Google continues to edge out Microsoft it what could be the latter's remaining bastion. With a batch of announcements about Google Drive, the search giant is offering more reasons for users to switch to its cloud and to ditch the once-popular Office suite, whether for personal use or for the enterprise.
It would seem that Google is taking their office fight to their biggest competitor right where it hurts - in several of the biggest enterprise sectors. Google let it be known this week that with Google Drive for Work, they’ve brought on encryption in transit and on-server, audit and activity APIs, and enhanced admin controls, all a part of their plan to continue pulling enterprise customers away from Microsoft’s Office suite.
The company formerly known as Enterproid - now as Divide - has been acquired by Google. Google Ventures previously invested in Divide, making this one in a line of companies that had investment cash from Google Ventures only to then be acquired by Google in its entirety. One does not always precede the other, but this situation is too plain to not explore.
Google has revealed Chromebox for Meetings, it's attempt to further push Chrome OS into the enterprise by offering a simpler way for multiple people to collaborate. Offered as a $999 kit including a Core i7 Chromebox - such as the ASUS Chromebox announced this month, though models from Dell and HP are also in the works - a noise-canceling microphone, 1080p autofocus HD camera, and double-sided remote with a QWERTY keyboard, Chromebox for Meetings plugs into an existing display or projector and can, Google claims, be up and running in minutes. We caught up with Google to find out more.
Lenovo has inked a deal to buy IBM's x86 server business, taking Big Blue's Intel-based hardware division off its hands for $2.3bn. The two companies will also kick off a strategic relationship that will see Lenovo act as a reseller for certain IBM products, including enterprise storage systems and various software packages; IBM will still keep its fingers in the server pie, however, developing Windows and Linux software for x86 models.
BlackBerry Interim CEO John Chen today posted a stern and spirited open letter to all BlackBerry enterprise customers with one unifying message: BlackBerry is here to stay. The letter emphasizes the company's mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) services through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10). In other words, it is geared up and continuing to gear up for managing enterprise mobile devices no matter the platform, be it iOS, Android or (gulp) BlackBerry OS. Just to drive home the point, the logos for all three systems appear in the letterhead.
Pfizer this week told its 92,000 employees to let their BlackBerry contracts expire and move over to iOS and Android devices. The drug manufacturer cited BlackBerry's declining market share and the floundering mobile company's recent attempt to sell itself as grounds for planning for a sudden unexpected service interruption. This news emerged just a few days after the US Department of Defense announced a contingency plan to replace its 470,000 BlackBerry devices with other brands in case BlackBerry eventually collapses.
If you've seen the likes of the Apple Volume Purchase Program in the past, you're likely part of an Education or Enterprise-based organization, and you've likely wished they had the same program for Mac Apps as well. While this program had only worked with iOS-based apps and books in volume in the past, Apple has issued a note to developers today letting them know about a Mac-aimed program appearing soon. This Mac Apps for education and enterprise program will work with the same sort of setup - purchasing apps in bulk for a discount then distributing them to students, administrators, teachers, and employees.
Bring your own device, more commonly referred to as BYOD, has become a popular system at many workplaces, but along with its benefits, it also brings its own troubles, something many have offered various solutions for. LG has joined these ranks, today unveiling its LG Gate, an enterprise-level platform for businesses aimed specifically at BYOD needs, aiming to both enhance and simplify security.
It's been announced today by BlackBerry Limited that they've signed a letter of intent agreement with a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited to be acquired for approximately $4.7 billion USD. This deal would put BlackBerry shareholders in a position to receive $9 USD for each stock, each stock not currently already held by Fairfax to be attained for cash. Before this deal, Fairfax owned 10% of BlackBerry.