are involved in Cloud-related projects and that number will increase to a frightening 90 per cent within the next 12 months.
Asked if this was something of a risk Ballmer admitted it is "betting our company" since there was "so much unrealised potential". He did acknowledge Microsoft was late into the space but defended its attempts to play catch-up saying "All companies have their mix of proactive and reactive muscle; I’m keen on increasing hit rate in terms of early and often."
While the extent of Microsoft's commitment to the Cloud is surprising, Ballmer is probably right. Being able to securely store data remotely, access it anywhere and let servers do the majority of heavy lifting makes a great deal of sense long term. And if Microsoft is prepared to bet its company on ironing out the current flaws then everyone should benefit from what it discovers.
In related news Ballmer also used the talk to admit changes are afoot for the Xbox: "You get exactly the Xboxes that we build for you. We may have more form factors in the future that are designed for various price points and options," he added.
A smaller, lighter and quieter model to compete with the PS3 Slim would seem the first point of call. Make it happen Steve.