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Microsoft's cloud press conference with CEO Satya Nadella

At a San Francisco event focusing "on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing," Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, may unveil the long-rumored Office for iPad suite.

  • Kent German 3/27/2014 4:47:45 PM
    Hello! Welcome to CNET's live blog of Microsoft's cloud event!
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 4:49:30 PM

    Our CNET team is on the ground at the Microsoft event in San Francisco.

  • Kent German 3/27/2014 4:50:36 PM
    This will be new CEO Satya Nadella's first public event. He's supposed to talk about "the intersection of cloud and mobile computing," but rumor has it that he will debut Office for iPad.
  • Kent German 3/27/2014 4:52:00 PM
    Our live blog will be brought to you by Nick Statt, Sarah Mitroff, and Charles Cooper.
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 4:53:32 PM
    Hey everyone. Event space here is pretty tightly packed. I'll have you know that the most out of place element is the Blink-182 playing over the loudspeaker. 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 4:54:06 PM
    It's a mashup of Matisyahu and Blink 182 -- very odd.
  • Kent German 3/27/2014 4:55:27 PM
    For onsite tweets follow Charles, Nick, and Sarah on Twitter.
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 4:55:44 PM
    No signs of Nadella, but up front right now is Martin Booth, Microsoft's senior technical product manager for the Enterprise Client Team. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 4:56:21 PM
    Just a reminder folks: Event begins at 10 a.m. PT (1 a.m. ET). Should kickoff in 5. 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 4:56:58 PM
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 4:59:22 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 4:59:24 PM
    The event is starting now everyone. Frank X. Shaw from communications is up front. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:01:09 PM
    Microsoft execs begin affixing Android tablets and iPads on viewable stands. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:02:54 PM
    Here's Satya Nadella. "It's day 52 for me," he says, "Who's counting?"
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:03:18 PM
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:04:09 PM

    Nadella on the stage

  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:04:36 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:04:43 PM
    Nadella is talking ubiquitous computing and 'ambient intelligence.' 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:04:44 PM
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:05:00 PM
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:05:39 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:05:41 PM
    "Every interaction humans have with other humans, every interactions we have with machines, and the interactions we have with machines are going to be digitized more rapidly than ever before in history." --Nadella 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:05:47 PM
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:06:12 PM
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:06:40 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:06:58 PM
    This is a mobile-first, cloud-first world, Nadella says. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:07:09 PM
    How can two things be first? "They are one in the same." 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:07:50 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:08:17 PM
    "A device which is not connected to the cloud just cannot complete scenarios." Nadella seques neatly to the "intersection of cloud and mobile" the event was pegged as. 
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:08:30 PM

    Microsoft's cloud for mobile

  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:09:30 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:09:35 PM
    "The real goal for us is to set up to provide the apps and services that empower every user across all of these devices and experiences. That's perhaps the job number one that we do: To empower people to be productive." --Nadella
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:10:29 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:10:51 PM
    Nadella is remaining pretty ambiguous and focusing on the big picture at the moment. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:12:05 PM
    "Let the IT professional be a hero," Nadella says. That's a sound bite if I've ever heard one. 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:12:16 PM
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:12:21 PM
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:12:41 PM
    Nadella hands off the presentation to Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office. 
  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:12:51 PM
    The iPad is in hand.
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:13:03 PM

    Julia White takes the stage.

  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:13:41 PM
    "If only I had the real Office for iPad I cold get more done," White jokes. 
  • Sarah Mitroff 3/27/2014 5:13:52 PM
    At 11am PT, the app will go live in the App Store.
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:13:59 PM

    White's iPad

  • Nick Statt 3/27/2014 5:14:15 PM
    White is showing off the app, and it looks quite clean. 
  • Lynn La 3/27/2014 5:14:32 PM

    Microsoft Word on the iPad

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