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SkyDrive and Office Web Apps versus Google

SkyDrive and Office Web Apps versus Google

It's hard to think of Microsoft Office as anything other than the archetypal Windows desktop program. But while no one was looking, Microsoft's free online apps and storage turned surprisingly powerful. Are the free apps good enough to use in place of Office?

February 28, 2013 by in Enterprise Software

ZDNet's tech predictions for 2013

ZDNet's tech predictions for 2013

What will be the next big thing? As cellular carriers merge and become stronger, mobile makers may not survive. Will big data analytics take off, and will 3D printing arrive with a bevy of legal and ethical issues? Here's a look ahead at 2013 and what we can expect.

December 21, 2012 by in CXO

Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Datacentres are the IT palaces that provide the backbone of our working lives. Take a tour of datacentres around the world, from the UK to Iceland to Texas, in this round-up of cutting-edge facilities.

December 6, 2012 by in Cloud

A guided tour of the new Outlook.com

A guided tour of the new Outlook.com

Eventually, Outlook.com will replace Hotmail. For now, though, Microsoft is releasing its new email service (previously code-named NewMail) as a preview that's open to the public. Here's what's inside.

July 31, 2012 by in Cloud

IDC: iOS Widens Lead Over Android Among Mobile Enterprise Developers [Charts]

IDC: iOS Widens Lead Over Android Among Mobile Enterprise Developers [Charts]

IDC has been surveying mobile developers for the past two years. In mid-May, it polled more than 3,500 developers in a survey sponsored by platform vendor and SAP partner, Appcelerator, to gauge their feelings about Apple versus Google in the enterprise, their interest in Windows 8/Microsoft Surface, what their pain points are, and more. Here is what they said, with my commentary.

July 23, 2012 by in Enterprise Software /

Office 2013: Screenshots

Office 2013: Screenshots

Microsoft's new Office has a design that makes it easy to focus on work, rather than drowning in extraneous information. Office 2013 looks set to make users more productive without requiring them to learn new ways of working, even on new kinds of devices.

July 16, 2012 by in Developer

Office 2013: A closer look

Office 2013: A closer look

Microsoft has officially unveiled the consumer preview of Office 2013. The new edition has a dramatically different look and feel, as well as tight connections to cloud-based services. Here's what you'll find inside.

July 16, 2012 by in Enterprise Software

Windows Intune 3.0: screenshots

Windows Intune 3.0: screenshots

Microsoft's cloud-hosted management platform adds support for mobile devices — including iPhones, iPads and Android — in version 3.0. The Silverlight-driven UI is much the same as before, but it's now easier to see, filter and respond to alerts.

July 16, 2012 by in Cloud

In pictures: The rise of AWS

In pictures: The rise of AWS

Amazon's rise is most apparent when you look at how its introduction of new products, services, and datacentres has built the infrastructure needed to support its growth

July 1, 2012 by in Cloud

Innovation spend to rise in banks: IDC

Current IT spending within banks and financial institutions focuses on maximising staff productivity and keeping the lights on, but that's all about to give way to more innovative projects in the near future, according to IDC analysts.

August 8, 2011 in Cloud

Where will the cloud be in five years?

At the Always On Silicon Valley Innovation Summit panel titled "Money Falling from the Cloud," Virtustream's Rodney Rogers and Zuora's Tien Tzuo explain how they think consumers and the enterprise will leverage the cloud in the future.

July 29, 2011 in Cloud

RAMS Financial Group shuns BYO, cloud

Jeremy Whitelaw, IT head of RAMS Financial Group, has dismissed the need for cloud computing and bring-your-own (BYO) device models in his business, as he looks to overhaul the group's technology strategy.

July 26, 2011 in Cloud

Into the Clouds: NSW DET

When the New South Wales Department of Education (DET) decided it needed to improve the way it handled science testing for year-8 students, it began to look at online solutions. Teaming up with Janison Solutions, the DET sought to better replicate what students did in the laboratory.

June 29, 2011 in Cloud

ZDNet Enspire Case Study

Melbourne-based ISP Enspire has embraced the cloud by transforming its business from providing internet connectivity to instead offering organisations a "hosted desktop" service using the Vblock.

April 19, 2011 in Cloud

TechLines: cloud adaptability

In last month's TechLines: Cloud Control event, panellists discussed how the cloud allows businesses to become more adaptable, innovating faster and ramping up computing needs for a growing (or shrinking) business, yet it also exposes them to technology lock-in.

March 13, 2011 in Cloud

TechLines: is Australia cloud ready?

At the TechLines: Cloud Control session on 17 February, panellists discussed what needs to happen for Australia to be able to grab cloud by the horns and become a hub for this new technological paradigm.

March 8, 2011 in Cloud

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