Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has
announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform
dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services.
Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important
product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the
de facto commerce engine for the cloud.”
With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the
company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on
driving revenue from cloud computing.
It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based
commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given
predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud
computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity
Microsoft, if nothing else, became a problem today for Yahoo’s $350
million Zimbra acquisition and Google’s rudimentary Sites contribution
to the advance of software-as-a-service announced last week by throwing open
the more sophisticated Exchange Online and SharePoint Online to any business
anywhere that wants to use the software as a service.
Last September Microsoft started offering the hosted versions of its Exchange
Server and SharePoint Server to companies with 5,000 users or more. Now
it’s making the stuff available to Joe’s one-man shop down the
Tech Crunch got it from Extreme Tech which got it from Phoronix which got it
from a source at the big FOSDEM open source conference in Brussels that
Microsoft - which is reportedly planning to release Office for Android, a
Linux distribution, this year - is taking a "meaningful look" at releasing a
full native Linux port of Office next year. The source is presumed to be one
of Microsoft's open source developers. Most open source adherents probably
couldn't be persuaded to use Office for any amount of money, but Microsoft
supposedly thinks Linux has "commercial viability" and may ... (more)
Oracle’s 11g Database, Fusion Middleware and Enterprise Manager now support
Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
Oracle said Monday that customers can use their existing software licenses on
EC2 for no additional fees as well as a set of free Amazon Machine Images
(AMIs) to provision virtual machines with the Oracle software.
According to Oracle, developers can rapidly build applications using Oracle
tools like Application Express, JDeveloper, Enterprise Pack for Eclipse and
Workshop for WebLogic.
Oracle also said its Unbreakable Linux and Amazon Premium support is
available for... (more)
Roughly six months after Windows 8 came out at the end of October, Microsoft
Tuesday confirmed reports that it's been tinkering with the operating system
to make it more popular.
The radical redesign is supposed to have confused the buying public and
created enough of a learning curve that IDC blamed the widgetry for the
historic 14% drop in PC sales last quarter.
As a result, Microsoft has been making changes in an upgrade called Windows
Trying to deflect more negative perceptions, Tami Reller, co-captain of
Microsoft's Windows unit, told the press, "Frankly we...didn't g... (more)