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posted in June 2007
Microsoft is set to kick off an Office-for-business-processes strategy, focusing on composite apps called Office Business Applications, or OBAs, starting next month.
The upgraded version of OmniFind Enterprise Edition indexes more than 30 types of enterprise content and 200 file types.
One of the hallmarks of Apple's current cachet, along with pure stylishness, is its secrecy. Products don't get announced until very close to release date, features sometimes even later, and Apple's public relations department isn't exactly the most open. Apple's caginess certainly breeds intrigue, but it wouldn't work as a corporate policy at a place like Microsoft.
The common theme for the Windows Live suite is that all of its apps combine a rich Windows client application with Internet services that add power to those apps.
Business social networking site LinkedIn is going to be following in the footsteps of Facebook by opening up APIs over the next several months. Facebook's move has bolstered already skyrocketing membership and led to a ton of new applications. But what does this big step mean for LinkedIn and for social networking in business? Just like everything else in the Enterprise 2.0 world, business social networks won't get used unless they can do something better than e-mail and other apps.
Plaxo released a beta version of its service, which unifies address books and calendars from disparate providers and also allows members to share streams of information with one another.
It once bet its collaboration strategy on Microsoft tools. It’s expanded to consider more Web 2.0 tools, but getting them implemented and used is far from easy.
The company's initiative, which it calls "Intranet 2.0," has been wildly successful, with 70,000 people using it every day, including partners.
Microsoft says it will change the way Vista's search product behaves when it releases the first service pack for the operating system, a beta of which is due out before the end of 2007.
The evolution will be defined by user control over how these things work together, one executive said.
I came to the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston this week expecting to hear about all the challenges companies are having proving the value of collaborative technologies to their employees and how they were trying to get pilot projects off the ground and what vendors are doing to sell tools like blogs, wikis, and mash-up engines. What I didn't anticipate is that I'd see innovative uses of collaborative technology right here at the show. Exhibit one: Morgan Stanley.
The updates complete an initiative to give all four of Microsoft's ERP suites a common look and feel.
At this week's Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, check out these clever tools to collaborate, manage information, and promote more personalized productivity.
"Push search" will let Google learn what you might want to look for and push it in your direction through RSS feeds and Google gadgets.
Google's been in the doghouse recently with privacy. Last week, watchdog group Privacy International ranked Google last among its peers in privacy, while Google simultaneously tried to quell European Union concerns that the company's data retention policies didn't meet EU rules to delete unneeded data by saying it would anonymize data after 18 months. Meanwhile, the company's under heat for street-level maps that have caught people urinating in bushes and showing a little too much thong.
To differentiate their products from companies like Microsoft and IBM, they'll have to do things differently.
Adobe re-branded its Apollo multimedia technology that lets Internet applications run outside a browser as the Adobe Integrated Runtime and released it into beta with new features.
Exchange and SharePoint are available as hosted services, with more on the way.
The framework consists of tools that aim to simplify the development of client .Net applications, and the initial release specifically targets business apps.
The product will add support for live video and voice over IP as well as support for rich media such as Flash.
The companies expand a partnership that includes a Google Maps-Salesforce mashup and a plug-in for creating and managing Google ads.
Energizer disclosed its participation in a pilot program with Microsoft, where the software company provides hosted software and security solutions for the battery company's 9,000 users.
Microsoft's been getting funky recently with the names of its consumer software -- see Vista, Silverlight, Popfly, and Zune. But as it proved today at its annual TechEd conference for the IT crowd, business apps are getting the short end of the stick on the name front, despite their cool code names.
Microsoft's Surface computer and Livescribe's Smartpen signal a break with the well-worn keyboard and mouse.