Windows Phone 7: Hail Mary
If the story at Ars Technica is to be believed, Microsoft really is starting with a clean slate with its Windows Phone 7 platform. That seems like a good idea, because the old slate wasn't tearing up the market. However, Microsoft's new platform seems like it's betting on a slate of proprietary technologies that haven't yet been proven in the mobile world.
The 10 Most Strategic IT Vendors For SMBs
The most strategic vendors for SMBs may be the same as for large enterprises. Or, the local and regional vendors that keep serve the IT needs of smaller businesses may just fly under the radar of national and global vendor rankings.
No Flash Love For Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Windows Mobile can't catch a break. Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series at Mobile World Congress, WinMo 6.5.3 has been cast aside like an old toy on Christmas morning. The latest kick in the stomach comes from Adobe. All plans to provide Flash 10 for WinMo have been halted as the software developer targets WinPho 7 this fall.
The Google Buzz New User Experience
Last November I took a look at the user experience for a new user who attempts to access Twitter.com. Now I'd like to provide the same new user experience overview for a person attempting to use Google Buzz.
J&J Uses Dashboards to Run the Business
At this week's IQPC Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement conference in Toronto, David Haigh of Johnson & Johnson presented on how the company is using dashboards for process improvement efforts.
Gmail Labs: Six Graduate, Five Flunk
Google recently announced that it has promoted six Gmail Labs features to become full-time, regular options within Gmail. Sadly, at the same time, five precious Labs have lost their struggle for relevance and are being, in Google parlance, "retired."
4 Steps To Avoid Social Media Landmines
Many business owners are embracing social media for marketing and customer retention, but don't guard against legal exposure and threats to business reputation. Get started with these four steps.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Google Blasts Italian Judge Over Video Convictions
A judge in Italy recently convicted three Google executives for failure to comply with Italian privacy laws. The privacy violation was actually committed by a school student who shot video of a classmate being bullied and then uploaded the footage to Google Video. Google calls the convictions "a serious threat to the Web" and contends that new precedent set by Italian courts endangers the very fabric of the Web.
1 In 4 TVs Internet Connected
Using IETV, gaming consoles, digital video boxes, and PCs, consumers are increasingly linking their TVs to the Web.
Details On Windows Phone 7 Hardware
One of the benefits for manufacturers for Windows Mobile phones until now has been the incredibly wide variety of hardware they could build for the mobile platform. Windows Phone 7 Series is going to change all of that. Microsoft is strictly controlling the hardware specs that are allowed for the device. We've got some rumors on what is and isn't allowed.
TextFlow + Box.net = Easy Revision Management
Businesses that need to manage input from multiple collaborators on shared text documents will benefit from the new TextFlow application for Box.net, which makes it simple to see changes side by side and choose which one to accept.
Piper Jaffray Sees Gold Rush In Cloud Software
Investment advisor Piper Jaffray interviewed 100 CIOs and IT managers, then wrote up its conclusions in a 320-page report, neatly summarized by its title: "The Future Is In the Cloud." Spending on software as a service and cloud computing will grow from 5.7% today to 13.5% of all software spending in five years, it predicts.
Microsoft To Buy Cell Phone Maker?
It has barely been a week since Microsoft formally announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the successor to current Windows Mobile devices. Even though the platform has garnered quite a bit of praise and buzz, an analyst is suggesting that it might not be enough to turn the tide and Microsoft may need to resort to buying another cell phone maker.
Google Renovates Ad Platform
The company's DoubleClick advertising technology, originally a tool for large publishers, is now also available for small publishers.
Double-Take Puts Disaster Recovery In The Cloud
Continuing the recent trend toward using cloud storage for backup and recovery, Double-Take has introduced Double-Take Cloud. The cloud option gives businesses a recovery alternative to a steep hardware investment in duplicate servers.
Windows Phone 7 Browser Must Wow
Gartner says Microsoft should avoid mobile industry's "obsession" with native apps and give new phone state-of-the-art Web capabilities.
Four New Cloud Computing Favorites
Four startups have emerged as finalists in Cloud Connect's Launch Pad contest, in which the public voted for their favorite new or in-development cloud application or service. These finalists provide a good indication of what's next in the cloud.