In a recent post poking a little fun at the pure browser-based services, Microsoft general manager of platform strategy Charles Fitzgerald wrote:The reality is the desktop is moving into the cloud and the cloud is moving onto the desktop. The winners will bring together the unique capabilities of both.
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Best Buy bought Speakeasy on Tuesday for $97 million in another move to become the IT shop for small businesses. Speakeasy offers broadband voice, data and IT services and will sit inside the Best Buy For Business Unit.
Robin Harris has joined ZDNet to man our new storage blog Storage Bits. Harris, a veteran storage industry insider who recently fended off a pricing trade secret flap from EMC, operates StorageMojo and will be contributing to ZDNet regularly.
At the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) today BEA will show off the latest versions of its new set of products that sprinkle Web 2.0 and social computing pixie dust (also known as Enterprise 2.
Notable headlines: Intel modifies Wi-Fi to add mileage. Sprint unveils WiMax plans.
Xobni ("inbox" spelled backwards) has just gotten an investment from the legendary VC and Sun co-founder Vinod Khosla and others in modest series A funding. The company is developing intelligent add-ons for Microsoft Exchange/Outlook that offer a higher degree of control and smarts to your inbox.
San Francisco's CIO Chris Vein calls himself an "accidental CIO." His background includes working in and around the White House during Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.
I noticed a few interesting posts on semantic Web themes. Jon Udell discusses his test driving of Metaweb's Freebase.
Microsoft just released the public beta version of Office Communicator 2007 and Office Communicator Server 2007. David Berlind's Testbed blog has all the details, including a video interview (and podcast) and Office Communicator demo session with Microsoft Unified Communications group product manager Paul Duffy and an image gallery with 15 screen shots showing Office Communicator in action.
Fellow Enterprise Irregular and desconstructor of the ERP giants Dennis Howlett contributes this guest post on the ongoing Oracle vs. SAP battle.