The new Outlook.com app launcher.

Microsoft brings Outlook, OneDrive, & Office Online under one launcher

You no longer need to open a bunch of browser tabs to start using online applications from Microsoft like Office Online, Outlook.com, and OneDrive. Today Microsoft has word of an application launcher for its myriad services for consumers, where it will be easy to start using apps at the click of a button.

Building 42 on Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus, one of many buildings where company engineers work on the Microsoft Azure public cloud.

More open-source at Microsoft? You'd better believe it

REDMOND, Wash. — Following Microsoft’s announcement today about new partnerships with operating system startup CoreOS and big data company Cloudera, it’s clearer than it’s been in years the tech giant is committed to working with lots of partners and open-source technologies.

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie announced the Cloud Platform System, a hardware-software combination to run cloud applications, at a press event in San Francisco on Oct. 20.

Microsoft partners with Dell for cloud hardware & software

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft wants to do big cloud business in its own facilities, but it also wants to be in companies’ existing data centers. Today at the Microsoft Cloud Briefing event, the company pulled the trigger on a “cloud platform system” in partnership with Dell.