Novell bets on Google Wave to replace its struggling GroupWise platform

By on March 21, 2010 at 10:14 AM.

Novell bets on Google Wave to replace its struggling GroupWise platform

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Collaboration freaks that prefer Google Wave to Gmail and Sharepoint to Outlook Express will have yet another collaboration platform to poke and prod in the near future. As part of the March 21st kickoff of its Brainshare Conference, Novell is expected to debut its new Pulse collaboration platform which is based upon the Google Wave Federation Protocol, an open source collaboration architecture released by Google. As such, the new Pulse platform will let users upload files including Adobe PDFs, Office documents, and audio/video files as well as create new files that can be shared and edited by multiple users simultaneously, in real-time. Social features will also permeate the Pulse platform with users being able to participate in an in-site commenting system, make use of an in-site suggestion system, and integrate outside social networks that will deliver updates directly into their inbox. With its Wave roots, Pulse will also support  third party gadgets such as a whiteboard and a mini-spreadsheet and offer interoperability with Wave, allowing a Pulse user to easily collaborate on a document with a Wave user. Tailored for the enterprise, Pulse will include increased security options and more stringent document controls than its public counterpart. It’s slated for launch as a cloud platform in the first half of 2010 and as an on-site solution in the future, and Novell hopes the new Pulse platform will replace its aging GroupWise platform and bring the company back up to speed in the highly competitive enterprise market currently dominated by Microsoft Sharepoint and Lotus Notes.
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Say hello to Microsoft Office 2010

By on July 13, 2009 at 12:12 PM.

Say hello to Microsoft Office 2010

As Microsoft gets ready to kick off its Worldwide Partners Conference 2009, the web is buzzing with an onslaught of premature Office 2010 info that came raining down from a variety of places — not the least of which was the accidental early launch of the company’s Office 2010 microsite. Of course details have been surfacing steadily for quite a while now, but there’s no info like official info. The most noteworthy topic of interest surrounding this latest iteration of Office of course, is the introduction of Microsoft’s free web-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. These cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s popular applications are positioned to be quite disruptive for the likes of Google Docs, Zoho and the rest of the SaaS productivity contenders. While companies like Google have a massive head start in the web-based productivity market, none have come anywhere close to approaching Microsoft’s reach in the space. Its reach, of course, is something Microsoft will certainly use to its advantage. But enough of that — hit the read link for all the Office 2010 video goodness you can handle.

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