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June 17, 2009  8:36 PM

Microsoft: Google Apps’ Outlook sync breaks Outlook

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

You could see this coming down the pike.

Last week, Google announced Outlook synchronization for Google Apps–a very important addition for business email users. This week, Microsoft takes to it’s Outlook blog to say that Google’s Outlook sync breaks Outlook. Or at least disables the search in Outlook.

From the blog:

The installation of the Google Apps Sync plugin disables Outlook’s ability to search any and all of your Outlook data. When a Google Apps user installs the sync plugin for Outlook, the plugin modifies a registry key which disables Windows Desktop Search from indexing and providing search functionality for all Outlook data, not just the Outlook data being synchronized from GMail. Because Outlook search relies upon the indexing performed by Windows Desktop Search, Outlook search functions are broken as a result. It is also important to note that uninstalling the plugin may not fix the issue.


This tidbit comes just as Microsoft gets some of the first good news its had in search in, well, in years. Search-numbers freak Comscore reports once again that Microsoft’s Bing search engine–oh, that’s supposed to be decision engine–has increased the company’s Web search popularity for the second straight week!

Microsoft’s search penetration in the U.S. hit 16.7% for last week, up 3 points from the prior week, according to Comscore. In Bing’s first week on the job, Microsoft’s U.S. search penetration hit 15.8%, up from 13.7% for the last week of the PB (pre-Bing) era.

June 16, 2009  3:19 AM

Oracle parting gifts for McNealy, Schwartz

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If and when Scott McNealy and Jonathan Schwartz leave Oracle after it finishes swallowing Sun Microsystems, they won’t go empty handed.  Continued »

June 15, 2009  4:38 PM

Sneak peek at Dell Android phone?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Want a blurry peek at Dell’s long-rumored cell phone? Here it is courtesy of PDAfans via Engadget. This picture must have been taken with the Barbara-Walters-soft-focus cam. But hey, it’s something.

Reports of this work in progress have circulated long and hard. You gotta hand it to Google, it’s drummed up Android rumors to a fever pitch. Positively Microsoftian.

June 10, 2009  9:55 PM

IBM to business partners: Why don’t you mingle a little?

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

As if Facebook or LinkedIn or Plaxo or any of the other places where I’ve been personally congregating with VARs and IT solution providers for months weren’t enough, some of the biggest high-tech vendors in the channel are jumping with both feet into the world of social networks. The latest to announce a new community infrastructure (at least with a certain amount of fanfare) is IBM, which has launched something called PartnerWorld Communities.

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June 10, 2009  4:23 PM

On your mark, get set … Oracle sales kickoff starts July 6

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Turns out Oracle’s annual sales kickoff is on for July 6, not June, as previously reported. (By me. Gulp. Sorry.) This year’s theme: “Power through.” Continued »

June 8, 2009  10:46 PM

One step closer to Oracle Fusion?

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Oracle promises to have news about its Fusion vision for a July 1 event starring Oracle prez Charles Phillips and senior veep Thomas Kurian.

The event will feature some real middleware deliverables, sources say,  but they are careful to characterize it as Oracle 11g rather than the “F” word. “Most of the piece parts of Oracle middleware are still things like release 10.4.1 etc, although they’ve been talking 11g–and Fusion forever,” said one partner. Continued »

June 4, 2009  11:09 PM

Should be interesting to see if Cisco customers upgrade en masse over next 12 months

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Wasn’t able to make the Cisco Partner Summit this week in Boston, although I have been following updates along the way on their Channels Blog and also internally within the Partner Central site. Disclosure: I do some communications consulting for the Cisco worldwide partners organization, so I have access to lots of information that I cannot write about. Although if you have a question about their solutions initiative, feel free to contact me directly. 🙂

I haven’t noticed any news items a Continued »

June 4, 2009  3:08 PM

Back to the future: Ellison eyes netbooks

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

I can’t remember who said it but  around the time Oracle launched its big Sun Microsystems buyout plan, one industry pundit snarked that it was only a matter of time before Oracle CEO Larry Ellison would rechristen netbooks as NCs and declare victory. (If you kids don’t know what an NC is, ask your parents. Or read this.) Continued »

June 4, 2009  1:57 AM

Win 7 promised for October 22

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Microsoft got specific about general availability for Windows 7. The software will be on PCs and store shelves October 22, Microsoft said Wednesday. According to the Windows Team blog, partners should get RTM code in the second half of July. RTM code for Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available at around the same time.

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May 28, 2009  8:08 PM

Survey: SMBs poised to rebound when economy turns

Heather Clancy Heather Clancy Profile: Heather Clancy

Small-business owners are a remarkably resilient breed. Even though the federal government sometimes seems to be out to get them (an extra week of vacation anyone?), a new study that was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by services company Verio, finds that 83 percent of small-business executives are optimistic about their potential for growth once the economy turns. Continued »

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