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  • May 09, 2007 09 May'07

    VocaLink merger gets go-ahead

    The proposed merger of payments services giants Voca and Link has been approved by the Office of Fair Trading, despite their dominant positions in the UK market.

  • April 30, 2007 30 Apr'07

    Upgrade path leads to VoIP

    When insolvency specialist Ferrier Hodgson relocated to offices in central Sydney, a refresh of its ageing PBX system to voice over IP seemed like the right call. For years, the company had leased a PABX system. Ferrier's IT manager, Mustafa ...

  • April 26, 2007 26 Apr'07

    Review: Cisco's TelePresence is as good as being there

    Cisco's TelePresence is not just a more expensive version of videoconferencing. Experiencing Cisco's TelePresence live is an experience totally unlike anything videoconferencing has delivered before.

  • April 11, 2007 11 Apr'07

    Global expansion for scalability and performance

    Co-founded in Australia in 1991, MYOB is a provider of business management systems for small-to-medium-sized enterprises.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    What is videoconference?

    A videoconference is a live video connection between people in separate locations for the purpose of communication, often involving audio and often text.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    What is real-time collaboration?

    Collaboration is using the Internet to communicate with co-workers as if they were in the same room, even if they are located on the other side of the world.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    What is hyperconnectivity?

    Defining hyperconnectivity.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    What is unified communications?

    Defining unified communications.

  • February 19, 2007 19 Feb'07

    What is communication-enabled-business processes (CEBP)?

    Defining communication-enabled business processes.

  • February 17, 2007 17 Feb'07

    Yahoo! Live has potential for quick conferences

    Simon Sharwood reviews Yahoo!'s new "Live" video streaming service and finds it imperfect, but compellingly priced for casual conferences.

  • February 06, 2007 06 Feb'07

    VoIP predictions for 2007: Best bets from VoIP experts

    How will the VoIP and networking markets evolve over 2007? SearchVoIP experts, Carrie Higbie and Juan Pablo Pazos, and our valued site members, put their cards on the table about the 2007 VoIP market and other important networking trends.

  • February 04, 2007 04 Feb'07

    Solar-powered broadband for Coorong

    Internode has blended super-fast ADSL2+ broadband with solar-powered microwave towers to deliver virtually total broadband coverage across South Australia's largest local government region.

  • February 01, 2007 01 Feb'07

    Kier upgrades desktops and improves patch management

    The Kier building group has migrated 4,500 desktops and laptops across 28 offices to Microsoft Office 2003 and strengthened its patching system.

  • January 31, 2007 31 Jan'07

    Unified communications to fuel PBX growth

    Unified communications will help push the PBX market to $7.5 billion over the next four years, according to recent research by the Dell'Oro Group.

  • January 29, 2007 29 Jan'07

    Home Office considers x-ray monitors on lampposts to fight terrorism

    The government is considering installing X-ray cameras on lampposts that can see through clothes to help spot armed terrorists and criminals.

  • January 25, 2007 25 Jan'07

    ODF Toolkit adds capabilities to OpenOffice

    Sun Microsystems and the Open Document Format community of developers have launched the ODF Toolkit.

  • January 24, 2007 24 Jan'07

    Microsoft, Nortel introduce new unified communications apps

    Microsoft and Nortel's Innovative Communications Alliance takes unified communications to the next level with its latest combined applications.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    How can click-to-dial (click-to-call) be enabled at remote offices?

    We've just installed Mitel 3300's across three sites and are looking to complete click-to-dial (click-to-call) for users utilizing Outlook 2003. The calls will then be pushed out via a 5340 handset. We can achieve this locally from our main site, ...

  • January 16, 2007 16 Jan'07

    Globally-connected VoIP network

    NEC Corporation (NEC) and The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, the owner and operator of five-star luxury hotels, The Peninsula Hotels, in Asia and North America, has deployed an integrated voice and data VoIP network system linking The Peninsula ...

