Microsoft takes a swing at Google
Microsoft vice president and (apparently) enterprise-grade bear poker Kurt DelBene has called Google's online office productivity tools small potatoes, saying that Google's cloud-based approach was "confusing and [not] focused on the key [user] scenarios" and adding that Microsoft will basically own the entire online office space at some point in the near future.
DelBene said that Google's approach of trimming tools down to core functionality would be left in the dust by Microsoft, which apparently plans to drag the entire feature set of Office into the cloud and continue to pitch Exchange and Office 2010.
Cloud computing to hit $222.5 billion by 2015?
Global Industry Analysts, an 800-man international research firm, will awaken new hope into the hearts of weary cloud pitchmen and boosters who see the magic fairy dust wearing off of cloud computing. GIA announced that the cloud market, which it says is comprised of application services, business process services and infrastructure services, will hit 222.5 billion by 2015.
Some of the companies profiled as major players in cloud include Dell, Novell and Oracle…so there you are. Rosy days appear to be ahead for those worried that cloud was peaking in the hype cycle and due for the "trough of disillusionment." It'll also be a wake-up call for those sticks in the mud at IDC who somehow believe that cloud spending will be a paltry $70 million in 2015.
Readers can do their part for cloud markets by purchasing GIA's report online, delivered from the cloud, for only $4,400.
Google wants your rights -- online
Google has announced that it, like Microsoft and other cloud providers, wants digital due process or search warrants before the police can search your e-stuff and take you down. Currently, they don't even need to tell you if they're reading your text messages and emails during an arrest or investigation. Sleep tight…