Plaxo Introduces New Address Book With Better Sync
The company offers to synchronize multiple online address books and services from companies and organizations like AOL, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo.
Plaxo on Monday plans to release a beta version of its new online address book service in seven languages.
Plaxo 3.0 is an ambitious revision that aims to simplify the daunting task of synchronizing multiple online address books and services from companies and organizations like AOL, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo. Plaxo 3.0 also works with a variety of mobile phones.
"This product release is not just a new version of the software," said Todd Masonis, founder and VP of products. "It's really a new beginning for the company as a whole."
Founded in 2001, Plaxo has surpassed 15 million users. It has also been broadening its revenue stream beyond the two-tiered membership model (Basic, free/Premium, $50 per year). Having recently done deals with Comcast, and other Web 2.0 companies Jajah and Zingy, Plaxo is looking to provide carriers and service providers with a co-branded networked address book and other services.
In addition to broad synchronization capabilities, the new Plaxo address book features find-as-you-type searching, one-click Yahoo Maps directions, and a click-to-call function provided by Jajah. There's also a new build-in calendar, a product of Plaxo's 2006 acquisition of HipCal. Premium customers can sync their LinkedIn contacts.
Plaxo, like just about every other Web 2.0 company at the moment, is moving into social networking. Plaxo Pulse is similar to an RSS reader, except that can be used to aggregate content by individual rather than by Web site. It lets Plaxo users keep track of what their contacts are posting online, whether those posts are on Amazon, Flickr, or a blog, for example.
Plaxo 3.0 is available in English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.
The Agile ArchiveWhen it comes to managing data, donít look at backup and archiving systems as burdens and cost centers. A well-designed archive can enhance data protection and restores, ease search and e-discovery efforts, and save money by intelligently moving data from expensive primary storage systems.
2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management SurveyITís tried for years to simplify data analytics and business intelligence efforts. Have visual analysis tools and Hadoop and NoSQL databases helped? Respondents to our 2014 InformationWeek Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Information Management Survey have a mixed outlook.
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.