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Google Apps win ISO 27001 certification

Google has proudly told the world its online productivity suite, Google Apps, has gained the ISO's good cloudkeeping seal of security approval, in the form of the ISO 27001 security certification. Eran Feigenbaum, Google Enterprise's Director of Security let us all know the good news on Monday, US time, and named Ernst & Young …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2012

How I went from Unix engineering to flogging Google apps

When I started work as a Unix software engineer at Logica nearly 30 years ago, we were on the cusp of a revolution in IT. IBM was top dog in tech and Digital Equipment Corporation was the world's second-largest IT company. The other major players were the BUNCH companies: Burroughs, Univac, NCR, Control Data Corporation and …
David McLeman, 24 May 2012

Microsoft touts 400% Asia growth for Office 365

Microsoft is trumpeting impressive 400 per cent growth in adoption of its Office 365 online productivity suite by Asian SMBs over the past three quarters, although analysts pointed out that Google is still taking business from Redmond worldwide. Office 365, Microsoft’s “Office in the cloud” play, was launched initially in …
Phil Muncaster, 16 May 2012

Office 365 hard enough to penetrate US government

Microsoft’s cloud productivity pack Office 365 has won an important certification from the US government, by ticking off all the to-do’s on the list to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). FISMA requires US government agencies to develop and maintain security controls, the better to protect the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2012
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Microsoft takes fight to Google over cloud apps defections

Microsoft is so riled up over Google Apps that it has a team called Google Compete offering major inducements to convince customers to stay with Office, according to defectors and the search company itself. At this week’s Google Atmosphere conference, several defectors who had adopted Google cloud apps said that they were …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2011
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Google adds 24/7 support for business Apps buyers

Google Atmosphere Google is adding round-the-clock telephone support for business subscribers of its Google Apps service, and is making a strong pitch for Microsoft’s cloud customers. Speaking at the Google Atmosphere conference, Google Enterprise Vice President Amit Singh said that the company was already outperforming its 99.9 per cent uptime …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2011
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Google+ opens up to enterprises and apps

As promised at last week’s Web 2.0 Summit, Google has opened its social networking site to enterprises, via integration with Google Apps. The move will see hundreds of companies pouring onto the social network and setting up business pages. Over the next few days customers of Google Apps for Business or free customers will get …
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps

Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court has given Los Angeles city council members an impassioned speech about the failings of its Google Apps contract, even though the meeting to discuss the issue has been moved to next week. He claimed that schools in the Los Gatos Union School District, about an hour south of San Francisco …
Iain Thomson, 27 Oct 2011
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Security keeps LA cops away from Google Apps

Google has dismissed as a smear campaign the emergence of stories that its Google Apps implementation at LAPD is going pear-shaped. According to Consumer Watchdog, the rollout has hit snags, with the police deciding that security on the vaunted platform isn’t adequate for users in the City Attorney Criminal Branch, fire …
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Google cries foul, Feds dump Microsoft cloud monopoly

Google is dropping its case against the US Department of the Interior over that organization’s refusal to consider any cloud-applications provider apart from Microsoft. Google brought the case after it was excluded from bidding for the contract to provide cloud-app services to the DoI, which determined that only Microsoft’s …
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2011
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Yet more cloud launches

Australia could soon be suffering a case of “too many cloud providers”, with another two companies entering an already-crowded market. Earlier this week, the Digital Realty Trust opened its doors downunder, and today, Cloud Sherpas, which first came to antipodean attention with its acquisition of New Zealand’s WaveAdept …
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Transition leaves frustrated corporates locked out of Google Groups

Users are becoming increasingly frustrated that Google has been locking out users from Google Groups as the result of changes it made when it separated Google Apps accounts from Gmail and other consumer accounts around six months ago. Revising account structures to separate Google Apps accounts and Gmail accounts by itself …
John Leyden, 7 Jun 2011

Google Apps end love for Firefox 3.5, IE7, and Safari 3

Beginning August 1, Google's online Apps suite will only support the current stable version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer and the previous major release of each of these browsers. This means that on that date, the suite will no longer support Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3 or any older …
Cade Metz, 1 Jun 2011
Google Chrome OS–equipped Cr-48: three-quarter view

Google Chromebook: Will the revolution be subscribed?

Analysis Google will charge businesses $1,008 to use one of its browser-centric Chromebooks for three years, and the search giant is confident this will slice the total cost of today's business systems in half. That's according to Rajen Sheth, the Google product manager in charge of the company's Chrome OS for Business program, …
Cade Metz, 13 May 2011
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Google moves to extract more from Apps

Hard on the heels of its disappointing earnings announcement. Google will no longer offer free Google Apps to businesses with more than 10 users. In an announcement posted on the Google Enterprise Blog, the company included the news in a post describing how it was making its apps “easier to adopt and manage” for small …
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Google splits Google Apps suite in two

Google has separated its Google Apps suite into two separate "release tracks": one that provides access to the latest tools as soon as they're ready, and a second that releases new tools on a regular weekly schedule. "We’re always excited to bring you the newest features as soon as they’re ready, but we’ve heard from some …
Cade Metz, 15 Mar 2011
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Google Cloud Connect: The limits of a Microsoft makeover

Google's new Microsoft Office plugin is meant to woo existing Microsoft users onto Google Apps, Mountain View's suite of (completely) web-based business applications. But the bridge it lays between the two competing platforms goes only so far. Though the free plugin synchronizes Microsoft Office files with Google Apps, letting …
Cade Metz, 26 Feb 2011
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Google wheels (another) Trojan App inside Microsoft Office

Google has officially released its tool for turning Microsoft Office into an online Google collaboration machine. In late November, Mountain View introduced a beta version of Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, an Office plugin that lets users collaborate on Microsoft files via Google's backend infrastructure. Now, the …
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2011

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