Enterprise news was all over the board this week, ranging from the once again delayed release of ChromeOS to social e-mail à la Facebook and Mainsoft.
ChromeOS Delayed, Launch Sometime in the (Near) Future
The long awaited launch of ChromeOS has been delayed — again.
ChromeOS was originally expected to hit the market in the second half of 2010. Now, word is there will be no ChromeOS devices sitting under this Christmas tree this year. In we're looking at the first quarter of 2011.
What's the holdup? Some suspect Android, which as been updated much more frequently as of late. In any case, it looks like the Browser Wars are set to continue after the holiday season.
Check out more details here.
Social Email: Integrate Outlook or Lotus Notes and SharePoint 2010
E-mail: It's isn't going anywhere, but it's definitely not staying the same. Mainsoft's new-ish Harmon.ie product for Outlook and Lotus Notes is a prime example. The free version of Harmon.ie was initially available last March. Now the enterprise version of the harmon.ie suite is open to everyone.
Harmion.ie basically allows users to continue to work in the email client of their choice (in this case Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes), and using the harmon.ie sidebar, they can collaborate on documents and other content located in SharePoint or Google Docs:
New features for SharePoint include:
- View SharePoint profiles
- Rate documents shown in the sidebar
- Add comments (notes) to selected document in the side
- Search for people, based on their SharePoint profiles
- View content out of SharePoint MySites
- Right Click on a document and initiate an email, chat or call with the owner of that document (this is done using either Microsoft Communication Server or Lotus Sametime)
Check out more details here.
Facebook's Social Inbox: Changing Communication Forever
Speaking of social email, Facebook's new messaging system made a mess of the headlines this week. In addition to combining our favorite forms of communication into one feed, Facebook Messages will provide direct access to Microsoft Office applications.
Users can upload and download documents authored in the desktop versions of the software, or include an "attachment" that gives the recipients access to a document created in Office Live.
"You may want to send your friend a spreadsheet containing data you pulled together on organic dog food prices in shops within the Bay area. Lucky you…Microsoft Office is now a part of Facebook’s new messaging system, allowing people to view Word, Excel and PowerPoint attachments with the Office Web Apps directly in Facebook," Microsoft said. "If you have Office installed on your computer, you will be able to download, edit and save attachments to your computer."
"The integration of Facebook Messages and Microsoft Office may be a sign the two companies plan to work together more closely in an effort to fend off Google, which earlier this month shielded its APIs from Facebook and is rumored to be eyeing its own social networking service," noted Paul McDougall of InformationWeek.
Edit your Google Docs on Android, iPhone and iPad
Meanwhile, Google's still up to its own tricks. Most recently, the Internet giant released the ability to edit Googld Docs on mobile devices such as Android, iPhone and iPad:
It's obviously not for heavy editing, but it'll be handy for quick fixes on the go. More on the new feature here.