|“There are four reasons that have been ballyhooed around for this acquisition to happen: Microsoft wants to show it is social, Microsoft bought the talent and experience (which is the main reason cited by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft), Microsoft wanted to buy clients that would not have chosen SharePoint and convert them, and Microsoft is building a convoluted “something” using Skype, SharePoint, Office, and Yammer.” — Esteban Kolsky|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Yammer, the enterprise social service just snapped up by Microsoft for $1.2 billion. And that’s not a typo.
|“In the car, Siri will be the go-to person for the obvious stuff — finding music, placing phone calls and texts, locating a good sushi restaurant — but I bet she could also raise and lower windows, start wipers, dial in a cruise control setting, close the trunk, and more.” — Jim Motavalli|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Siri, Apple’s voice recognition system. At last month’s World Wide Developer’s Conference Apple announced that General Motors, Toyota, Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Jaguar/Land Rover will be integrating Siri into their vehicles through a program they’re calling Eyes Free.
|“Cloud computing promises many benefits: It can reduce IT costs and downtime while vastly increasing storage, mobility and provisioning options. But, it’s also a potential security nightmare: perimeters disappear, clients and servers move around at will, and old models of access control, authentication and auditing no longer apply.” — David Newman|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is CloudSwitch, a company that makes cloud migration software. SearchCloudApplications.com has put together a handy guide comparing many of the leading cloud migration platforms.
|“Single tenancy goes hand in hand with those proprietary mainframes that Larry [Ellison] wants his customers to buy because that’s the best thing for Oracle.” — Marc Benioff|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is single-tenancy. Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Marc Benioff (Salesforce) have been debating whether or not you can lure customers with promises of a single-tenancy architecture and still call it “cloud.” Ellison thinks you can. Benioff says that clouds, by definition, are multi-tenant.
|“If a company was already moving in the direction of SOX compliance, they’ll probably find themselves with a little more breathing room than they had previously. At the same time, the GRC tools that help companies meet SOX compliance should be easily able to help support programs to comply with JOBS Act rules and related requirements.” — Chris McClean|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is JOBS Act, more formally known as the “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.” The intention of the Act is to cut down on compliance red tape for startup companies.
|“In a standard Windows cluster, one machine in the cluster owns a resource at a time. As a result, any cluster that hosts a set of Hyper-V virtual machines on a storage area network (SAN) has to put each VM on a separate LUN so that a cluster node fails over all of its appropriate cluster resources.” — Eric Beehler|
|“Another thing to keep in mind about Windows RT is that the only way users will be able to install apps on it will be if they download them from the official Windows Store…So that right there means that most of the crapware that IT admins need to clean off isn’t even going to be an issue on Windows RT.” — Brian Madden|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Windows RT. It’s a slimmed-down version of Windows 8 for mobile devices with ARM processors (think tablets). Microsoft hasn’t officially explained what the letters RT stand for.
|“While OpenID is all about using a single identity to sign into many sites, OAuth is about giving access to your stuff without sharing your identity at all.” — Eran Hammer-Lahav|
There’s a lot of buzz about how OAuth is making it possible for end users to move from website to website without having to expose passwords — the authentication part — but the really powerful part of OAuth is that its access tokens specify what data can be accessed — the authorization part.
|“The proposed law, which passed the House in late April, aims to give the government some oversight into protecting critical infrastructure facilities that are owned by private-sector companies.” — Rob Westervelt|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA).
Critics of the legislation argue that a lack of clarity in the bill could lead to massive eavesdropping on private communications. And by “private,” I mean “corporate.”
“On the hardware front, what does it say about the tablets Microsoft is seeing from its OEM partners…? Either they are not happy with the devices out there, or they are not satisfied with only taking a licence fee from selling Windows-based tablets.” — Jan Dawson
Surface tablets are expected to be priced comparably to Apple and Android products, with the Windows RT version selling for about the same price as its chief competitor, the iPad, and the Windows 8 Pro version selling for the same price as the MacBook Air laptop.