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November 3, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Microsoft news roundup: Salesforce beats the cloud drum; GOOG-YHOO revamp search ad deal, while Icahn says a Microsoft search deal still makes sense; MSN vet goes to Yahoo, the software as a service company that loves to put Microsoft’s business model in its cross hairs, today announced a Web hosting service for enterprise clients called Sites. It was one of several Salesforce announcements Monday, including partnerships with and Facebook, all of which elevate the company’s cloud computing offerings as competition for these services continues to intensify. (See Microsoft’s cloud platform expansion from last week.) Here’s coverage from Reuters.


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November 2, 2008 at 3:59 PM CEO Mark Benioff says his company is ahead of Microsoft on cloud computing

The San Francisco Chronicle published an interesting interview with CEO Mark Benioff on Sunday. When asked about Microsoft’s cloud computing efforts and its new Windows Azure platform, detailed last week, Benioff did not seem threatened. (It doesn’t appear if they asked him for his reaction to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plans to declare Monday, Nov. 2, “Microsoft Innovation Day” in the city. That also happens to be the first day of Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference.)

Here’s an excerpt from the Chronicle’s interview with one of the early proponents of “software as a service” and cloud computing:


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