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'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 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.

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Google acquires AWS training vendor Qwiklabs

Google announced Monday that it's acquiring Qwiklabs, a company that helps people learn how to use public cloud services to run applications without having to operate a data center.

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Azure October Roundup: Price drops, data analysis, and more

Put away the Halloween candy, and dust off your stuffed turkeys, folks. October is long gone, as are a fresh set of announcements from Microsoft about changes to its Azure cloud platform. Here's the important news you might have missed.

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Microsoft really has changed, Linux Foundation chief says

Microsoft made waves when it announced that it joined the Linux Foundation, but some are skeptical of the company's motives. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin says that this isn't a case of Microsoft trying to kill Linux, though.

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Every version of SQL Server 2016 now gets its full feature set

Microsoft packed SQL Server 2016 with new advanced features that are supposed to help it compete with a suite of other database software. But some of the most advanced capabilities in the relational database software were restricted to the most expensive Enterprise edition. That's about to change.

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The next versions of Visual Studio are here on Windows... and Mac

Microsoft's Connect developer conference kicked off Wednesday with some expected news: the next versions of the Visual Studio IDE have arrived on Windows and Mac. (Yep, you read that right.)

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Microsoft's open source love fest continues as it joins Linux Foundation

Over the past few years, Microsoft has been pushing its love of Linux and open source, and now it's joined the Linux Foundation.