As your business grows, the dependency on the Internet for access to real-time business applications also increases. More importantly, your business requires always-on connectivity. But, gradually, Internet has become a potential security risk. The enterprises are looking ways about how to control web access.
Google launched its Gmail service 4 yrs back after Yahoo Mail, AOL Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail. But, it witnessed a serious growth in the US during last year. As per the forecast of comScore, Gmail grew 43 percent last year to 29.6 million. In contrast, the much more massive Yahoo Mail grew 11 percent to 91.9 million uniques. AOL Mail stood second for the year with 46.6 million uniques (plus another 7.2 million visitors to AIM Mail), while the popularity of Hotmail actually dropped to 5 percent to 43.5 million.
Google made a statement on Monday that it has resolved the accessing problem of Gmail which was caused by due to the technical glitch of the contact system. The delivery of email did not occur due to the outage of the contact system. Google first acknowledged the problem in the official discussion forums for Gmail and Google Apps shortly after 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday. The user got “502 Server Error” while trying to access Gmail.
Aol is cutting down some of its internet services in order to boost the finances. The company is going to put out Bluestring, a site to share videos, music, and photos; Xdrive, a general-purpose online storage service; and AOL Pictures, where people could store and share photos, according to a July 14 memo from Kevin Conroy, AOL’s executive vice president of products and marketing. These services with AIM World and MyMobile will be discontinued because they didn’t get much popularity. Full article »
Yahoo’s Zimbra launches version 3 beta of its open source desktop email client this morning that is designed to compete with Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mac Mail, etc. This is a new iteration of their browser-based offline product announced in March 2007. Zimbra, which we’ve written about before, was acquired by Yahoo for $350 million in 2007.