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The Spartan Browser for #Win10: What's the Big Deal?

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Microsoft recently released a replacement browser for Internet Explorer to Windows 10 testers. Tentatively dubbed Project Spartan, it's intended as a game-changer for the web.

Come this summer, Windows users on PCs, tablets and smartphones will be interacting with web sites and web apps,the company said, in a “fast, more secure, and more reliable” way.

But is it really such a big deal? Perhaps more importantly, if Microsoft makes significant changes to its Windows browser, will those changes impact the way people work? Or would enterprise web apps users simply avoid that impact the way they avoided Windows 8?

How a CRM App is Helping Google Best Microsoft 365

Google has been incrementally making its workplace products more and more functional — all, it seems, with one goal in mind.

It would like to eat Microsoft Office 365's lunch.

When it first launched Google Apps (now called Google for Work), the best feature was the cost. The products were free to use, although there was little in the way of service or advanced business functionality.

But that's been changing. More companies are piggybacking on Google for Work's foundation to launch their own products and, as these products mature, continue to invest and expand them.

One of the latest examples is ProsperWorks, the developer of Simple CRM for Google Apps.  

Moving Your Information Governance to the Cloud

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In spite of frequent reports about the uptick in cloud adoption -- with a recent IDC report predicting an additional 11 percent shift of IT budget away from in-house IT delivery towards different cloud models by 2016 -- some businesses are still hesitating. To them, maintaining tight control of corporate information means keeping it on-premises.

However, moving data to the cloud does not have to equal loss of control over data, or a decrease in its security, governance and privacy.

So how do you navigate the pillars of cloud data governance?

Todd Klindt: Cool Things I've Learned About Windows 10 Preview

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Man I talk a lot. But anyone who listens to my weekly podcasts already knows that.

For those of you who don't know me, I've been a professional computer nerd about 15 years. I've focused on SharePoint about the past eight.

My weekly SharePoint Podcasts air Mondays at 8:30 PM CT. They're brought to you by the folks at Rackspace.

You can find out about all the great SharePoint things we do at Rackspace, which happens to be my employer, by going to sharepoint.rackspace.com.

Anyway, I work from my home in Ames, Iowa, and I don't get a lot of adult interaction during the day. So I've made friends with some of the other tech nerds here in town. Once in a while, we go out and have lunch.

A month or so ago we're all having lunch and one of the guys starts talking about how I should get transcripts for my podcasts. And I'm like, "That's not valuable at all for anybody."

Q2 Planning: Top Marketing Technology, Social Business Conferences & Events (1-Apr-15)

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Tweet Jam: Making Sense of the Collaboration Tool Landscape

As companies adopt one-size-fits all ESNs, employees are adopting lightweight context-driven tools so how can companies balance these two pulls? Find out at our upcoming Tweet Jam!

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3 Tech Giants Lead a Bloated CRM Market, Forrester Claims

The customer relationship management (CRM) market is bloated, Forrester reports — surprising no one. And this big, bulky market is led by three tech giants: Salesforce, SAP CRM and Oracle Siebel, with two more, Microsoft and Pegasystems, snapping at their heels.

The one thing that stands out in Forrester's recently published Wave for CRM Suites for Large Organizations in the first quarter of 2015 is that nothing much is new: we've seen most of these trends in the space before.

Metalogix Buys MetaVis In Advance of SharePoint 2016 Release

Cloud management and migration specialist Metalogix announced this morning that it is buying MetaVis for its cloud collaboration service management platform. The price was not disclosed.

Metalogix CEO Steve Murphy told CMSWire the deal is designed to secure the cloud management and migration space in advance of the SharePoint 2016 release.
 

Who Is Your Weakest Link? The Risks of Cloud Partners

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Think your organization is safe if it minds its own security?

Think again.

You’ve also got to worry about security at all those companies you associate with, from suppliers and consulting firms to PR agencies, systems integrators, event planners and even heating and cooling vendors.

HP Sues to Recover $5.1B From Autonomy Deal

Hewlett-Packard Co. filed a suit in London’s High Court against Michael Lynch and a former colleague for about $5.1 billion for damages in connection with their management of Autonomy, the software company Lynch co-founded.

The suit, which HP filed yesterday but only confirmed today, also names Autonomy’s former Chief Financial Officer Sushovan Hussain. Both are accused of fraud in relation to the HP acquisition of Autonomy in 2011 for $ 10.1 billion.

Lynch and Hussain, in a statement issued through a PR agency, told Re/Code today they will countersue HP seeking at least $148 million in damages.

You're Going to Integrate Everything: Here's 3 Things to Know

Software AG just confirmed what you probably already intuitively know.

In the company's recently released take on the Internet of Things and technology in general, it notes that integration will be more critical than ever in 2015.

"The heart of communication from the Internet of Things lies in integration technology and 2015 will be the year its importance reaches new heights in the marketplace," noted Mark Herring, senior vice president of product marketing at the the Darmstadt, Germany-based enterprise software company.

Among its predictions: the cloud-only environment is dead. Going forward nearly 80 percent of all integration projects will require cloud and on-premise connectivity. "Because of this," the company predicts, "privacy and data security issues and existing legacy applications will force a hybrid integration model."

Vendors are responding to this trend with a slew of offerings that cater to this evolving environment. This is good news, of course, for users. Until, that is, these users actually set out to implement these technologies.

In short, like all new technologies, initial deployment attempts are rarely pretty as we explained in part 1 of this article.

CMSWire spoke with experts in this space looking for advice on how to facilitate these projects. Here is what we learned.

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Workspot Offers Remote Desktops Without Virtual Desktops

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The rise of virtualization in the workplace has made us question the need for operating systems to be installed on our computers, just so we can use our software. And the rising proliferation of cloud-based software that can run in our browsers, demonstrates that we don’t even need great computers (or sometimes even good ones) to run good software.

But while we’re in a questioning mood, perhaps the way we run virtual desktops in the workplace deserves some fresh scrutiny. Specifically, if the real purpose of client-side devices, including the mobile kind, is to give us access to our services hosted elsewhere, then what is the desktop really for?

We're All In This Together: Share Your Cybercrime Stories

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What's the best defense against cybercrime? Surprisingly, it might be a big mouth.

Sharing information about threats and risks is quickly becoming the expected starting point for any credible defense. And as proof, you need look not further than recent examples in the public, private and non-profit sector.

Think of what's happened in just the past few days. Congress has moved forward legislation that would encourage information-sharing in the financial sector. The retail industry has introduced a portal for this same purpose. And a security company has introduced a new product that uses shared information as its base.

It is quite the turnaround from a few years ago when such information was carefully hoarded. Back then, if an attack occurred, it was only reluctantly shared with customers and competitors.

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You Can't Create Digital Businesses Without E-Signatures

Two converging trends — the growth of the mobile workforce and digital business processes — are giving a big boost to the e-signature market.

That's the word from Michael Laurie, co-founder and VP of product strategy at Silanis, an electronic signature provider.

"Acceptance for e-signatures has been growing over the past years in terms of end user adoption," he said, noting that customer experience is a priority. If users don't like an e-signature solution, they won't use it, he said.

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