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Google’s Eric Schmidt and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff took to the stage at the Four Seasons in San Francisco yesterday to dismiss Microsoft old software biz models at the official launch of Salesforce for Google Apps. As we reported yesterday, Salesforce’s customer relationship management (CRM) platform has been integrated with …


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  1. dave hands

    charlton heston put his vest on

    You can have my local hard drive based OS when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    Here we go again

    And who is it again that decides when it is ok to down the system for routine "upgrades" ?

    Bye Bye Europe & Asia ....

  3. NB
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    @dave hands

    Well said!

  4. Bill Gould

    Our systems, our data, our privacy

    In addition to the hardware issues, now there's additional reliance on ISPs and throughput. Where is all of my companies private financial information going to be stored? On my sites, that's where. Cloud bad. Network good.

  5. Shelon Padmore


    The synergies here are great. This has much potential

    - Shelon Padmore

  6. Don Mitchell

    Google Cloud

    And why would I want to rent time on Google's servers to run (interpreted) Python code?

  7. Richard Hebert

    interresting notions for discussion

    I do agree with the " private data , private hardware " principle.

    In fact one does not null out the other at all but is the basis for

    something totally exciting.

    If all the known apps are on a server somewhere , no matter where ,and

    that this is a known " clean source " of applications , i wouldn't mind at

    all being anywhere on the planet, take on any computer , put in my USB key , or whatever device i keep my private data on , and use the apps that the server is loading on the PC.

    I could have any program that i paid licenses for , served to me

    on any computer i wish to use and sit at . ! .. im in Rio and need to

    change a drawing ? fire up autocad the web edition and do it right

    there at any workstation .. The concept is fantastic.

    It's application in reality is another.

    We need to look forward to the future , and dream ,

    dreamers that shape tomorrow's reality.

    We need to reinvent and shape the future to make

    it a better place for all.In this matter , Google has made

    tremendous steps.

    Right now , it's pretty dang pathetic :D

    I'll be off


  8. Mr B
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    Clouds ...

    rubbish, why should I trust Goo-gley more than M$? And how is this less proprietary??? Since the soft is Google's and me data would be on Goo-gley's servers ???

    Massive clouds usually bring massive thunderstorms ... can't wait to hear the thunder.

  9. Colin Jepson
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    I'll keep my own OS but not an M$ bloated one

    Says it all really. A minimal OS with browser of choice is all we will need.


  10. Gordon Davies

    Funny old game...

    Can't help but think that this all sounds a bit like the old msft v open source battle that Msft have long since won...

    Would I trust Google over Msft? would I trust the 'cloud' over my own secured infrastructure that essentially holds the intellectual value of my business? would I trust the program managers and IT peeps in the 'cloud'? Would their aims fit with mine?...We've already see SaaS downtimes (and from some of the biggest vendors)...we've already seen the 'cloud' in the UK moan and groan to breaking point....and of course I know that when they screw up and my data ends up being found on a hard drive somewhere then I shouldn't be at all bothered..

    But hey, Salesforce and google say that we should party now anyway...and just trust them?

    ...No thanks, and for those of you that like the cutting edge - good luck, you'll need it!

  11. Turgut Kalfaoglu

    glad to see Microsoft go

    It seems Microsoft is on its way out - glad to see it.

    A huge company engulfing smaller startups and intimidating everyone else is of no help to the advancement of computer science.

  12. gizmo

    Don't be a fool

    Microsoft will be right behind them touting their own cloud compute platform.

    And Gordon Daives, you could hardly be more wrong. Microsoft has won nothing. They will have to drop price to keep competitive, I already see this playing out everywhere when MS comes knocking looking to "true up" your contracts.


    Not me

    You won't find be taking apps off my HD. No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Chris iverson


    not gonna happen, I have a server to store all that. Locked up where I know it is, who has access to it, and what I spilled behind that I don't want to clean up yet.

    Most importantly, where the backup of it is, when it was taken, etc.

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