Guest post: AccMan blogger and deep thinker on enterprise software Dennis Howlett ponders Microsoft's next move. He's an Enterprise Irregular:One of the less talked about pieces to come out of Microsoft's World Wide Partner Conference was the understated announcement that the Redmond Giant is readying to roll out Dynamics Entrepreneur Edition.
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Mozilla plans on releasing a pre-beta version of Firefox 3 every six weeks or so. Just don't expect a beta to come before Mozilla is happy with the browser.
Oracle has officially launched its 11g database and the software giant has taken an interesting approach with positioning--most features can be aligned to an ROI case. Earlier today I asked the question that everyone is asking in relation to new software upgrades these days: When will customers upgrade?
Oracle president Charles Phillips outlined the database life cycle in a chart that was laid out how information has run amok.Now that's good for Oracle, which is touting its 11g.
On today's podcast:It's Oracle 11g launch day.Microsoft's Steve Ballmer seems antsy about reinventing the company.
Oracle is hosting a powwow in New York to tout the launch of its 11g database Wednesday, but it's unclear how fast folks will upgrade. The question for Oracle is just how fast will users upgrade.
Notable headlines:Robin Harris: Who makes the best hard drives?Ryan Naraine: Ex-Softies launch anti-malware start-up.
My friend Steve Gillmor buries the Gillmor Gang and resurfaces with "Bad Sinatra," his own version of Silicon Valley cinema verite, in which I play myself, accompanied by other cast members, including Doc Searls, Mike Arrington, Marc Benioff and Robert Scoble. "Bad Sinatra" is vintage Gillmor, with debate, argument, randomness, a few expletives and some real nuggets scattered in the 38:30 minute episode.
McDonald's is networking its kitchen equipment to save energy, use powerlines more effectively and save some dough. Using gear from a company called Echelon McDonald's plans to network its kitchen equipment to manage energy use and cut maintenance costs through networked powerlines.
In Michael Dell's talk to customers and the media in New York social issues--such as the OLPC project and green IT--were front and center. Of course, Vista uptake and Dell 2.