Microsoft Office 2010: Better than Google, or just part of the cloud crowd?

Microsoft Office 2010 launches to mixed reactions; will its cloud features overpower Google Apps?

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Office 2010, complete with cloud features, launches
Microsoft has officially launched Office 2010 to mixed reactions: it had to pull its upgrade program because apparently nobody wants to buy it (Redmond had similar problems pushing Office 2007), but everybody seems anxious to see if its online, "in the cloud" features will help put the kibosh on Google's growing office productivity solutions.

Office Web Apps will be available on June 15; some online features are now, but only for "volume license customers," also known as enterprises. Microsoft currently leads the pack of hosted office productivity firms with some 40 million users, Google Apps has about 25 million, and dark horse Zoho claims around 6-7 million.

Suffice to say that Microsoft isn't exactly shaking in its boots in regards to office products, but it has a history of getting things a little bit right and making them better over time. Meanwhile, Google has a history of getting things a lot right and making them better, so that head start might not seem so great if the "Office Cloud" can't deliver.

AppDynamics Lite proving popular with competitors
AppDynamics, the maker of cloud-friendly application performance monitoring (APM) software, has released a free version of its software that will let users see and analyze application performance across the servers used by the application.

CEO Jyoti Bansal said that the aim is to allow "code-level review" of performance problems and adds that his free version basically offers all of the functionality seen in current APM software on the market, which is dominated by the likes of BMC and CA.

"They aren't going to be very happy about this," he said.

Spokesman Dan Spalding said by email that they've already had several hundred downloads, including competitors like dynaTrace, Compuware and CA, all who need to assess the threat for themselves. Competitor New Relic has already disputed the claim that AD Lite has something its own free offering, RPM Lite, doesn't. The company also noted that it has been out in the wild for substantially longer than AppDynamics.

Encoding.com now encodes a million files a month
Encoding.com, the cloud-based, Software as a Service (SaaS) powered video encoding service, has reached encoding milestones. The company, which runs on Rackspace's cloud, has surpassed five millionth encodes, along with continuing to encode one million media files per month, and its increase in customers doesn't appear to be slowing down.

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