2012: The Year in Review

The Nobel Prize winning physicist Niels Bohr observed that technology has advanced more in the last thirty years than in the previous two thousand. He also predicted that the exponential increase in advancement will only continue. Microsoft Office is a testament to this staggering pace of technological innovation. It’s amazing to think how far Office…

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Google Drops Support for Microsoft Office File Formats - Disregards Customers’ Needs…Again!

UPDATE (10/15/12): Responding to customer complaints, Google last week announced that it will delay the change to its file exporting functionality until Jan. 31, 2013. “We recognize that some of our customers would like more time before the change goes into effect,” Google said in a blog post posted on Oct. 9. While Google did…


Google Apps: Forcing a Square Peg into a Round Hole

It’s been said that: “People who look through keyholes are apt to get the idea that most things are keyhole shaped.” We all know people who see things as black-and-white, who view the world in over-simplistic terms.  By taking an all or nothing view of the world, we miss the shades of gray, the complexities…


Actions Speak Louder than Words

As the English philosopher John Locke once said: “I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.” If Google’s actions at the recent I/O conference are any indication, its enterprise customers just aren’t a priority. The Google I/O developer conference is supposed to be the main event that showcases Google’s…


Weekly #WhyMSFT Round-Up 7/6/2012

Each week, we round up industry news and articles you might have missed. Enjoy this week’sselections. Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Accelerator Wins Best of Tech Ed AwardA first-of-its-kind solution developed by Riverbed in partnership with Akamai Technologies is Best of TechEd Award winner in the Cloud Computing category. Vodacom SA, Microsoft SA in Office365 allianceSouth African…


“Down and Out” for Google Apps Users

Outages will happen, whether we use applications managed by a supplier in the cloud, or use applications managed by in-house, IT staff. Some of the news lately has been about Google Apps’ service outages. Yet, if we have tools to be productive in our workday, cloud service outages aren’t as painful, unless we are inconvenienced by a particularly…


Is Google Protecting Your Privacy?

Critical, confidential information like your customer list is your lifeline in business. You would do everything you can to safeguard it. Yet, in our increasingly social, Web-connected world, keeping your information private goes against Google’s interest in indexing everything for search. After all, 96% of Google’s business is advertising and the Google Apps Service Level…


Why Flexibility Matters

I’m all about saving gas. But if I were to buy a new car, it wouldn’t be an all-electric car. It would be a plug-in hybrid. Why? In a word– flexibility. I may not always be somewhere where I can plug in my car and recharge the battery. And when I’m not, I don’t want…

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Contoso Fooled By Google, Returns to Microsoft

Today we hear from Thomas Rizzo, CIO at Contoso, a manufacturing firm headquartered near Seattle. Lured by promises of “proven cost savings,” a year ago today we switched all 1,200 Contoso employees to Google Apps for Business. Finally, we’ve decided enough is enough. Yes, you’ve got that right: we’re moving back to Microsoft. Why, you…


Real World in the Cloud: Interview with Andy Springer of Rookie Recruits

As part of the Real World in the Cloud series, we spoke to Andy Springer, Co-Founder and Director at Rookie Recruits, about why, after adopting Google Apps web services, Rookie Recruits quickly switched to Microsoft Office 365. Here’s what he had to say. Q: Please tell us about Rookie Recruits. Springer: Rookie Recruits is based in Sydney, Australia, and…