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Office 365 SMB editions to get a makeover

Microsoft will revamp its Office 365 lineup for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), adding features, dropping prices and increasing the flexibility to mix and match them with Office 365 plans for enterprises and with stand-alone applications.

The changes are the result of feedback from partners and existing Office 365 customers, and are intended to make the Office 365 application suite more attractive to SMBs and easier to market for channel resellers, Microsoft said on Wednesday.

Microsoft debuts cloud storage service for enterprises

Enterprises looking to cut costs of storing data can soon investigate a new service from Microsoft designed to save money by backing up information in the cloud. The service is available for a new set of storage appliances that the company will start selling Aug. 1.

IDC: Apps will drive public cloud spending to sustained double-digit growth

Global spending on public cloud services reached US$45.7 billion in 2013 and will experience a 23 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, according to analyst firm IDC.

Some 86 percent of the 2013 total came from cloud software, which encompasses both SaaS (software as a service) applications and PaaS (platform as a service) offerings, with the remaining 14 percent generated by cloud infrastructure, IDC said Monday.

Microsoft adds Yammer to more Office 365 editions

Microsoft will bundle Yammer with more editions of Office 365, adding the enterprise social-networking product to the suite's editions for schools and midsize businesses.

Existing subscribers of Office 365 Midsize Business and Office 365 Education plans will get licenses for Yammer's Enterprise edition at no additional cost, the company said Monday.

EMC acquires TwinStrata to push corporate data into the cloud

Storage vendor EMC has scooped up cloud storage management company TwinStrata, the companies announced Tuesday.

The U.S.-based TwinStrata is the developer of CloudArray, a platform that allows enterprises to move their on premise stored data into over 20 public or private clouds. Data put on CloudArray is encrypted by default and automatically gets replicated or moved to a cloud service depending on a company's requirements.

Numvision, éditeur de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage », lève des fonds pour son développement.

L’éditeur français de logiciels BtoB de « cloud storage » Numvision a bénéficié d’une levée de fonds de 500 000 euros pour étoffer sa gamme de solutions dédiées et son réseau de partenaires à l’international. L’éditeur français de logiciels spécialisé dans le cloud Numvision a bouclé un tour de table de 500 000 euros, financé par le fonds d’investissement lyonnais Veymont Participat

Dropbox for Business folders can now be shared in read-only mode

Users of Dropbox for Business will now be able to share folders with colleagues without necessarily giving them rights to edit their content. Giving users read-only access to folders hasn't been possible until now: Dropbox for Business users by default granted edit rights to the people they shared the folders with.

Dropbox makes this move as it faces heightening pressure both in the consumer and enterprise cloud storage and file share markets from rivals like Microsoft and Google.

Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress, plan to be number one

Being second isn't good enough for Oracle when it comes to cloud revenue, co-president Mark Hurd told investment analysts this week following the company's fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. As part of its earnings announcement, Oracle trumpeted that at an annual cloud subscription revenue run rate of nearly US$2 billion, it is now the industry's second-largest cloud vendor behind Salesforce.com.

Microsoft turns cloud storage into Office 365 feature

Microsoft's decision to boost free storage space to one terabyte for Office 365 subscribers is less a game changer for the rent-not-own concept than additional evidence that storage is transforming from a separate service to a feature, analysts argued today.

"Storage is a feature," said Wes Miller of Directions on Microsoft. "It's fast becoming a feature of the platform."

Google reacts to Office 365 momentum with beefier Apps suite

Under pressure from Microsoft's Office 365, Google has launched a premium edition of Apps with unlimited cloud storage and extra IT controls, and it has improved the Docs office productivity suite.

Although this new edition is essentially Apps for Business with an extra set of features, Google has branded it differently, shifting the spotlight from "apps" to storage by calling it Drive for Work.

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