Cloud-Based Code Editor Codeanywhere Raises $600k In Series A Funding (Original)

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Cloud-based Code Editor Koding has raised $9.25 million so far, while other similar businesses like Cloud9 IDE have appeared in recent years. However, Codeanywhere, one of the biggest players in the cloud development space has now reached 150,000 users and raised $600,000 in a Series A investment capital from World Wide Web Hosting, LLC, the parent company of Site5 Web hosting. The cash will be used to focus on scalability, user acquisition, and the development of new features. Importantly, it can build in a more capitally efficient manner than the SF-based Koding.

Formerly called PHPanywhere, Codeanywhere wants to be the equivalent of “Google Docs for developers”, offering a Web-based code editor. The technology allows developers to develop sites and apps as they would on their desktop code editor, but from any browser. The Code is then backed up to the cloud in real-time.

Ivan Burazin, co-founder of Codeanywhere, says the aim to so “become the industry-standard in cloud development.”

Codeanywhere’s platform enables developers to write colorized, syntax-checked code from virtually any Web browser on virtually any device, including iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Blackberry. It offers support for most popular web programming languages, and enables developers to collaborate in real-time.…

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Dropbox Now Has 175 Million Users, Up From 100M In November 2012 (Original)

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“Today is about making life easier for all of you” said CEO Drew Houston to launch his company Dropbox’s conference. The company now has 175 million users, up from 100 million in November 2012. DBX also saw the launch of several new APIs for the 100,000 apps on the Dropbox platform

The platform, in fact, seemed to be the theme of Houston’s keynote. Unifying your data across all the apps and devices you use is the goal. Houston said “We have all these companies making all this amazing stuff, but they’re punching each other in the face.” He went on to explain that your phone and your apps are new little cracks for your stuff to fall into, where your stuff can get trapped. Dropbox wants to make it all instantly accessible from anywhere.

Houston said that while there wouldn’t be anyone skydiving into the conference hall in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, he did tell us to reach under our seats to find a promo card for 100 gigabytes of Dropbox storage for life.

Announcements at the event included the Datastore API for letting apps save and protect user data added or changed while their device is offline. Meanwhile, the new Drop-Ins with native Chooser and Saver let apps easily pull in your files from your Dropbox into their apps.…

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Cloud office systems user base hits 50M in 2017: Gartner (Original)

There are currently about 50 million enterprise users of cloud office systems, which represent only 8% of overall office system users, excluding China and India.
A report by Gartner however predicted that a major shift toward cloud office systems will begin by the first half of 2015 and reach 33 % penetration by 2017.
“Despite the hype surrounding migration to the cloud, big differences in movement rates continue, depending on organizations' size, industry, geography and specific requirements,” Tom Austin, VP at Gartner, said. “While 8% of business people were using cloud office systems at the start of 2013, we estimate this number will grow to 695 million users by 2022, to represent 60%.”

Although email remains the world’s primary collaboration tool, others, such as team sites and communities are growing in importance. Nonetheless, email is typically pivotal in decisions to move — or not move — to cloud office systems. Gartner estimates that by the end of 2014 at least 10% of enterprise email seats will be based on a cloud or software-as-a-service model. This figure will rise to at least one-third by the end of 2017.

In addition, there has been a substantial expansion in the number of devices people use to access cloud office systems in recent years.…

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Office 365 is finally available on the iPhone (Original)

Office Mobile for iOS has officially launched for iPhone. It supports document creation and editing in Word and Excel, as well as document viewing in PowerPoint, and syncs with SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud service.…

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Apple Announces iWork for iCloud (Original)



Apple showed off iWork for iCloud at WWDC 2013, a version of iWork that runs in the cloud — and in the web browser.

iWork for iCloud looks like a cross between Office 365 and Google Docs. It has the user-interface polish of some of Microsoft's Office 365 web offerings and the speed of some of Google's offerings.

With iWork for iCloud, users will be able to create and edit documents on Macs, iOS devices and web browsers on which those apps aren't even installed, which presumably includes Chrome on Android. During the keynote, a representative from Apple demonstrated how a Windows 8 user can edit a document in Chrome or Internet Explorer. Read more...

