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Nokia Launches Lumia 1020 Photo-Grade Smartphone

nokia lumia 1020 launchCiting "a passion for pictures" Nokia keeps pushing the Lumia range with a new model launched at a New York press conference. The Lumia 1020 is for those who demand more than just happy snaps from their smartphone. 

 

Gartner MQ Leaders for Secure Email Gateways: Cisco, McAfee, Microsoft, Proofpoint, Symantec

Gartner MQ Leaders Secure Email GatewaysEarlier in the week we saw that the market for Secure Email Gateways (SEG) is a mature one with low digit growth expected annually over the coming years. We also saw that it is characterized by a move towards SaaS models with most vendors providing some kind of service offering. It is also dominated by five big vendors that have been in the market since the beginning.

LiveHive Debuts Microsoft SkyDrive Link, Single Sign On

LiveHive Debuts Microsoft SkyDrive Link, Single Sign OnOnline collaboration specialist LiveHive has introduced a few updates this week including direct access to Microsoft SkyDrive, an Internet Explorer extension and single sign on capabilities.

Cloud Service Models (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) + How Microsoft Office 365, Azure Fit In

Cloud Service and Microsoft IaaS SaaS PaaSCloud is a hot, but ambiguous buzzword in the IT industry. A Sofware Developer may describe the Cloud in a different way than a System Admin, while a Database Admin may have an altogether different definition. What constitutes the cloud is a rather complicated question. However, there is one common view that most IT people share ...

Microsoft's 8 Business Priorities - For Now

With the rumor mill about Microsoft and possible announcements on restructuring now in overdrive, Microsoft has been using its Worldwide Partner conference in Texas to outline its business priorities.

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

Microsoft’s MSN TV, customer experience

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.

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