NEW YORK (Kyodo) Microsoft Corp. is joining up with Fujitsu Ltd. to provide worldwide cloud computing solutions, a burgeoning business through which applications and data can be accessed via the Internet.

The companies, which have worked together for years on corporate systems development and personal computers, aim to establish a platform for the new business soon.

Microsoft and Fujitsu plan to provide a range of cloud computing services and solutions mainly for corporate clients, using Fujitsu’s data centers in Japan and elsewhere, according to Microsoft.

The services will first be made available at Fujitsu’s data center in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, by yearend.

Fujitsu said Friday it plans to boost investments in cloud computing to ¥100 billion in the business year through next April, from ¥65 billion in the previous year.

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