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  • Big corporations that make the move to cloud just don't want the disruption that Google's software alternatives to Office -- Google Docs for Word, Google Sheets for Excel -- could bring.
Aug 22, 16

"Six years ago, we surveyed our employees with the goal of determining the optimal place for each of them to work in terms of maximum efficiency and productivity.

What we quickly determined was that no one wanted to work in the office.

Workers Can't Concentrate in the Office
When asked to identify the best place to get work done — specifically work that requires maximum concentration and creativity, such as designing a web page, programming new functionality for software, developing a financial report or writing a sales proposal — not a single member of our 34-member team chose the office.

Rather, they selected:

An extra room at their home
Their favorite coffee shop
A train or airplane
Our finding wasn't an anomaly. In a much larger study based on 2,600 interviews, FlexJobs concluded that 76 percent of workers prefer to avoid the office when they have important work to do."

  • Email

    Email generates a “push” interruption in your daily work. When people want something from you, they sends you email, which interrupt your flow of thought.

    In our company, we turned to alternatives to reduce email — options such as Basecamp, Asana and Slack. Now, when someone is contributing to and working on a project, instead of giving a “push” with email — which distracts the people from their work —they make a “pull” and retrieve information directly from the place where everyone is working together on the same project.

    Additionally, it encourages more collaboration. The problem with email is that all the information remains enclosed between the sender and receiver. The communication remains behind closed doors.

    When a new team member wants to join in on a project, they have to bother another person to catch up on the state of the job and learn the way the project is advancing, triggering another flow of email to catch the person up to speed. Now, that new team member can simply log onto the platform, Basecamp, for instance, search for the corresponding project, and find everything they need to begin working.

  • Meetings

    As shown in this infograph, $37 billion dollars are lost each year in the United States alone because of unnecessary meetings. Employees spend more than 60 hours per month in unproductive meetings (with half of those being considered by them to be a total waste of time).

    Who creates meetings? Yes, people who live from one meeting to the next —managers!

    Their agenda is full of meetings. This is due to the fact that they are not the ones doing the true work — the work that serves a purpose, which has value and adds up, the productive work.

    The ones who do the productive work are the programmers, designers, etc. They need to have a work schedule with no meetings for them to reach their maximum level of productivity.

  • Another reference point is this article by The Economist, where a study showed that a factory was able to save the equivalent of eliminating 200 jobs just by limiting meetings to a maximum of 30 minutes and 7 people per meeting.

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  • Gary Wolfson, head of Cisco’s Global Collaboration Partner Organization.

     

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    • The major player reinventing Cisco’s collaboration strategy is Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's IoT and Collaboration Technology Group. Trollope, who pondered joining Microsoft, joined Cisco in 2012 with the goal of driving simplicity, innovation, interoperability and cost-effectiveness inside Cisco’s collaboration portfolio.
    Aug 20, 16

    "Last Thursday, as Bloomberg was gingerly setting the stage, and the preemptive damage control for what was about to be a historic leak, it did everything in its power to deflect attention from the key topic, namely that prominent liberal billionaire and Hillary supporter, George Soros had been hacked and countless documents were about to be leaked, and instead focus on the alleged identity of the hackers, the so-called DCLeaks, which – like all other “experts” – it positioned as yet another Russian government-sponsored operation.

    To this we had one retort: “Far more important than the inane speculation on the hackers’ identity, is the now official disclosure – and warning – that Soros himself was hacked. Bloomberg writes that Open Society Foundations, the Soros group, reported the breach to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in June, according to spokeswoman Laura Silber, who added that an investigation by a security firm found the intrusion was limited to an intranet system used by board members, staff and foundation partners.”

    And, sure enough, over the weekend that is precisely what DCLeaks revealed as it disclosed over two thousand internal documents from groups run by George Soros were leaked online Saturday after hackers infiltrated the groups. The 2,576 files were released by DCLeaks, a website which claims to be “launched by the American hacktivists who respect and appreciate freedom of speech, human rights and government of the people.”"

    • The documents are from multiple departments of Soros’ organizations. Soros’ the Open Society Foundations seems to be the group with the most documents in the leak. Files come from sections representing almost all geographical regions in the world, from the USA, to Europe, Eurasia, Asia, Latin, America, Africa, the World Bank “the President’s Office”, as well as an unknown entity named SOUK. As the Daily Caller notes, there are documents dating from at least 2008 to 2016.

       

      Documents in the leak range from research papers such as “EUROPEAN CRISIS: Key Developments of the Past 48 Hours” focusing on the impact of the refugee crisis, to a document titled “The Ukraine debate in Germany“, to an update specific financials of grants.

