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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 applications.... (more)

Microsoft Broadens its SaaS Push

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 s... (more)

Microsoft Supposedly Thinking of Office for Linux

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 Supports Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud

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)

Microsoft Blue over Windows 8, Retooling Underway

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 Blue. Trying to deflect more negative perceptions, Tami Reller, co-captain of Microsoft's Windows unit, told the press, "Frankly we...didn't g... (more)