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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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SourceForge: Let's hold hands in a post-CodePlex world

SourceForge wants tighter ties with other code repositories following Microsoft’s decision to shutter CodePlex. President Logan Abbott has said he’ll seek tighter integration between SourceForge’s tools and those of others – including giant rival GitHub. Abbot was speaking after Microsoft announced the closure of its open- …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Apr 2017
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Microsoft plans summer CRM war opener against Salesforce

Microsoft will this summer start mining LinkedIn as a CRM database using Dynamics 365 in a bid to challenge Salesforce. Microsoft Relationship Sales Solution will be available from 1 July and combine Dynamics 365 for Sales and LinkedIn's Sales Navigator Team Edition. Prices start at a $135 per month, although if you purchase …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
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Colliders, containers, dark matter: The CERN atom smasher's careful cloud revolution

CERN made headlines with the discovery by physicists in 2012 of the Higgs boson, paving the way to a breakthrough in our understanding of how fundamental particles interact. Central to this was the Large Hadron Collider – a 26km ring of interconnected magnets chilled to -271.3C straddling the Franco-Swiss border. The LHC is …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

Development of OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source variant of Solaris – is being killed after five years of work. Active development of OmniOS by OmniTI is being suspended, we're told, with its current beta being the final release. OmniOS is a distribution of Illumos, which is derived from OpenSolaris, Sun's open-source flavor …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2017
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The pain in your chest? That'll be Big Tech's AI arrow of love

If you couldn't feel the love this week, you're lacking a heart. Tech firms threw AI code and services at devs in a further attempt to secede and ultimately tie them into their respective ways of talking to machines. Facebook open-sourced its Caffe2 deep-learning framework – open-sourcing of code being a proven way in tech of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2017
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Mozilla abandons experimental Aurora Firefox channel

Mozilla is killing the channel it introduced for developers to test experimental new features in Firefox and keep pace with Chrome. The Aurora channel will stop receiving new code releases from 18 April, Mozilla has said. New code will revert to the established Firefox Nightly builds from where it will land in beta builds of …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2017

Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

Microsoft has started offering substantial Windows Server licence discounts as an incentive to embrace its cloud. Redmond has rolled out its Azure Hybrid Use Benefits scheme, which it says can cut up to 40 per cent off the price of Windows Server virtual instances on Azure. Azure Hybrid Use Benefit covers two-processor and 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2017
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BlackBerry wins $814m Qualcomm patent-cap arbitration

BlackBerry has been awarded $814m in a patent arbitration action against Qualcomm. Arbitration was sought on the subject of whether a Qualcomm royalty cap program applied to BlackBerry's non-refundable payments of royalties on a number of devices that were sold between 2010 and 2015. According to Qualcomm, the cap was …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2017
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Staff, projects shed as Ubuntu maker Canonical tries to lure investors

Exclusive Canonical, the maker of Linux distro Ubuntu, is axing staff and closing projects under a sudden commercial get-fit regime. On Wednesday, we reported Ubuntu is killing off its never-delivered Unity 8 technology and switching back to GNOME for its desktop user interface. Today, The Reg has learned that Canonical has axed more …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Apr 2017
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Adieu pour toujours! VMware flogs vCloud Air hosting biz to OVH

VMware is selling its core infrastructure-as-a-service hosting business vCloud Air to OVH, the French cloud computing company. Financial terms of the sale, which is due to close in the second calendar quarter, were not revealed. Announcing the deal on Tuesday, Pat Gelsinger, VMware chief executive officer, called its sale “ …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2017
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AWS plants fresh roots in green-leaning Sweden

Amazon will expand the data centre footprint of AWS with the opening of a region in Sweden next year. The giant announced on Tuesday plans for an AWS EU Stockholm region comprised of three availability zones. The Stockholm region will be AWS's fourth EU region, following London, which opened at the end of 2016, Frankfurt and …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Apr 2017
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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

