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SP2010 Customer Experience Improvement Program; Can Engineers Save Microsoft?; Smartphones Out Sell PCs

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Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint (Audio) (Legal Talk Network)
In our February edition of Law Technology Now, host Monica Bay welcomes Mark Gerow director of applications development and business process in the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West.  They talk about why SharePoint is so popular in law firms, and how firms can create “ethical walls” to protect client confidentiality — the subject of Gerow’s article, Building Ethical Walls in Microsoft SharePoint, in the February issue of Law Technology News. Continue reading this entry »

Office Web Apps Inadequate; Tips to Speed Up Windows 7; Public vs. Private Cloud

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Microsoft Downplays Windows Phone 7 at TechEd Conference (NetworkWorld)
At its annual TechEd conference this year, Microsoft gave its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7, only a supporting role to play. The company offered only a few more details about its new online Marketplace site for Windows Phone applications, and about OS features aimed at enterprise users. Continue reading this entry »

Day 2 at TechEd: Web-based Office Goes Live; SharePoint Conference 2011 Announced

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Microsoft’s Web-based Office Goes Live (CNET)
Officially joining the browser-based productivity game, Microsoft late Monday released the browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The Office Web Apps, as the programs are dubbed, are slimmed down versions of the desktop counterparts, allowing for document viewing, sharing, and lightweight editing. Consumers get free access to the tools, along with 25GB of storage as part of Windows Live, while businesses can also host their own version of the Web Apps using the latest version of Sharepoint. The main catch is that using the browser-based versions require an active Internet connection. Continue reading this entry »

EU Drops Microsoft Browser Charges; Ray Ozzie On His Way Out?; Microsoft Pulls Stolen Code

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EU Drops Microsoft Browser Charges (AP)
The European Union said Wednesday it is dropping antitrust charges against Microsoft Corp. after the company agreed to give Windows users a choice of up to 12 other Web browsers. Under the terms of the deal with regulators, Microsoft will avoid further EU fines if it provides a pop-up screen that lets European users — from March — replace Microsoft’s Internet Explorer or add another browser such as Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome. Continue reading this entry »

Executive SharePoint Ignorance is Not Bliss; Office 2010 Begins Presale; Cloud Computing Myths

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5 Reasons Why Executive SharePoint Ignorance is Not Bliss (Part 2) (CMS Wire)
In my last article, I discussed the first two reasons why executive SharePoint ignorance is not bliss, here are the remaining three: Note: If you haven’t already, take a look at Reasons 1 and 2 on Why Executive SharePoint Ignorance is not Bliss. Continue reading this entry »

SharePoint Makes the Donuts; Los Angeles Moves to Gmail; Government 2.0 = Free Data?

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SharePoint: The Team that Makes the Donut(s) (ZDNet)
When Microsoft officials describe SharePoint Server, they often refer to what’s called “the donut” diagram — a picture of the six server workloads that comprise the overall product. But who actually makes the donut(s), and how does the team decide which features to bake into a new release of the product? I was curious about the people and the processes of the 5,000+-member team that is working on the SharePoint 2010 release. To get a better feel for the SharePoint team, Microsoft gave me a chance to interview over the past few weeks not just the “usual suspects,” but some of the other lesser-known but key SharePoint managers. Continue reading this entry »

‘Open Internet’ Not so Open; George Moore on Windows Azure; Can Microsoft Compete in the Cloud?

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Google Apps vs. Office Web Apps: Can Microsoft Compete in the Cloud? (ZDNet)
Readers of ZDNet Education will know that I’ve been using Google Apps for some time and recently migrated my school district to Google Apps for Education (affectionately known as GAPE or Edu Apps, essentially their Premium Apps offering provided to educational institutions for free). The technology, particularly Gmail, has been remarkably well-received by staff and students, but acceptance of Google’s cloud-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software has been hampered among a sizable chunk of users by the perception that they need Microsoft Office on their desktops (no matter how small a fraction of its functionality they use). Continue reading this entry »

A Close-up Look at the Office Web Apps; A Silver Lining for Government Clouds; Google Docs Gain in the Office

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Review: Microsoft’s Office’s Slow Road to the Web (PC World)
Last October, Microsoft casually dropped a bombshell at its PDC event: It was working on a new version of Microsoft Office that would include browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The Web version of Office is part of the suite later officially dubbed Office 2010, which won’t arrive until next year. But it tiptoed a little closer to reality today: Microsoft has released a “technical preview” of the Office Web Apps, a pre-beta, invite-only test version which it’s using to get early feedback from a limited number of users. Continue reading this entry »

Office Web Apps Begins Preview; Bing Could Beat Google; Google Praises Microsoft’s HTML 5 Plans

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Office Web Apps Enter Limited Technical Preview (Ars Technica)
Microsoft is giving a limited number of testers access to Technical Preview versions of the Word Web App, the Excel Web App, and the PowerPoint Web App. A public beta is set to come out in a few months and the final version will arrive with Office 2010 in the first half of next year. Continue reading this entry »

Notebooks Gaining in Corporate Offices, Office 2010 & Windows 7 Shine at WPC, Free Online Office Not So Free?

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Microsoft`s Big Week: Showing Off Office 2010, Windows 7 at Worldwide Partner Conference (eWeek)
Microsoft used its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans to show off its newest products and assume a more aggressive public stance against Apple, Google and other rivals. In addition to the upcoming Windows 7, its new operating system, Microsoft also demonstrated Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Server 2008, Windows Mobile 6.5 and its public cloud-computing platform, Azure. Continue reading this entry »

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