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Microsoft Launching Surface 2, Has It Learnt From RT's Failure?

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The imminent arrival of Windows 8.1 will make the company's new tablet computing devices more usable. But Microsoft's hardware updates won't radically change the money-losing Surface proposition in a market that fails to see keyboards and me-too apps as a major differentiator. 

Make Smarter Decisions, Faster #GD13

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Today marks the start of Global Directions, an annual industry technology and educational conference. This year's theme caught our attention. Forget big data or smart data. There's no denying that the fire hose of data is flowing quicker than ever. So it's appropriate that Global Directions is focused on "fast data."

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?

Is Microsoft Losing Its Office Advantage in Tablets, or Making Surface into the Best Productivity Tablet?Is Microsoft in the process of losing one of the few competitive advantages it has in tablets? That question is being raised following news this week that Google is now offering its Quickoffice productivity apps for mobile devices, including tablets, for free. 

Webinar Recap: Yammer + SharePoint + Mobile - Oh My!

Webinar Recap: Yammer + SharePoint + Mobile - Oh My!SharePoint and Yammer are teaming up and social business will never be the same. But Yammer is still not fully integrated into SharePoint, and mobile continues to lag even in 2013, so we hosted a webinar on just what it all means.

Gartner MQ For Horizontal Portals: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle Lead + 8 Emerging Trends

A quick look back at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals over the past two years compared with this year’s Magic Quadrant seems to point to a stagnant market. However, while IBM, Liferay ,Microsoft, Oracle and SAP still dominate the Leaders’ Quadrant, there are subtle shifts in emphasis across the entire Magic Quadrant that are being precipitated by customer demand for more agile and cloud-based portals. 

Mindjet-Spigit Merger a Harbinger in Growing Social Software Market?

social business,Social Software Merger a Harbinger in Growing Market?The social and collaboration market is growing, and will continue to grow. Right now, Gartner has the market estimated at US$ 840 million and growing at a clip of 13.4% annual to arrive at US$ 1.4 billion by 2016. 

Gartner MQ For Workplace Social Software: Atlassian, NewsGator, Tibco, VMWare Challenge, Many Vendors Excluded

In our first look at this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for Social Software for the Workplace, we saw a market characterized by extreme volatility. It is also a market where differences between vendor's products are difficult to distinguish at a functional level. However, Gartner found four vendors strong enough to make it into the Leaders’ Quadrant, named four challengers and offered a long list of vendors that didn’t make the grade, including some surprising names.

Gartner MQ For Workplace Social Software: IBM, Jive, Microsoft, Salesforce Lead Volatile Market

Buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish one vendor's products from the products of other vendors in the social software market. According to Gartner's latest magic quadrant for social software, competition between vendors is no longer about product functionality, but about the vendors themselves.

Box Takes a Swipe at Microsoft Office, Google Docs with Box Notes

For such a small tool, today’s unveiling of Box Notes is causing a bit of a storm and likely will upset quite a few people across the productivity suite space. This is because Notes, which is in closed beta for the moment, offers document editing and collaboration to those storing their content on the Box enterprise platform.

After Ballmer's Exit, Will Microsoft Learn from its Past?

Information Management, After Ballmer's Exit, Will Microsoft Learn from the Past?Learning of Steve Ballmer’s departure from Microsoft, I wasn't particularly surprised: after several decades of near seven-day weeks and with a nice eleven-figure nest egg, who wouldn't want to spend more time enjoying life?

AvePoint Timeline Enterprise Available for Microsoft Dynamics

With enormous amounts of customer data to manage and a business to run, it’s a constant balancing act for organizations. 

Document Mgt Roll-up: Salesforce Advanced File Sharing, OneNote Upgrades for iPad

Back to school and back to the production desks. It’s been a busy week in the document management space with the introduction of a new file sharing app from Salesforce, a new upgrade for OneNote on iPad, DocuWare bought Westbrook, while both SharePoint Online and WoodWing received interesting upgrades. Let’s take a look.

Report Confirms Challenge for Businesses: Unmasking Anonymous Web Users

customer experience, Report Confirms Challenge For Businesses: Unmasking Anonymous Web Users

Keeping a low profile 30 years ago meant putting the shades down, staying out of social clubs and avoiding phone calls.

Virtually, the public hiding game is a bit trickier, and a new survey revealed most internet users are doing just that -- trying to hide online.

SharePoint Online Increases Storage Limits, Offers Document Restore And Versioning

Microsoft has just unveiled another three improvements to SharePoint Online in Office 365. The improvements, which will become available globally over the coming weeks, include improved file upload, increased site collection and better document restoration.

Social Business Yet to Prove its Worth, Report Finds

Social Business Yet to Prove its Worth, Report Finds

Companies hire people to work, not to be social. That’s just one of the problems social business tools face despite the fact the US$ 2 billion industry is still growing at a decent clip, a 451 Research report found.

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