Google's Android has overtaken Windows to become the world's first-choice platform for accessing the internet, according to number cruncher StatCounter. Android pipped Windows by 0.02 of a percentage point to snatch the title of most popular operating system by internet user, StatCounter said. Android claimed 37.93 per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Apr 2017
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Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

Microsoft has announced a "significant" step in Excel for Office 365 users on PCs. Users of the giant's trademark Excel spreadsheet package can now work on a document at the same time as colleagues. It means you can jointly edit Excel documents stored on SharePoint Online, OneDrive or OneDrive for Business rather than fields …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Mar 2017
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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business. One-third of what Red Hat called its largest deals in the three months to February 28 contained an OpenStack private cloud component. More than a third involved Red Hat’s Ansible …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2017
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Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in

Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX. The software giant is adding a feature called Auto Attendant for automated answering and call routing, and Call Queues to route calls to the next available attendant. Also announced was Skype for Business Call Analytics, a dashboard designed to let those running the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Mar 2017
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Capacity shortage hits AWS UK micro instances

Amazon's brand-new UK T2 micro instances reached saturation point on Friday, with users being told the AWS service had run out of local capacity. Customers were informed that T2 micro instances were running short of rack space in the EU West 2a availability zone in the morning. The AWS zone is in London and opened in December …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2017
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Yahoo!'s big, fat clustered Google Machine Learning wedding

Analysis Yahoo! last month married clustered compute to Google’s machine learning. The firm’s engineers released TensorFlowOnSpark (TFoS), getting the Google Brain Team’s machine-learning framework up and running on Spark and Hadoop clusters. Spark is the open-source cluster framework overseen by Apache and employed by Yahoo!, Netflix …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2017
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Sage loses 'trail-blazing' executive after less than six months

British software giant Sage has lost a “trail-blazing” executive brought in to help oversee the transition to cloud from on-prem after less than six months. Operations veteran Jacqueline de Rojas was named executive vice president for Northern Europe in September 2016, in a newly extended role. Sage chief executive Stephen …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2017
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Microsoft IE11 update foxes Telerik dialogue boxes

Microsoft’s March Windows 10 Update has claimed a new victim: Windows dialogue boxes built using Telerik objects. Telerik has received “numerous reports” of Microsoft’s IE update breaking RadWindow and RadListBox, according to an email to users seen by The Reg. This followed the release by Microsoft of its March update last …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Mar 2017
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Open wide, Node.js! NodeSource will certify you now

NodeSource has offered to clean up Node.JS with a program certifying modules as “safe.” The three-year-old company Thursday announced the release of NodeSource Certified Modules, which it promised would deliver “rigorous analysis” of 400,000 modules using a certification algorithm from proprietary code. Certified Modules will …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Mar 2017
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Alexa: How do I get free AWS? Simples: Build more of ME!

Amazon is throwing free cloud credits at developers building apps for Alexa hosted on AWS. The cloud giant will give aspiring AI devs $200 worth of credit in an apparent response to the fact devs were hitting its existing free service too hard. The AWS Free Tier had dished out one million AWS Lambda requests and up to 750 …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2017
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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

Canonical is extending the deadline for security updates for paying users of its five-year-old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – a first. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will become the first Long Term Support release of Canonical’s Linux to get Extended Security Maintenance (ESM). There are six LTS editions. All others have been end-of-lifed – and given …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2017
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Google Cloud to offer support as a service: Is accidental IT provider the new Microsoft?

“We don’t use Google,” the CIO of a fairly major enterprise with a very recognizable brand told me some time ago. He runs the cloud component of his corporate IT on AWS and Microsoft’s Azure. “If there’s a problem, I don’t want to be on the phone to California and told everybody’s in a meeting.” Google is not a new tech firm …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Mar 2017
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If Salesforce is jumping on the AI bandwagon, IBM's Watson is giving it the final shove onboard

A partnership between IBM and Salesforce involving the namesakes of business and science heroes: Watson and Einstein. It must have sounded like a genius move in the PR brainstorming session. IBM’s data-processing system Watson is named after Thomas J Watson, the chairman and chief executive of Big Blue back in the day. …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Mar 2017

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