A Baker's Dozen From Microsoft WPC
If you believe just about every Microsoft exec who took the stage last week at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, Fla., it's a new day in Redmond, Wash. -- one in which technology partnerships, integration and cooperation are all valued principles.
Microsoft's cloud is growing faster than any other on the planet, and as the platform becomes more complete, flexible, compatible and stable, the ecosystem of third-party vendors around it matures.
Innovative companies are building tools and offering services that add to the experience of using Microsoft's products, making them an essential component of Microsoft's battle plan against the likes of Amazon Web Services and Google.
Microsoft execs seem cognizant of the importance of their ecosystem. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner, in a WPC keynote, told ISVs, system integrators and partners building intellectual property, "We love you."
Here are 13 companies that are creating products or offering services that will bolster the adoption of Microsoft's cloud. Some are agile startups, others major tech players in their own right.