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 expands developer features for its Teams chat app

Third-party developers have new tools to play with when it comes to building integrations with Microsoft’s Teams group chat app. The company announced a pair of new developer-oriented features on Thursday, aimed at giving greater utility to services that work with Teams.

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Amazon Echo gains support for Outlook calendars

Users of Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant can now ask her questions about the contents of their Microsoft-hosted calendars. On Wednesday, the assistant gained the ability to interact with calendars from Outlook.com and Office 365, similar to how it works with Google Calendar.

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AWS Roundup: IoT buttons hit the enterprise, Directory launch and more

Amazon Web Services got off to a slow start in January, taking its time to sleep off the New Year’s festivities. But the cloud provider got up to speed by the end of the month, launching a handful of new products for its customers to work with.

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Google’s new cloud service is a unique take on a database

On Tuesday, Google launched Cloud Spanner, a new, fully managed database that’s supposed to provide the transactional consistency of a traditional database plus the scalability and performance of a NoSQL database.

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Microsoft's president wants a Geneva Convention for cyberwar

Microsoft is calling for a “Digital Geneva Convention,” as global tensions over digital attacks continue to rise.

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Amazon's new Chime video calling service takes aim at Skype and WebEx

On Monday, AWS announced the launch of Amazon Chime, a new service that’s designed to compete with the likes of WebEx, Skype for Business and GoToMeeting. It’s a powerful swing at some very entrenched enterprise software players by the public cloud provider.

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HoloLens Spectator View makes it easier to show off AR creations

Anyone who owns two HoloLenses can now offer a third-person view of augmented reality, thanks to a project that Microsoft released on Monday.

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Microsoft unveils a bonanza of security capabilities

Companies concerned about cybersecurity have a fleet of new Microsoft tools coming their way. The company announced a host of new security capabilities Friday morning as part of the run-up to the massive RSA security conference next week in San Francisco.

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Microsoft lawsuit against indefinite gag orders can proceed

Microsoft’s lawsuit against the US Department of Justice over indefinite gag orders attached to search warrants can proceed, following a federal judge’s ruling on Thursday.

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Microsoft launches new Azure intellectual property protections

Microsoft wants to help its cloud customers feel better protected from intellectual property lawsuit threats. To that end, the company is launching a new feature that’s designed to give them additional shielding.

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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.