Industry Updates

News Updates (February 25, 2010)

TimeBridge … TimeBridge released a new service to simplify meeting scheduling. “MeetWith.Me works great for one-on-one meetings, and acts like a public calendar, but hides private details. This personalized URL lets colleagues and friends see busy and available time-blocks on users’ schedules so they know when the user is free to meet. Visitors can propose up to five potential times to meet and the calendar owner can confirm whichever time works best. Once the meeting is scheduled, logistics are automatically shared, including phone and web conferencing for members of TimeBridge’s premium service, TimeBridge Plus. MeetWith.Me also enables the option to set customized “business hours” to control availability time frames for potential meetings. This feature is especially useful for sales professionals who need to meet with prospects during regular business hours.” It also released a new LinkedIn integration. More
– Aliza shares her experience at WebWorkerDaily.

HP Down in Smartphones … HP isn’t doing well in the smartphone market. “Sales of H.P.’s hand-held products, including its iPaq smartphone, dropped to $25 million in the quarter, down from $57 million in the same period last year. Apple, by contrast, had sales of $5.6 billion for iPhones and related products during its most recent quarter.More

Free PDF Reader from Nuance … Nuance released a free PDF reader. “Putting another high-quality PDF reader on the market, Nuance Communications last week released (also free) Nuance PDF Reader. Nuance Communications is the creator of the well-known Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech-recognition software and OmniPage OCR (Optical Character Recognition), among other excellent applications.” For Windows only. More

Google’s (Almost) Evil … Kirk is giving up on most thing Google, because it is no longer living up to its mission. “It was a combination of recent incidents that drove me to this point. One was the introduction of Google Buzz, which, in some cases, disclosed contact information that users thought was private. When Google launched Buzz, its “social networking tool,” the company didn’t let users opt into the program, but automatically applied it to all of the millions of users of the company’s free Gmail. Google quickly backtracked, but it is not clear whether the “turn off Buzz” link at the bottom of Gmail pages truly purges the links that Google created.More

OCS 2010 is Coming … The 2010 edition of Office Communications Server is coming … sometime. “The highly anticipated Microsoft Office Communications Server 2010 is set to release for the last calendar quarter of 2010, but the company had promised a beta version for testers by the end of March. As captured in this ZDnet blog, that projected date may be optimistic. Microsoft officials are now saying the beta version of its Unified Communications ‘Wave 14’ suite may be ready by early April and now those wanting to get their hands on the release are left wondering exactly when to expect a demo.More

Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet … Lenovo introduced a new tablet, running the powerful i7 processor. “The ThinkPad X201 Tablet has a 12.1-inch screen and runs on Intel Core i7 processors, the company said. The laptop has a traditional convertible tablet design, with a keyboard, and a touch screen that can be rotated and placed on top of the keyboard to record data.More

Disruptive Chatter … Irwin shares his take on Chatter, the forthcoming collaboration service from Salesforce. “ think Chatter has the potential to be extremely disruptive. Salesforce brings some inherent strengths to the table, it’s arguably the most widely deployed software as a service, via the SaaS delivery model Salesforce can bundle Chatter with the services it’s already providing to end-user customers, in effect going around IT and undercutting more centralized attempts to bring social computing to the enterprise via stand-alone platforms such as Confluence, Jive, and SocialText, or as add-ons to collaboration tools such as SharePoint or the Notes/Domino/Quickr suite. Salesforce also points to the opportunity for its development partners to integrate Chatter into the tens of thousands of Force.Com developers.More

Other News
– Two Department of Defense units are experimenting with a new form of secure data sharing.
– Oracle posted the Quick Start Card for Conferencing in Beehive 2.0.
– Shannon offers a comparison between the social computing features in SharePoint 2007 and 2010. SharePoint 2010 out-of-the-box does a lot better than 2007.

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