Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Microsoft just announced its answer to Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft Office 365, the company’s next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.
Google has gained a lot of traction with small businesses and educational institutions with Google Apps. But it appears that Microsoft's packaging and pricing was designed to directly challenge Google's assault on this market.
Microsoft Office 365 (e-mail only) $24 / user account / year
Microsoft Office 365 Small Business $72 / user account / year
Microsoft Office 365 Enterprise $288 / user account / year
Google Apps Standard Free ( 50 user limit)
Google Apps Premier $50 / user account / year
How should Google respond to the introduction of this new suite?
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Microsoft just got a bit cozier with Facebook a new search deal.
Now when you search with Bing, you have the option of using Facebook and Twitter to enhance search results.
Instead of partnering with Facebook, Google appears to be enhancing its social presence by leveraging its current products and with acquisitions.
Which firm is in the best position to win the battle for social search?
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A fourth theme is understanding big changes in business models as organizational strategy. MIT Sloan takes a unique perspective on what most people think of as strategy. Among our faculty, insights into the kinds of things that determine which organizations will succeed or fail is actually fundamentally an understanding of the role of innovation and the role of transformations in business models that come from outside as the drivers.
That's from Dean David Schmittlein's interview at the Huffington Post.
Read the whole thing.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Google is creating a Google Price Index using the vast data they have on prices of goods and services available online. This provides a daily measure of inflation.
Hal Varian, Google's Chief Economist, says that the GPI shows a “very clear deflationary trend” for web-traded goods in the US since last year. In contrast, the GPI rose during the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, the official government "core" consumer price index shows a small 0.9% increase since last year.
When I met with Ben Bernanke last fall, I encouraged the Fed to rely more heavily on the vast amounts of "nanodata" and "nowcasting" available via the web and other sources to get more fine-grained and timely information about the state of the economy. Given the damage that deflation can cause to an economy, I have no doubt he's looking closely at the GPI as he thinks about how to manage monetary policy.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Susan Athey is a professor at Harvard and Microsoft's Chief Economist. She just did a short radio commentary about online experiments. Here's how it starts:
Did you know that every time you do a search on Google or Bing, you are improving the quality of the search engine? The more people click on a search advertisement from a clothing company or on a link on an online news story, the more prominently it is displayed for the next consumer. And the firms constantly experiment to get things right. They watch what consumers do and adapt their products in response to the results of their experiments.
You can listen to the rest via the Marketplace website.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Here is video of how Google's Chrome OS fits into their overall web strategy. This is just another example of how Google uses its internal technology as a competitive advantage. Since Google has decided to keep this platform completely free, what challenges could they encounter in the next 2-5 years?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Apple chose the aggressively low price of $99 for this new product. Can you make a case of offering the device even cheaper? or free?