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Google Finally Enables Offline Access for Gmail

Google’s long-awaited offline access for Gmail is here, bringing a sigh of relief to users of Google’s messaging and collaboration software. Google Apps Standard Edition users will be able to access it immediately with a few steps, while consumers will see a more gradual rollout. The move should put Google on a more level playing field in cloud computing versus Microsoft, Yahoo Zimbra, Zoho and others with e-mail clients that already provide offline access.

Is Java to Blame for Sun Layoffs?

eWEEK readers weigh in on Sun Microsystems’ woes and the reason Sun is laying off over 6,000 employees. Is Java to blame? Some say inroads from other languages and application development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails could further Sun’s demise. Others say never count Sun out.

Oracle Ups Ante vs. Salesforce.com with CRM On Demand Refresh

Revving its SAAS enterprise applications engine, Oracle introduces Oracle CRM On Demand Release 16. The latest iteration of Siebel cloud computing applications boasts custom object support, better BI and partner relationship management. Oracle also throws down the gauntlet for Salesforce.com’s multitenancy model with a new single-tenant CRM On Demand delivery option.

Open-Source Cloud Tools Project Spawns Cloud Foundry

The Cloud Tools project, hosted on Google Code, is a prime example of the emerging trend of open-source application developers targeting the cloud and looking at services such as Amazon Web Services solutions and Google App Engine to host their applications. Cloud Tools is a set of tools for deploying, managing and testing Java Enterprise Edition applications on Amazon.com’s Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. And now the Cloud Tools project’s founder has launched a commercial service based on Cloud Tools known as Cloud Foundry.

Firefox Plug-in Lets Users Import Google Notebook to Zoho

Messaging and collaboration SAAS company Zoho updates its Firefox plug-in for Zoho Notebook to make it easy to import a Google Notebook to Zoho’s cloud computing environment. The move is a shrewd one on the part of Zoho, which is looking to find favor with peeved Google users put off by Google Notebook’s newly halted application development. Any content added to the new Zoho plug-in will be automatically synchronized with the online version of Zoho Notebook.

Microsoft Releases Web Platform Installer

Microsoft delivers Version 1.0 of its Web Platform Installer (Web PI), a free download manager that enables developers to install the Microsoft Web Platform or at least part of it. Web PI simplifies the installation of Microsoft’s developer technologies, from .NET Framework 3.5 to ASP.NET to Silverlight and more, for building Web applications.

Yahoo Turns on Wikipedia SearchMonkey App but Twitter Is the BOSS

Yahoo unleashes the SearchMonkey Wikipedia application, a Web service that augments Yahoo search results with Wikipedia articles. Will SearchMonkey, a jewel of application development for Yahoo, fall prey to new CEO Carol Bartz’ plans for the search engine and Web service giant? Meanwhile, a Yahoo programmer builds TweetNews, a mashup of Yahoo news search results that leverages popular Twitter tweets.

Intel, Citrix Collaborating on Desktop Virtualization

Intel and Citrix are planning to bring desktop virtualization technologies to a wider enterprise audience by combining their respective capabilities to make running and managing virtual machines within corporate desktops and notebooks easier. Intel and Citrix plan to combine Intel’s vPro management and security technology with Citrix’s Xen hypervisor and other virtualization applications that will allow IT departments to run several secure virtual machines within the same corporate client. The announcement by Citrix and Intel also looks to counter what VMware plans to offer with its vClient VMware View products.

Microsoft Silverlight to Stream Obama Inauguration

Microsoft announces that the Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected Microsoft’s Silverlight technology to enable live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration swearing-in ceremony on the PIC Web site.

IBM Bluehouse Becomes LotusLive to Challenge Microsoft, Google in SAAS

IBM sheds the Bluehouse moniker for its SAAS messaging and collaboration applications, which are hosted in the cloud or over the Web. LotusLive Engage is IBM’s enterprise applications challenge to Microsoft Windows Live and Google Apps. LotusLive integrates with Salesforce.com, Skype and LinkedIn to reach potentially 400 million new users.

Scaling Apps on the Google App Engine

It’s been almost a year since Google introduced the beta of its Google App Engine, and eWEEK Labs wants to see what applications have been built on the technology. While none have yet reached the size and power of Facebook or Twitter, some interesting tools have been built on Google App Engine, which shows promise as a viable platform for large Web-based applications.

SOA: Wanted Dead or Alive

Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes set off a storm of IT industry chatter around the viability of SOA when she pronounced that service-oriented architecture is dead and the recession killed it. However, all SOA-related technologies will continue to gain importance.

Six Tips to Build Your Brand

Social networking tools such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others offer SMBs new ways to build communities and your brand. Here are the best ways to build both at the same time.

Will SMBs Spend on Virtualization in 2009?

While some reports suggest small businesses won’t be slashing through IT budgets in 2009, is the average midmarket company willing to invest in virtualization technology? DataCore, among other vendors, says yes.

VKernel Capacity Analyzer a Strong Tool in VMware Environments

VKernel’s Capacity Analyzer 2.0 can use VMware VirtualCentre statistics to offer clarity in virtualization deployments. However, the virtualization tool is not a cross-platform product; it doesn’t address Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology. But in VMware environments, the virtualization tool will help IT administrators get the most out of their ESX installations.

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