Office 365 and iCloud news

Today we got 2 news about cloud computingL

The first one is that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed Office 365 will be released in June 28, this is no more bate version.

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"June 28th is the date for General Availability of Office 365! > 100,000 real customers on beta…Partners, are you ready???" Jon Roskill, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, said via Twitter.

Microsoft Office 365 for professionals and small businesses is a subscription service that combines the familiar Microsoft Office Web Apps with a set of web-enabled tools that are easy to learn and use, that work with your existing hardware, and that come backed by the robust security, reliability, and control you need to run your business.

The second is Apple revealed Apple’s cloud computing service today. They named it iCloud.

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Apple announced iCloud will replace MobileMe, ending the products lifetime and moving all services over to iCloud. It was also announced that iCloud is free of charge. The cloud based system allows users to store Music, Photos, Apps, iBooks and Contacts, as well as serving as a platform for Apple’s email servers, and calendars. Each account has 5GB of free storage.


Microsoft to buy Skype tomorrow ?

Updated:

We got a newest news: Microsoft has already done the deal, the purchase price is $8.5 billion. I think Microsoft will announce tomorrow morning  (May 10, 2011).

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We read lots of message about Microsoft is to buy out Skype today or tomorrow or soon, the price is about $7 billion or $8 billion.

A deal could be announced soon, maybe tomorrow ?

Actually, not only Microsoft is interested in Skype, but also Facebook. Don’t know why there is no news from Facebook this time.

“At a value close to $8 billion, the Skype deal would rank as the biggest acquisition in the 36-year history of Microsoft, a company that traditionally has shied away from large deals. In 2007, Microsoft paid approximately $6 billion to acquire online advertising firm aQuantive Inc. Many current and former Microsoft executives believe Microsoft significantly overpaid for that deal. But they are also relieved that Microsoft gave up on an unsolicited $48 billion offer for Yahoo Inc. nearly three years ago. Yahoo is valued at half that sum today.

From the Wall Street Journal


Microsoft will release IE 9 on March 14

Microsoft today announced it would launch Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) on Monday, March 14.

Microsoft announced the launch date on its Windows Team Blog on Wednesday. IE9 will be available for download at 9 p.m. Pacific, so for east coasters the launch date is technically March 15 at midnight.

Windows XP users will not see the IE9 RTW offer because the browser does not work on the still-dominant operating system, an omission that rivals have used to their advantage

Apple iPad 2 coming

Today, Apple iPad 2 was unveiled.

The second-generation iPad from Apple is thinner, faster, lighter, and whiter, but not a radical departure from the original. Pricing is also holding steady, starting at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model, up to 64GB with 3G (provided by AT&T or Verizon without contract) priced at $829.

See how the computer challenge human , and Won !

Here is 2 video from Youtube, about IBM supercomputer challenge human ! and It Won !

2/14/2011 – Here is Monday’s episode of Jeopardy! as we start our IBM challenge with a supercomputer codenamed, “Watson”. We have returning champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter competing against “Watson” for a $1,000,000 prize. Here is part one of day 1 of the IBM challenge. Please subscribe to the Rashad8821 channel to watch day two of the IBM challenge.

Facebook and Google want to buy Twitter around $10B

Reported by the Wall Street Journal on Thursday: Google and Facebook are trying to buy Twitter .

Twitter has continued to grow, in terms of reach, usability and social impact.

Google wants total access to Twitter’s data so it can make real-time information an integrated part of its offering and not just an add-on. Since 2009 the search giant has been indexing Twitter users’ tweets to add a real-time element to its search experience. Eighteen months on from that non-exclusive deal, Google has yet to create its own version of real-time search.

And similarly, Facebook, which was rumoured to have been interested in buying Twitter two years ago, would benefit massively from full access to Twitter’s rich data hose, in its bid to become the social web, within the web.

More detail please read here

UBB: Reverse internet billing decision

Minister says CTRC decision will be ‘studied carefully’.

“We consider this decision to be anti-competitive, because it does penalize the small internet service providers,” Marc Garneau, Liberal technology critic and MP for Westmount-Ville Marie said Monday.

“We hope that the current government will review the CRTC decision and reverse it.”

News form cbc

Canada’s Internet UBB, People Do Not Like It

For me, I can not believe Canadian Telecommunication Commission can make this kind of decision, A advanced country can make a “backward” rule. At least, all of the people which I know do not like it, some people say it is very stuxxd .

OK, let us get to know what the UBB is first:

Background:

Usage-based billing (UBB): words that can elicit strong emotions, especially from heavy users of the internet who signed up for unlimited plans with some of the smaller players on the market. These smaller players built their business model around offering unlimited internet access plans at lower prices than the big carriers like Bell, Rogers and Telus. Companies like Teksavvy and MTS Allstream rent internet access from Bell and then resell it to consumers or businesses at a discount.

On May 6, 2010, the CRTC approved an application from Bell Canada to bill internet customers, both retail and wholesale, based on how much they download each month.

On Jan. 25, 2011, the CRTC ruled that Bell had to offer its wholesale customers a 15 per cent discount off the usage-based billing rates it charged its retail customers.
 (from CBC news: Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2011/01/31/f-faq-usage-based-billing.html#ixzz1CgVaT17l)

Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-44

Usage-based billing for Gateway Access Services and third-party Internet access services

In this decision, the Commission determines that usage-based billing rates for an incumbent telephone carrier’s wholesale residential Gateway Access Services or equivalent services, and for an incumbent cable carrier’s third-party Internet access services, are to be established at a discount of 15 percent from the carrier’s comparable usage-based billing rates for its retail Internet services.

Implementation

15.  CNOC requested a minimum period of 90 days for implementation. The Bell companies submitted that implementation of the determinations in this decision must not delay the implementation of wholesale UBB rates as set out in Telecom Decision 2010-802. The Bell companies also submitted that they would require 60 days from the date of this decision to implement any required changes to their billing systems.
16.  The Commission notes that wholesale UBB rates were approved for the Bell companies in Telecom Decision 2010-255, which was issued on 6 May 2010. The Commission considers that wholesale UBB rates for GAS should be implemented by the Bell companies without undue delay. The Commission considers that the Bell companies’ proposed period for the implementation of discounted wholesale UBB rates is unduly long.
17.  Accordingly, the Commission directs the Bell companies, as well as cable carriers with tariffed UBB rates for TPIA services, to implement discounted wholesale UBB rates on the basis set out in this decision, by 1 March 2011. The Commission further directs carriers whose wholesale tariffs contain UBB rates to issue revised tariffs reflecting the determinations in this decision, by 1 March 2011.

People fight:

Many internet users want to fight with this rule, Here some links which you might want to see:

1: Stop The Meter On Your Internet Use

2: http://forums.redflagdeals.com/crtc-decision-ubb-996533/

3: Youtube: stop the meter