REDMOND, Wash.–After spending the last several months touting itself as “All In” when it comes to cloud computing, Microsoft now plans to spend several hundred million dollars to convince businesses what that actually means.
The software maker is launching its largest-ever ad campaign targeting businesses, touting “Cloud Power” and its benefits over traditional server-based computing. The ads, which include TV, Internet, print, and outdoor ads, feature the line “cloud power” with actors portraying different types of customers and offering various takes on what products like Windows Azure, Office 365 and Windows Server can offer.
Microsoft’s business marketing spiel for the last several months has been the “All in” message, which kicked off after a March speech at the University of Washington by CEO Steve Ballmer. Now the company said it needs to shift that message to really explain to customers why that even matters–pointing to the lower start-up costs and increased flexibility that the cloud can deliver.
“We really do see that cloud computing is exciting…in way we haven’t necessarily seen since we went from mainframe computing to server-client,” Microsoft’s Amy Barzdukas said in an interview.