Microsoft Reports Record Quarterly Revenue Thanks to Booming Cloud-Computing Business

Microsoft’s quarterly sales and profit topped estimates on the strength of the company’s cloud-computing business, which racked up clients for Azure web services and Office productivity software. Profit before certain items in the fourth quarter, which ended June 30, rose to $1.37 a share, compared with the $1.22 average forecast of analysts polled by Bloomberg. […]

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Wants to Go Big on Subscriptions and Software

Hoping to offset declines in its core hardware business, Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans a major push into software services over the next three years. The technology company said Tuesday it plans to sell a lot more software by subscription and on-demand for its hardware products, such as servers or networking devices. For customers, it would […]

Google Plans One of Its Biggest Acquisitions Ever In Bid to Bolster Its Cloud Business

Google’s plans to bolster its cloud computing business by buying data analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion. The deal, announced Thursday, is the biggest move so far under Google[/f500link] Cloud chief Thomas Kurian. He joined Google earlier this year to establish Google’s cloud unit as a formidable rival against larger cloud computing companies like Amazon […]

Why Artificial Intelligence Is a Lot Like Romance: Eye on A.I.

Executives who are afraid of long-term commitments should avoid artificial intelligence. Like with romantic relationships, using the technology requires an appetite for hard work, planning, and patience. Even then, failure is a real possibility. “If you are not going to make this investment for the long term, it is not a good idea to do […]

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 […]