  • January 03, 2007 03 Jan'07

    Multiple Windows patches on tap

    Microsoft will hand IT shops up to eight security updates for Windows, Visual Studio and Microsoft Office from 8 January. Some fixes will address critical flaws.

  • December 14, 2006 14 Dec'06

    Hosted VoIP eases office relocation

    Group GSA is an architectural firm with 100 staff located in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Group GSA's continued growth meant that its Sydney office move to larger premises in August 2006 - relocating all staff and their head office operations.

  • December 01, 2006 01 Dec'06

    Microsoft confirms Vista and Exchange 2007 general release date

    Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Vista and Office 2007 will be available to all users from 30 January.

  • November 30, 2006 30 Nov'06

    Corel to support rival document formats

    Corel's WordPerfect Office software is being updated to support both the Oasis-based Open Document Format (ODF) and Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML).

  • November 30, 2006 30 Nov'06

    Microsoft launches Vista and Office to business

    Microsoft is today launching its Windows Vista operating system and its Microsoft Office 2007 suite for large businesses.

  • November 07, 2006 07 Nov'06

    Microsoft unveils new .net framework tools

    Microsoft has unveiled a set of tools for developers to build interactive applications for Windows Vista, Office 2007 and the web.

  • October 23, 2006 23 Oct'06

    MS releases Office 2007 reference architecture

    Microsoft has released a reference architecture to help developers tailor supply chain middleware for its forthcoming Office 2007 platform.

  • October 07, 2006 07 Oct'06

    'Next-generation network'

    The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) has launched it's own 'next-generation network' as the last fibre-optic link between Preston and Heidelberg Fire stations.

  • October 05, 2006 05 Oct'06

    Networked platform removes bottleneck

    EIG Ansvar is one of Australasia's niche insurance companies specialising in insuring places of worship and community groups.

  • October 02, 2006 02 Oct'06

    Cisco brings video to the enterprise

    With the success of YouTube and other consumer on-demand video offerings, Cisco plans to bring on-demand video to the enterprise.

  • October 02, 2006 02 Oct'06

    Cisco brings video to the enterprise

    With the success of YouTube and other consumer on-demand video offerings, Cisco plans to bring on-demand video to the enterprise.

  • August 29, 2006 29 Aug'06

    Microsoft to assist move to Open Document Format

    The US state of Massachusetts is to begin its move to an Open Document Format (ODF) standard by using Microsoft Office plug-ins, in a bid to ensure materials are accessible to disabled people.

  • August 23, 2006 23 Aug'06

    Microsoft spoof propels Gervais up video search chart

    A spoof Microsoft training video featuring comedian Ricky Gervais from TV show The Office is climbing up the charts on Google’s video search engine.

  • July 31, 2006 31 Jul'06

    MPs attack ID scheme's lack of transparency

    Opposition MPs attacked the government last week after it emerged that the Home Office plans to introduce a simplified biometric card for foreign nationals, rather than a fully fledged identity card system, in 2008.

  • July 24, 2006 24 Jul'06

    Watchdog slams US government IT management

    Government agencies must strengthen the management of high-risk IT projects because more than a third are falling short on performance, the US Government Accountability Office has warned.

  • July 10, 2006 10 Jul'06

    Holidays at risk as online passport system collapses

    The Home Office's Passport Service has trumpeted its 99.9% performance record for processing passports on time but later conceded that it has hit major problems with a new online service, and is asking people to revert to paper for making passport ...

  • July 05, 2006 05 Jul'06

    Microsoft to support rival ODF format

    Microsoft is to support an open-source project that will help users convert Office suite documents into the rival OpenDocument format.

  • July 03, 2006 03 Jul'06

    Users get to test drive Office suite preview

    Microsoft has launched an online preview of its Office 2007 suite that users can try without downloading the beta version.

  • July 03, 2006 03 Jul'06

    WinFS dropped as Office 2007 hit by further delays

    Microsoft is to further delay the launch of Office 2007 and will no longer develop WinFS, a technology designed to improve filing and searching documents on Windows Vista and Longhorn.

