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Google takes another swing at Excel with Sheets update

Google launched an updated version of its Sheets web app for spreadsheet editing, adding new capabilities that could help lure people away from Microsoft Excel.

Cisco acquires OpenStack pioneer Piston Cloud

Cisco this week announced intentions to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, its second OpenStack cloud computing buyout in less than a year.

Terms were not disclosed.

Avaya acquired Esna Technologies

Avaya has acquired Esna Technologies in a move intended to facilitate easier user access to cloud-based, multi-vendor communications capabilities.

The acquisition will help Avaya deliver an Esna-enabled Avaya Communicator web client for both the Avaya IP Office and Avaya Aura platforms with out-of-the-box video and voice capabilities that can be embedded into public or private cloud-based business applications.

New IBM OpenStack services support hybrid cloud apps

Building on its support for the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, IBM this week unveiled a new slate of IBM Cloud OpenStack Services intended to help clients and developers integrate applications and data across hybrid clouds — including public, private and local cloud environments.

Salesforce wants enterprise big-data users to catch its Wave

 

With Wave for Big Data, Salesforce wants to keep a foothold in enterprises with interest in Hadoop. Last year, Salesforce showed off Wave, a way to pull data into Salesforce's cloud and generate business-friendly analytics from it.

Google launches a service for storing big data

Google finally opens up its speedy BigTable technology for third-party use.

 

Google has introduced a service for storing large amounts of data online, potentially enabling organizations to execute big data analysis as a cloud service.

Office 365 customers pay Microsoft up to 80% more over long haul

When Microsoft turns a customer into a subscriber, it gets 1.2 to 1.8 times the revenue compared to old-school licensing.

 

Moving a corporate customer from "transactional" purchases of Office -- the once-traditional practice of purchasing one-time, perpetual licenses that let workers use the suite as long as their firms want -- to Office 365 rent-not-buy subscriptions results in almost a doubling of revenue for Microsoft.

Citrix launches Workspace Cloud with BYOD flexibility

Enterprises can deliver a customized IT environment for each user, combining resources on premises and in the cloud.

Life today is vastly more complicated for IT managers than it used to be, thanks in large part to two key trends: bring-your-own-device computing and the growing prevalence of mixed-infrastructure IT environments.

Aiming to ease some of the pressure on both ends, Citrix on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud offering designed to give enterprises maximum flexibility.

RingCentral Adds Cloud Contact Center to Its Portfolio

RingCentral, a cloud-based business communications provider, has added contact center capabilities to its portfolio. The new RingCentral Contact Center is powered by inContact; inContact is a third-party provider of cloud contact center software that has deployed over 2,000 cloud contact center instances. The new contact center features are integrated with RingCentral Office.

Facebook's Messenger adds video chat

Video chat has become great way for people to communicate with friends and family, especially across international borders. Facebook now wants a piece of that action.

Facebook users can soon use the social network's Messenger app to talk face-to-face over Wi-Fi or cellular networks, simply by tapping on a video camera icon at the top. The service will work between Apple devices and those powered by Google's Android software.

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