       

      They reveal work plans, strategies, priorities and other activities by Soros, and include reports on European elections, migration and asylum in Europe.

    Aug 20, 16

    The Soros Hack is an Incredible find! Thanks to Marbux!

    "George Soros is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, political activist and author who is of Hungarian-Jewish ancestry and holds dual citizenship. He drives more than 50 global and regional programs and foundations. Soros is named an architect and a sponsor of almost every revolution and coup around the world for the last 25 years. The USA is thought to be a vampire due to him and his puppets, not a lighthouse of freedom and democracy. His minions spill blood of millions and millions of people just to make him even more rich. Soros is an oligarch sponsoring the Democratic party, Hillary Clinton, hundreds of politicians all over the world. This website is designed to let everyone inside George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and related organisations. We present you the workplans, strategies, priorities and other activities of Soros. These documents shed light on one of the most influential network operating worldwide."

    Aug 19, 16

    "Welcome to the San Mateo Public Records Request Center

    The California Public Records Act (Government Code Section 6253(c)) requires the City to respond to a request for public records within ten (10) calendar days.

    The City will determine whether the request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable records and will promptly notify the requestor of its determination. In unusual circumstances, it may be necessary to request a 14-day extension to provide a determination."

    • At first, Google had collaboration but little compatibility. Now it has both. Add in the cost of free or inexpensive depending on your situation, and Google may continue to take away users from Microsoft Office. Apps should also sway those looking toward LibreOffice, OpenOffice and WPS Office 2016 free, the leading free office suites which closely emulate Microsoft Office.
    • The question for dissatisfied Microsoft Office users is no longer whether they can do the same work with Google Apps as they can with Office. They can for at least 90 percent of their tasks, a higher percentage if Office file compatibility isn't a requirement. Now the only question is whether users have enough constant Wi-Fi or other mobile network coverage to always reach Google. Sure, some work can be done offline. But the strongest pitch for modern office workers, that of dead-simple collaboration, means they need access. And if they have access, Google Apps has just about everything else they need.
    Aug 18, 16

    "Learning to Transition to Einkorn in the Kitchen
    On a practical note, another helpful resource on the history of einkorn and why it is so different from other forms of wheat is the recently published book Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat by Carla Bartolucci. I highly recommend it especially if you’ve tried baking with einkorn and are finding it difficult to produce results similar to other wheat strains due to the differing gluten composition in einkorn along with its increased stickiness and reduced elasticity.
    In this book, Carla also talks about her daughter Giulia’s struggles with gluten intolerance which led to her discovery of the wonders of einkorn. Her daughter’s gluten intolerance was so severe that by the age of seven, “she had a constant dry cough and asthma, frequent tonsilitis, and enlarged lymph nodes”. As if this wasn’t enough, her hair began falling out. The great news is that Giulia dramatically improved after removing all hybrid wheat from her diet and despite her severe gluten intolerance, is able to eat and enjoy the good gluten in einkorn just fine!
    On a personal note, my family switched to einkorn a few years ago and have never been happier with that decision. I buy 10 lb bags of organic einkorn berries (you can also buy organic einkorn flour in 10 lb bags too) and grind it myself for the lightest flour you’ve ever seen (you won’t believe it’s actually whole grain and unbleached). My family particularly loves the waffles, pancakes, and cookies I make with einkorn, and my gluten intolerant husband has no issues whatsoever digesting it. If you prefer sprouted einkorn, you can use that too for extra digestibility and vitamins.
    If you’ve never tried einkorn before, perhaps it’s time to give good gluten a try!
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist"

    • Learning to Transition to Einkorn in the Kitchen

      On a practical note, another helpful resource on the history of einkorn and why it is so different from other forms of wheat is the recently published book Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat by Carla Bartolucci. I highly recommend it especially if you’ve tried baking with einkorn and are finding it difficult to produce results similar to other wheat strains due to the differing gluten composition in einkorn along with its increased stickiness and reduced elasticity.

      In this book, Carla also talks about her daughter Giulia’s struggles with gluten intolerance which led to her discovery of the wonders of einkorn. Her daughter’s gluten intolerance was so severe that by the age of seven, “she had a constant dry cough and asthma, frequent tonsilitis, and enlarged lymph nodes”. As if this wasn’t enough, her hair began falling out. The great news is that Giulia dramatically improved after removing all hybrid wheat from her diet and despite her severe gluten intolerance, is able to eat and enjoy the good gluten in einkorn just fine!

