A cloud of common sense just landed on Google, and instead of offering users separate storage caps for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos, the sultan of search has decided to offer up 15GB of unified storage for free. In doing so, users are in complete control of how much each of Google's cloud services can hold, which is particularly great if you're deeply invested in Drive and/or Google+ Photos, two services that were previously limited to 5GB combined.
It's the cloud or bust for Adobe and its customers.
Can you feel the ground shaking? That's just Adobe, which today made an earth-rattling announcement regarding its plans to go all-in with the cloud. Adobe Creative Cloud is the company's new flagship offering, a re-imagining of the Creative Suite, if you will, which will no longer see new releases (so no Creative Suite 7, which many anticipated would be announced today) but will continue to be supported.
A free online scanner just got faster and lighter.
Security outfit F-Secure says it completely rebuilt its Online Scanner tool to run faster, lighter, and more capable than before. One of the biggest additions to the revamped scanner is that it now hunts for rootkits, those nasty bits of code that burrow deep down and sometimes boot before the operating sytem, making them extremely difficult to detect and remove. F-Secure also focused on downsizing the tool's footprint, which now checks in at 5MB.
Starting today, students with a qualifying email address can try Office 365 for half a year.
Between books, tuition, and booze, going to college is an expensive proposition. It's understandable, then, if students aren't particularly anxious to sign up for a monthly subscription fee for Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity suite, but when you start throwing around the world "free," it's a good way to get their attention. And so it goes, Microsoft today is offering to let students with a qualifying .edu email address try out Office 365 for an entire semester.
Office 365 ushers in an era of subscription billing.
After months of beta testing, Microsoft on Tuesday announced the worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium. It's a departure from previous versions of Office, and while Microsoft likes to refer to Windows 8 as a reimagining of Windows, Office 365 is a "reinvention" of Redmond's popular Office product line for consumers. Unlike previous versions, Office 365 is a cloud-service.
Cross-platform support for AcerCloud means you can move files seamlessly between PC and mobile.
Acer on Monday announced cross-platform support for AcerCloud, the company's cloud-based file sharing and media management service that's free to use. Up to this point, AcerCloud only supported Windows-based PCs, but it now adds Android and iOS to the fold, giving users an easy way to move and manage files on multiple platforms via Wi-Fi or cellular.
Google has introduced a new thin and light Chromebook model at a price point that may finally attract an audience outside of curious geeks with a bit of extra disposable income. The new Chromebook is priced at $249 (or $329 with 3G), and while you can argue that's what previous models should have been selling for all along (and we'd agree with that), it's not too late to make a splash, especially now that netbooks are nearly extinct and with Ultrabooks hovering at price points three and four times as high.
It wasn't too terribly long ago that "cloud computing" was a loosey-goosey marketing term being thrown around by anyone and everyone in the software space. And now? There's been a marked shift towards cloud-based services, which is a market that research firm Gartner predicts will grow 19.6 percent to $109 billion by the end of 2012.
We finally have some pricing details to share regarding Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 platform. In a recent blog post, the software giant laid out the details for both consumers and businesses. On the consumer side, an Office 365 Premium subscription will start at $8.33 per month, billed annually at $99.99, which covers up to five users. It will be available in both physical and online stores across 227 markets worldwide, Microsoft says. There will also be a free 30-day trial available.
IBM's newest mainframe server, the zEnterprise EC12, is purportedly the most powerful and technologically advanced enterprise system Big Blue has ever assembled. It sports the world's fastest processor, a six-core 32nm part running at 5.5GHz, that offers 25 percent more performance per core than the 45nm quad-core chip used in the previous generation zEnterprise 196. According to IBM, zEC12 is the result of an investment of more than $1 billion in research and development.