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Enabling Customization Increases SharePoint User Adoption

Enabling business users to customize SharePoint is good for companies. If that seems unlikely, a Dimensional Research report commissioned by Dell supports this claim. According to the report, almost all of those surveyed (98 percent) said customization by business users is desirable.

5 Major Differences Between Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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The tech pages have been buzzing with gaming news in recent weeks, thanks to new consoles from Microsoft and Sony. But if you're not a loyal fan, which one should you choose? 

These five factors — and some simple truths the manufacturers probably don't want you to know — could sway your buying decision.

Microsoft Enables Remote Office Apps Control Through Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has announced the release of a new app that lets you control Word, Excel and PowerPoint from a Windows 8 phone. The company called this the beginning of a move to push the productivity space to a “diverse society of devices.”

Sony's PlayStation 4 Launch Signals a New Era of Connectivity

ds4_controller.jpgWhile new tablets and smartphones launch monthly, game consoles arrive once every six or so years. Does Sony's new PlayStation 4 still have a place in our more portable world?

Its midnight launch saw thousands of Americans heading home with a box full of raw processing power that will be sitting under millions of TVs this holiday season. But what does the future hold for Playstation 4 and rival Xbox One? 

WebRTC Video Decision Delayed, Stalling Development

A closely followed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver last week took an anticlimactic and mysterious turn. Committee members failed to reach a consensus on an important component of the new web-based communications standards called WebRTC.

RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The stakes are high because several large technology vendors with large communications businesses went into the meeting jostling for position of their respective video streaming technologies.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Document Capture is Still Big Business, Yahoo Enhances Mail

This week in the world of document management there have been a number of upgrades and releases, including the introduction of multi-tasking for Yahoo Mail and enhanced search from dtSearch. In addition,  new research shows document capture is still big business and Microsoft continued to extend the market reach of Office 365.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

Game Consoles, 3D Printers Top Holiday Shopping Lists

holidaypresents.jpgWith Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.

But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons. 

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

Microsoft Announces Tighter Office 365, Yammer Integration

As well as announcing upgrades to its Office Web Apps today, Microsoft announced deeper integration between Yammer and Office 365, which are designed to make it easier to work with external customers and partners.

Microsoft Counters Google with Real Time Co-Authoring in Web Apps

The battle for the hearts and pockets of productivity suite users has just intensified with the introduction of real time collaborative document editing for Office Web Apps. 

Office Web Apps are Microsoft’s browser-based, simplified versions of Office apps, consisting  of online versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Those products have not really gained the traction Microsoft was hoping for mainly because all the functionality they offered were already available in Google Docs.

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

Microsoft Trims Its List, Checks It Twice

Microsoft is gearing up for the holiday season by wishing for a new CEO. The company has trimmed its CEO choices down to five, according to a report last night from Reuters. Many observers still consider former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to be the favorite.

WebRTC, Video Codecs and Why You Should Care

Right now, a bunch of nerds on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver are making big decisions about the next big wave in web communications standards. And these decisions will have a big impact on some of the largest technology companies, for many years to come.

Big Data Bits: The Strata Edition - Beyond Hadoop Distributions

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends …

Even though we’ve left the Strata + Hadoop World conference held in New York City last week, the notable news we didn’t report keeps buzzing in our ears, reminding us that we need to share it with you.

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