      On a personal note, my family switched to einkorn a few years ago and have never been happier with that decision. I buy 10 lb bags of organic einkorn berries (you can also buy organic einkorn flour in 10 lb bags too) and grind it myself for the lightest flour you’ve ever seen (you won’t believe it’s actually whole grain and unbleached). My family particularly loves the waffles, pancakes, and cookies I make with einkorn, and my gluten intolerant husband has no issues whatsoever digesting it. If you prefer sprouted einkorn, you can use that too for extra digestibility and vitamins.

      If you’ve never tried einkorn before, perhaps it’s time to give good gluten a try!

      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

    Aug 18, 16

    "What Are You Going to Do About Toxic Wheat?
    How did you react to the news that US wheat farmers are using Roundup, not just to kill weeds, but to dry out the wheat plants to allow for an earlier, easier and bigger harvest and that such a practice causes absorption of toxic glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, right into the wheat kernels themselves?
    Did you feel outraged and violated like I did? How will you implement a conventional wheat-avoidance strategy going forward even if you haven’t yet developed a problem with gluten or wheat sensitivity?
    What about other crops where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant such as barley, sugar cane, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets?  Will you only be buying these crops in organic form from now on to avoid this modern, man-made scourge?
    UPDATE:  The Soil Association in July 2015 called for an immediate ban on the use of glyphosate for wheat ripening and desiccation purposes.  The nonprofit reports that glyphosate residues are widely found in nonorganic wheat samples and the use of the herbicide on wheat crops has increased 400% in the past two decades.
    Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, revealed new data analysis showing Roundup, the most common brand of Glyphosate based herbicides, is 1,000 times more toxic than genotoxic glyphosate alone due to the inclusion of other toxic chemicals in its mix.
    Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director said; “If Glyphosate ends up in bread it’s impossible for people to avoid it, unless they are eating organic. On the other hand, farmers could easily choose not to use Glyphosate as a spray on wheat crops – just before they are harvested. This is why the Soil Association is calling for the immediate ending of the use of Glyphosate sprays on wheat destined for use in bread.”
    Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist"

    • But, if you aren’t celiac or gluten sensitive and would like to consume this ancestral food safely, you can do what we do in our home. We source organic, naturally low in gluten, unhybridized Einkorn wheat for breadmaking, pancakes, cookies etc. Please note that einkorn is not to be confused with the more general term farro, which includes emmer and spelt, which are both hybridized. You can learn more about the scientific research on the “good” gluten in einkorn in this article.

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    Aug 09, 16

    "“While most Americans pray to the God who created us in His own image, our Ruling Class prays to themselves as saviors of the planet and as shapers of mankind in their own image.” —from The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It by Angelo Codevilla, 2010.

    While many still frame the 2016 election in terms of Democrats vs. Republicans, those divisions are losing their meaning. This election could be the first one in which Americans will either choose to continue abiding a globalist Ruling Class and their government-dominant, one-world agenda, or decide that national sovereignty, the Constitution and American exceptionalism and individualism are worth preserving.

    To be clear, nationalism does not equal protectionism, nativism or Islamophobia, nor is it solely embraced by know-nothing rubes unworthy of serious consideration — despite the ongoing efforts of the Ruling Class to paint it that way. Codevilla calls people who oppose the Ruling Class the Country Class, and he describes it as a diverse, often inharmonious group that “shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards as inept and haughty.”

    Ruling Class haughtiness, argues Codevilla, derives from “an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance,” and engenders “a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins … and saints,” all conveyed in an “in” language that serves as their “badge of identity.” Irrespective of their professions, the Ruling Class is also united by the reality that “their road up included government channels and government money. … Hence, whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway in, America’s Ruling Class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats.”

    Just as critically, this “fraternity” can only be joined by one who Codevilla says “shares the manners, the tastes, and the interests of the class, gives lip service to its ideals and shibboleths, and is willing to accommodate the interests of its senior members.” Thus highly accomplished but non-fraternal people like Ronald Reagan and Justice Clarence Thomas are persona non grata."

    • “While most Americans pray to the God who created us in His own image, our Ruling Class prays to themselves as saviors of the planet and as shapers of mankind in their own image.” —from The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It by Angelo Codevilla, 2010.

        

      While many still frame the 2016 election in terms of Democrats vs. Republicans, those divisions are losing their meaning. This election could be the first one in which Americans will either choose to continue abiding a globalist Ruling Class and their government-dominant, one-world agenda, or decide that national sovereignty, the Constitution and American exceptionalism and individualism are worth preserving.

