Toyota going all in with Microsoft's Office 365

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Microsoft has been fairly open in its push to the cloud. The pricing model for Office 2013 compared with Office 365 is clearly an effort to make Office 365 the more cost effective, no-brainer option. The plan seems to be working, too, as Microsoft announced this week that Toyota is making Office 365 available to it’s 200,000 plus employees around the world.

At first glance, Office 365 seems like a service uniquely tailored for small and medium businesses, and maybe even consumers. A subscription-based cloud service managed by Microsoft works well for those who are less tech savvy, or who don’t have an IT department at their disposal to administer it all. However, the same benefits and advantages that make Office 365 appealing to SMBs and consumers also hold true for large corporations.

Toyota is making Office 365 available
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Why you probably shouldn't buy a Windows 8 ultrabook

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The clock is quickly winding down to the official launch of Windows 8. Along with a completely redesigned interface and Windows experience, hardware partners are lined up, ready to offer Windows 8 ultrabooks. The question businesses and consumers will need to answer, though, is whether or not a Windows 8 ultrabook makes sense.

The short answer is, “No”. If you’re in a hurry, you’re welcome. If you have a few minutes, though, read on. I’ll explain why I believe Windows 8 ultrabooks aren’t a wise purchase right now.

In a few short weeks the Windows 8 era will begin, but right now the anticipation of the next-generation flagship OS from Microsoft seems tepid at best. There’s a confluence of factors that could impact the initial success of Windows 8—Windows 7 is very popular and still gaining market share, Windows 8 seems uniquely suited to touchscreen hardware, and ultrabooks don’t seem to be delivering the bang for the buck necessary to deliver what users are looking for.

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Microsoft bakes data protection into Exchange Server

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The world of Microsoft messaging recently took over Orlando, Florida, for the Microsoft Exchange Conference 2012. MEC 2012 was the first conference Microsoft has hosted that’s completely dedicated to Exchange in 10 years, and it brought a lot of big news—especially around protecting and managing the sensitive data that passes through Exchange.

As a central hub of messaging, Exchange Server is the primary conduit of information for most companies. Data flows in and out in the form of email messages and file attachments. The challenge for businesses is to establish and enforce policies about what types of information can be sent via email, to have the tools in place to monitor data flowing out, and to ensure sensitive information isn’t intentionally compromised or inadvertently exposed.

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The Rolodex, fax machines, and other things that may soon be extinct

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Evolution is a harsh reality of technology. There is constantly a “next best thing” on the horizon, and brand new gadgets often seem obsolete by the time you get them out of the box. There are some concepts and technologies, though, which have outlived their usefulness years ago, and should probably be extinct but refuse to die.

A couple years ago PCWorld took a look at some ancient tools and technologies that should have been extinct, but were still clinging to life. Many of the technologies cited in that piece are more of less dead at this point. But, some—namely fax machines—are stubbornly still in use.

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ioSafe turns to crowdfunding for disaster-proof private cloud project

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ioSafe—an established vendor of disaster-proof storage—is turning to crowdfunding to raise capital for its next project. Earlier this week, ioSafe kicked off a fundraising effort on Indiegogo to finance a new disaster-proof private cloud.

You’re probably familiar with ioSafe. The vendor of disaster-proof storage has become a fixture of the annual CES conference with over the top demonstrations of the survivability of its drives. It has submerged drives in pools, baked them to a crisp in fires, driven over them with massive trucks, and blown them away with shotguns. This year it zapped them with lightning. In every instance, the data remained safe and sound within the disaster-proof enclosure.

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Box Accelerator streamlines cloud data uploads

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One of the biggest problems faced by cloud storage users is upload speed. It’s an issue, however, that just became much less of a concern for Box customers thanks to Box Accelerator.

Box—a leading provider of cloud storage services—recognized the limitations encountered by users when it comes to getting data into the cloud efficiently, and it set out to do something about it. The result is a global data transfer network that Box claims delivers a performance boost of up to ten times faster upload speeds for Box business and enterprise customers.

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RIM signs deal to license Microsoft exFAT technology

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Microsoft issued a statement today announcing a new licensing deal with Research In Motion (RIM). RIM will be licensing Microsoft’s exFAT file system for use in BlackBerry mobile devices.

With the deal between Microsoft and RIM, RIM will be able to incorporate exFAT into its BlackBerry devices to allow them to share data across a broad range of platforms.

Microsoft has established exFAT as a virtual de facto standard file system across platforms and devices. A statement from David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing for Microsoft, proclaims, “This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry.”

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