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Google Docs Challenges Microsoft Office: Full Coverage Plus Videos

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TOP STORY: With Rewrite, Google Docs Takes Microsoft Office Head On

MORE NEWS: Google Apps Refresh Sets Up Deathmatch With Microsoft

ANALYTIC REPORT: Google For Business: Assessing Google Docs

WHITEPAPER: Enterprise Job Scheduling Evaluation Guide

VIDEO: First Look At New Google Docs Features

WEBCAST: Optimizing Storage Usage and Reigning in Storage Investments

RESOURCES: Take Our Data Sharing Survey -- You Could Win An iPod Touch

InformationWeek Daily

 Tuesday, April 13, 2010 


"Great necessities call out great virtues."
-- Abigail Adams 


With Rewrite, Google Docs Takes Microsoft Office Head On

Google's strategy marks a huge bet on real-time collaboration and online-only software.


Google Apps Refresh Sets Up Deathmatch With Microsoft

Down To Business: Google Changes Rules Of Productivity Race

Video: What Makes Google Tick

Special Report: Desktop Apps: Time For Change

Video ReviewCam: Google Spreadsheet Gets Rewrite Too

Video ReviewCam: How Google Re-Engineered Its Docs Platform

Video Touring Google's Usability Lab


Google Apps Refresh Sets Up Deathmatch With Microsoft

The battle for the collaborative backbone behind Google Apps versus Microsoft's SharePoint and Exchange is on, and Google is going for Microsoft's jugular.

How Do Google, Microsoft Clouds Stack Up?

We weigh reality against rhetoric as Microsoft looks to dissuade customers from experimenting with, let alone adopting, Google Apps.

Microsoft Plans To Beat Google In The Cloud

It will keep packaging a mix of apps to meet companies collaboration demands.

What Genentech CIO Likes About Google Docs

It meets a need for quick-and-easy collaboration, says CIO Todd Pierce. It's not for regulated content, though.

Twitter Announcements Unnerve Developers

Developers are concerned that Twitter's acquisition of Atebits and addition of new features to the micro-blogging site will gut their businesses.

Adobe CS5 Debuts Under Apple-Shaped Cloud

With a major upgrade to its Creative Suite product line, Adobe is mocking the suggestion that it's lazy.

Microsoft KIN Phones Strictly For Kids

New mobile devices feature networking tools that will appeal to the younger set but likely will leave more mature users (i.e. those over 19) looking for more.

Sun MySQL Head Joins EnterpriseDB

Karen Padir, a key software leader at Sun Microsystems, has joined Oracle's competition, open source EnterpriseDB.

Nuclear Summit Brings Telework Directive

Federal workers are urged to work remotely to minimize traffic snarls this week, a signal of government's growing acceptance for teleworking.

Broadband Over Powerline Loses Support

BPL, once considered the solution for bringing broadband to rural areas, faces the loss of its showcase implementation in Manassas, Va.

HP Completes $2.7 Billion 3Com Acquisition

The deal strengthens HP's Converged Infrastructure strategy and its China business as well as its competitive position against Cisco.

Hospital Tracks Equipment With Real-Time Ultrasound System

IBM location software and Sonitor ultrasound system saves Saint Michael's time and money.



Google For Business: Assessing Google Docs

The new versions show Google making a few major bets: That what people want most is real-time collaboration on documents, that they'll do it entirely in the cloud, and that, when it comes to features, less is more.

The biggest leap forward -- Google is betting that real-time, online collaboration is the feature people want.
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Featured Report

Leveraging Virtualization for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

How can IT groups best overcome the obstacles to continuity planning? By realizing that it should be the business driving this project, enabled by IT. Leveraging the latest technologies, especially virtualization, in your BC/DR plans is a winning strategy that will boost ROI, cost savings and resource efficiency levels.

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Enterprise Job Scheduling Evaluation Guide

Read this evaluation guide to learn how to compare competing job scheduling products and determine which is appropriate for your calendaring, dependencies and alert management needs.
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Top Collaboration Solutions Compared: The Winner Is...

To assess the state of the collaborative platforms market and see how the vendors stack up against each other, Forrester evaluated the strengths and weaknesses of top collaborative platform vendors. Download this report to learn how vendors compared when measured against more than 60 criteria.
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Featured BloggerVIDEO: First Look At New Google Docs Features

By David Berlind

David Berlind visits Google's NYC offices and gets a guided tour of the new version of Google Docs, spotlighting enhanced word processing, collaboration, and image features.


Cover Story: Google's Battle For The 'Collaborative Backbone'

By Chris Murphy

Google has rewritten its Google Docs online word processing and spreadsheet applications, and our cover story looks at the huge bets Google's making.

First Impressions Of Microsoft's Kin Platform

By Eric Zeman

Today Microsoft unveiled its new consumer-focused platform and handsets, called Kin. The two new devices were developed under the "Pink" code name, and bring social sharing to an entirely new level. Kin is for those who just can't get enough of their family and friends.

The Best Protocol For The Entry Level SAN

By George Crump

When the time comes to select your first shared storage system or even a second, one of the key points of debate is going to be what protocol you should use for it. The choices today can be somewhat staggering. At a minimum there is fibre, iSCSI and the NAS protocols CIFS and NFS, but there are also several new protocols that you may want to explore.

Big Patch Tuesday On Way

By George Hulme

Tomorrow, Microsoft will patch 25 flaws in its operating system, e-mail software, and Office. For its part, Adobe will release a security update for Acrobat and Reader and provide a new way for its customers to receive updates.

Microsoft Salaries Top $100K Average, $178,159 With Perks

By Bob Evans

Microsoft's workers earned base compensation of $100,608 in calendar 2008, with benefits and stock pushing total average comp to $178,159, according to a sweeping study showcasing the company's impact on the state of Washington's economy. The study is surely intended to pressure the state legislature into thinking very carefully about tax burdens placed on Microsoft.


Optimizing Storage Usage and Reigning in Storage Investments

Data is growing at 50 percent year over year. IT storage complexity is spiraling out of control. Existing storage capacity is underutilized.

Join Mark Peters, senior analyst from Enterprise Strategy Group, and Nimish Shelat, product marketing manager at HP, for a webcast on optimizing storage usage and reigning in storage investments.

It happens April 20, 2010 at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

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Take Our Data Sharing Survey -- You Could Win An iPod Touch

InformationWeek Analytics is conducting a survey on data sharing practices in the enterprise. Upon completion, you will be eligible to enter a drawing to receive one Apple 32-GB iPod Touch valued at $299 from TechWeb.

Survey ends April 23

Image Gallery: Inside Apple's iPad: FCC Teardown Photos

The FCC posted photos of the inner workings of Apple's game-changing device.

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InformationWeek 500 2010 Registration Ends Soon

Time's running out to nominate your company for the 2010 InformationWeek 500 -- our 22nd annual ranking of the nation's very best business technology innovators. Organizations with $250 million or more in revenue may apply now.

Deadline is April 30

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