The top cross-platform announcements of Macworld Expo 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Apple may be only a memory for Macworld Expo, but developers big small used last week's venue in San Francisco to show off products that enable Macs and Windows PCs to work together.
The biggest announcement came from Microsoft, which revealed details of the next version of Office for Mac and announced that the focus will be compatibility with Windows. IBM announced that it was joining the Enterprise Desktop Alliance, and showed off a new beta of its Lotus Sympony 3 suite. Other developers for the enterprise and for small and medium business also announced new versions of products for integrating Mac and demonstrated existing products.
Here's the first part of our coverage of Macworld Expo cross-platform announcments:
- Office 2011 to focus on Windows compatibility; Outlook Mac gets .PST
Compatibly with Windows is the major focus of the next version of Office for Mac, a Microsoft spokesperson told MacWindows. At Macworld Expo last week, Microsoft also announced the name, ship date, and some of the features of the next version for Office for Mac, dubbed Office 2011...Read entire story here
- IBM joins the Enterprise Desktop Alliance
IBM announced on Thursday that it has joined the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA), a group of enterprise software developers collaborating to promote integration and management of Macs Windows IT environments. IBM, the largest company to join EDA to date, is a boost to the group, which includes Absolute Software, Centrify, Group Logic, and Web Help Desk...Read entire story here
- IBM previews Louts Symphony 3 Beta 2 office suite
Macworld Expo attendees got a chance to view the Beta 2 version of IBM's free Lotus Symphony 3 for Mac office suite, which the company released earlier this month. Lotus Symphony is based on the Open Office suite, but with additional features unique to IBM. Version 3 includes support for VBA Macros...Read entire story here
Macworld Expo cross-platform Part 2: groupware, AD integration, and more
Saturday, February 20, 2010
In Part 2 of our Macworld Expo cross-platform roundup, we cover several enterprise and networking announcements from recognizable names and from lesser-known developers. Some of these products we've never covered before, such as Likewise's Active Directory integration tool for Mac and JAMF's client management software. Like everything we report, these tools help people use Macs and Windows PCs together.
- Kerio Connect 7 ships with new name, new Distributed Domain
Last week Kerio Technologies shipped Kerio Connect 7 a major new version of its cross-platform groupware server, formerly called Kerio Mail Server. The new version adds support for multiple servers working as a distributed domain cluster: multiple servers in a single domain. It also adds CardDAV address book synchronization for computers, support for new mobile devices, and other features... Read entire story here
- Likewise AD integration for Mac demos at Macworld
Likewise Software demo'd its Active Directory integration software for Macs and Linux clients at Macworld Expo last week. The company offers two versions, a free Likewise Open, and the commercial Likewise Enterprise. LikeWise has an Active Directory plugin for MacOS X, which, like Apple's plugin, provides for Kerberos, NTLM, and SPNEGO authentication and single sign-on. The Enterprise version offers group policy management of Mac and Linux/Unix clients...Read entire story here
- JAMF previews Casper Suite 7.2, cross-platform client management
At Macworld Expo last week, JAMF Software showed off the next version of its cross-platform client management tool, Casper Suite 7.2, set to ship in March. The software runs on Mac OS X and manages many aspects of Mac clients, but can also supports Windows clients with to of its major features, managing inventory control and software licensing...Read entire story here
- Fujitsu puts Mac and Win in new portable ScanSnap doc scanner
At Macworld Expo, Fujitsu introduced its new ScanSnap S1300 portable document scanner, which, for the first time, will include Mac and Windows support in the same product. Formerly, Mac OS X and Windows versions were available only as two separate ScanSnap products. This enables an owner to move the 3.1 lbs scanner between a PC and a Mac...Read entire story here
If you missed it, see Part 1 of our Macworld Expo cross-platform report, including the Office 2010 preview and Outlook for Mac, at the top of this page.
Part 3: DirectControl 4.4 expands Mac group policies in Active Directory, adds CAC
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
- DirectControl 4.4 expands Mac group policies in Active Directory, adds CAC
At Macworld Expo, Centrify released DirectControl 4.4 for Mac OS X, an update to the software that integrates Macs and Unix computers into Active Directory domains. The new version adds supports more group policies for Macs and adds several new features, including support for FileVault, support for Common Access Cards (CAC) smart cards, and better integration with Group Logic's ExtremeZ-IP...Read entire story here