Microsoft Lands Huge NYC Cloud Computing Deal

The most populous city in America has decided to turn for Microsoft for a cloud computing solution.  New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met in person to announce a partnership-in-the-making earlier today.

Microsoft Unveils Office 365 Cloud Suite

Microsoft has unveiled Office 365, a new cloud-based service that brings together Office, SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync for organizations. The company is opening a limited beta program for it in 13 countries and regions.  

Google Search Appliance Connects To Cloud

The odd-looking yellow box that Google markets as the Google Search Appliance is now better than ever.  Google’s announced several new features, including improved cloud connectivity and a people search option.

Cloud Connect is definitely the main attraction here.  It introduces the ability to search content stored within Google Docs and Google Sites, along with Twitter and other sites.

Google Counts 10 Million Apps For Education Users

Google Apps for Education has really, really caught on.  Whether or not you noticed, Google’s been making an announcement here and an announcement there for quite some time, and today, the company acknowledged that all those deals have added up to the tune of about 10 million users.

A Cloud of Missed Opportunities

Cloud computing is responsible for a large amount of untapped marketing opportunities for businesses of all sizes. We tend to think about enterprise level businesses when we think of cloud infrastructures and implementations, but in reality, small businesses have just as much reason to turn to the cloud than the big companies, if not more. 

Gates Foundation Puts $20 Million Into Education Technology

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said today it is putting $20 million into funding an online education and technology initiative to increase college graduation rates in the U.S.

Google Tests Self-Driving Cars

Thanks – or perhaps just due to – Google, the era of the autonomous car may be approaching.  This weekend, the company announced that it’s been developing self-driving vehicles, and the experiment has already achieved results that imply success.

New York State Educational System Goes Google

New York is America’s fifth-largest state by population, and soon enough, most or all of the individuals who attend school there will be put in touch with Google.  Google announced this morning that Google Apps has secured New York state as another partner.

This is a big, big step for Google.  Previous arrangements concerning Google Apps and school systems only involved Oregon (the 27th-largest state by population), Iowa (30th), Colorado (22nd), and Maryland (19th), introducing a total of about eight million students and teachers to Google Apps to date.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Announces Startup:Education

As noted earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is donating $100 million to public schools, starting in Newark, New Jersey. He’s set up a foundation called Startup:Education. 

Google: 3 Million Businesses Have “Gone Google”

Google announced today that over 3 million businesses have "gone Google", meaning they’ve switched to Google Apps. in addition to that, Google says over 30 million individual users within businesses, schools, and organizations are using the company’s messaging and collaboration tools.