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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Here's how Evernote moved 3 petabytes of data to Google's cloud

Evernote decided last year that it wanted to move away from running its own data centers and start using the public cloud to operate its popular note taking service.

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Google Cloud Search helps enterprise users find data quickly

Google is building out its enterprise productivity features with the forthcoming launch of a service called Cloud Search that’s designed to help employees find the information they need.

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Microsoft's custom voice recognition service hits public beta

Companies building applications that leverage speech recognition have a new machine-learning based tool to improve their work. Microsoft is opening the public beta for its Custom Speech Service, the company said Tuesday.

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What's keeping enterprises from using G Suite?

While Google has spent the past year trying to woo enterprises to its G Suite productivity service, it’s still the underdog compared to Microsoft Office, at least among large businesses. So what’s keeping it from broader appeal?

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Snap is paying Google $400M a year for cloud services

Over the next five years, the company behind Snapchat will pay Google at least $2 billion in cloud bills, a filing revealed.

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AWS quarterly revenue continues to rise, but growth slows

The rocketship of cloud growth continued at the end of 2016 for Amazon Web Services. The public cloud provider announced Thursday that brought in a little more than $3.5 billion during the fourth quarter of last year, up 47 percent from the same period in 2015.

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Outlook for iOS speeds up work with third-party add ins

Users of Microsoft's Outlook app for iPhone and iPad can now get work done quicker using third-party integrations.

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Gmail will push users further away for XP and Vista

Google quietly announced Tuesday that Gmail will stop supporting older versions of its Chrome browser, in a move that will put another nail in the coffins of Windows XP and Windows Vista.

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Slack finally launches its enterprise edition

After a long wait, Slack has announced the version of its popular work chat application that is designed for enterprises. On Tuesday, the company unveiled its new Enterprise Grid product in San Francisco, which is aimed at helping companies administer and connect multiple chat instances.

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Dropbox's new collaboration and smart file-syncing features promise to boost your productivity

Dropbox just announced the general availability of its Paper document collaboration service, along with the closed beta of a Smart Sync feature that gives users easy access to every file shared with them in Dropbox.

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Cloud growth continues to boost Microsoft's financials

Microsoft’s focus on the cloud continues to pay off. The tech titan showed growth across all its cloud-based businesses during the last quarter ended Dec. 31, including Office, Dynamics and Azure.

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Cisco snatches AppDynamics from IPO market for $3.7B

Cisco has agreed to acquire AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in cash and assumed equity awards, scooping up the application performance management company just days before its expected initial public offering.

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Microsoft's OneDrive for Business gets Mac client, shared folder sync

Microsoft gave users and administrators of OneDrive for Business some new features on Tuesday that they’ve requested for a while.

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Box launches standalone Notes app to help teams collaborate

Box Notes is getting its own standalone web app and a new desktop app for Windows and Mac. It’s a new turn for the product, which allows users to collaboratively edit documents in real time.

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Microsoft expands FastTrack migration service

Microsoft is expanding the free services it offers to help enterprise customers adopt its products. The company announced Monday that its FastTrack services now encompass Dynamics 365, Windows 10 and Microsoft Teams.