It turns out that most IT departments no longer want to buy, install, and run software on their own servers, and the ancillary benefits of the cloud -- like easier mobile access for workforces that combine full-time employees and contractors -- seal the deal.
Hey look, people are actually waiting in lines for Windows 8 and Surface
It looks like Microsoft may have a hit on its hands with Windows 8 and the Surface RT tablet. This video shows about 100 people cheering when the Microsoft Store in Boston opened, and IDG reporter Martyn Williams reported the same outside the store in Palo Alto, Calif. -- right in the heart of Silicon Valley (see picture below). That said, Microsoft was giving out $100 Xbox Music vouchers to the first 100 people in each line, so that might have juiced the crowds a little bit.
Adding to a string of announcements aimed at making its service more appealing to businesses, Dropbox this morning said that Dell will start selling the service to its customers.
The battle over which platform delivers the best location and context services to mobile users is already underway with Google in the lead, but Apple's purchase of mapping startups and social analytics firm Topsy, combined with its Bluetooth-based iBeacons could give Apple a strong chance.
Box is experiencing some good times these days with new features, new funding and a high profile CEO, but Box has to be careful as it grows to say true to its root and not fall into the trap becoming just another enterprise software company.