Before last week's Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates downplayed his company's beef with Google. "I hear they're coming out with a robot that will cook hamburgers, too," he joked during an interview with The Associated Press before the show.
IBM is Microsoft's biggest rival, Gates insisted. But Google still may be Microsoft's biggest threat. Google and Microsoft really don't compete, unless you count MSN's nascent search aspirations. But as Google improves its ad-supported software and services, Microsoft Office users will have more online productivity application options to explore, to the detriment of Microsoft's bottom line.
With rampant rumors that Google plans to introduce low-cost computing and media-distribution hardware for the home--rumors Google denies--it's hard to believe Microsoft is fixated on the next Lotus Notes release. As for the possibility that Google is planning hamburger-cooking hardware, it's unlikely--that's what all those searing-hot servers in its data centers are for.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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