The V8 Supercars competition is entirely built around the concept of speed. However, without proper communication tools in place, the whole event can get congested, resulting in one hell of a pileup. Peter Trimble, V8 Supercars’ director of finance, learned this to his chagrin while working with the company’s hopelessly outmoded on-premises software — a lingering legacy of the company’s humble start-up roots.
Dear Lifehacker, I have a small business with one full-time employee and three part time. I have been considering upgrading our Microsoft Office installation. Looking at the newly released options, Office 365 Home Premium would suit us to a tee, but am I breaking the user agreement by using a home-based product in the work place? Thanks, Nervous Licensee
We’ve been slightly bemused by the Australian subscription pricing for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, which is much more expensive than a cheaper plan which also includes the majority of its features. A partial explanation for that anomaly: some of the pricier enterprise-specific versions of Office sold by Telstra are actually hosted in Australia, though those releases don’t use the 365 brand.
During the Office 365 for Enterprises session at Microsoft’s TechEd 2012 conference, technical product manager Andy O’Donald said the new version of Office 365 will go into general availability sometime during 2013, and existing customers will be transitioned to it within nine months of its introduction. They will be able to make the move sooner or later, or opt to start by running an internal pilot with a subset of users.
Comparing the pricing for Google Apps and Office 365 is a difficult task, since they don’t offer identical features sets, but the comparison has generally seen the two options look fairly similar. Will an upcoming price cut to the local Office 365 plans, which are sold through Telstra, change that comparison?