Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News ServiceAssistant News Editor, IDG News Service

Juan Carlos Perez covers e-commerce, Google, web-application development, and cloud applications for the IDG News Service.

Google moves to make Apps Marketplace more useful for third-party apps

With the Apps Marketplace available from the Google Apps administration console, customers can, for the first time, browse the catalog and install the products.

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In role reversal, Ballmer stays composed, Gates chokes up, in shareholder meeting

At his final shareholder meeting appearance, Microsoft's outgoing CEO says he's certain the company is well positioned to succeed in the decade ahead.

Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers get access to Facebook Login

Facebook Login lets people enter their access credentials once for the social networking site and then use the service to log into third-party apps.

Google adds more shortcuts to Gmail

The new batch of “quick-action buttons” let users rate restaurants, change restaurant reservations, open Dropbox folders, and launch Google Docs files.

Test and test again: the lesson from Windows 8.1's bumpy rollout

After it shipped on Oct. 17, Windows 8.1 in certain scenarios clashed with incompatible software, crashed due to outdated firmware, and stumbled over unrecognized drivers.

Brainshark touts PowerPoint-on-iPad success, but Microsoft circles the waters

Brainshark's SlideShark app for viewing and showing PowerPoint presentations on iOS devices has been downloaded more than 2 million times.

Windows 8.1 creates mouse-control problems for gamers

Windows 8.1 causes a subpar mouse performance for video games under certain circumstances.

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Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals

When Google Apps arrived in 2006, it stood on the cutting edge of Web-hosted email and collaboration suites for businesses, a bold pioneer clearing a path in the new, wild frontier of enterprise cloud computing.

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Some Windows 8.1 updates tripping over driver problems

Users say they're getting an error message when they try to update to Windows 8.1; Microsoft says it's looking into the matter.

Outlook.com calendar maintenance enters its second week

Maintenance work on Outlook.com's calendar application is now in its second week, and the lengthy, ongoing tune-up could be causing problems for users.

Jive sharpens social-collaboration suite's expertise directory, task management

Jive revamped the employee directory of its enterprise social-networking suite to make it easier for users to find colleagues whose expertise they can tap.

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Cisco beefs up enterprise collaboration tools

Cisco will boost its enterprise collaboration stack with products designed to simplify the way companies secure communications, interact with external parties and manage their collaboration tools.

Study: Despite bright, shiny rivals, good old Office still rules at work

Despite threats from rivals that are open source, cheaper, or cloud-based, Microsoft Office still rules the workplace productivity software roost, according to Forrester Research.

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Ailing Obamacare site to get a "tech surge"

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is boosting the IT trauma team giving urgent care to the Obamacare website, which has badly malfunctioned since its launch almost three weeks ago.