Featured stories Best of CES 2019: Cool tech you can buy this year Game of Clouds: Lock-In is Coming Samsung’s Galaxy S10 unveiling is February 20 and all it has to do is save the smartphone industry How to build a temporary green screen YouTube studio With retail technology at the forefront of the National Retail Federation’s annual conference in New York City, it’s worth paying attention to one huge cloud computing battle off to the side: Microsoft Azure vs. Google Cloud Platform. You didn’t really think that retailers would be flocking to Amazon Web Services, did you? Of course, some retailers will play ball with AWS (and arguably should), but many companies will be looking to expand with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Simply put, retail-as-a-service is an open field opportunity for both Azure and Google Cloud. Rest assured that retail executives and technology decision-makers will get a hefty dose of both just as the retail sector struggles with expectations. Microsoft last week got ahead of the retail scrum by announcing a retail-as-a-service (RaaS) partnership with supermarket chain Kroger, which is splitting its cloud buying between Azure and Google Cloud Platform. Microsoft and Kroger will use Kroger’s front-end smart shelving system and self-serve checkout tools and Microsoft’s artificial intelligence and cloud infrastructure. Also: Microsoft Azure: Everything you need to know about Redmond’s cloud service | Cloud computing: Five key business trends to look out for | Top cloud providers 2018: How AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, Alibaba stack up | Everything you need… [Read full story]
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