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  • Google China controversy raised in shareholder meeting

    Posted May 12, 2006 - 11:41 am

    The controversy over Google Inc.'s censored Chinese search engine followed its top executives to the company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday when an Amnesty International representative took them to task over the issue.
  • IBM wants to sing Harmony with SAP, not a Duet

    Posted May 12, 2006 - 9:43 am

    IBM Corp. unveiled the first fruits of its Project Harmony initiative Thursday, announcing Notes and Workplace software that will tighten integration between the vendor's front-end collaboration products and SAP AG's back-end enterprise applications.
  • Office 2007 file formats will be a re-education process for everyone

    Posted May 11, 2006 - 3:49 pm

    Last week, I spent two days in a New York hotel ballroom, attending the invitation-only Microsoft Office 2007 Reviewer's Workshop. Though the details of these two long days are under a non-disclosure agreement until the end of May, I can share a bit of what I learned about an already well-publicized aspect of the product, its new XML-based file format system.
  • Google dives deeper into vertical, social search

    Posted May 11, 2006 - 9:08 am

    Google Inc. will extend its vertical search, social bookmarking and desktop searching capabilities with new and improved products it announced on Wednesday.
  • Schmidt: Search remains Google's top focus

    Posted May 10, 2006 - 5:10 pm

    Search will continue to be the primary long-term focus at Google Inc., even as the company builds a range of services to give Internet users better ways to find and distribute information, CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday.
  • SAP adds to hosted offerings with CRM module

    Posted May 10, 2006 - 3:05 pm

    Business software maker SAP AG will unveil a module for its hosted CRM offering at its Sapphire customer event next week.
  • Microsoft tests Windows CE 6, Speech Server 2007

    Posted May 10, 2006 - 10:16 am

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday offered customers new test versions of two software products, one used for telecommunications applications and the other Microsoft's OS for powering a range of handheld devices.
  • Microsoft releases Windows Live Messenger beta

    Posted May 9, 2006 - 10:22 am

    Microsoft Corp. has released a beta of Windows Live Messenger, the next version of its MSN Messenger instant messaging service, it announced Tuesday.
  • BPM: Modeling the process

    Posted May 4, 2006 - 3:02 pm

    According to research firm Gartner, there are more than 130 vendors of Business Process Management BPM software. BPM is hot because it delivers a decades-old dream: that businesspeople who are non-programmers can modify their business applications, and even create new ones, with little or no assistance from the IT department.
  • We build for enterprise end users, Google says

    Posted May 3, 2006 - 4:41 pm

    Building tools for users teaches Google Inc. how to make a better enterprise search product, the head of the company's enterprise unit told Interop attendees in a keynote address Wednesday in Las Vegas.
  • 'Multiple waves' of Duet integration scenarios coming

    Posted May 3, 2006 - 10:17 am

    Once their combined Duet software launches in June, Microsoft Corp. and SAP AG plan to issue regular releases of additional integration capabilities dubbed "scenarios," with each release targeted around a specific area of a corporation's operations, executives from the two companies said Tuesday.
  • Business Objects launches data integration tools

    Posted May 3, 2006 - 9:22 am

    Business Objects SA launched new tools for data federation and metadata management on Wednesday. Both tools are intended to improve the quality and consistency of information provided by business intelligence reporting systems by presenting data from multiple sources through a common interface.
  • Google complains about IE-search link

    Posted May 2, 2006 - 9:42 am

    Google Inc. said Tuesday that it has complained to the European Commission about the way that Microsoft Corp. bundles its own search mechanism in the newest version of Internet Explorer.
  • Amazon dumps Google in favor of Windows Live

    Posted May 2, 2006 - 8:53 am

    Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is now using Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Live search to power search results for its Alexa toolbar and A9 search engine.
  • SAP and Microsoft hope to sing a Duet

    Posted May 2, 2006 - 8:13 am

    SAP AG and Microsoft Corp. announced the official name for Project Mendocino on Tuesday and said they plan to ship the jointly developed software in June.
  • Google releases free 3D sketching tool

    Posted April 27, 2006 - 11:13 am

    Google Inc. has released a free version of the SketchUp application for creating, viewing and modifying 3D images it acquired when it bought @Last Software Inc. in March.
  • Google promotes Firefox browser on its home page

    Posted April 26, 2006 - 4:43 pm

    Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox is getting promoted on one of the world's most popular Web pages, Google Inc.'s Google.com home page, as the open-source browser continues its David-vs.-Goliath battle against Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer.
  • Firefox backers aim to 'destroy' IE with campaign

    Posted April 26, 2006 - 10:14 am

    A group of self-titled "political activists" in Massachusetts has started an aggressive campaign to get browser users to switch from Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer to Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox.
  • Three Easy Ways to Get Web 2.0

    Posted April 25, 2006 - 3:39 pm

    Memory and storage has advanced tremendously, but consumer demand today requires even more. The future will hold some surprising advances.
  • Office decor

    Posted April 25, 2006 - 2:15 pm

    The interface in Office 2007 has such a radical new look that it gets a lot of attention, but the upgrade has better features.
  • Google, Yahoo expand search market share

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 12:11 pm

    Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. increased their market share in the online search arena as Microsoft Corp.'s MSN slipped, according to Web research firm Nielsen//NetRatings.
  • Google: Enterprise search needs to focus on users

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 12:08 pm

    For the enterprise search market to grow rapidly, vendors should focus more on meeting the needs of end users, according to Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager for Google Inc.'s enterprise business.
  • Chinese users want Google to pick a new name

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 10:14 am

    Some Chinese Internet users aren't happy with Google Inc.'s recently announced Chinese name, and they've started an online petition to express their displeasure.
  • Wisdom of EBay's anti-Google move debated

    Posted April 24, 2006 - 9:50 am

    Industry experts are split on the wisdom of the alliance eBay Inc. is reportedly seeking to form with Microsoft Corp. or Yahoo Inc. to combat Google Inc.
  • Oracle software stack appeals to users

    Posted April 21, 2006 - 3:12 pm

    Oracle Corp. customers are intrigued by recent musings by Larry Ellison, the company's CEO, suggesting Oracle might offer its own Linux distribution. Users would welcome the tighter integration a complete Oracle software stack of operating system, database, middleware and applications could provide, they said in interviews this week.
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