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Stories by Juan Carlos Perez

Pink slips rain down on Microsoft

By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 September, 2014 05:00

As had been rumoured earlier this week, Microsoft lopped off a second set of jobs Thursday, cutting 2,100 positions, as part of a restructuring plan announced two months ago to eliminate 18,000 positions, or about 14 percent of the company's workforce.

Google lets Apps users bypass admins and install third-party Marketplace tools

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 08:52

In a move that could prove unpopular with IT administrators, Google has granted rights to end users of its Apps workplace email and collaboration suite to install third-party software from the company's Google Apps Marketplace.

Reports of another wave of layoffs rekindle bad press for Microsoft

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 06:58

Microsoft's massive staff reduction, which shocked many when it was announced in July, is back in the spotlight with a pair of reports that the ax will come down on another group of employees Thursday.

Dropbox upgrades API for its lightweight app databases

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 04:57

Dropbox's Datastore API, which gives apps a lightweight cloud database for storing structured user data, like settings and contacts, has been extended to let apps store data locally if users aren't logged into Dropbox.

Box has high hopes for iOS 8 doc picker extension

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 02:35

Box foresees a significant jump in usage of its iPad and iPhone app resulting from one of the new extensions Apple will launch with the new iOS 8.

Jive adds Office 365 connectors for its enterprise social suite

By Juan Carlos Perez | 17 September, 2014 07:20

Jive has built links between its enterprise social networking (ESN) suite and Microsoft's Office 365 to let users leverage Jive collaboration features with the cloud versions of Outlook, Office, SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.

Skype version for broadcasters released to manufacturers

By Juan Carlos Perez | 13 September, 2014 03:36

A special version of Skype designed for professional TV broadcasts reached another milestone with its release to manufacturers and the signing of three hardware partners.

Responding to critics, Google makes Drive, Docs suite more accessible for the blind

By Juan Carlos Perez | 12 September, 2014 05:59

Google has added features to Drive and the Docs apps suite to make the products easier to use for people who are blind or have poor eyesight, an issue over which the company has been criticized.

OneDrive now allows files of up to 10GB

By Juan Carlos Perez | 11 September, 2014 08:12

Addressing an issue often overlooked by cloud storage users when choosing a service, Microsoft has increased the maximum size for files uploaded to OneDrive from 2GB to 10GB.

Aaron Levie doesn't want his company to get boxed in

By Juan Carlos Perez | 10 September, 2014 01:22

When Aaron Levie co-founded Box in 2004, he envisioned how businesses would benefit from cloud storage and file sharing -- improved data access and collaboration -- and, since few vendors grasped this, Box cashed in when this technology got popular years later.

Microsoft rolls out Delve information and people discovery tool for Office 365

By Juan Carlos Perez | 09 September, 2014 01:56

Microsoft has begun a months-long rollout of Delve, the first Office 365 application that taps into the suite's Office Graph machine learning capabilities and maps connections between co-workers, documents and information.

Wrike boosts reporting capabilities of its social project management software

By Juan Carlos Perez | 06 September, 2014 07:31

Wrike's social project management software for enterprises now features new reporting capabilities designed to help leaders and participants better visualize project workloads and progress.

Microsoft offers free help for new Office 365 rollouts

By Juan Carlos Perez | 04 September, 2014 08:30

New Office 365 customers who buy at least 150 seats of the online apps suite will get deployment help from Microsoft at no additional charge.

Box to beef up cloud storage with workflow engine

By Juan Carlos Perez | 04 September, 2014 06:14

Box is developing a workflow engine for its cloud storage and file sharing service that will automate the routing of documents and files, as well as the actions that people need to take on them.

Microsoft unifies OneDrive consumer and workplace versions on Android app

By Juan Carlos Perez | 29 August, 2014 01:19

Microsoft has consolidated the consumer and enterprise editions of OneDrive under a single Android app, a move it plans to replicate across all the platforms that the cloud storage service runs on.