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USDA Moves 120,000 Users to Microsoft’s Cloud

News release: “The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it is moving its on-premises e-mail and productivity applications to Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, becoming the first cabinet-level federal agency to embrace the cloud. In one of the largest cloud federal government deployments ever, the USDA is moving its 120,000 users to Microsoft OnlineContinue Reading

Verizon White Paper: Escaping from Microsoft’s Protected Mode Internet Explorer

Escaping from Microsoft’s Protected Mode Internet Explorer – Evaluating a potential security boundary, November 2010 “In Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new browser security feature called “Protected Mode”. According to Microsoft, this mechanism “significantly reduces the ability of an attack [against Internet Explorer] to write, alter or destroy data on theContinue Reading

Google Files Bid Protest Against Dept. of Interior Over Hosted Email and Collaboration Services

The complaint, Google Inc. vs. The United States, filed Ocotber 29, 2010 in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, is here. “This action protests the terms of U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) Request for Quotation 503786 (“RFQ”) for hosted email and collaboration services and DOI’s supporting “Limited Source Justification”, and seeks preliminary and permanentContinue Reading

Google, Facebook battle for 'future of the Web'

Could Google’s Achilles heel be showing as Facebook teams up with Microsoft? “Microsoft advanced its partnership with Facebook this week, a move that could represent the biggest threat to Google’s search standing yet. Microsoft and Facebook announced that they’re teaming up to make Internet searching more social. Now when someone uses Microsoft’s Bing search engineContinue Reading

The Impact of Competition on Technology Adoption: An Apples-to-PCs Analysis

The Impact of Competition on Technology Adoption: An Apples-to-PCs Analysis, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, July 2010, Number 462, by Adam Copeland and Adam Hale Shapiro “We study the effect of market structure on a personal computer manufacturer’s decision to adopt new technology. This industry is unusual because there exist two horizontally segmented retailContinue Reading

Microsoft Street Slide: Browsing Street Level Imagery

Street Slide: Browsing Street Level Imagery – Johannes Kopf, Billy Chen, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen [Microsoft Research]. Please see the accompanying video here. “Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360 degree panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to bubbleContinue Reading

New on LLRX.com – Development of a SharePoint Site

Development of a SharePoint Site – Lorette S.J. Weldon continues her series with a discussion on how to interpret and document the requirements of an organization or a specific department in order to develop a successful SharePoint site.

FT.com Reports Google Phasing Out Corporate Use of Windows

FT.com: “Google is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns, according to several Google employees. The directive to move to other operating systems began in earnest in January, after Google’s Chinese operations were hacked, and could effectively end the use of Windows at Google, which employs moreContinue Reading

EU data protection group says Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! do not comply with data protection rules

Article 29 Data Protection Working Party Press Release, Brussels, 26 May 2010: EU data protection group says Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! do not comply with data protection rules “The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, a group of European data protection authorities, today told the three major search engine operators – Google, Yahoo! and MicrosoftContinue Reading

Windows Announces Free Web Version of Word Coming In June

New York Times: “This latest version of Office, which includes applications like Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, is Microsoft’s long-awaited effort to modernize one of its most lucrative products and to thwart rivals like Google that are nipping at its heels with free Web software. For the first time, Microsoft will provide a free onlineContinue Reading

Symantec White Paper: Problems with Microsoft Outlook Personal Storage Tables

Death to PST Files, A Symantec Hosted Services Whitepaper: “Email is one of your company’s most critical—and most widely used—assets. According to a 2009 study by The Radicati Group, the average corporate email user sends and receives 167 email messages per day. The report estimates that this number will increase to 219 messages per dayContinue Reading

Deloitte: Cloud computing – A collection of working papers

Deloitte: Cloud computing – A collection of working papers, released September 17, 2009 and published on July 31, 2009. “Cloud Computing frequently is taken to be a term that simply renames common technologies and techniques that we have come to know in IT. It may be interpreted to mean data center hosting and then subsequentlyContinue Reading