17 July 2013

Microsoft dominance in business software and services eroding

Google enterprise software and services make a lot of sense (and save a lot of $$$) for businesses globally. Microsoft has shot itself in the foot with Windows 8 and looks to be incapable of correcting itself from that mistake. Based on that and other factors, expect continued erosion of Microsoft market share in business software, applications, and services--

Google Sees Pickup in Paid Enterprise Business Across Asia - WSJ.com: " . . . . Nine years after the inception of Google's enterprise wing, 58% of Fortune 500 companies now use some paid form of this software across their business, the company says. But some of Asia's largest and most traditional industries, including Madras Cements Ltd. in India, South Korean steelmaker Posco and Japan's ANA Holdings Inc., are starting to incorporate Google software in their businesses—a takeup that is much faster than their American counterparts, Amit Singh, head of enterprise at Google, told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Monday in Singapore. He declined to provide specific figures. "Asian companies don't have as much legacy to worry about," said Mr. Singh. "There's less to overcome and less to migrate over" when switching to Google tools from traditional business software. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Intelligent Enterprise (blog)
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ZDNet (blog)
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Will smartphone apps cut down on cars on the road?
Christian Science Monitor
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Two NASA Droids Set for Military Robotics Challenge
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Do Not Track proposal is DOA
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Top 5 Things The Hyperloop Might Look Like: Tesla Founder Elon Musk To ...
International Business Times
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Intelligent Enterprise
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Microsoft Moves Forward on Networking Your Home's Things
Sci-Tech Today
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Toshiba Touts SSD Memory Card Breakthrough
Sci-Tech Today
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NASA scientists see the heart of space weather in action
Science Recorder
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Apple Unveils Logic Pro X with Auto Drums, iPad Remote App
The Mac Observer
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Acer drops Thunderbolt support to focus on USB 3.0
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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Other Big Ad Networks to Block Ads On Pirate Sites
Hot Hardware
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Science Recorder
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Nature World News
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AT&T Challenges T-Mobile Uncarrier Strategy
Intelligent Enterprise (blog)
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TechRadar UK
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BBC News
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Apple Probing iPhone Electrocution; Musk Teases 'Hyperloop;' Uber Fare Splitting
PC Magazine
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Fox News
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Christian Science Monitor
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Discovery News
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