The message during the Microsoft Management Summit's opening keynote in Las Vegas was par for the course: Microsoft products run best with other Microsoft products.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, led the keynote presentations. Anderson tried to sell Microsoft's cloud vision to IT pros, arguing that Microsoft has put its experience in running the Windows Azure cloud OS into various other Microsoft products. Trotted out were Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 and Windows Intune.
Microsoft operates more than 200 unique cloud-scale services, servicing more than 1 billion users, Anderson said. Skype use is at 2 billion minutes per day. More than 20 percent of organizations worldwide use Office 365 services, he added, describing Microsoft's cloud experience.