10 Reasons Microsoft's Cloud Efforts Don't Hold Up

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    Don Reisinger

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1. The Billing IssueWith Microsoft's upcoming launch of Office 365, the company plans to bill end customers directly. For those in the channel, that's an issue, and an issue that could thwart widespread adoption of the technology. Channel partners are extremely important to Microsoft.
Apple's iCloud is making headlines by providing what some are calling one of the most viable cloud offerings in the space. The service, which will launch in the fall, will deliver to users the ability to store content online and sync all that data with iOS-based products, Macs, and PCs. Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 6 that its new iCloud offering will be free to use. It will only charge $24.99 for a new feature, called iTunes Match that improves sound quality of digital music files in the iTunes library to 256kbps. With Apple stealing the spotlight in the cloud, some are turning their attention to other prominent companies to determine if they're offering something as worthwhile. And for the vast majority of folks, that attention is being placed on Microsoft. The software giant has been competing in the cloud for quite some time. And opinions are generally mixed over its cloud offerings. But now that iCloud has been announced, it's clear that Microsoft will need to step up its game.

In the hotly contested cloud-computing environment Microsoft's efforts just aren't holding up.

And here's why:

This article was originally published on 2011-06-09
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.