According to my colleague Dan Farber, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer roared about salesforce.com amongst other things at the company's mid-market conference in Redmond.
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer followed Gates at the mid-market strategy event in Redmond. He gave a rambling history of Microsoft’s mid-market expedition, including the realization that the company has too many products to sell to too few people in the mid-market.
At a press event in San Francisco, Steve Jobs shows off the new Apple/Motorola iTunes phone [video and news report], dubbed Rokr (like soccer), which can hold up to 100 songs. U.
As the trial over the services of former Microsoft executive Kai Fu Lee proceeds in Seattle, Bill Gates was at the Microsoft Conference Center on campus talking about what he termed a coming revolution for mid-size companies. It's really an evolution, as I wrote about yesterday in my post about the newly christened Dynamics product line.
Now that the countdown to the launch of the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system -- officially called Windows Vista for now -- has officially begun (particularly given the release of the first beta CD), we here at ZDNet have decided to dedicate a blog to it. Since we wanted a place to cover anything that's fit to print about Windows Vista as well as some of Microsoft's other forthcoming technologies (such as Windows Mobile 5.
We have met the network, and it is us -- a cautionary tale.
Like any company with a strong survival instinct, Microsoft is constantly looking for growth. The latest target is the amorphous mid-market, and Microsoft is launching a major initiative tomorrow (Wednesday), trotting out Gates, Ballmer and other executives to deliver the details.
If there ever was a value statement from a public official regarding the reasons for moving to open standards, perhaps that statement came from Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Are you using LinkedIn, Plaxo, Orkut, or one of the umpteen contact management or Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon-like business card exchanges? If there's someone you need an introduction to through someone else you know, chances are pretty good that you know the right people to make that introduction happen.
How do we get on those spam lists anyway? And if our names are being bought and sold, shouldn't we get a cut? Finally, should legislation have gone further by allowing spam recipients to do more than just unsubsribe to bulk e-mail they don't want?