Two news stories today add texture to the comparison I published last week of five vendors that are.
First there's the news that Microsoft I first suggested it almost five years ago., to be . In its new guise, Microsoft's consumer email service has strong ties into its Office suite and SkyDrive file storage, plus a roadmap to build in Skype video calls. Microsoft has needed to bring Hotmail into the Outlook fold for some time to help it defend its ground against Gmail and Google Apps. The other consequence I'd expect of the rebranding would be an ability for an enterprise to provision Outlook.com accounts alongside an Exchange implementation for users that don't need a full Exchange email account. This too is long overdue —
The second piece of news is a enterprise software pivoting to new stacks. Lead investor this time round with a $100 million slug is General Atlantic, which earlier this year put down a smaller but still significant bet on cloud integrator Appirio. Giant-slaying is the common theme of both investments.for pureplay cloud files platform Box, taking its total funding so far to $285 million (and to a valuation estimated well above $1 billion). It's barely nine months since Box raised an $81 million round, which at the time seemed part of a trend of