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Google says goodbye to IE8


Google had some bad news for Internet Explorer 8 users earlier this week;  After IE10 launches in November, Google will cut compatibility of its Google Apps with IE8. IE 9, and soon IE10, are not compatible with Windows XP, so this could mean trouble for users.

“Google Apps are popular in colleges and schools, businesses and even government departments,” says blogger Nick Farrell. “Many of these rely on Windows XP for legacy applications… Ironically the move is likely to benefit Microsoft which has been trying to get people to upgrade from XP for the last five years.”

Browsers can change quite frequently, which is why many organizations and businesses choose not to change their browsers of choice, even when it is an update of their existing browser.

The benefit of cloud computing is that you have everything that is important to your company or business housed in one location that can be accessed from any browser on a desktop or mobile device. The solution for IE users will be to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Not everyone is sad to see IE8 go either.

“Good riddance,” said blogger Drew Olanoff.



Cloud storage wars waged: LG vs. Samsung, Google vs. Microsoft


Major mobile companies are competing in the cloud storage race to release the best cloud content management and storage systems before anyone else, and the race is getting ugly. LG Cloud was launched today, just two days ahead of Samsung releasing a similar cloud storage system. So for this round, LG wins by a hair – at least in release date – but we will have to see which system is more efficient and effective.

The LG Cloud allows sharing content between smartphones, tablets, PCs and TVs. The most exciting feature is that it enables real-time streaming transcoding technology, which automatically converts content to the device’s preferred format.

Between Google and Microsoft, it’s not just a race; it’s an all out war. Google Drive was launched this week, and this is bad news for Microsoft’s market share on document management systems.

“With word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software freely available and shareable online, Google was already chipping away at Microsoft’s dominance of the market,” says one blog.

“This war is about trust. It’s about who can be trusted to hold our documents, photos, research, corporate files and hundreds of millions of emails while keeping the entire pot safe, accessible and secure. It’s about trusting them to only share these documents when we ask them to, and knowing that they’ll trust us to make those decisions responsibly.”

WebPal offers accessibility, scalability, mobility and security all in one neat cloud-content-management package. To find out more about what WebPal can do for you, check out our features page.

Social media giants fight over web content management on the cloud


In a step towards true integration of social media and content management, Google has announced that it will be including content from its users on Google+ in their search results in an effort to compete with Facebook’s social ads. Although this means a more inclusive and diverse web content search for users, the other social media networks are not too happy – most notably Twitter. They believe these added results will bury search results from their own network.

“We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone,” says Twitter spokesperson Matt Graves. “We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.”

In July 2011, an agreement between Twitter and Google expired, leaving Google’s real-time search engine service in limbo. Now a similar agreement in the future seems to be far off. The problem is, without total integration, the cloud loses some of its sparkle.

The success of the web content management on the cloud depends on a multi-faceted integration of social media, cloud software and document management software. Without cooperation between Twitter, Facebook and Google, we are never going to get the comprehensive searches we all want.

As one blogger put it: “… the more content one can see, the better – and if I could see results from Twitter and Facebook in my social search results, that would give me even more information to work with. Time for the kids to stop the playground spats and figure out a way to make this happen…”

The downside to cooperation? There is none. How could there be in our global world? It’s not just a win-win; it’s a win-win-win-win for all three competitors and us users as well.