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Content tagged with Productivity/Collaboration Apps posted in February 2010
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Global CIO: Microsoft Slams Oracle For Limiting Choice But Seeks x86 Hegemony
Commentary  |  2/28/2010
Riddle me this: Oracle's integrated systems limit competition, which is bad, but it should kill Sparc to limit Wintel competition, which is good.
Windows Phone 7: Hail Mary
Commentary  |  2/28/2010
If the story at Ars Technica is to be believed, Microsoft really is starting with a clean slate with its Windows Phone 7 platform. That seems like a good idea, because the old slate wasn't tearing up the market. However, Microsoft's new platform seems like it's betting on a slate of proprietary technologies that haven't yet been proven in the mobile world.
RSA: Microsoft Tries To Turn Shady Internet Trustworthy
News  |  2/26/2010
The company is releasing software to improve the process of online identification and authentication.
DoD Loosens Social Media Restrictions
News  |  2/26/2010
Soldiers and other Department of Defense employees may now access and use sites such as Facebook and Flickr via unclassified Defense networks.
Twitter Phishing Attack Hooks UK Cabinet Minister
News  |  2/26/2010
The company is warning people not to surrender personal details to fake Twitter login pages.
The 10 Most Strategic IT Vendors For SMBs
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
The most strategic vendors for SMBs may be the same as for large enterprises. Or, the local and regional vendors that keep serve the IT needs of smaller businesses may just fly under the radar of national and global vendor rankings.
No Flash Love For Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Commentary  |  2/26/2010
Windows Mobile can't catch a break. Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, WinMo 6.5.3 has been cast aside like an old toy on Christmas morning. The latest kick in the stomach comes from Adobe. All plans to provide Flash 10 for WinMo have been halted as the software developer targets WinPho 7 this fall.
The Google Buzz New User Experience
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
Last November I took a look at the user experience for a new user who attempts to access Twitter.com. Now I'd like to provide the same new user experience overview for a person attempting to use Google Buzz.
Survey Reveals Reasons SMBs Choose Managed Services
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
A survey conducted by Hurwitz & Associates of Dell Managed Services customers elicits some of the reasons SMBs are drawn to managed services and some of the benefits the participants have realized.
QuorumLabs Introduces Business Continuity Appliance
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
OnQ 2.0 combines backup with virtual machines to give SMBs a way to get up and running immediately after any kind of server failure.
Apple iPhone Users Buy More Apps
News  |  2/25/2010
Users of competing mobile devices appear to be less keen to open their wallets.
SMBs Using Social Media More. . . Reluctantly
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
Recent reports indicate the SMB use of social media is increasing at a steady clip, but other research finds that the commitment may be lackluster.
Google Culls Gmail Labs
News  |  2/25/2010
The company is promoting six Gmail Labs experiments and getting rid of five.
Microsoft Decapitates Waledac Botnet
News  |  2/25/2010
A major source of spam and malware has been cut off from its controllers.
FCC Wants Broadband Public Safety Network
News  |  2/25/2010
As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC wants to make a portion of the 700-mhz spectrum available for a nationwide wireless public safety network.
Microsoft Licenses Multimedia File System To Panasonic
News  |  2/25/2010
Panasonic will license Microsoft's exFAT file system, which makes it easier to exchange multimedia files across devices.
Microsoft To End Support For Older Windows Versions
News  |  2/25/2010
Windows Vista RTM, Windows XP SP2, and Windows 2000 are nearing the end of official support period.
J&J Uses Dashboards to Run the Business
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
At this week's IQPC Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement conference in Toronto, David Haigh of Johnson & Johnson presented on how the company is using dashboards for process improvement efforts.
Gmail Labs: Six Graduate, Five Flunk
Commentary  |  2/25/2010
Google recently announced that it has promoted six Gmail Labs features to become full-time, regular options within Gmail. Sadly, at the same time, five precious Labs have lost their struggle for relevance and are being, in Google parlance, "retired."
Google Faces European Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  2/24/2010
The European Commission says it is looking into three separate complaints about Google.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
News  |  2/24/2010
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Intermedia Launches Hosted UC For SMBs
News  |  2/24/2010
The offering combines unified communications with the low-cost, turnkey appeal of SaaS, but it is still not clear that SMBs see the value of UC.
Alaska Airlines To Offer Aircell Wi-Fi
News  |  2/24/2010
The airline has dropped plans to install Row 44's satellite wireless Internet on its planes and will instead go with the cellular-based Gogo system.
Google Blasts Italian Judge Over Video Convictions
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
A judge in Italy recently convicted three Google executives for failure to comply with Italian privacy laws. The privacy violation was actually committed by a school student who shot video of a classmate being bullied and then uploaded the footage to Google Video. Google calls the convictions "a serious threat to the Web" and contends that new precedent set by Italian courts endangers the very fabric of the Web.
Web Dashboards: A Window Into Government Performance
News  |  2/24/2010
Federal, state, and local agencies are building Web portals to make data available to the public, but there are still issues over what data to release, how much, and how to ensure its quality.
Global CIO Quick Take: Cisco TelePresence Shaping Next-Gen Hotels
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
TelePresence suites help Starwood Hotels innovate today and be relevant to the tech-immersed business travelers of tomorrow.
