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Content tagged with Software as a Service posted in July 2008
As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
HP, Intel, Yahoo Join Government, Academia In Cloud Computing Research
News  |  7/29/2008  | 
Each of the founding members will host a cloud-computing infrastructure largely based on HP computers and Intel processors in six data centers.
NetSuite Launches CRM+
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
CRM+ uses a number of Ajax-built features that streamline business processes through more drop-down windows and drag-and-drop functionality.
Cast Iron Beefs Up Data Integration Appliance
News  |  7/28/2008  | 
The iA4000 is an upgrade and replacement of the iA3000 appliance. New data migration capabilities include data conversion and profiling tools to accelerate software-as-a-service use.
Microsoft's Answer To Google's PageRank Algorithm: Less Privacy?
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
BrowseRank, Microsoft claims, can deliver better search results by measuring user behavior, including where users go and the amount of time they remain at those pages.
Scrabble Sues Scrabulous For IP Infringement
News  |  7/25/2008  | 
Hasbro's lawsuit calls the online word game Scrabulous a "clear and blatant" infringement of Scrabble's intellectual property.
Apple's MobileMe Continues To Sputter
News  |  7/24/2008  | 
In the latest technical issue, Apple said about 200,000 MobileMe customers haven't been able to access e-mail for nearly a week.
Sybase Reports 15% Revenue Growth To Record Level
News  |  7/23/2008  | 
Its pace of growth exceeded the 12.6% rate of growth for the database market as a whole during 2007 and most of its relational database competitors last year.
VMware Counters Microsoft, Will Make ESXi Hypervisor Free
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
New CEO Paul Maritz, who took over the CEO reins from Diane Greene in an abrupt changeover July 8, timed the ESXi announcement with VMware's 2Q earnings report.
Microsoft Mum On 'Red Dog' Cloud Computing
News  |  7/22/2008  | 
The Windows-compatible platform can be seen as Microsoft's counterpart Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service, known as EC2, and to the Google App Engine.
A Fresh Look For Facebook
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The social networking site said it launched the redesign to clean up users' profile pages and improve organization.
Music Sharing Service iLike Launches Developer, Ad Platforms
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
Song playback is available immediately through Rhapsody and will soon be available on Facebook.
Enterprise in the Cloud: Q&A with Google's Rishi Chandra
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
As product manager at Google Enterprise, Rishi Chandra is responsible for spreading search appliances, Google Apps and a growing portfolio of services into the business world. Continuing a series of interviews on cloud computing, Intelligent Enterprise asks Chandra about Google's plans for applications, underlying infrastructure and meeting the demands of the enterprise.
Yahoo In Proxy Settlement With Carl Icahn
News  |  7/21/2008  | 
The billionaire investor grabs a seat as eight of Yahoo's current board members, including chairman Roy Bostock and CEO Jerry Yang, will run for re-election next month.
Panorama Upgrade Incorporates Hybrid On-Premise-SaaS Capabilities
News  |  7/20/2008  | 
The latest version of NovaView enables customers to retain their data warehouse in-house while combining its information with Web-based public data sources.
Microsoft Opens Live Mesh To More Users
News  |  7/16/2008  | 
Live Mesh currently is a synchronization and remote access tool for Windows customers with Live IDs, but Microsoft says it will evolve to become much more than that.
SnapLogic Adds Amazon EC2 Support In Data-Integration Tools
News  |  7/13/2008  | 
SnapLogic's technology maps data from one source to another, letting companies create new types of Web applications and mashups.
A Look At Business Apps In The iPhone App Store
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Business intelligence and CRM software vendors are the most supportive of the Apple 3G iPhone.
New Microsoft President Elop Confronts The Services Era
News  |  7/11/2008  | 
Stephen Elop, the new president of Microsoft's business division, describes the challenges he faces in an interview with InformationWeek.
Mobile Social Computing To Bridge An Ethnic Divide
News  |  7/10/2008  | 
Local language versions of the Glide Web-based mobile application suite help fuel CEO Donald Leka hopes of connecting those who can barely afford a PC.
Handango, Sony Ericsson Partner In Content Deal
News  |  7/10/2008  | 
The global deal will let Sony Ericsson handset users have access to Handango's smartphone applications.
Microsoft Adds Online Services For Partners
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration and Connected Services Framework will be offered to private label software distributors.
VMware Drops Greene, Names Microsoft Veteran As CEO
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
Paul Maritz is a 14-year veteran of Microsoft who came with a recent EMC acquisition, Pi Corp., a company created to build personal software to be used from inside the cloud.
Microsoft Unveils New Services Suites, Pricing Details
News  |  7/8/2008  | 
The company additionally laid out plans to pay its partners 12% of first-year revenue and 6% of ongoing revenue from sales.
Microsoft To Take Control Of MSN Israel
News  |  7/7/2008  | 
Internet Gold said it was ceding control of MSN Israel to Microsoft due to a change in business strategy; MSN Israel accounted for less than 3% of Internet Gold's revenues in 2007.
'Containers' Out Perform Virtualization For KV Pharmaceuticals
News  |  7/3/2008  | 
With a container approach from Parallels' Virtuozzo, memory consumption and processor overhead are reduced through the use of one operating system per host.
Three Startups To Solve SaaS Integration Problems
News  |  7/3/2008  | 
Boomi, SnapLogic, and Cast Iron are rolling out new offerings designed to help companies integrate software running in the cloud with onsite software.
Linspire Assets Sold To Rival Linux Distributor, Xandros
News  |  7/2/2008  | 
Linspire produced Click'N'Run as a way of finding, reviewing, and downloading a copy of desktop software available on the Internet, including the Linspire Linux distribution.
Introduction To Ubuntu Linux
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
Read this chapter of A Practical Guide To Ubuntu Linux and bring yourself up to speed on the open source operating system's desktop and its root privileges, and learn how to work with the command line and control windows.
Oracle Outlines Roadmap For BEA Acquisition's Products
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
BEA's WebLogic will become Oracle's strategic application server and will undergo very little reengineering, Oracle president Charles Phillips said.
Wireless Operators Bond Together For Mobile Apps
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
Known as BONDI, the initiative is backed by members of the Open Mobile Terminal Platform, which includes AT&T, T-Mobile, and Vodafone.
Microsoft Buys Search Start-Up Powerset
News  |  7/1/2008  | 
Under Powerset's hood is decades-in-the-making natural-language processing technology the company licensed from the Palo Alto Research Center, formerly of Xerox.

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