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Oracle Finishes Cloud Push With NetSuite Partnerhip

Oracle NetSuite PartnershipOracle’s “startling” week continues with a third announcement in a series of partnerships that were flagged by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison last week. This time, it’s with NetSuite, which in partnership with Oracle will bring Human Capital Management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to the small-and-medium business (SMB) space.

Five Cool Things From Microsoft's Build Keynote #bldwin

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While the release of Windows 8.1 was the biggie at Microsoft's first keynote, there was lots of other smart, useful or fun features, either as part of Windows or from other areas, that are coming developers and users way as part of Microsoft's future plans. 

 

Windows 8.1 Preview Goes Live as Build 2013 Keynote Kicks Off

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The MSDN developer site looks like it can't handle the demand to watch Steve Ballmer and co show off the latest Windows wares and developer news. However, the Windows 8.1 Blue preview version is now available to download.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Google Offers Access to Office Docs, Hyland + DocuSign Partner

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Some interesting new releases this week in the document management space, not least of which is the new ability offered by Google to open and edit Office documents using Chrome. In other news, Hyland and DocuSign have inked a new partnership, Microsoft has outlined the future roadmap for Yammer with some interesting document capabilities and M-Files has been ISO certified. 

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

Oracle, Salesforce Officially Pair Cloud Offerings

Oracle, Salesforce Officially Pair Cloud OfferingsA week ago, Salesforce and Oracle were two of the warringest IT companies in the world, and now they have officially announced a nine year deal to pair each other's cloud offerings.

Yammer Roadmap Updated, SharePoint Integrations Loom

Yammer Roadmap Updated, SharePoint Integrations LoomSocial network Yammer is nearing the 8 million user level, and Microsoft has updated the product road map to include further SharePoint integration, and greater email compatibility.

Microsoft, Oracle Partnerships Offers Oracle Software On Azure, Hyper-V

Even if expected, the announcement last night of Oracle and Microsoft’s new partnership is still surprising in how far it actually goes. Announced at the ongoing Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, it means that from here on in Oracle’s software will be able to run on the Azure cloud, as well as the Hyper-V virtualization platform.

Microsoft Ready to Reconstruct at Build 2013 #bldwin

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Microsoft has a lot on its plate for BUILD 2013, needing to get back on track with Windows 8.1 while pushing the next generation of SharePoint and developer tools. Can the company generate new momentum, or are developers now entrenched in their own particular ecosystems? 

 

Oracle To Unveil Microsoft, Salesforce, NetSuite Partnerships As Revenues Stagnate

Oracle, earning, microsoft, salesforce Quarterly figures and earnings calls are never dull with Oracle. While Q4 figures announced last night were unexceptional and showed Oracle’s revenues flat and stagnant, it was Larry Ellison’s reaction that set pulses racing. The response to current stagnation is new cloud partnerships with Microsoft, Salesforce and NetSuite.

Microsoft Walks Away From Nokia's Mobile Business, Huawei Still Willing

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While Nokia’s troubles have been in the public domain for quite a while now, solutions to those problems have been slow in coming. However, shares in the struggling mobile giant were up over night after reports emerged that Microsoft held talks with Nokia with a view to buying the mobile business.

Microsoft Not Buying Nokia, Huawei May Step In (If It Drops Windows Phone)?

nokia microsoft huawei buyoutNokia's future has looked brighter in recent months with strong sales of Asha phones around the world and more interest in the growing Lumia family here. But its long-term partnership with Microsoft could be under threat now that talks about an acquisition have broken down. 

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure

Microsoft Offers Dynamics ERP Through Azure, cloud compting If Microsoft has been pumping up the Azure offering by slashing prices, it has also been adding to its appeal by adding new products. This week it has announced the addition of two of its ERP solutions to the cloud, including Dynamics GP 2013 and Nav 2013. 

Microsoft Slams Door on Outlook.com Linked Accounts Due to Security Weakness

Microsoft Shuts Down Outlook Linked AccountsMicrosoft kills linked accounts functionality in Outlook.com

When Microsoft introduced Outlook.com as a Hotmail replacement that was equally good as both a personal and business email service, it also introduced linked accounts. Microsoft, however, has changed its mind about linked accounts and will scrap this functionality at the end of July.

Skype Video Messaging Service Becomes Generally Available

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After a four month beta test run, Skype today announced that its video messaging feature will now be available for all users.

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