Review Category : Enterprise

Yes, you read it correct. Just today Google announced the launch of 24X7 Business support for its Google Apps Enterprise product. Even small stores and web services these days have 24X7 support through phone. But Google offered only email based support for all its enterprise customers including some governments so far. From their announcement, Since we launched Google Apps for Business in 2007, we’ve been working hard to build a global support offering that’s responsive to the needs of our business customers. In the early days, our customers reached us mainly through email, and our 24 x 7 phone support was limited to critical issues. To improve the experience of our customers, we now provide 24 x 7 phone support to small, medium, and large Google Apps for Business customers for all issues affecting the core services. They even claim that over 95% of the customers are satisfied with their ...

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As part of Building Windows 8 blog series, Microsoft detailed the power consumption in Windows 8. Power consumption has become an important part of Operating systems as the hardware running is becoming more and more mobile. Its also important to reduce carbon footprint by consuming power in efficient manner. Microsoft had the following goals in mind when designing Windows 8, Let the hardware shine. We built Windows 8 such that the power efficiency of the hardware platform shines through, regardless of whether the system is a SoC-based Windows tablet or an SLI-equipped gaming PC. We designed our power management interfaces in a consistent, standardized way across all platforms. This allows our hardware partners and application developers to focus on their unique innovations and experiences instead of the differences in platform hardware and power management. Continue to deliver great battery life. Windows 7 delivered a significant reduction in power consumption and increase in ...

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HP today announced the successor to HP Slate device called HP Slate 2. HP Slate 2 similar to its predecessor with few changes. It will cost from $699. The Slate 2 Tablet PC has a 1024 x 600-resolution, 8.9-inch N-Trig panel, an included stylus, and runs Windows 7. HP has refreshed it with a new Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 processor, a faster 64GB mSATA drive, and a Swype keyboard. Other changes include an always-exciting TPM chip for security, a new Bluetooth keyboard dock, and a flat black cover, rather than the grey textured one on the original. Product description from The Verge. Press Release: HP Introduces Multitouch Slate Tablet PC for Business PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 3, 2011 – HP today announced the HP Slate 2 Tablet PC with expanded touch capabilities, enhanced multitasking performance and embedded security, providing added flexibility to mobile business users. The company also announced ...

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Tom Rizzo from Microsoft yesterday did a blog post to show how Google treat their business customers and their product cancellation strategy. He did a graphic as seen above to illustrate how Google left their customers in cold. Kip from Liveside did a similar graphic in reply to Microsoft to show how Microsoft does the same. Its strikingly similar ! ! Everyone knows that Microsoft’s blog post is a marketing attempt, but they should be more careful in doing such things as it could backfire. ...

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You may wonder they already did this, but this is new stuff. You can read about the new simple task manager for our PC’s here. At Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft detailed the feature in task manager of upcoming Windows 8 that server admins and people with access to mega-PC setups with lots and lots of logical processors can use it for their analysis. Its full of heat maps and percentage numbers presented in a neat way as shown in the image above. You can read more on that at B8 blog. ...

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Just a month after reporting that HP will spin-off its Personal Systems Group into a separate company, now they are announcing that it won’t happen. Their plans have changed so as their CEO’s. Their new CEO Whitman said that, ” HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.” That’s a good decision. Press Release: Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company. “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees” “HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning ...

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Windows Intune was made commercially available from March-23rd this year. Today Microsoft announced the availability of  next version Intune, the cloud based PC Management solution. Some of them are listed below, Software Distribution, Remote Tasks, License Management for Other Licenses, Enhanced Reporting, Customizing Alerts, Read-only Access Administrators, Offline Installation, Additional Languages, General Administration and Usability, Improvements.   You can find more on Windows Intune here and here. ...

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Microsoft promoted its LightSwitch product in Sydney, Australia through an awesome light show. Watch it above, its great. LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and cloud. You can find more on it here, http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch via: msdn ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website aimed at protecting customers from web browser security by providing them information on their current browser’s security level. The website also provides information on malware and how your browser can protect from you from it. The website which is designed on Metro Design language is easy to use and pretty useful as well. I got the above score when I visited the website using Google Chrome 13 and I even tested it with IE8 which scored 1 and IE9 topped the results with 4 points. Try it out at http://www.yourbrowsermatters.org via: winrumors ...