  • June 13, 2006 13 Jun'06

    Microsoft entices developers to Office Business Applications

    Microsoft has launched an initiative to encourage developers to integrate existing business applications with its Office environment.

  • June 13, 2006 13 Jun'06

    Microsoft drops plans for Office PDF feature

    Microsoft has axed plans to include a feature allowing users to save files in PDF format in the next version of its Office suite, following a dispute with Adobe Systems.

  • June 06, 2006 06 Jun'06

    Pitney Bowes tackles data quality issue

    Office equipment manufacturer Pitney Bowes is preparing to give managers across the company access to SAP HR data using software from workforce specialist Human Concepts.

  • June 05, 2006 05 Jun'06

    Microsoft drops PDF option after Adobe threat

    Microsoft has axed plans to include a feature allowing users to save files in PDF format in the next version of its Office suite, following a dispute with Adobe Systems.

  • May 26, 2006 26 May'06

    Police intelligence database delayed again

    A police database to facilitate intelligence sharing, ordered in the aftermath of the Soham murders, will not be fully operational until 2010, the Home Office revealed last week.

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Cost concerns hang over SAP/Microsoft tie-up

    Duet, the product jointly developed by SAP and Microsoft to link Office to MySAP ERP systems, will be one of the big themes at this week’s Sapphire conference in Orlando, Florida. However, user enthusiasm for product integration could be tempered by...

  • May 16, 2006 16 May'06

    Toddlers used in trial of identity biometrics

    A Home Office department is fingerprinting under-fives, and may include babies, in a biometrics ID scheme. The trial ends the department’s technological taboo on enrolling very young children in identity checks.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    OpenDocument Foundation delivers Office plug-in

    The OpenDocument Foundation has designed a plug-in that will add full support for its OpenDocument Format (ODF) from within the Microsoft Office productivity suite.

  • April 20, 2006 20 Apr'06

    Police finalise £367m national database

    The Home Office has finalised its £367m plan for a national police database that will bring together information from across England and Wales, police minister Hazel Blears has announced.

  • April 18, 2006 18 Apr'06

    Microsoft admits critical patch “could crash” Office applications

    Microsoft has warned that a critical security patch for Windows Explorer released last week could crash Office applications or prevent access to files and folders.

  • April 11, 2006 11 Apr'06

    In Brief

    Microsoft is issuing five security patches for Windows and the Office productivity suite today, including a critical fix for the widely publicised CreateTextRange vulnerability in Internet Explorer. The Internet Explorer fix comes more than two ...

  • March 14, 2006 14 Mar'06

    Foreign Office IT project pushes staff to 'wits' end'

    A Foreign and Commonwealth Office project to roll out an enterprise resource planning system to 13,000 staff in the UK and more than 250 locations overseas has been slammed by a committee of MPs.

  • February 22, 2006 22 Feb'06

    Microsoft snaps Office to ERP products

    Microsoft has launched a collection of software that will allow users to access data from its Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications through the Office interface.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Office 2007 will link up enterprise IT

    Microsoft has officially unveiled Office 2007, the next version of its flagship suite. The new version aims to move beyond word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and e-mail to support enterprise collaboration.

  • February 16, 2006 16 Feb'06

    Microsoft releases price details of new Office suite

    Microsoft has announced new prices and new versions of its forthcoming Office 2007 collaboration suite. The company said the new software would cost around the same as existing platforms.

  • January 18, 2006 18 Jan'06

    Corel challenges Microsoft with new WordPerfect Office

    Corel has launched a new version of its WordPerfect Office package as a cheaper competitor to Microsoft’s Office suite.

  • January 17, 2006 17 Jan'06

    Microsoft goes after Lotus users with migration tools

    Microsoft is aiming to persuade users of IBM’s Lotus Notes to switch over to its own Office suite by releasing a range of migration tools.

