Software as a Service
Amazon has quietly joined the ranks of cloud-based file syncing services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. The company’s Amazon Cloud Drive — previously limited to a rather primitive web-based interface — now offers desktop file syncing tools like those found in Dropbox.
Collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange plans to launch an open-source, browser-based productivity suite called OX Documents.
The first application for the suite is OX Text, an in-browser word processing tool with editing capabilities for Microsoft Word .docx files and OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice .odt files, the Nuremberg, Germany, company announced on Wednesday.
Citrix Systems has upgraded its Podio applications for Android and iOS, as well as the ShareFile app for the latter, which can now be used to edit Microsoft Office documents. Podio is a cloud-based collaboration platform, while ShareFile is pitched as an enterprise-friendly alternative for online storage and file sharing.
iPhone users of Podio are getting a completely redesigned and better looking application, which allows users to access their most often accessed Podio apps via a new slide menu, according to Citrix.
Microsoft offered more details on Tuesday about its plans to integrate SharePoint and Yammer, saying it'll give Office 365 customers the option of replacing SharePoint Online's activity-stream component with Yammer's. The option will go live with an upgrade of Office 365 this summer.
Anticipating explosive growth in video communications, Cisco is readying product improvements designed to simplify the management of videoconferencing traffic and to streamline its use for employees.
The products, announced Tuesday, include new software for adjusting network resources based on video requirements, and a new cloud-based virtual meeting room service for its video-as-a-service hosting partners.
Salesforce.com will upgrade its Chatter enterprise social networking (ESN) application for iOS and release one for the first time for Android for Android on Tuesday, delivering in both new capabilities to integrate them with its main CRM software.
The mobile apps will let users access CRM account information stored in Salesforce.com from the Chatter activity stream and take a variety of actions from within that feed interface.
Dropbox has acquired the popular e-mail app Mailbox, the two companies announced today in separate blog posts.
The team behind Mailbox wrote that the app -- which delivers Gmail messages to the iPhone or iPod Touch -- will remain, but it needs a company like Dropbox to help it grow. It wants to add more e-mail providers and build apps for more devices, but the 14-person company doesn't have the staff to do those things.
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Microsoft is offering college students its cloud-based Office service free for six months, a move that could help solidify Office as a package they’ll want to keep using once they graduate. The offer gives eligible students Office 365 for three months plus an additional three months if they share the offer on their Facebook pages.
The bundle comes with 20G Byte of extra space in SkyDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service that enables customers to access documents from phones, tablets and PCs.
Digium announced it is now offering "Switchvox Cloud," a hosted version of the company's phone system, targeting small and midsize business (SMB) customers who want enterprise-class features at a price they can afford. Digium is a primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project, using open source software to provide unified communications.
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