Getting ready for the end of Windows 7

Support for Windows 7 — arguably still the most popular OS on the market right now — is coming to an end. As of June 2018, nearly 40% of all PCs were still running Windows 7. Use of Windows 7 is even higher among businesses, at nearly 70%. [Read more…]

Microsoft Inspire 2018: Day 3 Recap

Satya Nadella keynote at Microsoft Inspire

This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here and Day 2 recap here.

The highlight of Day 3 of Microsoft Inspire was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s keynote address.

After the morning sing-along to warm up the audience, the lights went out. When they came back on, Satya was smiling at the center of the stage where he received the most raucous applause from the entire stadium of 20,000+ attendees standing up to welcome him. This is what the Microsoft ecosystem thinks of Satya. He has transformed Microsoft and unleashed the good that technology can bring to the world.

In his address, Satya delivered an inspiring message about how we can work together to deliver on our mission to empower every person and organization around the world to achieve more.

I asked some of my Softchoice team members what they took away from Satya’s talk from both a business and employee experience perspective, and here are some of their favorite quotes:

For Almir Pervan, Microsoft Sales Manager, it was a quote about customer passion and about how Microsoft has evolved over the course of the past four years: “What binds us together is not our success but the success our customers achieve. Even more exciting times are ahead in the world of technology, but not without a full commitment to privacy and ethical principles.”

What resonated most with Andrew Caprara, our Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, was Satya’s advice to prospective new employees: “Don’t come work here if you want to be cool. If you want to make others cool, then join Microsoft.” That’s what he called customer obsession.

And for Julija Noskova, our Vice President of Marketing, it was Satya’s strong message about Microsoft’s culture of diversity and inclusion: “If you want to serve the world, you’ve got to represent the world.”

Throughout the day, we also heard from Microsoft solution leaders who introduced new resources and assets that will enable Softchoice to tailor and deliver more modern life solutions to our customers.

Finally, as Microsoft’s largest Azure consumption partner in North America, we are excited to see the continued expansion of Azure platform capabilities to continue to help hundreds of companies increase their IT agility.

This week has been very inspiring and the whole Softchoice team looks forward to new and exciting partnership opportunities with Microsoft to serve our customers and unleash their potential through technology.

Microsoft Inspire 2018: Day 2 Recap

Kristi and Tima at Microsoft Inspire 2018

This week, the Softchoice team is on the ground in Las Vegas attending Microsoft Inspire 2018 –Microsoft’s biggest partner conference. We’re bringing you the latest news and announcements. See the Day 1 recap here.

Kicking off Day 2 of Microsoft Inspire 2018, Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner, hosted a keynote and shared some exciting news about One Commercial Partner and expanded opportunities for partners like Softchoice to co-sell with Microsoft.

We also heard from Jason Zander, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Azure Team in the Cloud and AI Group, and Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Office 365, about new initiatives that will help us achieve digital transformation for our customers.

But for Julija Noskova, our VP of Marketing, the second day of the conference was really about diversity and inclusion (D&I), a key strategic priority for Microsoft and for Softchoice. Julija attended an amazing IAMCP Women in Technology Luncheon, where women like Gavriella Shuster, Corporate Vice President, Commercial Partner Channels & Programs at Microsoft, Julia White, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, and Kathleen Hogan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft, shared their stories, struggles and career experiences. From what Julija tells me, it was a truly inspiring event for her and the one thousand plus women in the audience. Satya Nadella also joined the event as a special guest and shared his views on D&I. From what I hear, his authenticity and belief in building a more inclusive Microsoft were simply contagious. Satya is clearly an example to many CEOs on putting theory into practice and championing D&I.

I am excited to see what else Inspire has in store for us this week! Stay tuned for more updates and Microsoft announcements as we report back tomorrow on Day Three. In the meantime, follow our Softchoice team on social media via #SCInspire18, and connect with me on Twitter @lukeblack for more frequent updates from Las Vegas.