Microsoft has responded officially to a story published recently reporting that Google had taken the decision to dump Windows from its IT environment, and replace it with Linux, or swap PCs with Macs. At the time of this article, Google had yet to confirm whether it was indeed moving away from Windows, but, according to the initial report, the Mountain View-based company was doing so citing security concerns.

In a post on the Windows Team blog, Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, defended Windows and the security the operating system brought to the table. “There’s been some coverage overnight about the security of Windows and whether or not one particular company is reducing its use of Windows. We thought this was a good opportunity to set the record straight,” he stated. More »

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, introduced at the start of the past week, manages to handicap the Redmond company’s email client, delivered as a part of the Office System. Essentially, the installation of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook manages to kill the email client’s ability to search its own data. The tool from the Mountain View-based search giant is designed to bridge Outlook 2003 SP3 and 2007 SP2 (or SP1) with Google Apps. However, it appears that Google failed to perform sufficient testing of the utility, as Microsoft came across a bug that no longer allowed users of Outlook to search through their data.

“The installation of the Google Apps Sync plugin disables Outlook’s ability to search any and all of your Outlook data,” stated Dev Balasubramanian, Outlook product manager. “When a Google Apps user installs the sync plugin for Outlook, the plugin modifies a registry key which disables Windows Desktop Search from indexing and providing search functionality for all Outlook data, not just the Outlook data being synchronized from GMail. Because Outlook search relies upon the indexing performed by Windows Desktop Search, Outlook search functions are broken as a result.” More »

Gmail revolutionized online email clients when it first launched, and has since added a host of functionality and features to the site to help users get trough the ever-increasing number of emails they receive every day. But many of those features aren’t even known by most, let alone used, so the Gmail team has set out to create some tips for all types of Gmail users, from rookies to seasoned veterans.

“Everybody has their own system for managing email, but some are definitely more efficient than others. Even if you only get a few messages a day, there are probably some simple things you can do to make it easier to get through your inbox and maybe even have a little fun along the way.” Zach Yeskel, product marketing manager, wrote on the Gmail blog.

“We know time is valuable, so we asked lots of Googlers for their tips and tricks on how they make the most of Gmail, and we combined the best of these into a guide at, cheekily entitled ‘Become a Gmail Ninja.’ The tips are categorized into ninja belts (white, green, black and master) based on how much mail you get each day.” More »