The details that Microsoft is sharing about the Windows 7 phone application platform reveal a slightly schizophrenic and almost exclusively consumer-focused system.
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Sony has done what we had thought it would never do. Announced a netbook.
The IE9 Platform Preview isn't a beta release of the next Internet Explorer browser; in many ways it's not a full browser and you certainly wouldn't want to use it for your day to day browsing (and Microsoft doesn't want you to). There's no address bar, no back button, no tabs, no favourites, no error messages if pages don't load and none of the usual browser tools, including no malware protection.
Dell’s Vostro range is aimed at smaller businesses, and the V13 is a 13.3-inch screened model that is both thin and light.
Announced at MWC in Barcelona, and now available for free download, BES Express takes the familiar enterprise-grade BlackBerry server, lops off a few features and delivers a surprisingly capable small business mobile email solution. The one thing about BES Express that isn’t Express is the download.
One of the problems with carrying a laptop around with you is that it looks like a valuable laptop, and a laptop bag or sleeve doesn't disguise it much. The Undercover laptop sleeve gives your notebook a place to hide; it looks like a padded mailing envelope complete with label, stamp, postmark, return address, delivery instructions, creases and all.
According to developer Kerio Technologies, its small business MailServer product does a lot more than just email. It’s also big on collaboration, connecting together colleagues and business partners to share information and develop new ideas, whether in the office, on the road or at home.
When you think Toshiba, you think notebooks (and TVs), but the company is also doing a thriving line in accessories. Its Dynadock U10 universal docking station is already the best-selling USB docking station on the market, says Toshiba storage business manager Graeme Simons (especially in the public sector where purchasing switches between different notebook brands and models frequently, so dedicated docking stations just don’t work).
Netbooks are here to stay, says Toshiba, accounting for 15-20% of all their notebook sales – but those who want something ultraportable with a bit more power, it’s introducing the Satellite Pro T110. A year ago the cheapest ultraportables were around £1,000; the T110 weighs in at 1.
Outlook gets LinkedIn.Microsoft today rolled out the latest version of the Outlook Social Connector, its Xobni-like tools for exploring the social network in your mailbox.