Personal Cloud Computing Services Market Will Be Worth $12 Billion in Five Years

Apple is about to lead the development of a brand new industry if a new Forrester Research report is correct. After evaluating the new Apple iCloud service and its history with MobileMe, the analysts conclude that paying subscribers will flock to personal clouds A key factor driving the shift is the state of the personal […]

Microsoft moving 1,600 USDA email accounts to the cloud every day

The federal government is well into its plan to move a significant percent of its IT onto cloud servers. The Washington Post has an update and it reports Microsoft is deep into the process of moving the Agriculture Department’s email system with 17,000 accounts moved already and over 100,000 scheduled to be moved before the […]

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Google buys SaaS tool for managing Microsoft software

This deal is just as much about hurting Microsoft as it is about competing in the SaaS field. For $25 million, Google is acquiring DocVerse, a startup that offers a free tool for storing Office documents in a cloud. DocVerse’s free plugin is actually a way to get more from Office. It is a plug-in […]

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Microsoft gives NSF projects a free pass

Hoping to gain a toehold in the government’s move toward cloud computing, Microsoft has presented the National Science Foundation (NSF) with an offer that is difficult to refuse: any project approved by the NSF can run on Windows Azure at no charge. The NSF has already gained access to cloud-based software services from Google and […]

Chinese hack into Google mail may be a flaw in Microsoft browser, not cloud defences

When Google warned that it might not be able to provide secure email within China, a number of people considered it an indictment of the cloud computing model. However, it now appears that the security hole is in Microsoft’s IE browser, not Google’s security layer. The WindowsSecrets tip site has the story on this Internet […]

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New page on cloud computing stocks

In recent months, a number of technology companies have seen their share prices rise on positive news about cloud computing initiatives. To keep up, I’ve compiled a list of publicly traded companies with a significant cloud business. I’m not going to include every company that has made a cloud announcement. If their new initiatives turn […]

Comparing Google’s Chrome OS and Jolicloud on a netbook

Datamation takes a look at two new desktops being designed for the ultra-light world of the netbook, where all data and most apps are stored on a remote server. Neither one of these software platforms are final but both are available for test drives and that is the spirit in which Bruce Byfield looks at […]

Six cloud computing stocks to watch. Maybe seven?

Ed Moltzen is not a professional stock picker. He is a technology analyst, blogger and manager of product testing for Computer Reseller News (published by United Business Media). So if he picks a basket of cloud computing stocks, you can expect that the companies are strong technically. For financial fundamentals, you’ll need to do your […]

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Move to cloud technology faster than Microsoft exepcted

“People are embracing cloud computing faster than we anticipated,” Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division, told a Dow Jones reporter yesterday. He pointed to growth in hosted email as an example of the shift he is seeing. Elod said Microsoft is responding by cutting prices Last week, the price of Exchange Online was […]

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Los Angeles city council OKs move to Google apps

Los Angeles city workers will be moving their email and calendars into Google’s cloud environment after all. The city council voted to approve their CTO’s plan to switch 30,000 workers from Microsoft Outlook to Google Apps. The plan was challenged by a consumer watchdog who questioned whether cloud computing was reliable and secure, citing the […]

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