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Categories: software as service

Salesforce Jumps Into Collaboration Software With Chatter

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on November 18 Chief Executive Marc Benioff has never been shy about borrowing a bit of other companies’ mojo. On Nov, 18, he introduced the software company’s latest product, a business collaboration...

Google's Chrome Operating System: We've Got It All Wrong

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 11

"A real rival to Windows." "Google drops a nuclear bomb on Microsoft." It all sounds so dramatic and exciting, the kind of story we journalists love. But I can't help...

Microsoft’s Ozzie Says Cloud Services Will Yield Lower Margins

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on June 05

Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, caused quite a splash June 4 when he told the audience at an event in Silicon Valley that cloud computing will probably lower Microsoft’s...

Oracle’s Bold Java Plans

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on June 02

Larry Ellison has never been shy about nudging Oracle into new parts of the software market. The database king has spent $40 billion to build a franchise in business applications,...

Socialtext 3.0: Will Wikis Finally Find Their Place in Business?

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 30

For years, Socialtext has helped pioneer the use of wikis, or group-editable Web pages a la Wikipedia, inside companies. Today, it's launching Socialtext 3.0, a collection of three applications built...

Google I/O: Window Into the Real Future of the Web

Posted by: Rob Hof on May 28

Google's Web-based applications such as Gmail and Google Docs often look to casual observers like a tiny sideshow to the company's main event, which overwhelmingly remains search. Some folks even...

Prime Time for Google Apps

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 02

Starting Oct. 3, companies using Google Apps Premier Edition, the for-pay version of Google's suite of online office-productivity applications, will see a new button to add security and compliance services...

SAP Caught Between Two Worlds

Posted by: Steve Hamm on May 08

SAP's going to have a hard time hopping on the software-as-service bandwagon without blowing up its $12.4 billion traditional software business in the process. That message came clear to me...

Google Completes Office Suite with PowerPoint Product

Posted by: Rob Hof on April 17

Google CEO Eric Schmidt used his brief appearance at the Web 2.0 Expo today to announce the company this summer would add a PowerPoint editing tool to Google Apps, its...

Google Apps Go Corporate

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 22

A few weeks ago, I wrote that the launch of a for-pay version of Google Apps for Your Domain was nigh. Now, it's here. And Premier Edition, a package of...

Google Apps: More Than Meets the Eye?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 02

It looks like Google Apps for Your Domain soon will come outta beta with a paid version for enterprises. The one thing I wanted to explore in the story I...

SAP's rocky road

Posted by: Steve Hamm on January 25

SAP's stock got hammered after it announced fourth quarter earnings yesterday--even though it had warned earlier that its software license revenue growth would come in well under analysts' forecasts. The...

Jeff Bezos' New New Thing

Posted by: Rob Hof on November 02 has been rolling out a number of very unretail-like services over the past year, from the Amazon Mechanical Turk to the Elastic Compute Cloud. I recently met with...

Google Gobbles JotSpot

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 31

Search giant Google has bought yet another hot startup that had hoped to be one of the next big things (and no doubt still does). JotSpot, the company started three...

Google Vs. Microsoft, For Real

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 27

So Google's moving forcefully at last into the business software market, at least in a test version. Google Apps for Your Domain, will let small businesses, nonprofits, and universities use,...

On-Demand Software: Little Things Add Up

Posted by: Steve Hamm on June 28

A couple of news items crossed my desk that aren't earth shattering in themselves but point to remarkable things happening in the on-demand world. 1) Market pioneer announced that...

Marc Benioff's Burden: Outages

Posted by: Steve Hamm on April 27

It's like a pesky housefly circling Marc Benioff's head that just won't go away no matter how many times he swats at it. Since December, the Web site has...

SaaS...Enough Already!

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on April 24

I'm officially declaring software as a service the new security software. Back in 2001 or so, word got around that every new security company would make a boat load of...

Free Thinking on the Web

Posted by: Steve Hamm on March 17

T.J. Kang, the CEO of ThinkFree Inc., is a never-say-die sort of guy. Ever since 1983 he has been building desktop productivity applications as an alternative to Microsoft's dominant Office...'s Latest Outage...

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on February 22

Midway through its fourth quarter earnings conference call, Marc Benioff had just finished his impassioned remarks about how seriously the company is taking recent service outages and how much better...

SAP vs

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 02

SAP is expected to soon announce its entry into the software-as-service fray with a CRM offering. Click to the next page to see what Marc Benioff, CEO of, had...

Dave Duffield's Next Move

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on January 26

Do I mean Workday? Nope. Little new to report on that, but stay tuned. Details on exactly what Dave & the original PeopleSoft gang are up to should be coming...

Benioff's New Game

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on January 20

Even with the burden of planning an event seemingly weekly, the folks at still have spare time on their hands. Witness the latest amusing, catty volley at the old...

Calling 'Em Like He Sees 'Em

Posted by: Sarah Lacy on December 12

Greg Gianforte, CEO of Right Now Technologies, has a Viewpoint on our site today that's not exactly winning him friends in software land. He makes some strong accusations at the...

Dueling Memos

Posted by: Steve Hamm on November 10

Microsoft has many core competencies, but one that doesn't get much notice is memo writing. In fact, they have some damned effective memo writers. They also have effective memo leakers....

Microsoft: 1995 redux?

Posted by: Steve Hamm on November 01

Today's San Francisco briefing by Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie bears an eerie resemblance to a fateful day almost exactly a decade ago: Dec. 7, 1995. That was the day...

My Dinner with Marc

Posted by: Steve Hamm on October 12

Well, it wasn't just me. Marc Benioff, the jovial CEO of, arranged a dinner for 10 at the ultra-trendy Per Se restaurant in the Time Warner building in Manhattan....


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