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As things trend toward the cloud, competitors continue to emerge from the woodwork to carve out their space in the market as software as a service providers. Several notable providers that have established themselves in this market whose offerings are worth consideration include:

Office 365

Microsoft Office applications have long since been a key instrument in the work-place. Announced in 2010, Office 365 is the name for the cloud-based version of their office suite that arrived around the same time as Google's own web-based word processor and office applications went live, though executives at Microsoft had been mulling over the idea of hosted applications and making strategic acquisitions in this area since the mid-2000's (Foley). Users of Office 365 can create, edit, and share content from any Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android device, and connect with customers and colleagues across a range of collaborative tools inside and outside of the business. Microsoft also has agreements with universities across the country to offer the Office 365 suite for student use, wherein students are able to use various office apps and online storage during there 4-year stay, further establishing Microsoft's foothold in the market (Microsoft).
Office 365

Google Apps

Google has evolved far beyond its advertising and search engine roots, offering businesses a suite of productivity tools comparable to Microsoft's. Google Apps includes email services, calendars, video conferencing, spreadsheets, word processing and presentations, and the Google Drive cloud-storage solution. Drive's link-sharing feature negates the need for email attachments and the hassle that comes with mergings various versions of documents.
Google Apps

Amazon Web Services

Amazon, too, has grown beyond its roots in e-commerce to support pay-as-you-go, on-demand cloud-based applications and resources for the IT industry, offering services in computing, databases, deployment, analytics, networking, and many more in this ever-expanding Internet of Things.
Amazon Web Services

Slack

Slack is a real-time messenger that is redefining business communications. Users can interact on an individual basis using private and secure direct messages, organize conversations into open or private group channels to collaborate on projects, and share files and comments and highlights to those documents. Notifications, messages, and files are all indexed and archived within the application (Nerdio).
Slack

Market Share

Market share in the cloud-computing industry can be split up a number of ways, notably by company, but additionally by private versus public. The public cloud market grew 28.6% in the first half of 2017, boasting revenue of over $63 billion. Software as a Service presently accounts for 68% of the market, but holds the title for slowest year-to-year growth out of X-as-a-Service business model, behind Platform and Infrastructure as a Service. Estimates place global public cloud services at a 22% annually compounding growth rate as we approach the year 2020. While small and medium sized business continue to drive SaaS growth in the public cloud, larger companies are directing growth on a parallel trajectory; the private cloud or a hybrid solution of some sort. The chief contributing factor for this path is likely cybersecurity.