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Comment Re:SharePoint (Score 1) 165

The points you make are mostly related to SharePoint 2007. SharePoint Foundation 2010 installs almost too easily on Windows 2008 R2. there is a like two click prerequisite installer and another similar easy installer for SharePoint itself. It's like a 1 on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10. Then throw in Search ServerExpress 2010 with a super easy install that integrates wi SP and crawls and indexes your file servers and bam, you have some serious just about FREE capabilities. Also third party tools are no longer needed to store files outside of SharePoints MSSQL database. It can be done easily with MSSQL's FILESTREAM feature. Granted setting up Kerberos takes about an extra 15 minutes, but you gain a lot of ease of use for end users.

Comment Re:Neat (Score 1) 120

Can RDP be set to mix remote applications with locally running ones?

Windows (with either a terminal server or the newer Remote Desktop Services) can do this beautify. I use it all the time for various programs and forget that they're running in a data center far away. Lots of times they run faster if I'm on a slower laptop or working remotely. For example a line-of-business app that needs to hit a data base server that's in the data center. It's pretty nice.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 304

SEC filings don't get into that much detail. Gartner estimates it's .5 percent:;siu-container

Honestly, $136.6 in revenue million is much smaller than I thought. While probably not in danger of closing down anytime soon, it's certainly not a multi-billion dollar product. Since we don't have cost or profitability numbers, it's hard to say.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 304

Could not agree more, in the current state of tech. full-blown cloud is not quite there yet. We have some hybrids where companies are running everything out of the data center with 99 percent of employees using thin clients to Remote Desktop Servers, mobile devices (tables, phones, etc.), or laptops + SSL VPN + offline files (or SharePoint) and it gets pretty close. Most of the employees can work from anywhere, anytime (if allowed) are are quite happy. We have various projects working on making working from anywhere more productive.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 2) 304

Well, I'm not directly involved but our company manages Office 365 and Google Apps for other companies (we're an outsourced IT company). Microsoft has been very, very proactive on the ugprades sides. Even letting customers push their upgrades (moving from BPOS to O365) by six months or more. However, it remains to be seen how they'll do with O365. Also, O365 is server components only (SharePoint, Exchange, etc.). The client-side software you use with it Outlook, Word, Excel, etc. doesn't necessarily have to be upgraded at the same time or at all. for example you can use Office 2007 if you really want to.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 4, Insightful) 304

What they're saying is your company chooses when the ugprades are done and can give employees a heads up. Not to mention how they publish betas, have a published roadmap, developer conferences, etc. etc. The other argument is that you only have to pay for Office once not on a month-to-month basis. Not to knock GoogleApps, but who's to say they don't raise the price next week?

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