Microsoft just made a key hire that could help it re-energize its online mapping services. Raj Shah, who was previously heading up Google’s worldwide maps operations as the Engineering Director for Maps, will join Microsoft’s Online Services Division where he will likely work on Bing Maps and its related products.
According to market intelligence firm iHS iSuppli, the market for paid and free cloud storage services continues to grow rapidly and the total number of Internet users who use paid and free cloud storage services is currently around 375 million.
Freelancer.com announced today that it has filed for its initial public offering on the Australian Securities Exchange. The company aims to raise $15 million AUD (about $14.2 million USD). Thirty million new shares will be offered to the public at $0.50 AUD per share. Its IPO values the online services marketplace at $218 million AUD (about $206 million USD).
Over 22 million students currently use Microsoft’s Office 365 for Education online services, but today, the company is also announcing a new version of Office 365 for students whose schools don’t use Microsoft’s online productivity suite.
Skype alternative FriendCaller says it has doubled the number of users it has worldwide to 10 million in less than a year (perspective: at the time of Skype’s acquisition by Microsoft last year it had 663 million global users).
Microsoft has announced Office 2013 and Office 365 pricing. Short term, customers could wind up confused between Microsoft’s new desktop and cloud services, The VAR Guy believes. But take a long-term view and you’ll see all Microsoft roads ultimately lead to Office 365. Here’s why.
Office 2013 is the successor to Office 2010.
Microsoft announced that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far. This is the first update the company has given since it announced that it had sold 4 million upgrades over the first weekend after Windows 8 went on sale earlier this month.