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Microsoft Ups Hybrid Cloud Stakes to Grab Amazon, Google Market Share

 Microsoft has upped the stakes again in the battle for cloud platform supremacy with the launch of Cloud OS Network. It brings 25 top cloud service providers under the same banner to deliver hosted services on the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

Socl Adds Yet Another Social Option for Marketers to Explore or Ignore

This week's launch of Microsoft's Socl app does little to help the crowded social scene. Just how many social media icons constitute too many for a site designer or visitor to stomach?

Sites are starting to look a little crowded with Microsoft's Socl icon joining the likes of Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Pinterest and others demanding space next to posts or on stores, at the top of sites and on advertisements or campaigns. 

6 Predictions for SharePoint, Office 365 in 2014

It's been an interesting year for SharePoint. We've started to see steady adoption of SharePoint 2013, as well as continued usage of SharePoint 2010 and some older versions. And Microsoft’s shift to focus on the cloud and Office 365 left many guessing about the future of the on premises version of SharePoint.

Whatever comes in 2014, I don’t believe SharePoint is going anywhere. But I do think we’ll see more changes.

Will Huddle Note App Hammer Another Nail in SharePoint's Coffin?

Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account,  the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.

Long Road Still Ahead in Microsoft-Nokia Deal

steve_stephen.jpgThe US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission have given their blessing to the merger of Microsoft and Nokia. Now the European Commission has followed suit, all but green-lighting the deal.

But what will happen to Nokia once the merger is complete? And how will Microsoft manage its increasingly integrated chain of operating systems and devices? Perhaps we'll know more once the company picks a new CEO whose first job will be to integrate the two giants.

Forrester Names HP, Cisco, Microsoft Top Private Cloud Vendors

Private cloud computing is going mainstream. It has moved from a technology limited to a handful of innovative enterprises to a technology that has been prioritized for development in the next 12 months by more than half the enterprises surveyed, according to new Forrester research. Differentiation between competing vendors now lies in user experience, ease of use and the provision of hybrid environments. 

MetaVis Bridges Governance Gaps in Office 365, SharePoint Online

MetaVis just unveiled new capabilities for Office 365 and SharePoint Online that will provide users with tighter administration and governance of their cloud-based content. According to MetaVis, the capabilities fill important holes in Office 365 environments by offering views of everything that happens to content inside those environments.

Google Targets Amazon, IBM, Microsoft with Broader Cloud Platform

After more than a year in preview, Google has finally made its Google Compute Engine (GCE) Generally Available (GA). The GA release also comes with a 10 percent price cut for standard instances and a guaranteed uptime of 99.95 percent.

The announcement, which appears in a blog post by Ari Balogh, vice president of storage infrastructure products at Google, pits Google against the likes of Amazon, IBM and Microsoft for a share of the public cloud computing market.

StrikeIron Launches Public API Management Service

API Management Firm StrikeIron Launches Public IronCloud ServiceStrikeIron, one of the only stand alone API management companies after a recent string of acquisitions in the industry, has launched a public version of its IronCloud API creation and hosting service.

A tidal wave of mobile device use is proof of our digital connections. Mobile apps, the web and social media are all cross connecting people and companies in new and novel ways.

Microsoft, Apple Offer Discounts to Lure Customers #BlackFriday

Thumbnail image for holiday techBargain hunters are plotting their strategies to find the best pre-holiday deals, online and off. Two options to consider: the Apple and Microsoft stores.

Each one is offering potential savings of hundreds of dollars on the latest tablets, computers and software. The one-day Apple deals start at 12:01 a.m. PST on Black Friday in the United States, but Microsoft's sale is already up and running.

Who Will Win the Battle Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4?

XboxoneSleepy.jpgThe holiday sales season is upon us, which means it's time for Wall Street and the electronics industry to start handicapping holiday sales. Initial data and analytics feedback indicates Microsoft's Xbox One may be lagging its rival Sony PlayStation 4, — and that could have big implications for Microsoft in the future.

Broken, Bound, Gagged: Customers Silenced About Defective Products

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Abusive relationships are hard to end, which may explain why so many customers run back again and again into the arms of companies that treat them with little respect. CMSWire.com spelled out the problem in a story last week on the risks of buying electronic devices on launch day.

In the rush to market products, manufacturers of everything from game consoles and computers to cameras and cell phones have turned loyal customers into consumer guinea pigs. And it's more insidious than you may think.

Will PrimeSense Acquisition Bring 3D Sensors To Apple's 2014 Lineup?

Apple finally confirmed this weekend that it acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that developed the Kinect 3D motion sensor for Microsoft. So what does the deal mean in practical terms?

Having miniaturized its sensors, 3D gesture tech will likely end up in future iPhones and iPads. Expect future generations of these products to offer advanced depth perception and perhaps face and feature recognition, as well as a new range of gestures available without touching the device.

Microsoft Introduces Simple External File Sharing for SharePoint Online

Microsoft has just added some new functionality to SharePoint Online that will enhance its ability to share information not just around the enterprise, but also outside the firewall. The new functionality should also help it combat the rise of file sharing applications.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Xerox Simplifies Workflows, New Box Ecosystem

It’s been a busy week in the document management space. Xerox announced it has enhanced its workflow creation capabilities in DocuShare, and Box has created a new ecosystem for legal companies. Meanwhile, AvePoint upgraded its governance Service Pack, while Alfresco and Workshare have entered a new partnership.

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