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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.

IBM brings BlueMix platform services in-house

  • The hybrid cloud will be the focus of this year's IBM Interconnect cloud computing conference, as the company rolls out new offerings designed to help enterprises extend their in-house operations.

    "There is no one single cloud. Our clients have clouds. We have a cloud. Clients want to connect with other clouds," said Angel Diaz, IBM vice president of cloud performance. "If clients want to get the most from the cloud, they have to link to their existing investments."

Digium Launches “Respoke” Platform as a Service

  • Digium announced the official launch of “Respoke” on their blog today, offering a cloud platform designed to enable communications for web and mobile applications. Respoke provides an API so developers can add live voice, video, messaging, and data services as to other applications; the platform is intended to allow communications feature development in a matter of days.

Apache Spark jumps on the R bandwag

  • Apache Spark, the big data processing technology for iterative workloads that is growing in popularity, is about to add capabilities for DataFrames and the R language as part of two upcoming upgrades.

Crowdfunding en France. 150M€ en 2014.

  • Compinnov estime que le financement participatif a drainé, tous canaux confondus, plus de 150 millions d’euros en France sur l’année 2014.

    Avec plus de 20 000 projets mis en ligne et 152 millions d’euros collectés via les principales plates-formes agréées, le crowdfunding a pris une nouvelle dimension en France sur l’année 2014.

Orange, résultats 2014.

  • Malgré une hausse de sa base clientèle sur les offres fixes et mobiles, Orange affiche des résultats en baisse sur l’année 2014.

    La hausse du nombre d’abonnés fixes et mobiles en France comme à l’international n’aura pas suffi à compenser le recul du chiffre d’affaires d’Orange : 39,45 milliards d’euros en 2014, c’est 2,5 % de moins que l’année précédente.

Microsoft launches machine learning as an Azure service

  • Microsoft has expanded the data-analysis offerings on its Azure cloud, offering a machine learning service to help organizations derive more insight from mountains of unstructured data.

    The new service is designed to reduce the amount of work needed to deploy machine learning.

    "Our focus has been simplicity, simplicity, simplicity," said T. K. "Ranga" Rengarajan, Microsoft's vice president of engineering for data platform, cloud and enterprise.

Pivotal goes all-in with open source in Big Data Suite

  • Bowing to customer pressure, enterprise software and services vendor Pivotal will release as open source the remainder of its software suite for analyzing data.

    "Our customers want to be involved in our road map, because they know that is the only way they can differentiate themselves from their competitors," said Sundeep Madra, Pivotal vice president of products. He was referring to how enterprises are taking an increasingly active hand in developing the software they use.

IBM puts software and cloud at the center of storage

  • The future of storage may not be in storage itself, but in the intelligence to manage it.

    Major storage vendors and startups alike are now pushing software-defined systems spanning anything from a set of arrays to a whole enterprise. On Tuesday, IBM placed a big bet on this trend, announcing the first product in a portfolio called IBM Spectrum Storage and saying it will invest $1 billion in storage software over the next five years.

France. Fibre optique en progression de 25% en 2014.

Slack, Silicon Valley's hottest startup

  • Slack has a very simple concept that resonates with many: IRC for the enterprise, with hooks between the chat app and just about any external service you can imagine. We already knew it was hot.

    Now, thanks to momentum numbers released today -- Slack's first anniversary -- we know just how hot.

HP courts enterprise workloads with new Helion private cloud

  • How much cloud computing does your enterprise application need? Hewlett-Packard has some of the guesswork out of cloud procurement by adding seven new preconfigured options to its Helion set of cloud services. The Helion VPC (virtual private cloud) offerings are tailored to meet a range of computing requirements, from lighter workloads such as software development to more demanding jobs such as running complex ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

Orange incorpore Microsoft Lync à ses offres cloud

  • La nouvelle solution de communications unifiées dans le cloud Business Together as a Service Microsoft d’Orange Business Services (OBS) intègre les composantes de la plate-forme Lync de Microsoft. Orange Business Services (OBS) profite des TechDays 2015 pour annoncer un nouveau partenariat avec Microsoft.

Panasonic targets SMBs with Hybrid UC Platform

  • Panasonic has introduced the KX-NS700, a compact hybrid communications platform optimized for the SMB market. Its features are based on the KX-NS1000 IP Communications Server. Supporting up to 288 extensions with optional expansion units, the unit is designed to help businesses transition to IP in an increasingly mobile and evolving business environment.

France. Les smartphones gagnent du terrain dans les PME

  • Mobilité : les smartphones gagnent du terrain dans les PME
    Le dernier baromètre de Futur (groupe SFR-Numericable) illustre la montée en puissance des smartphones dans les PME françaises, aux dépens des solutions dédiées.

