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Microsoft partners with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom for SMB Office

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft announced deals with AT&T and Deutsche Telekom to bring a full suite of Office apps to SMBs using iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone 10.

Google offers low-cost, cloud-based backup service

Google has unveiled a new backup storage service designed to provide enterprises and startups with a low-cost way of storing and archiving large amounts of information. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline offers enterprises an alternative to running in-house storage systems, or startups with mobile apps a way to store user data.

HP embraces open hardware designs with Cloudline servers

Hewlett-Packard is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Microsoft in embracing open hardware designs with its new low-cost Cloudline servers.

Cloudline servers are no-frills cloud servers that break away from proprietary technology HP uses in its popular Proliant servers. The servers are HP's first based on industry standard specifications defined by the Open Compute Project, which was founded by Facebook in 2012, and Open Networking Foundation, which was formed in 2011.

Alcatel-Lucent virtualizes WANs and routers

Alcatel-Lucent’s Nuage Networks SDN venture has broadened its product line to tackle enterprise WANs, an increasingly vital market for the technology.

Google brings app messaging to its cloud

Closing a gap with other enterprise cloud providers, Google has created a service to facilitate communications across applications that customers build on the company's cloud platform.

The Google Cloud Pub/Sub service, made available as an open beta on Wednesday, is designed for exchanging messages across different Google cloud services and internal systems in great volume and with minimal delay.

Android for work to boost the use of Google mobile operating system in the workplace.

Google has unveiled a new set of applications, online services, and industry partnerships designed to promote the use of its Android mobile operating system in the workplace.

Jive beefs up company and community communications apps

Jive Software has announced updated releases for both internally and externally communication.

A new version of the company's Jive-n software for internal communications aims to help organisations improve both companywide and group communications.

Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal

The Orange Klif is Firefox OS phone that the French carrier will sell in 13 African and Middle Eastern countries starting in the second quarter of 2015. The price of up to $40 includes six months of voice, text, and data service.

Alcatel's tech binds Wi-Fi, LTE together for crazy high speeds

Wi-Fi and LTE. The two wireless technologies haven't always gotten along with each other. Wi-Fi has an open architecture using unlicensed spectrum, so just about anyone can set up a hotspot with limited range. LTE has its roots in cellular technology, which means closed networks, run by the major telecom carriers, that span the country.

What's a consumer Office 365 subscription worth to Microsoft?

As Microsoft has added more consumer subscribers to the rolls of Office 365, the amount of revenue per subscriber has fallen, according to estimates based on the limited information the company releases.

The downward trend in revenue-per-subscriber hints at a significant shift to the less expensive rent-not-own plans available to consumers, such as Office 365 Personal, a $69.99 annual deal that provides one Office license for a personal computer and one license for a tablet.

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