The infamous Gartner (news, site) released this year's Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, and the results were all kinds of surprising. Meanwhile, the Oracle (news, site) drama continues after 33 OpenOffice developers were asked to leave. 

Gartner's Magic Quadrant Dons Microsoft, IBM and Jive (Again)

Gartner's Leaders of 2009 — Jive, IBM and Microsoft — retained their positions in this year's quadrant with no added company, while the same went for Atlassian and Open Text in the "Challengers" block. It seems all of the change was reserved for the "Niche Players" and "Visionaries" sections, which lost a large number of names and, between them both, only saw one new player. 

The change in this year's criteria required each vendor to provide four "references" from organizations that have the product deployed to at least 5,000 employees. Further, focus was on general purpose products designed for internal teams and market presence (at least 15 different customers, 100,000 active seats total).

Even more interesting are the names that didn't make the list. Among them: 

  • Alfresco
  • Cisco
  • FatWire Software
  • KickApps
  • Oracle
  •'s Chatter
  • Yammer

"Most organizations are still grappling with finding the right balance between risk and reward when: considering employee access and engagement with external social networking sites; setting up communities to capture informal knowledge, and discovering "freemium" tools, such as Yammer, in their organizations," stated the report. "Even when there are reasonable expectations of business value, these are hard to quantify in a way that would justify such deployments in opposition to those who fear time wasting, loss of quality control and system abuse."

Check out the visuals here

Oracle to OpenOffice Staff: Libre to Leave

Less than two weeks ago, Oracle claimed to fully support OpenOffice and the LibreOffice endeavor. This week the company is singing a different tune, however, as the 33 OpenOffice developers have been asked to clean out their desks. 

Marko Moeller, co-lead of, stated the following in an open letter:

Oracle's official response to the announcement of The Document Foundation was clear —Oracle will continue as usual. The result is now indeed the lately postulated conflict of interest for those community members who are in charge of or representing project, but to whom it is not enough “to continue working as we always did."

Although it has been stressed several times that there will be collaboration on a technical level, and changes are possible — there is no indication from Oracle to change it's mind on the question of the project organization and management.

For those who want to achieve such a change, but see no realistic opportunity within the current project and are therefore involved in the TDF, unfortunately this results in an “either/or” question.

Is the future free? Check out our take here.  

MS Online Services Takes a Beating

In a turn that may (or may not) surprise you, Microsoft's Online Services division lost the company another half-a-billion dollars this quarter. That division includes the likes of Bing and MSN, as well as advertising and publishing tools. 

To be exact, this quarter's loss of US$ 560 million on revenue is worse than last year's quarterly figure of US$ 477 million. Microsoft is effectively spending US$ 2 to earn US$ 1. 

Whether or not they'll be able to catch up in the coming months remains to be seen, but for now it looks like a losing game

Intrexx Makes Portal Apps Mobile Without Programming

These days the number of individuals in need of mobilized apps greatly exceeds the number of programmers available. United Planet's answer to this problem came last week in the form of Intrexx, a product that enables companies to transform information and applications residing on an existing portal — such as SAP or Lotus Notes — into mobile Web applications. And! Bonus! Because United Planet's Application Designer is at the heart of the product, users can create and operate these applications without any programming knowledge.

Here's a useful demo:



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