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Google releases Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

Google Cloud Connect, Google's plugin that integrates Google Docs and Microsoft Office apps, launched last November for a limited number of users. Now, Cloud Connect is ready for prime time, and the plug-in is available to everyone. Cloud Connect allows you to save your Office documents to the cloud, edit them in Google Docs, and sync the changes back to your desktop. It doesn't replace Office...

Microsoft's Azure cloud platform hits 31,000 customers on one-year anniversary

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud computing platform is now one year old, and the Redmond company has announced that there are now more than 31,000 customers utilizing the platform. While that means growth slowed somewhat from Azure's first six months -- when some 20,000 signed on -- the 55% increase is still quite impressive. After an initial inrush of early adopters and startups, Microsoft is...

Vid.ly offers cloud-powered universal video transcoding for free

Vid.ly, a one-stop shop for uploading, transcoding and sharing video content for all screen-sizes and devices, has just come online. You'll need a beta key to sign up, which you can freely obtain from Mashable, TechCrunch or hacks.mozilla.org. In essence, Vid.ly simply lets you upload a raw movie, and await an email notification to tell you that the upload and transcode has been completed. You...

First look at Google Chrome OS: 'Nothing but the Web'

The rumors are true: Google's big Chrome event today was all about Chrome OS. As expected, Chrome OS is a "nothing but the web" operating system that runs entirely on web apps, with the Chrome browser at the center of the experience. Google walked through the whole Chrome OS user experience at the event, and it really looks like a solid choice for everyday users who just want to browse, share,...

Google now monitoring Earth's environment with Google Earth Engine

Google is now using its Google Earth technology, including satellite imagery and historical data, to help scientists monitor changes in the Earth's environment. Google Earth Engine, now in Google Labs, combines Google Earth's data and Google's cloud computing infrastructure into a powerful environmental analysis package. Google Earth Engine can be used to measure all kinds of data about the...

Six infographics that illustrate the growth and power of cloud computing

Judging by these six infographics (shown after the break), we really ought to start covering more cloud computing news here on Download Squad. The IT world is converting -- at a break-neck pace -- to virtualized infrastructure. Given that cloud solutions are cheaper, faster and more secure than their desktop counterparts, it's not really a surprise. Three of the Internet's largest hitters are...

Microsoft will close Live Mesh and Windows Live Sync next year -- Windows Live Mesh 2011 is the future

Microsoft has informed the users of its beta Live Mesh sync platform that the service is no longer accepting sign-ups and will stop functioning altogether on March 31, 2011. Also, those who want to download Windows Live Sync are being told that this software is no longer available and already installed instances of it will stop synchronizing folders in early 2011. Windows Live Mesh 2011 builds...

GoogleCL: Your command line might get more love now

With all of the projects that Google's been working on lately, it's easy to forget that not everything has to have a glossy UI to function well. Sometimes a service can function more efficiently with the entire visual element stripped from it, and that's exactly what Google's allowed the geeks among us to do. Users can now interact with several of the most popular Google services via command...

Larry Ellison does near-standup comic rif on cloud computing

I've come out pretty strong against the fad of "cloud computing", which has spent the better part of the last year at the top of my most-hated buzzword list. In private, I've even been known to threaten that the next PR person to send me a release using the word "cloud" was going to get it, right between the Prada frames. So, imagine my glee while watching one of my heroes -- Oracle's chief...

U.S. government jumps for cloud computing in a big way

The federal government -- alongside everyone else with web access and a pulse -- seems to have taken a sudden interest in adopting cloud computing technologies. Late yesterday saw the launch of Apps.Gov, an internet portal built to allow government organizations quick and painless access to purchasing cloud services for their operations. Partnering with companies like Google, VMware, and...

Washington state Rep. says no to data center, suggests Amazon S3

A $300 Million dollar data center project to house IT operations for the state of Washington has come under fire by two state legislators as half-baked, inefficient and unsound. What's the alternative? Why, putting all of the state's data center operations "in the cloud", of course! Cue: Circus music, dancing children and an end to all of humanity's ills This is the part where the Big Brain...