Windows Phone … Microsoft announced the “Windows Phone”, the next generation in its mobile aspirations. “Nearly 30 phones from half-dozen manufacturers are on the list of handsets running Windows Mobile 6.5, which was unveiled early this year. The new software version, clearly influenced by the success of Apple’s iPhone, is designed to simplify the user experience and create a more “finger friendly” interface. The most immediate short-term user impact is likely to be the greatly improved browsing experience with Internet Explorer Mobile 6, the first full Microsoft Web browser on its Windows phones, drawing on code from desktop IE 6, 7 and 8.” More
– Enterprises have been more likely to embrace non-Windows mobile devices in recent years, eg, witness the surge in BlackBerry and iPhone.
– There is an App Store, called “Windows Marketplace”
– see 14 pictures of Windows Phone.
– see Windows Phone home.
– see #whichphone on Twitter for an informal survey.
Jive and SharePoint … Jive announced a new connect and integrate (rather than replace) strategy, for integrating with other enterprise systems. The first connector is for SharePoint. “The first module under the new strategy is the Jive SharePoint Connector, a deep integration between Jive SBS and Microsoft SharePoint. The SharePoint Connector enables users of either solution to unite content and activities originating inside either Jive or SharePoint into a single stream via unified access, unified search results, unified activity streams, and unified document storage. Jive customers can do the bulk of their work in the highly intuitive Jive environment while maintaining easy access to SharePoint’s content repositories and workflow.” More
– The integration with SharePoint be available later in 2009.
– A Documentum integration will ship in 2010.
– The SharePoint integration will be a competitor to NewsGator Social Sites.
Windows 7 vs Mac OS X … Walt thinks that the difference between Mac OS X and Windows has shrunk greatly with the (upcoming) release of Windows 7. “In recent years, I, like many other reviewers, have argued that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is much better than Windows. That’s no longer true. I still give the Mac OS a slight edge because it has a much easier and cheaper upgrade path; more built-in software programs; and far less vulnerability to viruses and other malicious software, which are overwhelmingly built to run on Windows. Now, however, it’s much more of a toss-up between the two rivals. Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas, such as better previews and navigation right from the taskbar, easier organization of open windows on the desktopand touch-screen capabilities. So Apple will have to scramble now that the gift of aflawed Vista has been replaced with a reliable, elegant version of Windows.” More
Lotus and iPhone … Domino 8.5.1 offers native support for the Apple iPhone. “The new features, which include push e-mail, contacts, and calendar, enable iPhone users to work off-line, while allowing confidential data to be erased remotely if an iPhone is lost or stolen. iPhone users can also take advantage of a corporate directory look-up feature which helps them find contact information behind their company firewall.” More
Domino Designer for Free … IBM changed its pricing strategy for Domino Designer, offering a free edition for building Notes applications (as long as those apps are not connected to a Domino Server, eg, are run locally). “Domino Designer can help Web developers, students, business analysts and others to quickly develop and use business or productivity applications. These applications can operate within Lotus Domino applications, a browser on a desktop or on a smartphone, as well as directly within the IBM Lotus Notes client. This allows employees to access business information obtained through Notes and Domino, without needing additional software. New developers can join with the existing Lotus application community through OpenNTF.org, an open source organization focused on Lotus Notes and Domino.” More
– A “license” is still needed to deploy applications to Domino.
– I say: Make it free or don’t make it free. If you want to drive adoption, don’t deliberately choke it.
LifeSize Passport … LifeSize introduced Passport, an HD video conferencing system for individuals. “LifeSize Passport is the only HD video communications system that delivers on the promise of making high quality, life-like video communications a mainstream business tool. No longer is HD video bound by conference room and board room systems at the high end, or web cam quality at the low end. With LifeSize Passport, users can communicate in telepresence-quality HD video and audio at a price that enables even small businesses to take advantage of video communications, as well as allows enterprises to cost-effectively implement video throughout their organisation. At less than 1lb in weight, Passport can be easily deployed anywhere, making it an ideal solution for remote employees and teleworkers.” More
– Includes integration with Skype.
HyperOffice HyperBase … HyperOffice announced HyperBase, an online database application. “HyperBase users can quickly create online database applications for automating common business tasks, such as managing events, tracking inventory and sales leads, and processing support tickets …. HyperBase users design and build online forms like contact forms, online surveys, customer order forms.” More
– Apple may be about to release new iMac and MacBooks.