2013 Best Companies: By Technology


Cloud Computing: Microsoft

CEO: Steve Ballmer

The cloud computing arena includes such industry heavyweights as Amazon Web Services and Google, telecom service providers like Verizon and Terremark, and IT stalwarts such as Hewlett-Packard and CA Technologies. But solution providers gave the highest scores in this technology category to Microsoft.

Microsoft is working to evolve from a software company into a devices and services supplier. And its cloud offerings are a big part of that, including its Windows Azure cloud platform, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online cloud applications, and Windows Intune cloud management software.

Last month, Microsoft unveiled a series of updates to its Windows Azure public cloud, including new data backup and recovery services and expanded cloud development tools.