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Office 365 Home Premium reaches 1 million subscribers in just over 100 days (Original)

Microsoft's new Office is the "best-selling" edition of the productivity suite, with Office 365 Home Premium signing up a million users in just 3.5 months since its launch on January 29, 2013.…

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Take That, Gmail: Lets You Chat With Your Google Contacts (Original) is taking a major step to woo Gmail devotees by integrating Google Talk contacts into its webmail messenger service.

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Quickoffice In The Browser: The Reason Why Microsoft Is Suddenly So Scared Of Google’s Productivity Tools (Original)


We’re just a few days away from the start of Google I/O, the search giant’s annual developer conference, and while we actually know very little about what Google plans to announce during its massive, three-hour keynote on Wednesday, there is something brewing in Mountain View that has Microsoft’s Office division on edge. Over the course of the last week, Microsoft started a very negative anti-Google Docs campaign that fits the mold of its more general Scroogled anti-Google ads. But why the sudden focus on Google’s productivity tools? That reason, I believe, is Quickoffice in the browser.

Quickoffice, which Google acquired last June, allows users to read and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the iPad, iPhone and Android. Unlike Google Docs, which remains a relatively limited productivity suite when compared to Microsoft Office, Quickoffice does a very nice job at allowing you to open and edit Office files without losing the document’s layout and other advanced features that Docs can’t currently handle. Just last month, Google brought Quickoffice to Android and the iPhone and introduced the new Chrome Office Viewer for displaying Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Google doesn’t say so explicitly, but it’s a fair assumption that this tool uses some of Quickoffice’s magic as well (it was previously only available for Chrome OS).…

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Microsoft: Google Docs Is Not Worth The Gamble, Makes You Less Productive (Original)


After Bing and its Scroogled campaign, Microsoft is now taking aim at Google Docs. Jake Zborowski, Microsoft’s senior product manager for Office, actually published two anti-Docs blog posts today: one homes in on document fidelity, and the other, which includes a number of user testimonials, argues that Google Docs isn’t quite ready for primetime.

If it took me a little while to get Michael Atalla, the director of product marketing for Office 365, to actually say “Google” in my chat with him about Microsoft’s productivity tools earlier this week, Zborowski doesn’t beat around the bush for even a second. “Converting Office files into Google Apps is a gamble,” he writes. “Why take the gamble on converting your Office files to Google Docs when you can use Microsoft Office and the Microsoft Office Web Apps to create, share and edit your Office files with your content intact?”

That, Microsoft says, is true on the web, but also on the tablet, where Google’s Quickoffice usually does a pretty good job at converting documents (though not in Microsoft’s example, of course).

So what about the new Chrome document viewer? Also too much of a gamble for Zborowski: “The last gamble with Google is how the company helps you view Microsoft Office documents using their file viewers.…

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Evernote, Now With 4M Users In China, Aims For Enterprises With Yinxiang Biji Business (Original)

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A year ago, Evernote kicked off its strategy to bring its personal organization app to China, with the launch of Yinxiang Biji on its own dedicated platform. Now, with 4 million users of the Chinese version, Evernote is taking the next step in monetizing that with the introduction of Yinxiang Biji Business. Phil Libin, CEO and founder of Evernote, announced the news today at the GMIC conference in Beijing, where he also noted that since launching in December 2012, the bigger Evernote Business product has now signed up some 5,000 companies.

China is a big market for Evernote: when Libin announced the launch of Yinxiang Biji a year ago, he said that China was rapidly overtaking Japan to become the company’s second-biggest market after the U.S. Today Libin noted that Evernote now has 4 million users in the country; worldwide, the company has over 60 million users, he said.

“We’re in China because I firmly believe that China will be the crucible of innovation over the next decade,” Libin noted in his keynote today.

Today’s news is not only looking to capitalize on that, but also two other trends in the country. The first is a wider trend of a rising class of businesspeople in the country, looking for better ways of collaborating and organizing their information and work — in short, much the same trends that prompted the creation of the original Evernote Business product.…

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