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News  |  10/31/2008  | Sites, to be announced at's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Down To Business: Microsoft, Industry Still Hang In The Cloud Ether
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Many customers still don't understand what "the cloud" is. Vendors don't help when they use the term to describe just about any product--or planned product--delivered from or touching a data center.
Microsoft Stakes Its Place In The Cloud
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Dell, Facebook, And Google Join Dreamforce Love Fest
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
The number of technology vendors involved in's Dreamforce conference next week is impressive. Salesforce is nowhere the size of Oracle or Microsoft, but it undoubtedly has a strong "partner ecosystem," as the vendors like to say. Michael Dell will be there, plus Google and Facebook execs, and many small software companies hawking their wares. So what's behind the rally behind
Mobile Gaming In Trouble, Nokia Says
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The multibillion-dollar industry may be hurt by the economic slowdown, but Nokia still expects growth in certain segments, including the iPhone.
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
Informatica To Offer Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
Will Microsoft Shake Up Cloud Computing SLAs?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
GE Will Use SaaS To Manage 500,000 Suppliers
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The electronic firm's partnership with Aravo's Web-based software service is the latest example of how even the largest of companies are getting comfortable with SaaS.
Cloud Computing Tools For Managing Amazon, Google Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Getting the most out of Amazon's Web Services or Google's App Engine requires the right tools. We run down the benefits of Elastra, Coghead, Heroku, Enomaly, and Hyperic CloudStatus.
Is The Cloud The End Of Microsoft?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
As InformationWeek covers Microsoft's revelations at its Professional Developer Conference this week, it's becoming clear that Microsoft's top brass know they aren't in the same business they were just a few years ago. So is this the transitive stage that spells the end of Microsoft's dominance of the software industry?
12 Easy Ways To Cut Your Company's Tech Costs Now!
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
These days, everyone's talking about saving money on technology, but where do you start? To help, has put together a slide show with a dozen practical ways to shave a few bucks off your IT budget without impacting productivity.
SAP Global Operations CEO Cites Steep Drop In Customer Buying
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
SAP will boost sales with new software packages to help businesses weather the tough economy, McDermott said, while predicting Oracle's "Frankenstein operation" will scare off software buyers.
Google Continues Mad Scientist Act With Labs For Google Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Microsoft Office 14 To Include Web Apps
News  |  10/29/2008  | 
The software maker has yet to set a release date, but industry watchers say the online suite could be available next year.
What Microsoft Didn't Say About Windows Azure
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
After hemming and hawing for months over its cloud strategy, Microsoft has finally unveiled Azure Services Platform, a set of hosted software services that, once available, can be used to build and run applications in the cloud. Microsoft's grand plan, however, leaves key questions unanswered.
Super Talent Offers Solid-Gold USB Drive
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The drive comes in a black velvet jewelry box, and customers can have text or a logo etched on the device at no additional charge.
Yahoo Introduces Social Developer Platform
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
Review: HTC G1 Android Phone
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
T-Mobile is expected to sell nearly half a million Google phones by year end. Does the first Android smartphone live up to the hype?
Microsoft Office Headed To The Web
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft plans to introduce online versions of its most popular desktop applications.
Dell Unveils First Thin-Client Computer
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
The OptiPlex FX160 is a fanless system that supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.
Google's Gmail Gets Gadgets
News  |  10/28/2008  | 
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
Yahoo's Zimbra Mail Emerges As Hosted Service
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Zimbra, which already runs 20 million mailboxes, is looking to expand in educational institutions, through an advertising-supported e-mail option or as a paid-for service.
More Cloud Computing Startups
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
The list of emerging companies with cloud services and infrastructure products keeps growing. Since we compiled InformationWeek's guide to 20 Cloud Computing Startups in September, eight more have drifted in.
Microsoft's Cloud OS Compelling, But Questions Remain
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure Cloud OS
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
The effort is an early salvo in Microsoft's campaign to lessen its dependence on desktop software.
Clouds Are Forming: Are You Ready for the Storm?
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Fellow TechWeb contributor Michael Biddick recently offered some great information on the cloud computing movement by taking a look at the factors that drive people to the clouds... While many IT leaders think the future is all about the clouds, many enterprises are slow to get off the bench.
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
$50,000 Reward For Missing Xbox Addict
News  |  10/27/2008  | 
Microsoft has contributed to a reward fund and turned over account data to aid in the search for missing gamer Brandon Crisp.
Oprah Endorses's Kindle
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Winfrey's support could lead to more than just a sales boost. It could go a long way toward moving the e-book reader into the mainstream from just a niche market.
Yahoo Plans Y!OS Developer Release Next Week
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
In the coming months, the open software platform is expected to reach Yahoo's home page and Yahoo Mail, enabling functions and applications that utilize social profile data.
Time Warner Cable's Road Runner Rolls Out TransMedia's Glide
News  |  10/24/2008  | 
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
Where was Dave? In the Cloud
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
I'm back. After about six months of not writing for this site, I'm back to hit the issues... In this blog we'll be looking at all aspects of the value of computing delivered as a service. This includes the latest offerings around SaaS, of course, but will also include my usual punditry and vision around the exploding world of cloud computing.
Amazon: Deserving Of Wall Street's Punishment?
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
With four tech titans -- Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, and Sun -- hitting their 52-week lows on Thursday, Oct. 23, and a bunch of others coming awfully close, I wondered in my last post if we should have called it Tech Black Thursday. In fairness, I didn't bother to do the same scan on some of Wall Street's other recent and horrific days. So, Thursday may not have been unique. But, at least in the case of Amazo
Arista Networks Trademarks 'Cloud Networking'
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Arista Networks made news with the appointments of Andy Bechtolsheim as chairman and chief development officer and Jayshree Ullal as president and CEO, along with a name change (from Arastra) and three new customers. Easily lost in all that was the little trademark symbol attached to "cloud networking," the term it's begun using to describe its thrust.
Amazon Adds Windows To Its Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.
IBM Offers Free Cloud Computing To North Carolina Students
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The program is an expansion of IBM's Virtual Computing Lab, a 2-year-old, on-demand computing platform powered by donated IBM BladeCenter servers and software.
Can Microsoft Innovate In A Web-Centric World?
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself. Offers App Hosting On Windows Server
News  |  10/23/2008  | 
The offering is the latest in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud service, which launched out of beta Thursday.
Cloud Computing's Skeptics And Critics
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
We hear a lot from cloud computing's true believers, those who are convinced it's the next big thing in business technology. But, there are two sides to every story, and the naysayers are sounding off.
SaaS Revenue Growing, Market Set To Double By 2012
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Driving the growth in SaaS deployments is businesses' desire to reduce their IT capital expenditure budget and to rapidly implement software that supports a specific business need, Gartner said.
Amazon Reports Strong Growth, Buys Gaming Company
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
The company reported $4.26 billion in revenue, an increase of 31% but just shy of forecasts that the company would bring in $4.48 in revenue.
NetSuite Offers Big Discount To Customers
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Under the deal, customers would swap their current software-as-a-service automation product for NetSuite's customer relationship management service called CRM+.
Google's Gmail Adds 'Canned Responses'
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
Microsoft To Unveil Windows 7, Cloud Computing Efforts Next Week
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
PDC is Microsoft's foremost conference, occurring only semiannually whenever Microsoft has a series of big announcements to make, like the next version of Windows or the birth of .Net.
Yahoo Shares Rise On Cost-Cutting Plan
News  |  10/22/2008  | 
Investors give CEO Jerry Yang's plan to reduce spending by $400 million a thumbs up.
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