Feeds

Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

News Corp Australia drops Outlook, brings in Gmail and Gcalendar

Security for virtualized datacentres

Rupert Murdoch is fond of berating Google, last year emitting the Tweet below and previously accusing it of stealing his precious content.

What, then, are we to make of this report titled “News Corp dumps Microsoft for Google Apps” in The Australian, a national daily newspaper that Murdoch himself created in 1964. The story reports that News Corporation, Murdoch's antipodean publishing entity, will migrate “its email and calendar platforms from Microsoft Outlook to Google Mail and Calendar over the next six months.” That probably means Exchange is going, too, a detail the paper's IT section hasn't reported.

Microsoft Office will retain its place on the desktop, but chief technology officer Tom Quinn is quoted as saying Google Drive and even Google+ Hangouts are on his radar.

“We are committed to providing the best systems and tools available to our employees and Going Google is a great way to strengthen the tools we offer,” Quinn tlls the paper.

Quinn also says News' Google licence will be “$AUD700,000” a year, but does not say if that's cheaper than Microsoft's services and licences.

News Corporation Australia was recently cut loose from the mothership after an act of fiscal gymnastics aimed, analysts feel, at making sure the bits of the local business with good prospects and strong balance sheets are separated from the rather more challenged print bits of the local Murdoch empire.

With that background behind us, we offer the analysis that this deal is not a sign of a détente between News and Google. It's a local outpost trying to save a few bucks.

Still, it may make for some interesting moments next time Rupert drops in to visit his Australian holdings and asks to check his email.

News Corporation has also served as a public reference for both Amazon Web Services and Azure. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10
A third of them are doing it in VMs, but early feedback focuses on frippery
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function
Content aggregation, meet the workplace ... oh
Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM
Honestly, it’s a piece of piss
Do Moan! MONSTER 6-day EMAIL OUTAGE hits Domain Monster
Customers freaked out by frightful service
Return of the Jedi – Apache reclaims web server crown
.london, .hamburg and .公司 - that's .com in Chinese - storm the web server charts
NetWare sales revive in China thanks to that man Snowden
If it ain't Microsoft, it's in fashion behind the Great Firewall
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.