First Ubuntu phone will be sold in a limited-run flash sale

  • The new version of BQ's Aquaris E4.5 shows off Ubuntu software.
    The first Ubuntu phone is finally going on sale, and it isn't just the software that's doing things a bit differently: the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be available in a grab-it-while-you-can limited-numbers flash sale.

Box adds enterprise key management to overcome last hurdle to the cloud

  • Hoping to leapfrog what it sees as the last hurdle to enterprise cloud adoption, cloud storage company Box has announced Box Enterprise Key Management (EKM), which is designed to allow customers to keep control over their encryption keys (and thus, the data stored in the public cloud) without sacrificing easy user experience.

Google gives VMware huge public cloud boost

  • VMware announced a partnership with Google Thursday that could go a long way toward making VMware more competitive in the public cloud market. By enabling its vCloud Air public cloud service to work with Google’s massive public cloud platform, VMware will expose its customers to Google services such as object storage, BigQuery, Cloud Datastore database and DNS platform. Google services will be integrated with vCA by mid-year, the companies said.

Google's search for sales, profit falls short

  • For the past few quarters, Google's finances have been the story of same-old, same-old: Desktop search -- its biggest business -- is getting stale, but it still makes billions.

    The story stayed true on Thursday when Google reported lagging revenue, as more people find what they want from their smartphones and tablets. And as competitors, including Facebook, draw more of the mobile users that advertisers are trying to court.

Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup behind Cyanogen Mod, an increasingly popular—and very open—incarnation of Google’s mobile operating system. The investment would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen’s value in the high hundreds of millions, the WSJ says.

Collaboratif dans le cloud : Esker acquiert TermSync aux Etats-Unis

  • Sur le marché américain qui est stratégique pour Esker, l’éditeur français de solutions de dématérialisation de documents acquiert le portail collaboratif de TermSync. Le spécialiste lyonnais des solutions de dématérialisation des documents perçoit un potentiel avec cette société IT américaine basée dans l’Etat du Wisconsin.

Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services

  • Amazon says its pioneering cloud computing services are actively used by over one million customers.
    The tech giant revealed the number day, during its fourth quarter earnings announcement. Each of those one million customers have used its cloud services during a recent one month period, the company said, and usage grew close to 90 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter the year before.

Amazon takes on Microsoft, Google with corporate email service

  • Amazon will launch a corporate email and digital calendar service to rival Outlook and Gmail, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    The new service, called WorkMail, is powered by Amazon's cloud-based computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company plans to price WorkMail competitively with Microsoft's Office 365 and Google's business-oriented services, which also include programs like word processing and spreadsheets.

Slack’s New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools

  • Soon, it will be a lot easier to do voice and video calls within the Slack online collaboration service, aka the “Trojan horse for bigger ideas.”
    That’s because Slack, with just under 100 employees, is acquiring Screenhero—a much smaller desktop collaboration company that graduated from the Y Combinator startup incubator just two years ago.

Phablets to flood smartphone market in coming years -- report

  • Apple's iPhone 6 Plus helped the company score record earnings last quarter. Bigger is better, according to a new Juniper Research report that says phablets are destined to become even more popular over the next several years.

    More than 400 million phablets will ship in 2019, five times the the estimated 138 million to be shipped this year, the report said. As such, phablets will account for more than 20 percent of mobile devices shipped in the next four years.

Cisco brings Meraki to the enterprise

  • In November 2012, Cisco acquired Meraki for a whopping $1.2 billion. At the time, most people thought that was a huge overpayment for a 330-person startup that made its living selling cloud-managed Wi-Fi to small- and mid-sized businesses. Prior to the Meraki acquisition, Cisco didn't have a down-market Wi-Fi product, so Meraki filled a hole in the company's portfolio. Dropping Meraki into Cisco's channel has made it wildly successful, as it has been one of the consistently strong performers at the company over the past few years.

Facebook goes ‘deep’ in getting to know you

  • The social networking giant’s Artificial Intelligence initiative is aimed at protecting user privacy – sometimes from those users themselves. But some experts warn that this type of “deep learning” could get a lot deeper than they like.

FTC's unrealistic Internet of Things report calls for smaller data

Facebook is trying to change the way advertisers look at social

  • Facebook is hoping its data will convince advertisers to shift more spending in its direction. Facebook is expanding its latest effort to attract advertisers: A better way to track how an ad on the site influences a customer's purchase in the real world.

Numericable-SFR oriente la fibre vers les petites entreprises

  • Sous la marque SFR, Numericable ouvre aux petites structures des services très haut débit jusqu’alors réservés aux PME et grands comptes. Un mois après avoir présenté ses offres en direction du grand public, Numericable-SFR abat ses cartes sur le marché des entreprises.