Microsoft’s cloud-orientated productivity suite, Office 365, is now being delivered locally through the software giant’s new South African data centres.
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Microsoft topped quarterly sales and profit projections, fuelled by steady demand for cloud computing services and a surprisingly strong Windows business.
SAP fell the most in nearly five years on signs that its $10-billion bet on cloud-based software faces headwinds, but the companies executives are adamant there is still room to grow.
German economics minister Peter Altmaier plans to build up a German cloud service to allow European companies to store data independent of Asian or US rivals such as Amazon.com.
IBM closed its $34-billion purchase of Red Hat, sealing the world’s second largest technology deal ever and setting up the US technology company on a path to try and compete with top software purveyors in the cloud.
Dropbox has unveiled the biggest overhaul yet to the way users experience its software as it seeks to push further into the productivity market dominated by Microsoft and Google.
Google has agreed to buy Looker Data Sciences for $2.6-billion, expanding its offerings to help customers manage data in the cloud.
Each deal Google does is a reminder of its failures so far in the lucrative field of cloud computing and a potential warning sign to the software specialists that have thrived in the last decade.
Oracle announced on Wednesday that it has secured a cloud-computing alliance with Microsoft, an acknowledgment the database giant’s go-it-alone approach to the cloud wasn’t working.
When Sony unveiled a cloud gaming pact with arch rival Microsoft, it surprised the industry. Perhaps no one was more shocked than employees of Sony’s PlayStation division.