Cloud Computing: Soft options in the cloud

Cloud Computing: Soft options in the cloud
Mike Hughes, office division lead at Microsoft: It's all about speeding up the information flow'

Software-as-a-Service may be maturing, but vendors and customers are still on a learning curve.

When Salesforce launched its CRM product in the cloud over a decade ago, it set in train a transformation in the way software is delivered. Microsoft may initially have been slow to jump onboard - it was understandably reluctant to cannibalise sales of highly lucrative on-premise products - but recent financial results suggest that its core product, Office 365, is really starting to gain momentum.

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