Mozilla: We Don’t Do Enterprise. Google: WE DO!

The IT world is mad at Asa Dotzler, and with good reason.

Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser, has increased it’s production schedule in a big way: it’s pushing new versions out the door in months instead of years, and ending support on it’s previous versions in the interim.

This is great for home users as they get the latest and greatest on a regular basis. In the business world however, rapid releases are bad news. Web browsers have to be tested for compatibility and security by IT departments, and this process can take weeks…months…even years in some cases. So what happens when the browser manufacturer your company bases its web platform on decides to create major releases every few months? Chaos. Read more of this post

Gmail, Google Apps, Apps for Business, and Apps for Non-Profit — What’s the Difference?

Google AppsBesides search, Gmail is Google’s most popular product. Its immense storage capacity and the inclusion of a robust office application suite makes it one of the most useful services on the Internet. However, Google Apps accounts come in four main flavors, and many do not understand the difference. Using the correct type of Apps account ensures you are leveraging these powerful tools to your advantage. Read more of this post

Congrats Wyoming — The First State to Go Google!

Wyoming:

The first state to create a national park (Yellowstone).

The first state to claim a national monument (Devil’s Tower).

The first state to allow women to vote.

The first state to go Google.

…wait, what was that last one?

Wyoming doesn’t exactly have the reputation as a trailblazer state, but that perception should change. It has an impressive list of firsts, and converting all its state employees to Google’s cloud based Apps platform adds to the impressiveness. Government agencies are known for being slow to adopt new technology, and an entire state moving to something as modern as Google Apps is almost unheard of. Read more of this post

Firefox 5 Now Available – Top 6 New Features

Firefox 5Firefox 4, we barely knew ye.

Firefox 5 is now available on Mozilla’s Web Site for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android only three months after the release of Firefox 4. The latest version of the popular web browser adds a few interface tweaks, security enhancements, and revamped add-on updating to smooth things out. Firefox 5 keeps a lot of the new interface enhancements from the last version. Most of the changes seem to be either bug fixes or minor changes. The Mozilla Blog claims that the new version introduces over “1,000 improvements and performance enhancements,” but I’m not sure I could find them all. There is some Foxy goodness under the hood though. Here’s six features that drew my attention: Read more of this post

Gmail App Gets 3 Upgrades for Apple Devices

iDevice users got a nice surprise this week on their Gmail and Google Apps email accounts. Google has tuned up their email app, adding new functionality, search, and calendar enhancements.

Gmail and Google Apps users can now take advantage of the new sync service, which allows users to search through ALL of the messages in their mailbox… not just the ones stored locally on the device. Also, Google Sync for iOS now supports the “Send Mail As” feature, giving the ability to send email from multiple accounts. Google added this feature to Android phones earlier this year.

Calendar sync  now allows users to edit, accept, or decline events directly from the Calendar app. This highly requested feature greatly improves mobile scheduling functionality.

Keep in mind that you must set your email account up as an “Exchange” account in the email app to gain sync functionality. If you need some help, TOAST.net provides a guide to do this: How to Configure Your Google Apps Account on the iPhone/iPad

Source: Google Mobile Blog

It’s Tablet Time! 4 Tablets You Should Be Looking At

Shrinking electronics and the popularity of smartphones has brought us to the beginning of the tablet age. Tablets are incredibly handy devices for their portability and quick web access. They’re not “laptop replacements” per se, but more of a supplement. I would liken a tablet to a microwave — it will never replace your oven, but you end up using it more often than your oven because it gets things done faster and more conveniently. This new found convenience is turning the Internet and interface design in general to a new direction and opening up technology to a whole new group of people.

Five Questions About Managed Services for Small Business

Managed Services are catching on!The latest buzz-word floating around the small-business world is “managed services,” and many are left scratching their heads as to what it means.  It’s a term every company needs to look into, and it’s stirring a bit of a revolution in the business world.  Here’s a quick run-down of what managed services can do and what to look for. Read more of this post

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