“What happens when the world’s largest advertising business tries to sell productivity software on the side?” Microsoft asks users in its new Googlighting video. “Beware the Googlighting Stranger.” In response to what is undoubtedly increased pressure from Google’s cloud-based productivity suite, Microsoft has launched an all-out assault on Google and its cloud-based Google Apps product. According to Microsoft, Google’s productivity suite is a joke — a sad side project where Google moonlights in its downtime and uses unwitting corporations as guinea pigs — and businesses would be crazy to play Google’s game. ”Google Apps is an ever-changing solution with experimental features that can increase complexity and the need for change management and training,” Microsoft wrote on its Why Microsoft site. “When your business needs help, Google Apps support falls short of delivering the kind and level of support you demand.” So what exactly does your business need to thrive? Microsoft is glad you asked: “Your organization has diverse needs. With Microsoft, you can deliver the right set of tools for the right users—all with appropriate layers of security and compliance technologies.” Microsoft’s no holds barred anti-Google Apps video follows below.
Google+ is getting some love tonight. The latest version has just been pushed to the Android Market and should be showing up for most folks. If not, you’ll just have to sit tight for a little while longer. This release — created during the Ice Cream Sandwich developement brings a few changes to the table.
They say seeing is believing, but I’m still not sure what to make of this one. Google’s closed applications — the ones they keep a tight rein on and not allow just anybody to use — apparently are available through the third-party market GetJar. Not just Gmail that you see pictured above, but Google TV remote, Maps, Search, Books — they’re all there. We’re assuming that this is legitimate and not a mistake (GetJar is a reputable site), but we’re baffled at how this came to be — especially since Google’s apps also need additions to the Android system framework to actually run. I can tell you that they work (I tested with Google Music and YouTube — can’t afford to wipe out my Gmail app just yet), but I can’t tell you why. Hit the link and give it a try yourself.
So here’s the story — supposedly an anonymous fellow purchased a Nexus S on eBay, and to his surprise found it running Ice Cream Sandwich. There are quite a few visual differences, namely a new launcher style, a new “Google Apps” folder, a new notification bar, and a new lockscreen. There’s also what looks to be a panorama feature in the camera, and the “Movie Studio” icon in the app drawer. Everything is nice and fluid — at least everything we get to see.
Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt on Thursday reiterated that the company’s proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility is about more than just patents. When Google announced the deal, CEO Larry Page said in a statement, ”Motorola Mobility’s total commitment to Android has created a natural fit for our two companies. Together, we will create amazing user experiences that supercharge the entire Android ecosystem for the benefit of consumers, partners and developers. I look forward to welcoming Motorolans to our family of Googlers.” He also noted, however, that Motorola’s extensive patent portfolio would greatly assist Google and its Android partners in defending Android against patent complaints from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Read on for more.
Google just showed us the new updated Android Market client that brings a UI overhaul, as well as Google Books and Movies for folks in the states. Not long after, we gave you a way to download the new Market for yourselves, and you guys got to work checking it out. It has a lot of different features, including one that a lot of us have been wanting — the ability to switch to any Google account on your phone for Market use. You can even choose a Google Apps account. This could be a pretty handy feature, but also opens up the possibility of abuse via shared account credentials. We’ll have to see how it all unfolds.
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