        

      To be clear, nationalism does not equal protectionism, nativism or Islamophobia, nor is it solely embraced by know-nothing rubes unworthy of serious consideration — despite the ongoing efforts of the Ruling Class to paint it that way. Codevilla calls people who oppose the Ruling Class the Country Class, and he describes it as a diverse, often inharmonious group that “shares above all the desire to be rid of rulers it regards as inept and haughty.”

        

    • Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton provided great examples of the Ruling Class' arrogant mindset. Pelosi believes, as she stated last week, that white, non-college-educated men who vote Republican have “voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God — the three G’s, God being the woman’s right to choose.” Clinton was worse. Regarding abortion on demand, she insisted last year that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” In other words, one embraces the progressive elitist viewpoint, or one is a religiously inspired bigot with a passé worldview that must be demolished.

        

      Thus it is no surprise these elitists conflate anything that dissents from their globalist agenda as a “world of wall-builders,” who have “already done great damage,” states The Economist. That damage includes the Brexit, the rise of nationalist (read: right-wing) parties, and “more electoral victories for closed-world types who pose the greatest threat since Communism.” In other words, elitists disdain national sovereignty and democratically determined destiny, logical responses to skyrocketing levels of elitist-enabled terrorism and uncontrolled immigration, and deeply felt concerns by non-elitists about a global economy that has devastated millions left behind in its wake.

    • The Ruling Class “solutions” for Country Class problems? “Let goods and investment flow freely, but strengthen the social safety-net to offer support and new opportunities for those whose jobs are destroyed,” The Economist states. “To manage immigration flows better, invest in public infrastructure, ensure that immigrants work and allow for rules that limit surges of people.”

        

      Codevilla explains what this really means, noting that “our Ruling Class' first priority in any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government — meaning those who run it, meaning themselves.”

        

      To achieve that end, new laws are longer than ever, “because length is needed to specify how people will be treated unequally.” Thus, these laws become “primarily grants of discretion,” because “all anybody has to know about them is whom they empower.” Codevilla adds, “This defines ‘crony capitalism.’”

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    Aug 09, 16

    "If one lives by the vulnerable server, one dies by the vulnerable server. As the week unfolds, America is witnessing the ultimate unmasking of the Democrat Party, an entity whose self-aggrandizing claims of unity, fairness and intellectual honesty have been revealed as utterly fraudulent by a flood of DNC emails released by WikiLeaks. Moreover, a stunning level of hypocrisy attends the entire exposure, as DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is sent packing for this breach of confidential party information, while Hillary Clinton, whose equally accessible private server contained far more critical top-secret information, officially became the party’s standard-bearer.

    But not to worry, assured FBI Director James Comey, who insisted there was no direct evidence that Clinton’s server had been hacked by hostile actors — before adding it was possible that hostile actors “gained access” to Clinton’s accounts.

    Clinton was equally adept at making semantical distinctions. “If you go by the evidence, there is no evidence that the system was breached or hacked successfully,” Clinton said. “And I think that what’s important here is follow the evidence. And there is no evidence. And that can’t be said about a lot of other systems, including government systems.”"

    • New York Post columnist John Crudele obliterates the despicable word-parsing. “Clinton was so careless when using her BlackBerry that the Russians stole her password,” he writes. “All Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gang had to do was log into Clinton’s account and read whatever they wanted.”

        

      When it comes to the DNC hack, “The Russians did it” is the theme-du-jour. Clinton campaign manager, Robby Mook stated Sunday that “experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole these emails, [and are] releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump.” The campaign itself echoed that assertion. “This is further evidence the Russian government is trying to influence the outcome of the election.”

    • The reliably leftist Politico — so far left that reporter Ken Vogel remains employed there despite sending a story to the DNC before he sent it to his own editor — is quite comfortable advancing that agenda, using it as a vehicle to buff up Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. “Former U.S. officials who worked on Russia policy with Clinton say that Putin was personally stung by Clinton’s December 2011 condemnation of Russia’s parliamentary elections, and had his anger communicated directly to President Barack Obama,” Politico reports. “They say Putin and his advisers are also keenly aware that, even as she executed Obama’s ‘reset’ policy with Russia, Clinton took a harder line toward Moscow than others in the administration. And they say Putin sees Clinton as a forceful proponent of ‘regime change’ policies that the Russian leader considers a grave threat to his own survival.”

        

      Yet even Politico is forced to admit the payback angle is “speculation,” and that some experts remain “unconvinced that Putin’s government engineered the DNC email hack or that it was meant to influence the election in Trump’s favor as opposed to embarrassing DNC officials for any number of reasons.”

