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September 21, 2011  12:00 PM

Microsoft’s Gordon Frazer comment leads to Dutch rethink on US cloud providers

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cloud, data-centre, Google, Microsoft

On September 5th Dutch Minister Ivo Opstelten (Security and Justice) responded to questions relating to US cloud companies storing Duth data and the impact of the US Patriot Act. The minister's response has major...

March 24, 2011  4:09 PM

Safe Harbour fails to answer overseas cloud security concerns

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", Google, Google Apps, IBM, Safe Harbor, safe-harbour

In the past week I've met IBM and Google and asked them about cloud security.  Sure, data is mirrored, replicated and always available...

No my question concerns data jurisdiction and the ability for governments to subpoena hosting and cloud providers to provide law and...

November 19, 2009  7:04 PM

Chrome OS – is this the first OS for cloud computing?

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Desktop, Google, Google Apps, Netbook, Windows

Google has fleshed out its strategy for Chrome OS, an operating system which will only run web applications and will offer no local storage...

May 18, 2009  10:48 AM

Wolfram Alpha – first look

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Google, Mathematica

This morning the Computer Weekly team were all excited trying Wolfram Alpha, the new serach engine from Stephen Wolfram, whose company makes the Mathematica tool. There has been a huge buzz about this serach engine. Some pundits describe it as "Google Killer", but from the feedback among the...

June 23, 2008  12:20 PM

Open letter to Bill Gates: what would you say?

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Bill Gates, Google, Microsoft, Windows

Dear Bill

I'd like to thank you and Microsoft for helping to turn the computer industry around. Software used to be bundled with hardware. IT was extremely expensive. But Microsoft separated the software from the hardware, and with IBM, created affordable computing for the masses.


February 4, 2008  6:32 PM

Can Microsoft swallow Yahoo?

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Google, Google Apps, Microsoft, Office 2007, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Yahoo

The bid for Yahoo will see Microsoft betting the future of the company on the Internet. Microsoft's software is getting better and that means it is harder for users to justify upgrading to the latest version. At the same time, Google is provided a basic suite of office productivity software for...

October 3, 2007  10:09 PM

Office users get serious alternatives

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Adobe, Buzzword, Google, Google Apps, Microsoft

Along with the news that Microsoft is going online with Office Live Workspace, Adobe looks like it has made a smart acquisition earlier this week. Adobe has purchased the Buzzword word processor. Buzzword is a web-based, collaborative word processor built on the Adobe Flash platform, including...

October 1, 2007  8:38 PM

A first look at Office Live and Offfice Online

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Google, Microsoft, Office Live, Open source, OpenOffice, SharePoint

It is rather telling that Microsoft chose to unveil a major business services strategy on Sunday. Perhaps this is because it is not really that different to what we can do already. Shared workspaces is not a new idea. Jeff Raikes, president of Microsoft’s Business Division says:


July 18, 2007  11:54 PM

The biggest thing in IT

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Google, Melissa, multi-core, Virtualisation, Windows, Y2K

There's been a buzz in Computer Weekly's office today. What is the 10 most significant e-commerce developments in the last 10 years? According to the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Google is Number One ,...

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