Hello! Welcome to CNET's live blog of Microsoft's cloud event!
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.
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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.
It's a mashup of Matisyahu and Blink 182 -- very odd.
No signs of Nadella, but up front right now is Martin Booth, Microsoft's senior technical product manager for the Enterprise Client Team.
Just a reminder folks: Event begins at 10 a.m. PT (1 a.m. ET). Should kickoff in 5.
The event is starting now everyone. Frank X. Shaw from communications is up front.
Microsoft execs begin affixing Android tablets and iPads on viewable stands.
Here's Satya Nadella. "It's day 52 for me," he says, "Who's counting?"
Nadella is talking ubiquitous computing and 'ambient intelligence.'
"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
This is a mobile-first, cloud-first world, Nadella says.
How can two things be first? "They are one in the same."
"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.
"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
Nadella is remaining pretty ambiguous and focusing on the big picture at the moment.
"Let the IT professional be a hero," Nadella says. That's a sound bite if I've ever heard one.
Nadella hands off the presentation to Julia White, general manager of Microsoft Office.
"If only I had the real Office for iPad I cold get more done," White jokes.
At 11am PT, the app will go live in the App Store.
White is showing off the app, and it looks quite clean.