Microsoft has been making some noise in recent months, overhauling its corporate structure, switching CEOs and purchasing Nokia's handset division. Needless to say, the company appears set to change the way it operates, but many industry experts are in the dark about what technologies and products the new Microsoft will focus on in the coming years.
However, recent announcements from the firm indicate that the software giant may be aiming to dominate the cloud and mobile markets. If successful, these developments could increase the need for Microsoft certification courses among IT professionals.
Next week, the company is set to unveil a new series of Surface tablets, according to Information Week. Coupled with the recent Nokia purchase, it's evidence that Microsoft is taking aggressive steps to become more involved in the mobile market.
The source reported that both the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro are expected to be launched with a number of improvements. The former will include an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor which should increase processing speed, while the latter will feature Intel's i5 Haswell chip which is likely to improve the battery life to seven hours. The original Surface Pro had just a four-hour battery life.
Cloud solutions abound
PC World reported that Microsoft COO Kevin Turner recently opened the company's annual financial analyst meeting by highlighting how dedicated it is to enterprise solutions, perhaps an indication of further focus on emerging cloud services.
In fact, Turner told the forum that 55 percent of Microsoft's revenue is generated through enterprise sales. He also noted that Microsoft has a cloud software portfolio that is unmatched. More than 460 accounts are active on MSN, at least 400 million people use Outlook.com and $1.5 million in revenue during the most recent quarter came from Office 365 alone, the source noted.
One of the main benefits of investing in Microsoft cloud software is that the products are easy to integrate, something that some of the world's largest companies already realize. Nearly nine in 10 Fortune 100 enterprises use Microsoft Lync and 85 percent of Fortune 500 firms use Yammer, which was recently included in SharePoint.
Another advantage to Microsoft cloud adoption for enterprise leaders is that many of the vendor's cloud solutions are compatible with mobile devices, including the aforementioned SharePoint.
For this reason, Microsoft training is in high demand. IT employees and business professionals are finding that it's necessary to invest in such courses because Microsoft's products are already taking over the corporate world.