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You’ve probably been hearing more about cloud-based customer relationship management software, and that’s not about to change anytime soon. According to a recent study by AMI-Partners, the SaaS CRM market already represents 570,000 small and medium businesses and is set to undergo double-digit year-over-year growth in the next five years. The marketing research firm says that during that time spending on SaaS CRM will outpace on-premises CRM by a margin of nearly 4 to 1.
Box.net announced a new version of its Windows Sync client, and the first-ever version of Box Sync for Mac OS X. According to PCWorld’s Tony Bradley, the cloud storage, sync and collaboration company also unveiled a variety of security enhancements, and new social integration with Salesforce.com’s Chatter platform.
OK, it’s here. The long-anticipated Kindle Fire was announced today at a tempting price point of $199. Though apparently powered by Android, it’s a not-exactly-Android tablet that’s attempting to do exactly what Apple did: Create a closed ecosystem that gives users everything they want in an esthetically attractive format so easy-to-use it’s nearly brainless. And at this price, it’s a pretty tempting proposition. Here’s a quick look at how the Kindle Fire stacks up: