Google Inc. is pushing further into the communication and collaboration applications market with a major upgrade of Google Apps, a hosted suite for organizations of all sizes that analysts say could soon become a real competitor to Microsoft Office.
The dream of effortless BI deployment has always been sweeter than the reality. Some of the most significant barriers arise during acquisition. Combing through the components to figure out which ones you must buy to get the features you're looking for can feel like rummaging through a really expensive, very high-tech flea market.
Microsoft Corp. is expected to unwrap a Windows software and licensing promotion aimed at making it easier for midmarket companies to implement basic Microsoft infrastructure software, according to a Microsoft executive. The new software bundle, called the Windows Server System Offer for Midsized Companies, will debut at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2005, which will be held in Minneapolis.
The new Live Communications Server (LCS) 2005 allows users to extend their IM and presence service to other companies and the ability to let workers to connect to IM from outside the corporate network without requiring a VPN connection.
Microsoft Corp. has yet to release a feature-complete beta version of its upcoming Visual Studio 2005 development tools. But at this week's VSLive conference in Orlando, it announced a refresh of the existing beta release and disclosed more details about the product.