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Google has ruffled feathers with Cloud Computing vendors by announcing a series of price cuts and features that are bound to have long lasting effects on the industry. At the Cloud Platform Live Event held on March 25, Google not just cut prices drastically across its offerings, but announced key features like Managed VMs and developer experience improvements that have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services, who is the current heavyweight in the Infrastructure As a Service (IaaS) segment.
Microsoft kicked off its annual developer conference, Build, yesterday. Most of the day 1 headlines surrounded Microsoft Azure products and services. Azure products making news included Azure IoT Edge, Azure Maps, Azure SQL Database Edge, Azure Data Factory, and Azure Managed Disks.
FinancialForce.com, focused on building cloud based business applications on the Force.com platform, has released an API for its accounting application (i.e. The FinancialForce Accounting API). The API gives access to the entire suite of accounting tools available through the accounting platform (e.g. cash management, reporting and dashboards, ordering and billing, etc.). Although FinancialForce.com built the application with Force.com, and the target audience began with Force.com developers, the application has been integrated with many platforms and APIs (e.g. Google Apps, Basecamp, Facebook, PayPal, etc.)