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Office for iPhone is a belated, ambivalent move, analysts say

Microsoft's release of an Office suite for the iPhone is too little, too late and yet another timid move aimed at protecting Windows 8 sales at the expense of customer demand for a product like this one for iPads, according to analysts.

Office Mobile for iPhone: What's really at stake for Microsoft and Apple?

Putting a cut-down version of Microsoft Office onto the iPhone won't change the world. But if more data passes back and forth between formerly incompatible platforms, what's not to love?

Software AG buys complex-event processing technology from Progress

Software AG is building out its portfolio of CEP (complex-event processing) software with the acquisition of Apama from Progress Software, in the second CEP-related deal this week. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed.

SAP at work on Sentinel, an 'Amazon for Stocks'

SAP is at work on a new product called Sentinel that is supposed to be "nothing less than the Amazon for Stocks and the Facebook for Investors," according to a job posting associated with the project.

Gartner: BI software market growth rate slowed in 2012

The BI (business intelligence) software market cooled off a bit in 2012 after "a few historic banner years" of spending growth, due to difficult economic conditions and even confusion over industry buzzwords such as "big data," according to a report from analyst firm Gartner.

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SQL Server 2014 hastens transaction processing

The next version of Microsoft's relational database management system (RDMS) promises to bring immense performance gains to online transactional processing systems.

Need cash? Then you'll need ID at Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox

Mt. Gox is requiring all users to verify their accounts in order to make non-bitcoin currency deposits and withdrawals, less than a week after U.S. authorities said they shut down online payment processor Liberty Reserve for alleged money laundering.

Google Sync quietly launches support for Office 2013 - but it doesn't work

Windows tablet users who work with Google Apps have hoped that Google Sync could bridge the two. Unfortunately, Google's effort has fallen short.

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Microsoft signs up 1 million Office 365 home subscribers

Over 1 million subscribers have signed up for Office 365 Home Premium, Microsoft says.

Smacking SharePoint into shape

More than half of all SharePoint shops have had to add functionality to the core software, which came as a surprise to a number of them. Here's what they're doing.

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In-app payments coming for Chrome Packaged Apps

Chrome is about to support in-app payments for Chrome Packaged Apps thanks to the newly embeddable Chrome Wallet app. The process is currently only open to developers.

PayPal denies teenager reward for finding website bug

A 17-year-old German student contends PayPal has denied him a reward for finding a vulnerability in its website.

Best free stuff, 2013 edition: The productive businessperson

Here are the 12 best free tools for the productive businessperson.