  • January 11, 2006 11 Jan'06

    Microsoft's free Outlook Siebel solution pushes Office 2003

    Microsoft has released free software to allow salespeople to access customer information platforms from Siebel via the Outlook e-mail program.

  • January 10, 2006 10 Jan'06

    Network Rail's upgrade to XP arrives on time and under budget

    One of the UK's largest technology upgrades of 2005 has been completed by Network Rail. The national rail infrastructure operator moved 17,500 users, in more than 460 locations, to the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications running on ...

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    Government buyers see benefits of CRM

    OGCbuying.solutions, the procurement arm of the Office of Government Commerce, has begun to see the benefits of a customer relationship management system it phased in during 2005.

  • January 09, 2006 09 Jan'06

    OpenOffice releases portable collaboration suite

    OpenOffice.org has released an updated version of its open-source Portable OpenOffice.org collaboration suite.

  • December 12, 2005 12 Dec'05

    Microsoft gets green light to standardise Office apps

    European standards body Ecma International has accepted Microsoft’s application to produce a standard for its Office productivity applications when using the company’s Open XML format.

  • November 17, 2005 17 Nov'05

    Microsoft's latest Office rolled out to thousands for beta testing

    As many as 10,000 users and software providers will be receiving the technical beta release of the next version of Microsoft’s Office system, code-named Office “12.”

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Bristol adopts Star Office

    Bristol City Council is migrating its desktops to Star Office. It predicts the 12-month migration from Microsoft Office to the open source productivity suite will deliver substantial cost savings.

  • October 31, 2005 31 Oct'05

    Microsoft to bundle XPS document format with Office 12

    Microsoft will allow users of its forthcoming Office 12 collaboration suite to save documents in its own XPS electronic document format.

  • October 28, 2005 28 Oct'05

    Mircosoft releases CRM 3.0 beta

    Microsoft has released the public beta of Microsoft CRM 3.0 which is more tightly integrated with the Microsoft Office collaboration suite.

  • October 20, 2005 20 Oct'05

    Home Office seeks industry's opinion on ID cards

    The IT industry has until 9 November to comment on the technical feasibility of the government's plans for a national identity card.

  • October 14, 2005 14 Oct'05

    Bug stalls OpenOffice anniversary launch

    The discovery of a bug at the eleventh hour has delayed the launch of the open source OpenOffice.org collaboration suite for another week.

  • October 10, 2005 10 Oct'05

    Office 12 will allow users to create PDFs

    Microsoft's forthcoming Office 12 software will allow users to create PDF (Portable Document Format) files within its applications.

  • October 03, 2005 03 Oct'05

    Microsoft to build native PDF support into Office 12

    Microsoft’s forthcoming Office 12 software suite will allow users to create PDF files within Office applications.

  • September 27, 2005 27 Sep'05

    Home Office signs data sharing deals

    The Home Office has signed key infrastructure and software contracts to drive its criminal justice IT programme.

  • September 26, 2005 26 Sep'05

    Office 2003 SP2 cans spam

    Tuesday's patches contain spam and phishing crackdowns, plus support for November's SQL Server and Visual Studio releases.

  • September 23, 2005 23 Sep'05

    OpenOffice upgrades in advance of major release

    A new version of the OpenOffice.org collaboration suite has been released in advance of a main upgrade expected later this year.

  • September 16, 2005 16 Sep'05

    Office 12 will complicate Windows Vista migrations

    Microsoft’s planned changes to the user interface of the next version of Microsoft Office suite may increase productivity, but they will complicate migrations to the next version of Windows, said analyst Gartner.

  • September 14, 2005 14 Sep'05

    Gates reveals new face of Office suite

    Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates introduced new features to be included in the next versions of Microsoft Office and Windows at the company’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles this week.

  • August 08, 2005 08 Aug'05

    Births, marriages and deaths to go digital

    The Office for National Statistics has signed a deal with Siemens Business Services to digitise 250 million birth, marriage and death records.