One Third Of U.S. Lacks Broadband
News  |  2/24/2010
Cost and security concerns are the top barriers cited by respondents to an FCC survey.
1 In 4 TVs Internet Connected
News  |  2/24/2010
Using IETV, gaming consoles, digital video boxes, and PCs, consumers are increasingly linking their TVs to the Web.
Details On Windows Phone 7 Hardware
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
One of the benefits for manufacturers for Windows Mobile phones until now has been the incredibly wide variety of hardware they could build for the mobile platform. Windows Phone 7 Series is going to change all of that. Microsoft is strictly controlling the hardware specs that are allowed for the device. We've got some rumors on what is and isn't allowed.
TextFlow + Box.net = Easy Revision Management
Commentary  |  2/24/2010
Businesses that need to manage input from multiple collaborators on shared text documents will benefit from the new TextFlow application for Box.net, which makes it simple to see changes side by side and choose which one to accept.
Global CIO: CIOs Shattering Social Media Taboos, RightNow Says
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
As the social web's business value has outstripped security concerns, CIOs have begun buying, RightNow claims.
CollabNet Acquiring ScrumWorks Maker Danube
News  |  2/23/2010
Danube is a supplier of Scrum project management software for Agile development. Terms were not disclosed.
Intel Reveals It's Been Hacked
News  |  2/23/2010
The company's annual report says that some of the attacks have been successful.
Piper Jaffray Sees Gold Rush In Cloud Software
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
Investment advisor Piper Jaffray interviewed 100 CIOs and IT managers, then wrote up its conclusions in a 320-page report, neatly summarized by its title: "The Future Is In the Cloud." Spending on software as a service and cloud computing will grow from 5.7% today to 13.5% of all software spending in five years, it predicts.
Customers, Not Stimulus, Spur SMB Hiring
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
Despite efforts in Washington to incent job creation among smaller businesses, customer demand remains the leading driver for hiring.
SMBs More Optimistic, But Still Scared To Borrow
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
Small business owners are more optimistic about the economic outlook than a year ago, but lack of customer demand and anxiety about solvency keeps a majority from pursuing additional credit.
Xerox Files Patent Suit Against Google, Yahoo
News  |  2/23/2010
The company claims that its automatic query and information integration patents are being violated.
Full Nelson: Healthcare Innovation: Kaiser's Garfield Center
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
Provider's lab offers an exciting peek into the technological future of patient care.
VeriSign Launches Seal Of Approval For Non-Transactional Sites
News  |  2/23/2010
Building on its Secured Seal brand, VeriSign introduces a new trust mark reputation management program for SMB and enterprise sites that don't need SSL certifications.
Wal-Mart To Buy Vudu Online Video Service
News  |  2/23/2010
Vudu has struggled against tough competition from Amazon, Netflix, Blockbuster, Sony, and Microsoft.
Microsoft To Buy Cell Phone Maker?
Commentary  |  2/23/2010
It has barely been a week since Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the successor to current Windows Mobile devices. Even though the platform has garnered quite a bit of praise and buzz, an analyst is suggesting that it might not be enough to turn the tide and Microsoft may need to resort to buying another cell phone maker.
Global CIO: NBC's Olympics Web Strategy Pounds Another Nail In Coffin
Commentary  |  2/22/2010
In trying to force web viewers to watch the Olympics on NBC's terms, the network showed how pathetically out of touch it is with that vital audience.
Google Renovates Ad Platform
News  |  2/22/2010
The company's DoubleClick advertising technology, originally a tool for large publishers, is now also available for small publishers.
Free Software Foundation Asks Google To Kill Flash
News  |  2/22/2010
Noting that Apple has ditched Flash for "for suspect reasons and using abhorrent methods (DRM)," the FSF wants Google to deal Flash a "death-blow."
Double-Take Puts Disaster Recovery In The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/22/2010
Continuing the recent trend toward using cloud storage for backup and recovery, Double-Take has introduced Double-Take Cloud. The cloud option gives businesses a recovery alternative to a steep hardware investment in duplicate servers.
Adobe Blogger Challenges Apple's 'Great Man'
News  |  2/22/2010
Adobe blogger John Dowdell wants Apple to start communicating openly about its actions rather than through comments relayed by unattributed sources.
Windows Phone 7 Browser Must Wow
News  |  2/22/2010
Gartner says Microsoft should avoid mobile industry's "obsession" with native apps and give new phone state-of-the-art Web capabilities.
Four New Cloud Computing Favorites
Commentary  |  2/22/2010
Four startups have emerged as finalists in Cloud Connect's Launch Pad contest, in which the public voted for their favorite new or in-development cloud application or service. These finalists provide a good indication of what's next in the cloud.
3 In 4: Internet Makes Us Smarter
News  |  2/22/2010
A survey finds most believe the Internet enhances intelligence; but critics say its use zaps critical thinking.
Nokia, Apple Dispute Leads To Another Investigation
News  |  2/22/2010
The U.S. International Trade Commission, already investigating Apple, will now examine claims that Nokia infringes on Apple's technology patents.
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