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June 16, 2013 by

Apple's Game of Services: Winter is coming

Cupertino's got a giant war chest, but does it really want to be in the business of search engines, volume email services, social networks, productivity and enterprise software, and all the other things that are needed to complete the mobile picture?

June 5, 2012 by

Google snaps up Quickoffice and Meebo

Google has bought the mobile productivity firm Quickoffice in a bid to make its Google Apps product suite more compatible with various file formats, the search giant said on Tuesday.Quickoffice provides word processing and other office task functions for smartphones and tablets, including those running Google's Android operating system, and iOS-based devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

February 1, 2011 by

Cisco focuses on security as it plots cloud expansion

Security is being embedded in the core of Cisco's engineering efforts as the networking company looks to expand upwards and into the cloud, according to chief executive John Chambers.Chambers, who was speaking at Cisco Live in London after a visit to the World Economic Forum at Davos, told the audience that "economists on a global basis are saying [employee] productivity can grow two, three, four, five percent a year.

April 14, 2010 by

Microsoft is fiercely competitive, but the field is more challenging. Microsoft is competing with Google on search via its Bing effort and Apple in the mobile market. Meanwhile, the software giant is positioning its wares for cloud computing with software and services. The company's two cash cows---operating systems and the Office productivity suite---are performing well.

July 10, 2009 by

Google Apps users to get OpenID authentication

Google is about to announce OpenID log-in functionality for enterprise users of its Apps productivity suite.The search giant has already adopted the authentication standard — whereby a single log-in can be used to access a variety of sites — to a very limited degree, but the upcoming announcement will extend that functionality to the millions of users of the business and educational versions of Google Apps.

April 23, 2009 by

Google optimizes Product Search for Android and iPhone browsers

Google develops and releases some outstanding mobile tools and according to the Official Google Mobile Blog you can now try out Google Product Search for Mobile that is an optimized website for the iPhone and Google Android web browsers. Simply go to Google on your device and then go to Product Search to see the results in the US and UK.

September 12, 2008 by

Does Microsoft & RIM search deal herald better usability?

It was about six pm last night when I was sat in the reception of Microsoft’s London HQ twiddling on a BlackBerry that I got news of a new search deal between RIM and Microsoft themselves. Spooked as I naturally was, I looked over my shoulder to check whether I was being followed and read on as I had heard rumblings about this earlier in the day.

June 17, 2008 by

10 top Vista tweaks, part 2

As I noted in the first installment of this series, some of my favorite productivity-enhancing techniques don’t involve custom code or registry edits. Instead, they involve learning how the basic building blocks of Windows work, and then rearranging those components to cut steps out of the tasks you perform most often. In today’s installment of this two-part series, I share some of my favorite tweaks for getting maximum mileage out of Windows Search. I also explain the inner workings of volume shadow copies and how you can make better use of these automatic backups with System Restore and the Previous Versions feature. I show how to get quick access to your local and network data files by combining shortcuts in a single, easy-to-reach location, and I explain why hybrid sleep should be the default on every desktop PC.

April 28, 2008 by

Google Product Search gets a bit smarter

Google Product Search -- the latest name for the Google service that was originally called "Froogle" -- recently received another update that makes the service a lot more useful.Instead of simply indexing individual product listings from online stores, Google has now started grouping similar products together.

March 5, 2008 by

Microsoft research: No pain, no gain

Not every research project the software giant embarks on will see fruition, but without taking high risk, there can be no real success, says head of Microsoft's Beijing lab.


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