Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 7/13/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’s

Microsoft Starts Slamming Office 365 Door on Google Apps
There are soon going to be tens of millions of people regularly using Office 365 in the cloud who in the past might have only used Google Apps.

Enterprise Applications: Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 Highlights Windows 8 Release
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer highlights key product milestones and opportunities for partners at annual Worldwide Partner Conference. 

1bn people now use Microsoft Office, says DelBene
One billion people globally now use Microsoft Office, with someone buying a copy of Office 2010 every second.

Microsoft intros Office 365 Open, Advisors Program Updates
Microsoft announces Office 365 Open, a new way for partners to sell Office 365.

Microsoft Bringing Multi-Touch Screens to the Big Time
Microsoft plans to bring multi-touch screen technology to the desktop and beyond, with the acquisition of Perceptive Pixel.

Microsoft's Kevin Turner rallies partners to push Office 365 sales
Microsoft discusses successes in the past fiscal year and plans for the current one with partners at the Worldwide Partner Conference.

Microsoft Recognizes Accenture and Avanade with Three 2012 Partner of the Year Awards
Microsoft honors Accenture and Avanade with three Microsoft Partner of the Year awards for 2012.