The 2015 March Madness tournament was a triumphant year for Bing Predicts, the predictive algorithms that Microsoft uses to pick the outcomes of everything from reality TVs to sporting events. For 2016, Microsoft has launched March Madness even earlier, with a site predicting which schools will receive an invitation to the NCAA tournament.
The premise behind the new Arewein.net site is a simple one: Pick a university, and Bing will attempt to predict whether a given school is in or out, the overall chance they’ll make the tournament, and even their seeding in the overall bracket rankings.
Google may lag behind its two biggest rivals in the public cloud, but Urs Hölzle, the technology titan’s senior vice president for technical infrastructure, sees Google’s cloud revenue eclipsing its ad business in five years.
“I think cloud will actually turn out to be a huge business because it’s a service business,” he said during an interview on stage at the Structure conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Asked what he would say to enterprises that are skeptical about using Google’s cloud, Hölzle pointed to the company’s long track record providing enterprise services through its Apps productivity suite, and through the Google Search Appliance, which it’s been selling to enterprises since 2002.