We've already seen Web-based desktops from the likes of Laszlo with its Webtop (see video) and from Sapotek with its Desktoptwo (see video) -- both of which pursue different models (the former, you must host behind your firewall; the latter is hosted multitenant style by Sapotek) and both of which encourage third-party developers to join the ecosystem with their own applications for the two platforms.
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For the final Oracle OpenWorld keynote, singer Billy Joel, part of the evening entertainment lineup, introduced Larry Ellison, who is celebrating 30 years at the helm of the company he co-founded.He announced that the first Fusion applications would come out early in 2008, focusing on salesforce automation, with pre-built integration packs for Oracle's E-Business Suite ERP.
Michael Dell used his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld for product promotion and teased the audience with a "green" reference architecture. "In the next year Dell will introduce a reference architecture--the Greenprint (not to be confused with GreenPrint, a software provider that lets users manipulate documents in a print preview mode to eliminate superfluous graphics, text, or entire pages).
I was talking to a friend yesterday about what we'd be willing to reveal to Google or Yahoo! to get better search results?
Barack Obama unveiled plans for a chief technology officer, support for Net neutrality, improving education, next-generation broadband networks and more research spending. Oh yeah, and there will be more open government and feds using wikis and blogs.
At Oracle OpenWorld Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, unveiled his company's latest twist on virtualization--the Sun xVM platform. Sun xVM is based on the Xen hypervisor and supports Windows, Linux and Solaris guest operating systems, Green said.
Michael Dell joined Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz on stage at Oracle OpenWorld to announce that Sun's open source Solaris 10 operating system would be shipping on Dell servers. "We heard from customers that they want better support for Solaris," Dell said.
The future of social networking is coming into focus and it looks like Facebook-ish features will be increasingly be integrated into your everyday applications.To wit:Yahoo and Google are looking to integrate social networking into their email applications, reports Saul Hansell at the New York Times.
VeriSign plans to divest its communications, billing and commerce businesses so it can focus on its domain names, Web certificates and identity protection.The strategy, expected to be outlined Wednesday at an analyst meeting, will mean VeriSign will be more focused on what used to be its core business.
Notable headlines:Ed Burnette: SC07 Day 3: Programming bits and atoms. SiCortex wins Dev Connection "Sexiest in show" award.