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Google boosts its enterprise chops with Apps for Work partnerships

Google Apps for Work continues to forge ahead, with the company revealing Tuesday today that 2 million businesses are now paying to use some part of its online productivity suite.

The service, which includes a business-specific version of Gmail and a version of Google Drive that lets employees work together, competes against established players like Microsoft as well as newcomers like Dropbox and Quip.

Dropbox woos large businesses with new Enterprise offering

Large enterprises have a new Dropbox product tailored for them that the company unveiled at its user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Oracle reworks OpenStack for a containerized world

It's been just over a year since Oracle first released an OpenStack version tailored for its namesake Linux distribution, and on Tuesday it followed up with a key update reworked specifically for today's containerized world.

Samsung's second Tizen-powered smartphone goes on sale in India

Samsung unveiled its second phone powered by the company's own Tizen software, an alternative that so far hasn't made much headway against Google's more widely used Android.

The Samsung Z3 is due to go on sale in India on October 21 for 8,490 Indian rupees ($131), following the release of the Z1 in the country in January.

SAP unveils SaaS analytics platform

SAP is aiming to redefine analytics with a new SaaS (software as a service) offering that rolls up BI (business intelligence), planning, and predictive analytics into a single service built on the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

"Really it's about simplifying access to a public cloud analytics experience that customers can trust," says Nic Smith, senior director of Marketing for Analytics at SAP.

Google for Work thriving by dumping the ‘enterprise’

Google Enterprise became Google for Work a year ago. The company opted for the name change because “enterprise is old business,” says Amit Singh, president of the division at Google. Singh reflected on Google for Work’s accomplishments since the rebranding in a blog post.

Box's future lies in developer tools

For a decade, Box has built its business on selling cloud storage services, but the company is now making a move in a slightly different direction.

Microsoft's New Devices Put Windows 10 on Any Screen

Last year, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, a thin and lightweight hybrid tablet-like device that the company famously claimed “could replace your laptop.” A lot has changed since then: Windows 8.1 has been put out to pasture, Microsoft has anointed Windows 10 as the one OS to run on all of its devices, and everyone from Apple to HP to Lenovo has trotted out their own light and powerful “lapblets.”

Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 4 tablet as latest laptop killer

Microsoft has beefed up its Surface Pro tablet lineup to better compete with traditional laptops. The Surface Pro 4, unveiled Tuesday at Microsoft's Windows 10 event, has a 12.3-inch screen, only slightly larger than the 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3. The bezel is smaller, however, meaning there's more space for the screen itself. The screen, with a 2,736x1,824-pixel resolution, also sports 5 million pixels with 267 pixels per inch.

Microsoft's Surface Book Looks Like the Ultimate Hybrid PC


Along with a more-powerful version of its Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid, Microsoft unveiled a brand-new addition to the Surface lineup. Microsoft’s Panos Panay described it as the “ultimate laptop,” and the spec sheet, at least, seems to bear that out. It’s also the first time Microsoft has made a laptop on its own.

And spoiler alert: It also detaches from its keyboard to become a standalone Surface tablet.

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