On Tuesday, August 26, Tech Pro Research hosted a live, online event with Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley. This Microsoft analyst call and Q&A was held exclusively for Tech Pro Research subscribers. For everyone who wasn’t able to attend, we’ve published this recorded version.

During the first half of the event, Mary Jo gave an overview of the following:

  • Major changes at Microsoft that took place over the last year
  • Where Microsoft is in its current transition plan
  • What we can expect from the company in the next 6-12 months

During the second half, she answered a range of attendee questions. Here are a the highlights (with approximate time stamps):

  • What is Microsoft’s Office 365 First Release program? (17:00)
  • What is Microsoft doing to improve voice recognition and how will it be integrated into Windows 9 (currently code named “Threshold”)? (19:20)
  • What is Microsoft’s “free onboarding” program and how does it relate to the company’s cloud plans? (22:40)
  • What is Microsoft’s vision for SharePoint? (23:45)
  • What are Microsoft’s plans for Azure? (27:40)
  • How is Microsoft addressing big data? (32:01)
  • Will Windows 9 use the same tiled interface as Windows 8 or will they go back to Windows’ more traditional desktop interface? (33:50)
  • Will Microsoft stick to its plan to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer? (41:55)
  • How are businesses reacting to the quicker cadence of Microsoft software updates? (43:20)
  • Where is Microsoft going with Windows Intune? (46:22)
  • How the culture at Microsoft changed since Steve Ballmer left and Satya Nadella took over? (49:30)
  • How have the recent layoffs affected the mood of Microsoft employees? (55:05)

About Mary Jo Foley

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 25 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the “Windows Weekly” podcast on the TWiT network. Here’s a list of Mary Jo’s recent Tech Pro Research articles: