4. Oracle, Microsoft Team Up For Better Cloud Software
Oracle and Microsoft, longtime rivals in database, CRM and other types of enterprise software, found common ground in a partnership unveiled in June.
Under the agreement, Oracle is certifying its software products running on Microsoft's Windows Azure public cloud and Hyper-V virtualization technology. Oracle is also letting customers use their existing software licenses to run products on Azure.
Microsoft is providing a fully licensed and supported version of Java in Windows Azure, a move that will help make Java "a first-class language and design" environment in Azure, Satya Nadella, then president of Microsoft's server and tools business, said on a call held to discuss the partnership.