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Facebook retools VR, streaming for video boom

New infrastructure, advanced encoding techniques, and machine learning will handle Facebook's massive increase in video volume

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Skype for Business is starting to get good

Recent and planned improvements will one day make the conferencing service something you want, not just get, with Office 365

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Amazon WorkMail now available for $4 per user per month

Regional data control is included in the new hosted email and calendar service for enterprises

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LibreOffice as a service offers alternative to Google Docs, Office 365

Web edition of the open source productivity suite still has a minimal feature set, but documents are editable in the desktop version LibreOffice

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2015 was a banner year for the cloud

All the leading clouds added major new capabilities as adoption ramped up -- and one major player bowed out

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Office 365 E5 ups the features -- and the price tag

Microsoft's premium productivity and collaboration suite focuses on analytics and online meetings, for those who need them

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Slack won't -- and shouldn't -- play IT's game

Slack is a powerful cloud tool that needs some fine-tuning for business adoption, but it shouldn't try to appease IT too much

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Cortana now gets business data from Microsoft's Power BI service

New integration puts business analytics at users' beck and call

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Microsoft's new premium Office 365 subscription for businesses is here

Office 365 E5 offers new features including organizational analytics and Skype for Business Cloud PBX

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Citrix spinning off GoTo collaboration business, laying off 1,000 people

The company will focus on the secure delivery of apps and data

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Office 365 December update: More security, compliance

Available in the new E5 bundle and as add-ons, here's what Advanced Threat Protection, Customer Lockbox, and Equivio Zoom e-discovery will do

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Salesforce users: Big contracts signed early may get you special discounts, but watch out after that

Be prepared for price hikes of as much as 5 percent annually when those new contracts expire, a report suggests

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Dropbox woos large businesses with new Enterprise offering

Large enterprises have a new Dropbox product tailored for them that the company unveiled at its user conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

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Google boosts its enterprise chops with Apps for Work partnerships

New group of eight recommended partners will help with identity management, telephony, and more

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Can Oracle lead in the cloud? Only if customers follow

'It's all about getting customers converted,' one analyst says of Oracle's future in the cloud

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Intel Security will discontinue McAfee SaaS products

Some products will be replaced, but admins will need to start over for setup and configuration

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Oracle's Larry Ellison unveils new services, products in cloud push

The cloud, big data, and security dominated Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld

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Microsoft expands Power BI's visualizations with help from users

Microsoft launched new capabilities for its BI service that allow users to add custom visualizations to their dashboards

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