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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.

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.

What Consumerization of IT Means for SharePoint Online, SkyDrive Pro

mobile enterprise,What the Consumerization of IT Means for SharePoint Online, SkyDrive ProBYOD has taken over the enterprise, whether the enterprise likes it or not. But it’s not just BYOD. Employees are turning to consumer versions of file sharing cloud solutions like DropBox, Google Drive, SkyDrive (not to be confused with SkyDrive Pro) and others to access their documents no matter where they are. IT needs to resolve this problem, and it won’t be done by banning the use of these devices and apps. There’s a smarter way.

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.

Metalogix Updates SharePoint Strategy, UI for Axceler Tools

Metalogix Updates SharePoint Strategy, UI for Axceler ToolsMetalogix, a provider of content infrastructure software, updated the interface for its ControlPoint SharePoint administration tool from its Axcelor acquisition. It's also giving us a clearer view of its overall strategy on the shifting SharePoint landscape.

Centrify for SaaS Unifies Identities, Mobile Management

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How many passwords do the employees in your organization manage? How many apps and software require unique user logins? If you're like most companies, the answer could be "too many to count."

Passwords have become easy to hack and hard for IT departments and employees to manage. But Centrify claims its User Suite, SaaS Edition, can help organizations eliminate password sprawl, while giving IT managers centralized access to an ever-increasing number of SaaS apps and mobile devices.

MetaVis Bashes Google with Office 365 Migration Tool

Microsoft has just taken another pop at Google, this time with the help of MetaVis Technologies. MetaVis, which develops software to help organize SharePoint and Office 365 environments, launched a new migration wizard that can quickly move content from Google Apps to Office 365.

With the expanded MetaVis Architect Suite customers can migrate File Shares, Google Drive, Exchange Public folder or SharePoint content to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.

Microsoft Upgrades Search for SharePoint Online

In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.

Office 365 Gets Social CRM with Nimble Integration, Passes 2M Subscriber Mark

Microsoft continues its push to increase the functionality of Office 365 with the announcement of a partnership with Nimble which brings customer relationship management (CRM) to the productivity suite. The news coincided with Microsoft's report that Office 365 home subscriptions have hit the 2 million mark. 

Microsoft Sets the Tracks for SharePoint Conference 2014

sharepointconf2014_300.jpg After a break in 2013, attendees can get ready to party in Las Vegas early next year, and study the tracks for some serious sessions as Microsoft pushes all things SharePoint for the enterprise.

The 2014 event's themes are "connect, reimagine and transform" as Microsoft plans for the future of social and business collaboration. Tickets are already on sale.

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

Why Yammer and Office Make SharePoint 'User Adoption' a Dying Concern

Social Business, Familiarity Breeds Usability: Yammer, Office and why A small cottage industry has grown over the years around helping companies become more engaged with their SharePoint platforms. The catch-all term for this practice is “user adoption” and it’s traditionally been important to the enterprise, the user and Microsoft alike.

As of this year, I’d like to stick a fork in it.

SharePoint's Reason for Success Could Also Be Reason for Its Failure

While most organizations at the very least use SharePoint for document management, once you move beyond DM the variety and abundance of use cases are staggering. That is the root cause for both the successes and failures of SharePoint implementations.

Microsoft Shareholders Target Gates, But He's Not The Problem

bill gates, microsoftIn July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.

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