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BlueStacks is a downloadable program that allows people to use all their favorite Android apps in Windows. BlueStacks was built using a virtualization technology that allows even graphics-intensive games like Fruit Ninja to run full-screen . Along with the desktop they have also released a mobile app, BlueStacks Cloud Connect , which allows users push apps from their phone into BlueStacks on their PC via the cloud. It comes pre-loaded with apps like Bloomberg, LivingSocial, AOL’s Huffington Post,etc.. This app works with touch as well, so if you have a Windows 8 PC or Windows 7 PC that supports touch you can enjoy Android apps while Windows 8 developers jump on board. There is also pro version of this software coming and they haven’t decided on their pricing for that yet. You can download their alpha version here. Press Release: CAMPBELL, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – BlueStacks today announced the alpha version of BlueStacks App Player for Windows ...

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Google yesterday dropped its lawsuit against US interior department on favoring Microsoft based productivity solution against Google Apps. Google filed the lawsuit last October saying that the Interior department’s e-mail contract unfairly favored Microsoft products and didn’t give full consideration to the company’s “Google Apps for Government” product. Now Google has dropped the lawsuit as US Interior department said that it would reopen the competition. Matt Donovan, a spokesman for Microsoft, said .. the company is “pleased” the Interior Department “can proceed to obtain the secure e-mail system it needs.” “We are fully prepared to continue competing for the Department’s business and are confident that we offer the best cloud solutions and value,” Donavan said in an e-mail. C’mon Google, you want to compare Microsoft Office 2010/365 with Google Docs??? I can’t even do it.. ...

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At last week’s BUILD conference, Microsoft not only showed consumer oriented features on Windows 8 but also showed some Windows 8 features focused on IT department of your enterprise. Windows 8  Refresh, Reset And Windows To Go are some of the features that will enhance Windows 8 experience in IT. Refresh your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your files and personalization settings won’t change. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Apps from Windows Store will be kept. All other apps will be removed. Reset your PC: Here’s what will happen: Your personal files and apps will be removed. Your PC settings will be restored to their defaults. Windows To Go: Windows To Go allows you to run Windows from USB thumb drives. Deployment to USB media uses the standard Windows imaging and deployment tools, such as ImageX and WIM images, and the result is a fully featured Windows ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday at BUILD, Microsoft showed this slide to Wall Street analysts. The slide pretty much explains how Microsoft is taking on consumerization Of IT which everyone in the industry is aware of. As you notice apart from the traditional things like Windows, Office,etc,. SharePoint-the Facebook of the enterprise, Lync-the communication platform behind the firewall, Windows Intune- PC management through Cloud and at last HTML5 makes the Microsoft’s Enterprise Portfolio stronger than ever. I think no other enterprise player have such broad and coherent working solutions. You can find more from FAM here and here.   ...

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The day one of BUILD Windows conference is over. Here is the quick summary of what happened there, Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky took stage for the keynote. With little background of Windows 7,  Steven introduced Windows 8. Windows 8 is Windows reimagined. Windows 8 PC’s will have no compromise on any aspect of a PC. Windows 8′s core UI experience is shown. Windows 8 will sport new start screen with Live Tiles. Users can customize Live Tiles, rearrange them, group them, rename the groups,etc,. Windows 8 will have new Lock screen with picture based password support. Gesture support and multitasking on Windows 8 was shown. Metro Style apps will take full screen always and suspended when moved away from screen. New control panel for Metro UI with access to commonly used settings. User can switch back and forth between Windows 32 app and Metro Style app anytime. User can ...

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In media events around the world, Microsoft today announced the availability of Office 365, its cloud based enterprise solution. Office 365 is the successor to Microsoft’s BPOS. Office 365 was under bet testing by over thousands of organization before getting launched today. Microsoft also revealed the pricing schemes of Office 365 targeting SMB’s and large enterprises. Take a look at the info graphic below, http://zoom.it/4sXC Find full press release after the break. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Lync-Guistic addon for Microsoft Lync 2010. The new add-on will act as an Conversation Translator which allows people of different languages to communicate effectively in real time. Lync-Guistic makes use of Bing/Microsoft translator for its backend processing. The new service was developed by Microsoft Research (MSR) and the Microsoft Lync team. The service that launched on June 3 translates incoming and outgoing instant messages into 35 languages. For more details visit http://lyncguistic.cloudapp.net/ ...

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