I found this article interesting: Finland avskaffar privatkopieringsavgift – via Hetaste IT-nyheterna från IDG.se
Den finska regeringen har lagt förslag om att avskaffa privatkopieringsavgiften, och i stället betala ut ersättningen ur statskassan.
I found this article interesting: Microsoft partners with OneDrive competitor Dropbox #ecm #Cloud – via Real Story Group Recent Real Story Group Blog Entries
What’s the deal?
According to this announcement, you will now be able to edit Microsoft Office files from Dropbox’s mobile apps, access Office files stored in Dropbox from Office mobile and web apps, and share files directly from Office apps.
But there’s a caveat
You will need Office 365 licenses to be able to take advantage of this integration. Regular Office licenses won’t do.
What’s in it for Dropbox?
Dropbox has been immensely popular cloud-based file sharing and sync service, especially for consumer-centric scenarios. In fact, Dropbox has served as something of a bellwether in this marketplace, and continues to influence many other tools in terms of functionality.
However, Dropbox has presented difficulties within enterprise environments, especially those that require sophisticated controls and need to support complex business processes.
To be sure, the vendor’s current offering for enterprises — Dropbox for Business — is now in its second incarnation (first one being Dropbox for Teams). But it still has functional limitations for use within enterprises, especially larger ones. for example, a subfolder inherits permissions from parent folder and you can’t give a different set of permissions to a subfolder. This means it could become very difficult to create different sharing schemes when you have large number of people, teams and folders.
Perhaps this partnership with Microsoft will help give Dropbox an additional push within the enterprises. If you’re a customer with large Office deployments, don’t just ignore Dropbox’s functional limitations because it now comes with a "Microsoft partnership" badge.
Another interesting aspect here is that Microsoft already promotes its own cloud-based file sharing and sync service known as OneDrive. In spite of that, they went ahead and partnered with Dropbox. This seems indicative of the continuing power and autonomy of the Office team as Redmond’s key profit driver.
Finally do remember…
… that a lot of other cloud-based file sharing and sync providers also provide some level of integration with Microsoft Office applications, mostly via exposing their storage as a set of WebDav folders that you can directly access from client applications, including Office applications.
So if you are considering this combination, make sure you evaluate enterprise considerations such as Integration, Security, Administration, and so forth besides this linking of Office and Dropbox. Our ECM & Cloud File Sharing vendor evaluation research can help you here.
I found this article interesting: Dropbox får Office-integrering genom samarbete med Microsoft – via Swedroid
Microsoft och Dropbox har meddelat ett samarbete som innebär att Office-apparna snart kan läsa och spara dokument på molnlagringstjänsten. Dropbox-appen för Android kommer dessutom kunna redigera Office-dokument. Eftersom dokumenten lagras i molnet är de alltid aktuella och synkroniseras mellan enheter och plattformar. Användare får även möjligheten att dela Dropbox-länkar direkt från Microsoft Office-appen. De nya funktionerna […]
I found this article interesting: 8 Predictions For Mobile App Development In 2015 – via ReadWrite
Mobile development has never been easy. Unfortunately, it’s about to get much harder, according to a new Forrester report that predicts eight key changes for the mobile world in the coming year—shifts that will keep mobile developers on their toes.
Really on their toes, if Forrester has it right. The analyst firm suggests that while developers are still trying to master application development, the market is shifting:
… away from apps, and toward more contextually relevant micro-moments, delivered across families of devices, that are personalized to anticipate unique customer needs.
Just what are these "micro-moments," and how should developers build for them?
Big Changes Coming In Mobile Development
Due to a variety of hardware and software ecosystems, not to mention intermittent Internet connectivity and awkward app delivery methods, mobile application development has remained a black art for many. Even so, a significant number of developers feel that they’ve come to terms with mobile app development.
"Nothing could be further from the truth," declare Forrester analysts Jeffrey Hammond and Michael Facemire.
In fact, they write, even as mobile developers struggle to catch up with the market, the market is about to change in eight significant ways in 2015:
Standalone apps will lose their luster
Hardware-driven innovation will enable new opportunities
Mobile competition will shift to accessories and ecosystems
Composition will dominate front-end mobile experiences
The merger of physical and digital worlds accelerates
Mobile context becomes high-def
Service virtualization and API design tools will appear in every development toolbox
Low-code platforms will move into the aggregation tier, but struggle to go mainstream
Underlying all of these is a need for faster iteration and more contextually relevant interaction with the customer.
So, with regard to API design, for example, Forrester insists that "[a] well-defined API ecosystem is required for a front-end (mobile or otherwise) experience to be flexible enough to adapt to continuously changing customer demands." That’s because without that flexibility, "firms are forced to maintain separate back-end architectures for each front-end channel, which is simply not scalable."
But the most surprising (and hard to stomach) change may well be the shift away from standalone app development as ground zero for mobile development.
One of the big challenges awaiting mobile app developers has been profound and proliferating fragmentation: fragmentation of devices, operating systems, screen sizes and more. While the problem is endemic to the mobile landscape, generally, it’s particularly scary for Android developers, as this OpenSignal visualization shows:
To a certain degree, developers have adapted to fragmentation by ignoring it. Rather than ensuring their app will work on every device, they’ve optimized for the majority of the market.
That approach may no longer work.
Or, rather, a pristine app experience may no longer be the right target, according to Forrester. Micro-moments are, as Hammond notes in a separate blog post:
Instead of customers intentionally using apps a few times a day, developers need to think about how they engage customers in 5-10 second interactions many times a day. As a result, development focus shifts to favor notifications, widgets, and cross-device interactions, all of which are better supported in iOS 8 with new APIs. In a sense, the golden age of the self contained app is over, but developers still need to adjust.
Previously this would have been impossible for developers, but Apple, Google and other platform vendors are opening up access to platform services as well as device sensors. According to the report:
Micro-moments are presented through platform features like Google Now and iOS8 app extensions. These provide APIs so that developers can inject contextually relevant information into platform mobile services or aggregation apps like HomeKit and HealthKit. Additionally, actionable notifications, available since the 4.0 Android release and now in iOS 8, will move to the forefront of developers’ attention as a way to proactively grab a customer’s attention with contextually relevant data.
Rather than a top-down approach, in other words, Apple and Google are finally allowing development partners to play a bigger role in their respective ecosystems.
This is great news for developers and the customers they serve. It’s also really hard, because it requires more than a Field of Dreams "if we build the app they will come" approach.
Getting To Know You
In fact, the experience is no longer really about the app at all. It’s about the analytics that inform interaction:
Micro-moments require a deep understanding of what a customer wants, and how and where they want that critical information delivered. They are informed by aggregated local, historic, and operational context which requires real-time data integration with internal and third-party data.
Forrester adds the obvious addendum: "Teams that have already invested in comprehensive APIs will be well positioned to support micro-moments, but others will struggle to adapt."
As the digital and physical worlds blend in meaningful ways, developers must think hard about how to take advantage of micro-moments to take advantage of what’s happening in the physical world (a particular location, for example), and surface the right digital content at precisely the right time.