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Microsoft Offers Cloud Device to Battle Google and Amazon

Microsoft will soon offer a hardware appliance that will let businesses run something akin to its Azure cloud computing service inside their own data centers.

IBM and Microsoft pledge to make their clouds compatible

Although fierce rivals in the market for cloud computing services, IBM and Microsoft have pledged to make their technologies interoperable in the cloud for the sake of their users.

On Wednesday, the companies jointly announced that many Microsoft enterprise products would run on IBM's infrastructure and platform services, and that many key IBM middleware products would be available for use on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft looks to poach Salesforce.com customers with aggressive pricing

Microsoft has created an aggressively priced CRM Online product bundle that includes both Office 365 and its Power BI tool, in a bid to steal customers away from rival Salesforce.com.

Microsoft follows Google to education sector with Office 365 app for teachers

Microsoft has created a classroom assistance application for OneNote and SharePoint Online in Office 365, soon after Google released a similar one for its Apps email and collaboration suite.

With OneNote Class Notebook Creator, teachers can set up individual notebooks for each student, a common library for class documents and materials, and a group collaboration space for collective activities, hosted in SharePoint Online and using OneNote as the front-end interface.

Extreme Networks gets Lync qualified

Extreme Networks announced the availability of an integrated solution for Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform, Lync. The announcement is well timed, as there is no hotter UC platform today than Lync. Over the past few years, Microsoft has been aggressively getting Lync into its customers’ hands. However, the majority of customers have been using Lync for its desktop features, such as chat, presence, and web conferencing. Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been much more aggressive in getting its customers to adopt Lync voice and video.

Polycom RealConnect, G12 Incorporate Microsoft Lync Upgrades

Polycom and Microsoft continue to offer an integrated solution, this time with Polycom’s introduction of RealConnect for Microsoft Lync. The solution is designed to unify video collaboration across Lync and non-Lync environments by simplifying the end-user video experience. RealConnect brings Lync and non-Lync users together, allowing users to choose the platform they prefer.

Microsoft rolls out new plans for Office 365 users

Microsoft has launched new plans for subscription-based service Office 365 that the company says are designed to better meet the needs of business users.Designed for small and midsize businesses, the three new subscription plans offer more features and flexibility than their predecessors, says the company.

Google shakes up cloud services market with another price cut

Google has fired back at Microsoft with cheaper cloud services, signaling another round of price cutting in an increasingly competitive market.

Citing enhanced efficiency in its data centers as well as falling hardware costs, Google on Wednesday said it was cutting prices of its Google Compute Engine by about 10 percent for all instance types in every region.

Microsoft weaves around Office bloat complaints with Sway authoring tool

Sway, a new app, now in preview mode, meant to be simple yet powerful, and built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing

Reacting to chronic complaints that Office applications have become unwieldy with endless menus and features, Microsoft is developing a streamlined presentation application built from the ground up for mobile devices and cloud computing.

Google to offer schools, students unlimited storage for free

The Google Drive for Education is an upgrade from the earlier Google Apps for Education service, and like the predecessor, it's free. It will launch "in coming weeks," Ben Schrom, a Google product manager, said in a blog post Tuesday. Google Apps includes tools for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Google will soon offer a big perk -- unlimited data storage -- to lure schools and their students to its Google Apps suite of online services.

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