For Microsoft's latest version of its Office suite, the company is betting big that making documents accessible across multiple devices, a cleaned-up design and improved collaboration features will keep the product relevant to today's users.
When Microsoft executives envision the company's future, they see record-setting sales and profits from exciting new products. But when Wall Street gazes into Microsoft's future, many potential investors seem to see only a blue screen of death.
Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the software giant is urgently working with its partners to unveil a host of tablet computers running Windows 7, to compete with Apple's fast-selling iPad.
It has recently been popular to prognosticate Microsoft's impending doom, but there's one big reason to believe in a successful future for the software giant: Cash. Microsoft is sitting on a giant pile of it, and it makes billions more every quarter.
A man apparently angry over a poor performance evaluation entered an Ohio State University maintenance building early Tuesday and opened fire, killing a manager before turning the gun on himself, police said.
It's highly unlikely that the operating system Google announced yesterday -- dubbed Google Chrome OS -- will rocket to the heights of its chief competitor, Microsoft, right away. But it doesn't really matter. In a world obsessed with all things Google, the new OS will certainly get its fair share of attention, and the frontal assault on Microsoft that it represents will serve at least as a great distraction to the tech behemoth.
Significantly increasing the utility and competitiveness of its Web-based e-mail service, Google is enabling an experimental ability to read, write, and search Gmail messages even while not connected to the network.
What happens when a business throws out its scheduling and collaboration tools and replaces them with Google's low-cost, online business software? To find out, we at Blumsday migrated our entire shop of roughly a dozen employees and contractors to test out Google Apps.
Steve Skinner, the head of information technology for a big Bay Area real estate agency, recently got his umpteenth call from Google. Would Skinner be interested in buying a package of e-mail, word processing and other software known as Google Apps for his company's 1,300 employees?
It was too weird to be true. In late 2006, a series of videos appeared on YouTube about a Willow Springs, Ill., resident named Kyle Bone who'd created a successful product called "the anti-shirt" - a shirt that exposed the area of one's torso that a normal tee shirt would cover and revealed the area that would otherwise be exposed. In short, said Bone, it cured the age-old problem of "farmer's tan."
Sean Knapp had it made. As a young computer scientist, he couldn't have had a better gig: working at Google, the engineer's paradise. He had all the usual perks - a massage every other week, onsite laundry, free all-you-can-eat haute cuisine. Even better, he got to work on some of Google's highest-profile products, including the search technology that is the heart and soul of the company. And he made full use of his "20% time," that famous one day a week that Google gives its engineers to work on whatever project they want. A little over a year ago he and a couple of colleagues, brothers Bismarck and Belsasar Lepe, ages 28 and 21, respectively, did what many of the young geniuses do at Google: They came up with a cool idea, in this case a new way to handle Web video.
Dear FSB: I have a business in two states, Connecticut and Florida. When I am in one office, I always need to access files in the other office. How can I access my other computer remotely to work on files and applications in the other office? P.S. I can't break the bank.
I'm no Apple lover. Sure, I dig the design coup that is the iPod Touch, the lovely software interface of the Apple operating system, the content of the iTunes service. And I truly believe Steve Jobs is a living, breathing American genius. But Apple's hardware has always been frustratingly limited, particularly for small businesses.
How's this for irony? Choosing the software that's supposed to make our work lives easier is becoming horribly complex. Market hegemon Microsoft recently unleashed its most impressive riffs yet on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the rest, packaged as Office 2007 and built for the new Vista operating system. Meanwhile, Internet search-giant Google has come to market with a reliable and low-cost suite of web-based tools: word processing, spreadsheets, calendar, e-mail, and more, all packaged as Google Apps.
Court TV Host: We're going to be talking to the founder and leader of the Oklahoma City Murrah Building Survivors' group, Dr. Paul Heath. Dr. Heath is a retired psychologist, who was on the fifth floor of the Murrah building when the bomb exploded. Almost immediately, he helped in efforts to calm and minister to victims and was a founder of the association of survivors. We're very fortunate to have him with us on the sixth anniversary of the the Oklahoma City bombing.
On January 30th, Microsoft will drop a revamped Word that makes Kirstie Alley losing 70 pounds look like John Madden changing his tie. I have been testing this radically new Word for the last month or so. My verdict? Business users, get ready for #&!? frustration.
As if there weren't enough tussling in the technology world, two software giants are duking it out over - get this - bean counting. Internet-search giant Google recently cut a deal with Intuit, the 800-pound accounting software gorilla.
Ever since its release last June, the iPhone has inspired lust in consumers and envy in competitors. But at least for now, business users would be smart to ignore the one-million-sold hype: Apple's refusal to accommodate third party applications and AT&T's sluggish EDGE network keep this gadget strictly in the realm of fun.
Many entrepreneurs describe their great ideas as a lightning bolt of inspiration, but to hear Jones tell it, he's prone to frequent thunderstorms. "All of a sudden I can't sleep, and I have all these ideas that are unrelated to each other," he describes. "I just spew them on the page, and it feels like I'm channeling from somewhere else."
Microsoft is unveiling a Web component for its desktop-based Office programs that lets computer users store, share and comment on documents, but the software maker did not go so far as to let people create new files from scratch online.
Microsoft Corp. said it will release three versions of its Office 2008 for Mac suite in January, with the most expensive of the bunch aimed at creative professionals overwhelmed by the task of organizing their digital media files.
This fall the business world will see the first tentative release of a product that Charles Simonyi has been working on, in one form or another, for most of his professional life. No, it's not word-processing software, which the Hungarian immigrant developed at Xerox PARC and then took to Microsoft in 1981, and which helped build him a fortune estimated at $1 billion. It's more audacious than that.
Google Inc. is buying e-mail security specialist Postini Inc. for $625 million, fortifying the Internet search leader's effort to sell online software services to corporate customers seeking alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s long-dominant products