Microsoft Loses Internet Ground, Or Not?
As Microsoft continues its struggle for relevance in Internet services, the latest numbers seem to tell a confusing story. Depending on the headline you read, Microsoft is either treading water or losing ground to Google. A closer look at two takes on the Microsoft search share show that it's a half-full/half-empty situation with a worrisome long-term trend.
Microsoft Helps Whiny Kids Get Their Xbox 360
It's Microsoft to the rescue for bratty children who've run out of reasons why their parents should pony up cash for an Xbox 360, economic slump be damned. The Xbox Web site will now generate a customized letter "that proves to the gift-giver in your life why you need an Xbox 360 console." I'm going to put it to the test.
Startups Use SaaS To Take On SharePoint
Microsoft's SharePoint is the T. rex of collaboration products: big, fiercely competitive, and standing atop the social computing food chain. But smaller, nimbler players are using SaaS to compete against the thundering giant.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Google SearchWiki Must Die
Google's SearchWiki must die. It's a fine idea, allowing people to re-rank search results and comment on them. Viva democracy.
If You've Got Questions, Google Has The Answers
Confused by the plethora of services that Google has made available to mobile phones? Can't figure out which version works with your device, or if your device is even supported? Google intends to give you a helping hand with its newly launched Google Mobile Help Forum.
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Ways To Build Your Brand
Cost cutting is the top priority for most business owners right now. Yet, extracting maximum value from efforts is just as important as slashing expenses. That's particularly true with marketing efforts that bring in new business and keep your business brand fresh in customer's minds.
SAP CEO: SaaS Hurts Our Profits
The company has readied version 2.0 of Business ByDesign, but a broad-market push is too costly for SAP, incoming chief executive Leo Apotheker said.
Opera Offers Its Mini Browser To The Android Phone
User of the HTC G1 Android phone haven't had much choice of which browser to use with their devices. That all changed when Opera Software recently made is Opera Mini browser available in the Android Market.
RSS Is the New Personalization
A recent press release concerning ArnoldIT's Google monitoring service piqued my interest. It turns out to be a nicely formatted aggregation page for Google blogs... The point worth emphasizing is that as Web content becomes more granular, compositional, and personalizable (not to mention more perishable), subscribability becomes a design consideration.
Painful Printer Experiences Are Too Common
At Microsoft's recent hardware engineering conference, WinHEC, Microsoft had some information that stunned me. In one of the sessions, the presenter said that more than one in nine Vista printer driver installations end in failure. Are you surprised?
Curses in Java
Looking for a way to make it easier for mainframers to explore PigIron, Curses-like UI development in Java seemed the way to go. I found two particularly interesting
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.