Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is revved up about cloud-based software. But not for Photoshopping or watching DVR, like in his commercials. He's aiming at enterprise, and taking on two heavy hitters in CRM.
On Thursday morning Ballmer introduced a new upgrade to Microsoft (MSFT) Dynamics CRM, a tool businesses use to manage client relationships. The latest version touts a handful of upgrades (like improved integration with other Microsoft products). But more MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jan 21, 2011 12:31 PM ET
The chipmaker wants to standardize online computing. Will the rest of the industry get on board?
Can Intel do for cloud computing what it did for Wi-Fi? The chip company helped usher in ubiquitous wireless broadband seven years ago when it introduced its Centrino wireless platform for laptop computers and then teamed up with PC makers and hot spot operators such as Borders (BGP) and Hilton to evangelize Wi-Fi to consumers. MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jan 12, 2011 5:00 AM ET
At Dreamforce, cloud-guru Marc Benioff converts Salesforce.com's most successful product -- social collaboration tool Chatter -- from paid to free.
Marc Benioff wants to make enterprise software more like Facebook—social, viral and mobile. It's all part of the Salesforce.com CEO's master plan to extend beyond his core customer base, sales professionals.
That's why Salesforce.com (CRM) is launching a free version of Chatter, its social collaboration tool for enterprises. Benioff announced the new MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Dec 8, 2010 1:01 PM ET
Salesforce.com's Marc Benioff shows that he knows how to work a room, at Larry Ellison's expense.
I'm convinced that the ability to promote one's self or one's company is an innate rather than a learned trait. That doesn't mean someone can't try. But they'll never be as good as the born showman, like, for example, the chief executive of Salesforce.com (CRM), Marc Benioff. (To many, he's still The Big Benioff, as MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Nov 24, 2010 9:22 AM ET
A round-up of the companies, deals, and trends that made headlines.
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.
"In my opinion, your motives are driven by self-serving factors around ego satisfaction and 'making a buck.'" -- Angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 27, 2010 7:00 AM ET
Thousands of websites and millions of pieces of private data are increasingly in one big cloud, where some of the old rules of data security are out the window.
With the rise of cloud computing companies, and the ferocity with which tech's biggest companies are snatching those firms up, it's no secret that a good chunk of our user data is already stored in the cloud. Our emails, our documents, our MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 24, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Weighing the odds on how that $70 billion will be spent.
Since Oracle (ORCL) co-President Charles Phillips said in July that the company could spend $70 billion in acquisitions in the next five years -- a statement the company retracted the following day -- I've been curious to see some insightful speculation on what Oracle would buy. One investor I spoke to believes that Oracle looked at 3Par (PAR), which Hewlett-Packard MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Sep 3, 2010 8:00 AM ET
As apps migrate to the Net, the software giant's old model looks older every day.
By Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO salesforce.com
I have been waiting for something spectacular to happen any day. And it's not the explosion of another volcano in Iceland, but it will be a global event with far reaching ramifications that will be as well known. Apple's market capitalization is about to be worth more than Microsoft's. That MOREApr 29, 2010 3:00 AM ET
Dave Duffield is back in a cubicle after building PeopleSoft into a giant, then losing it in a brutal takeover battle with Larry Ellison. How at 70 he's planning his return -- and his IPO.
David Duffield has earned a comfortable retirement; over the course of his nearly 70 years he's started several companies, helped define today's business software market, and become a billionaire. But you won't find him MOREJon Fortt - Apr 6, 2010 7:00 AM ET
CEO Benioff goes from "cloud" to crowd.
Marc Benioff, the man who invented cloud computing at least as much as Al Gore invented the Internet, is pushing a new idea. It's called Chatter, a mashup of Facebook and Twitter for the workplace that his company, Salesforce.com (CRM), plans to begin selling next year.
Salesforce.com's main product is something most worker bees will never see. It's an online tool that salespeople use to MOREAdam Lashinsky, Sr. Editor at Large - Dec 3, 2009 8:02 AM ET
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