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Gartner MQ Secure Email Gateways: Market Moves to SaaS, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec Dominant

Gartner MQ Secure Email Gateways: Market Moves to SaaS, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec DominantIf Gartner’s recently published Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways is anything to go by, email security is still a major concern for many enterprises. As a result, the market grew by nearly 2% last year. Some vendors, however, are bucking the low-growth trend with Proofpoint and Symantec showing double digit growth as potential buyers look to SaaS deployments.

Grow Your Business with Yammer Breakout #WPC13

Monday afternoon at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference I attended a session entitled “Grow Your Business with Yammer.” The session was led by Sarah Gunderson, who joined Microsoft as part of the Yammer acquisition. What I loved about the session is that she started with the why -- why worry about social anyway?

Microsoft Offers Seamless Movement Between Office 365 SKUs #WPC13

Another piece of news from the first day of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that is worth keeping in mind is that Microsoft has made it possible to move from one Office 365 customer plan, or SKU, to another without the migration problems that have plagued these moves until now.

2013 - The Summer of (Strange) Love, Courtesy of the Cloud

Summer of Cloud Computing LoveJune 2013 will go down as a pivotal moment in computing history. Not because any paradigm-shifting technology was introduced (though Hadoop’s new operating system is pretty impressive) but because the way vendors now play the game has fundamentally shifted.

Microsoft Adds Heavyweight Business Intelligence to Office 365 #WPC13

Microsoft Business Intelligence Power View in Office 365.jpgMicrosoft has addressed the rather patchy business intelligence functionality in Office 365 this week with the announcement that it is launching Power BI for Office 365 later this summer. Power BI will be a cloud-based suite built on a number of existing Microsoft intelligence apps with an Excel-based authoring environment.

Notes From the WPC Keynote, Day One #WPC13

We heard some good numbers and partner program announcements come out of day one in Houston at the Microsoft World Partner Conference.

Goodbye and Sweet Streams to Microsoft's MSN TV

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From the growing list of ways to surf the Web on your TV, subtract one. This week, Microsoft announced it is closing down its MSN TV service as of September 30.

Microsoft Introduces Bing Ad Targeting in Windows 8.1 Smart Search

Microsoft Introduces Bing Ad Targeting in Windows 8.1 Smart Search Even though the preview launch of Windows 8.1 happened last week, Microsoft has continued its update tend, as Bing Ads will be integrated into the Windows 8.1 Smart Search.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Fall Release to Include Improved Marketing Automation, Mobile Access

Microsoft Dynamics CRM fall 2013 release.jpgMicrosoft has just announced that it will release the next version of its Dynamics CRM on-premises and online products in the fall, although it hasn’t given a precise date. According to Microsoft, the new release will offer better customer experience management with customer insight and information accessible through a wide range of devices.

Oracle Finishes Cloud Push With NetSuite Partnerhip

Oracle NetSuite PartnershipOracle’s “startling” week continues with a third announcement in a series of partnerships that were flagged by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison last week. This time, it’s with NetSuite, which in partnership with Oracle will bring Human Capital Management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) to the small-and-medium business (SMB) space.

Five Cool Things From Microsoft's Build Keynote #bldwin

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While the release of Windows 8.1 was the biggie at Microsoft's first keynote, there was lots of other smart, useful or fun features, either as part of Windows or from other areas, that are coming developers and users way as part of Microsoft's future plans. 

 

Windows 8.1 Preview Goes Live as Build 2013 Keynote Kicks Off

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The MSDN developer site looks like it can't handle the demand to watch Steve Ballmer and co show off the latest Windows wares and developer news. However, the Windows 8.1 Blue preview version is now available to download.

Document Mgt Roll-up: Google Offers Access to Office Docs, Hyland + DocuSign Partner

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Some interesting new releases this week in the document management space, not least of which is the new ability offered by Google to open and edit Office documents using Chrome. In other news, Hyland and DocuSign have inked a new partnership, Microsoft has outlined the future roadmap for Yammer with some interesting document capabilities and M-Files has been ISO certified. 

Watch Microsoft's Build 2013 Keynote To See Windows 8.1 In Action #bldwin

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Microsoft has another stab at a second coming today with the unveiling of Windows 8.1, along with a host of developer-related products, news and events at this year's Build conference. Watch the keynote today to see if there's any big surprises. 

Oracle, Salesforce Officially Pair Cloud Offerings

Oracle, Salesforce Officially Pair Cloud OfferingsA week ago, Salesforce and Oracle were two of the warringest IT companies in the world, and now they have officially announced a nine year deal to pair each other's cloud offerings.

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