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Microsoft announced new software features at its 2011 partner conference in Los Angeles (Photo: Microsoft)

Microsoft said partner offerings of its Cloud-based computing solutions have more than doubled in the past year.

The US software group said 41,000 partners are offering its Cloud solutions, employing 300,000 specialists.

At its global partner conference in Los Angeles last month, Microsoft announced a beta version of its new System-Center software. It also unveiled new features in its CRM Online and ERP AX products as well as in server-based applications.

The company said more than 50,000 organizations are testing its Office 365 Cloud-based software suite, which has only been available for a few weeks.

In addition, companies such as Ebay, Fujitsu and HP have developed ready Cloud services based on Windows Azure.

The partner conference also featured discussions about so-called Line-of-Business applications. An update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM  Online will be available in the last quarter of this year. The product will have improved collaboration features.