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  • Blog Post: R.I.P. – Offline for Google Docs – Google Gears has left the building

    With three weeks’ notice and no future date given, Google has mothballed the feature (offline for docs via Google Gears) that one of their largest customers called "an absolute must-have" . It’s ironic that when this feature was originally announced, the company touted “It’s NOT an April Fool’s Joke...
  • Blog Post: Google Docs does not make Office better

    Hi, I’m Alex Payne and I’m a Director in our Online Product Management team. A couple of news articles and blogs landed today where Google is trying to make the case that existing Office customers (and there are over 500 Million of them worldwide) should hold off on upgrading to Office 2010 and instead...
  • Blog Post: Google Innovation or Imitation

    I've been around the block enough times to know what technology innovations are. I'm all about it and I'd better be. – With over fifteen years of product management experience. Meanwhile, it seems to me that Google Apps folks from the googlelplex are outmoded; worse for techies, they're lagging...
  • Blog Post: Sign Up! - Live Webcast: Evaluating Cloud Solutions: Insights from an Early Adopter of Google Apps and Microsoft BPOS

    I am proud to announce that on September 22 at 1:30pm ET, we are sponsoring our first live Webcast featuring a Serena Software, a customer who has joined BPOS after leaving Google Apps. Sign up now and join us on the 22nd! Overview: Serena Software, a leading software company in the application development...
  • Blog Post: Whither art thou, Google Apps offline?

    It’s been a cool summer in Redmond, and we’ve been working hard preparing some pleasant surprises for the next quarterly release of Office 365, developing features to improve enterprise productivity. Looking back, I recall Google’s Senior VP of Chrome, Sundar Pichai, mentioning that...
  • Blog Post: Bigger Than The Beatles and Google’s Crush on Office Get Serious

    Imagine if you filled up Wembley Stadium (82K seats) and the Rose Bowl (100K seats) with a totally new audience every day for 100 days straight. You would be on pace to be one of the most successful attractions ever. Well, today we announced that the Office Web Apps have been used by over 20 million...
  • Blog Post: A Tale of Two Cities – “Gone Google” and Microsoft Office 2010 twelve months later...

    " It was the best of times, It was the worst of times …" the opening line of Dickens famous novel A Tale of Two Cities got me thinking about how busy the last twelve months have been for employees for the corporate campuses of Redmond (Microsoft) and Mountain View (Google). Summary A year...
  • Blog Post: Real World with Microsoft Online Services: Interview with Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7

    As part of the Real World with Microsoft Online Services customer series, we talked to Jake Harris, Director of IT at Aisle7, about replacing Google Apps with the Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, which includes Microsoft Exchange Online. Here's what he had to say. Q: Tell us about the...