  • August 03, 2005 03 Aug'05

    Births, marriages and deaths go digital

    Siemens Business Services has signed a deal to digitise a quarter of a billion birth, marriage and death records for the Office for National Statistics.

  • July 25, 2005 25 Jul'05

    Chart management system set to slash updating time

    The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), which provides seafarers with worldwide navigational charts, is using Tower Software's Trim Context electronic document and records management (EDRM) product to manage more than 3,000 navigational charts and ...

  • July 11, 2005 11 Jul'05

    Office 12 security may hamper integration

    Microsoft is planning fundamental changes to its Office 12 desktop productivity suite that could prevent easy integration with many applications built in VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

  • July 11, 2005 11 Jul'05

    MS Office gets Visual Studio tools

    Microsoft has developed a version of Visual Studio 2005 that will allow users to deploy interactive forms with the MS Office suite.

  • July 05, 2005 05 Jul'05

    Tech Ed: Visual Studio links to Office

    Microsoft has developed a version of Visual Studio 2005, which will allow users to deploy interactive forms with Office 12, the next version of the MS Office suite.

  • June 27, 2005 27 Jun'05

    Open source given the thumbs up as viable alternative by Whitehall

    Open source software has been given the green light for the public sector in an influential report due to be launched today (28 June) by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

  • May 09, 2005 09 May'05

    Speech app cuts costs at Premier Travel Inn

    Office equipment supplier Danwood has used mobile technology to link to its suppliers and improve customer service.

  • May 09, 2005 09 May'05

    Danwood engineers link direct to supplier by PDA

    Office equipment supplier Danwood has used mobile technology to link to its suppliers and improve customer service.

  • May 03, 2005 03 May'05

    Project seeks to integrate MySAP suite into Microsoft Office

    SAP and Microsoft are working on a project called Mendocino to integrate the MySAP business software suite into Microsoft Office

  • March 21, 2005 21 Mar'05

    Home Office waits for police database case

    Second Bichard report reveals concerns about a lack of progress and buy-in from forces around England and Wales for the national...

  • February 18, 2005 18 Feb'05

    HP lands Foreign Office's biggest ever deal

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has signed a £180m deal with Hewlett-Packard to upgrade its secure, global, desktop IT...

  • September 16, 2004 16 Sep'04

    Microsoft provides link from Project Server 2003 to SAP

    Microsoft plans to make available a connector kit that allows users to easily link Microsoft's Office Project Server 2003 with...

  • September 15, 2004 15 Sep'04

    MS Office Live Communications Server goes conferencing

    Microsoft and Polycom have struck a deal to link Microsoft's Office Live Communications Server with Polycom's conferencing...

  • August 20, 2004 20 Aug'04

    Government to extend Microsoft deal

    The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is negotiating a renewal of a three-year agreement with Microsoft.

  • August 18, 2004 18 Aug'04

    OGC shortlists suppliers for government procurement system

    The Office of Government Commerce has shortlisted eight suppliers for a project to develop a government-wide online procurement...

  • July 28, 2004 28 Jul'04

    Microsoft delivers Office Service Pack

    Microsoft has delivered its first Service Pack for Office System 2003, which features fresh capabilities to its OneNote and...

  • July 19, 2004 19 Jul'04

    E-population register takes a step nearer

    The Office of National Statistics has taken a step forward in its plans to create an electronic population register.

  • July 16, 2004 16 Jul'04

    Results soon from UK's public sector trials

    A series of open source software trials at eight public sector organisations is drawing to a close, with the Office of Government...

  • July 13, 2004 13 Jul'04

    BT offers Microsoft web conferencing

    BT has officially begun selling Microsoft's web conferencing service, Office Live Meeting, coupled with its audio conferencing...

  • June 23, 2004 23 Jun'04

    OpenOffice.org unveils latest version open source suite

    The OpenOffice.org organisation has announced the immediate availability of the 1.1.2 version of the open source office suite,...

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