Running a mine-field or overreacting to make a point? MS vs. EU part 754


When the EU ruled that Microsoft can not ship Windows 7 only with Internet Explorer pre-installed it suggested to also pre-install other browsers like Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome or what-have-you. Read more ...

Microsoft may finally get Exchange to work in SaaS environments?


Microsoft's Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office Live and Microsoft Exchange, stated that his group is working hard on finally getting Exchange Version 14 (!) to run properly in large-scale SaaS installations, according to an interview with TechCrunch.

Boy, that was about time after years of trying to sell Exchange through hosters and telcos - with limited success due to the inherit limitations of the decades old architecture of Exchange.  Read more ...

The Cloud: The battle for control

(c) by Hasbro

This morning I spent some time updating myself on the major Cloud offerings - Microsoft Azure and their hosted offerings, Amazons EC2/S3, Google AppEngine. IBM BlueCloud and VMWares vCloud (a quick comparison can be found here).

This stuff really gets me worried because none of it is open or free (as in freedom). Even though at least Amazons and Googles offerings are based on Open Source software, they themselves are anything but open.

Why worry?  Read more ...

$1m to run 800 users on MS Exchange - easily!

The price is what? (c) Wilamette Week Online 2008

ZDNet's Phil Wainewright has a nice piece titled "How much does Exchange really cost?". There he rounds up the heated discussions that were created around reports of an 800 people company called Serena that switched from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps. They say the comparable cost went down from $1 million per year for Exchange to $250,000 for Google Apps. Read more ...

The big migration - the barbarians are coming

Invasion of the Roman Empire, (C)

When the Romans finally lost the grip on the western world the big migration of the "Barbarian" tribes in Europe and western Asia began. The same seems to be going on in the software world with the disruption of "barbarian" Software-as-a-Service solutions replacing the existing ruling powers. Read more ...

Bill away, Steve astray


It is what is is. Some things can only be changed by changing the players. Germany lost the EU  Football (some call it soccer) cup against Spain in the finals tonight, Spain was simply better. Spain won for the first time since 1964 - the year I was born and that is definately a loooong time ago. Things have changed - after a long time. Viva España.

Same for Microsoft. A lot of changes ahead for the software business: Internet, Open Source, and Software as a Service. Open-Xchange is the new kids on the block with some serious stuff. Check out Slashdot and ZDNet for some insight.

Microsoft thinks SaaS is for the enterprise? Uh oh, may be they haven't figured it out, yet...

Enterprise requirements are too much for SaaS

We are having some fun here at the Parallels User Conference. Other than drinking too much with all the friends here, we also announced our partnership with Parallels about the integration of Open-Xchange into Parallels' automation and administration ecosystem. This will enable Service Providers to easily provision and sell OX based offerings to their customers. Read more ...

Can they eat your cake and have theirs, too?

Microsoft and Google say are entering the business software services space -- with SaaS offerings around advanced eMail, Groupware, Collaboration and Office Applications. Of course that makes sense -- we, along with Gartner ("E-Mail Hosting: Poised for Explosive Growth", Matthew W. Cain, Gartner, Feb 22, 2008), Tier1 and Radicati -- have long predicted this to be an attractive market. SaaS offerings in this space can remove more than 90% of the cost for the user -- giving especially small businesses the opportunity to do more at a low price-point. Read more ...

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