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Bill Gates' replacement Ray Ozzie on whose shoulders the company's future rests, the guy who has to dig Microsoft out of the Internet hole it finds itself it and at all costs salvage the client, started this week to try to redefine SaaS, software-as-a-service, as "software and a service," a combination of desktop software and web-based widgetry, the company's latest shot at the Internet. "Even SaaS providers have found the need to expand offerings to include an offline edition," he said. "SaaS 1 meant the web; SaaS 2 has come to embrace the unique value of the client." "It is thought provoking," he ventured, "to listen to the extreme viewpoint: no more software." But "I've been though five software transitions and the pendulum did swing, but the best solutions were integrated that would bring together the best of one world with the best of the other." This all happe... (more)

Zoho Puts SaaS Apps on Facebook

Zoho, one of those off-brand online office applications wannabes that dreams of putting Microsoft out of business and heading off Google, has put some of its free widgetry on Facebook, the social networking site, via a Facebook-embedded widget, a move that might prove to be quite clever. Facebook users with Zoho accounts can use Zoho's word processor, spreadsheet and presentation code - Write, Sheet and Show - and share documents but - whoops - there's no link back to Facebook and sharing isn't exactly slick. Zoho imagines kids doing their homework together, a dubious practice, but ... (more)

OpSource To Sponsor AJAX World Conference & Expo

OpSource delivers Rich Internet Applications and a unique Rich Web Technology as a service for on-demand companies, with hundreds of applications, millions of users and billions of transactions supported daily. OpSource On-Demand, the leading platform for Web application delivery, is defining how Web-based software is delivered. By choosing OpSource, companies are freed from investing in and managing the complex and costly infrastructure necessary to deliver applications over the Web. They can instead focus their resources on developing, marketing and selling. For more informat... (more)

Lumen Software Launches Commercial Open Source SaaS Portal

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumen Software, a leading provider of commercial open source Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and portal solutions, today announced its flagship platform, Lumenation, and the Lumenation Software Development Kit (SDK), are available immediately for free download. The products give PHP and AJAX developers a way to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and sell SaaS applications. Lumen's SaaS platform is in use by more than 200 commercial customers with over 150,000 users of on-demand applications. Lumen's focus on the world's 5 million PHP developers... (more)

Open Source Linux-Based SaaS Takes Another Twist with Zonbu

A start-up called Zonbu started peddling a small router-size Gentoo Linux-based consumer PC pre-loaded with a swat of free or open source applications and games, stuff like the OpenOffice suite, the Firefox web browser, Skype's VoIP and the Acrobat Reader. Users can't install any applications on the thing - well, there's no drive - but besides what Zobu provides - which pretty much covers all the bases - they can use other people's web-based applications. What we're talking about here is Evolution e-mail and calendaring; Pidgin instant messaging; a couple of P2P clients that supp... (more)