Rivals Microsoft and Sony Strike Pact for Gaming, Cloud Services

Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., bitter rivals in the game console market, are exploring partnerships in cloud-computing and artificial intelligence, including the use of Microsoft’s Azure for their own video and content-streaming services. By working together, the two companies aim to provide more enhanced entertainment experiences for their customers worldwide, including building better platforms for […]

Eye on A.I.— Facebook and Google’s Fierce and Nerdy Rivalry Over A.I. Software

Facebook and Google aren’t merely competing for dominance in online advertising. They’re also battling over artificial intelligence. At the core of their tussle is the underlying software for creating neural networks, the software that learns on its own to recognize patterns within data. Although neural networks have been around for decades, it wasn’t until recently […]

Eye on A.I.— Retail Has Big Hopes For Artificial Intelligence. But Shoppers May Have Other Ideas

Walmart has opened a store in Levittown, N.Y. that is intended to showcase the power of artificial intelligence. The store, announced last week, is packed with video cameras, digital screens, and over 100 servers, making it appear more like a corporate data center than a discount retailer. All that machinery helps Walmart automatically track inventory […]

Dell Technologies, Microsoft, and VMware Just Became Very Big Cloud Partners

Dell Technologies, VMware, and Microsoft are making their data center, workplace software, and cloud computing technologies work better together. The partnership, announced Monday against the background of Dell’s annual user conference in Las Vegas, lets Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing customers use VMware’s virtualization software to manage their IT operations in Azure. It’s similar to a […]

Google Cloud’s New Boss on Engineering Google into Enterprise Products (While Keeping Engineering Mindsets Out)

It’s been about three months since Thomas Kurian took over as Google’s new cloud computing chief, replacing long-time Silicon Valley veteran Diane Greene. Kurian has the tough task of steering Google’s cloud computing business unit amid competition from larger rivals like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, as well as legacy enterprise giants like IBM and […]

New Google Cloud Service’s Key Selling Point: It Works Great With AWS and Azure

Google believes it can convince businesses to use its cloud computing service by making its tools work with rival cloud companies like Amazon and Microsoft. The search giant debuted its Anthos cloud tool on Tuesday, intended for companies to build modern, complex apps akin to popular services offered by companies like Snapchat or Uber. Anthos […]

Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Data Centers Expands to South Africa

Cloud computing giants Microsoft and Amazon are setting their sights on Africa, a continent that until recently was largely bypassed by the data center building boom elsewhere across the globe. Microsoft said Wednesday that its opening two new cloud computing data center “regions” in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. Data center regions consist of […]