The competition between Microsoft and Google is heating up. This time, the tech giants are dueling over cloud-based software tools (think calendars and online documents) and the small- and medium-sized businesses that buy them.
FORTUNE -- It may not sound quite as sexy as search, web browsers or mobile phones, but there's growing demand for moving all sorts of office applications to the cloud. That's why, Tuesday morning, Microsoft took the wraps off MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jun 28, 2011 9:59 AM ET
A company that wants to bring online storage and sharing to the masses? Hardly original, but with numbers like these, Dropbox may do just that.
The startup on every venture and angel investor's lips these days isn't a social media company or a site hawking coupons. No, the tech world is currently enamored with Dropbox, a four-year-old company that aims to bring cloud computing -- that catchall phrase corporations use MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.HP beat analyst expectations for its fourth quarter earnings, but only just slightly, with sales of $33.3 billion, up $2.5 billion compared to the same time last year. (Analysts had predicted revenue of $32.75 billion.) (internetnews) Enterprise network MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 23, 2010 6:00 AM ET
The web-based OS can still be a winner for Google if it can execute.
The word on the street today (and last week) is that Google's ChromeOS is delayed, or rather that devices running the new web-based OS aren't due until 2011. Google went on record in May saying there would be "devices" later this "fall".
"We are working on bringing the device later this fall," said Google vice-president of product management Sundar Pichai at MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 23, 2010 3:31 AM ET
Welcome to Google's Cloud Connect, Microsoft Office users.
With its purchase of DocVerse in March, Google (GOOG) obviously had the intentions of integrating Microsoft Office Applications into its Google Apps Cloud. Today, Docverse has turned into Google Cloud Connect.
With the plug-in, Office users can now simultaneously edit and store their documents in the Apps Cloud space that Google provides to businesses and schools.
Microsoft (MSFT) has similar functionality with its Live Office 2010 applications, MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 22, 2010 12:33 PM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Facebook topped expectations at their media event yesterday -- they didn't just launch an email service, but a revamped Messaging app that fuses email, SMS, IM and Facebook chat. All communications between two people, regardless of format, MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 16, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Could Tuesday be the day Apple (AAPL) lights up on its billion-dollar server farm in North Carolina, launching its entry into cloud computing? That's what the big tease that appeared on the front page of Apple.com Monday morning suggests. [UPDATE: See One more time: The Beatles on iTunes? and Behind the Beatles-iTunes deal.]
Among the threads that seem to be coming together this week:
The 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C. -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 15, 2010 11:01 AM ET
Third-party Applications, Cloud Printers and Sync Services appear to be en route for Google Docs.
The unofficial Google Operating System Blog revealed today that Google may soon be offering some new features to its Docs service. The code was uncovered in a Docs webpage and seems to indicate three new features that have long been talked about as upgrades:
Cloud printing will allow users to print to any Cloud-enabled printer in the MORESeth Weintraub - Nov 2, 2010 2:29 PM ET
One of the nice features of desktop word processing now is available in the Google Docs Cloud.
Announced last night and only working on Google (GOOG) Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers, Google Docs can now handle the easy dragging of a document from your desktop into the browser page. Little updates like this start to blur the line between desktop and cloud computing and will make it easier for people to move into MORESeth Weintraub - Oct 20, 2010 12:04 PM ET
Steve Jobs' annual music-themed event is coming a little earlier this year
Invitations to the press went out Wednesday afternoon for a special Apple (AAPL) event Sept. 1 in San Francisco. The text offered no hint of what might be in store, but there has been plenty of speculation leading up to it. Among the new products and services rumored to be on tap:
A new iPod touch, possible with a higher-res MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 25, 2010 2:11 PM ET
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