Blair Hanley FrankU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Blair Hanley Frank is primarily focused on the public cloud, productivity and operating systems businesses for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Microsoft wants to enable cellular PCs, but will carriers bite?

Microsoft is aiming to help users stay connected by supporting the installation of programmable SIM cards in PCs and Windows tablets and letting users purchase cellular data service though the Windows Store.

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Google and Slack deepen partnership in the face of Microsoft Teams

Slack and Google have vastly deepened their partnership roughly a month after Microsoft announced its competitor to the popular enterprise chat service.

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Microsoft's LinkedIn deal clears the EU, will close in the coming days

Microsoft’s mammoth acquisition of LinkedIn has just cleared the last hurdle in front of it, paving the way for the tech titan to buy the professional social network for $26.2 billion.

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Here’s how the Windows 10 Creators Update helps businesses

Microsoft revealed features that will help IT professionals in the major Windows 10 Creators Update due in early 2017.

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Dropbox boosts mobile productivity with offline folder support

Dropbox announced Tuesday that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline.

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Microsoft's new Zo chatbot dodges politics, doesn't always make sense

On Monday, Microsoft released Zo, a chatbot that users can converse with on Kik, the popular messaging platform.

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AWS wants to dominate beyond the public cloud with Lambda updates

Two years ago, Amazon Web Services made a splash when it introduced Lambda. Now, the company has gone even further to bring that technology outside of its core data center regions.

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AWS tries to protect its customers from DDoS attacks with new service

Amazon Web Services is trying to help protect its customers with a new service aimed at mitigating DDoS impacts. It’s called Shield, and the entry-level tier is enabled by default for all web applications running on AWS, starting on Wednesday.

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Amazon will literally truck your data into its cloud

Amazon is aiming to speed up large data transfer jobs with a truck. The Snowmobile is a big, white semi trailer that can hold 100PB of data that will then get driven to an Amazon endpoint and loaded into its public cloud storage.

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Amazon accelerates and simplifies its cloud infrastructure offering

Amazon Web Services continued to push its infrastructure offering forward on Wednesday with the launch of upgrades to its existing instance types and new tools for both simplifying and accelerating computation tasks in its public cloud.

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Google gets into the low-code enterprise app development biz

Google is the latest enterprise software provider to throw its hat in the ring of low-code app development with a new service called App Maker.

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AWS launches FPGA-based cloud instances to accelerate complex applications

Amazon Web Services gave its cloud customers a set of new infrastructure capabilities aimed at making its compute offering faster, simpler and more capable of running complex applications that benefit from hardware acceleration.

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New partner programs for AWS are aimed at growing Alexa, IoT, and more

On Tuesday, the cloud provider announced a suite of updates to its partner programs at its Global Partner Summit keynote in Las Vegas on Tuesday. They’re focused on helping customers get increased use of Amazon’s cloud services, and getting partners to invest further in AWS.

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Microsoft's reported LinkedIn concessions don't amount to much

Microsoft has faced a tough battle getting its $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn approved in Europe. Now, it's reportedly suggesting a set of concessions to European regulators, but they're not exactly huge giveaways.

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AWS is cutting and simplifying its storage prices

Amazon Web Services made a series of price cuts on Tuesday and simplified what customers pay for its storage products.