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GSA Plans RFP for $2.5 Billion in Cloud Computing to Support IT Reform Plan

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio: “The General Services Administration is about to give the Obama administration’s policy that requires agencies to use cloud computing a big boost. GSA plans on releasing a request for proposals May 10 for e-mail-as-a-service that could be worth $2.5 billion. Vivek Kundra, the federal chief information officer, saidContinue Reading

Google Wins Injunction in Cloud Computing Bid Protest Against Interior

Follow up to Google Files Bid Protest Against Dept. of Interior Over Hosted Email and Collaboration Services, news that Google wins: Interior forbidden to award noncompetitive contract to Microsoft – “U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Susan Braden ruled on Jan. 3 that negotiations for a sole source contract with Microsoft “commenced many months prior toContinue Reading

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