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Microsoft has tried to close the distance between Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services by confronting the threat posed by Bezos & Co's cloud. The company announced a range of new cloud services on Monday, and server chief Satya Nadella gave a briefing in San Francisco in which he sought to bolster Redmond's cloud credibility. …

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missing piece ?

Does Amazon Web Services also need to come with a email, office suite service for the micro, small & mid-size business?

Or is this not a target/business for them?

It would be nice to see an Amazon solutions against Microsoft with Office 365, outlook.com and

Google gmail, docs and IBM Lotus ...

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Amazon office offering

So far, it's Google Apps v Office365, and Azure v Google Cloud v AWS: Amazon haven't shown an interest in the office side, just cloud services.

It's not hard to imagine them offering some sort of e-mail service, though - they're already added static web hosting, DNS and e-mail sending facilities; putting inbound (MX), spam filtering, POP3/IMAP wouldn't be a huge departure. Trying to offer their own office suite, though? That would be a huge leap for them, and a strange direction to move in, too.

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