    • Americans would also be wise to remain highly skeptical of this claim for any number of reasons. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asserts there is “there is no proof whatsoever” Russia is behind the hack and that “this is a diversion that’s being pushed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.” To be fair, Assange is a Russian sympathizer, and leftists aren’t the only ones attributing the hack to the Russians. The same FBI that gave Clinton a pass will be investigating the DNC hack, and at some point the bureau will reach a conclusion.

        

      In the meantime, it might be worth considering that this smacks of a carefully orchestrated disinformation campaign similar to the one Clinton and several other Obama administration officials engineered with regard to Benghazi. While Clinton was never held personally or legally accountable for the deaths of four Americans, it is beyond dispute that she lied unabashedly about a video causing the attack, while sending her daughter a damning email at 11:12 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, admitting the administration knew “the attack had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.”

        

      The theme of this coordinated narrative? Clinton campaign chair John Podesta referred Monday night to “a kind of bromance going on” between Putin and Trump. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook echoed that assertion, insisting the email dump comes on the heels of “changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian.”

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    Aug 09, 16

    "For as long as the Clintons have been in the national spotlight, people linked to them have turned up dead. We’re sure that’s only the stuff of mythology among the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” but this week brings news of more of the same.

    Despite FBI and Leftmedia attempts to keep Americans as uninformed as possible about Hillary Clinton’s history of corruption and lies, there is new information about the death of an Iranian nuclear scientist named Shahram Amiri. Normally, the death of a foreigner wouldn’t catch the attention of many Americans. But in this case, Amiri was in contact with Clinton via email, and the circumstances and timing of his death are more than suspicious.

    Who was this man that was just publicly hanged shortly after returning to Iran? Amiri was one of Iran’s nuclear scientists, and in 2009 he disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, and he reappeared in several online videos in the United States. The timing of his disappearance was at the height of Western efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program. In 2010, he returned to Iran, and was greeted with a hero’s welcome. Soon after, he disappeared again.

    This past weekend, he was publicly tried and executed. According to an Iranian judiciary spokesman, Amiri had access to Iran’s secret and classified information and was linked to Iran’s number one enemy (and financier), America. He was also accused of providing the U.S. with vital and secret information about Iran. So what happened between his 2010 return to Iran and this past weekend?

    Well, the revelations of Hillary Clinton’s email scheme and the release of her emails, which contained several references to Amiri.

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    • Did Clinton’s emails seal this man’s fate? As National Review’s Jim Geraghty notes, “[I]t’s unnerving to see she was discussing such material on an insecure system. We don’t know for certain that the Iranians had successfully hacked into Clinton’s server — as FBI Director Comey said, hackers are good at covering their tracks — but it seems foolish to assume Tehran could not. Friendly references to Amiri in private email by Hillary and her staff would destroy his claims to his captors that he wasn’t voluntarily helping American intelligence.”

        

      More likely than Iran doing the hacking is that Russia is the culprit. The two nations are thick as thieves when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program, and it’s extremely likely that Moscow has some valuable dirt on Clinton, some of which was perhaps shared with the mullahs.

    • So what of Clinton’s emails? In 2010, Jake Sullivan sent two emails about a week apart to Hillary’s private server. Neither of the emails mentioned Amiri by name, but the first email notes that the videos were a “psychological” issue and that “our friend has to be given a way out.” The second email, sent two days before CNN reported a $5 million payout, warned of “problematic news stories” to come as a cover for Amiri’s return to Iran.

        

      So while the emails didn’t mention Amiri by name, Iranian intelligence could have no doubt figured out that the person she was referring to in these emails was indeed Amiri.

        

      This is what FBI Director James Comey meant when he called Hillary “extremely careless in the handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

    • There are other untimely, mysterious deaths in the last six weeks as well — all with ties to the Clintons. Last week, there were two deaths within two days. The first was a prominent Clinton critic, researcher and reporter for the American Free Press named Victor Thorn. He was found in his home, dead of a gunshot wound to the head, in what has been reported as a suicide. It was his 54th birthday.

        

      The second was a Bernie Sanders supporter named Shawn Lucas, who was serving the Democrat National Committee and former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz with a class action lawsuit for alleged fraud and rigging the primary election in favor of Hillary Clinton. He was found dead on Aug. 2, on the floor of his bathroom.

        

      There are several others who have died strange and untimely deaths with unsatisfactory explanation. But the common denominator is that they were somehow tied to or knew something about the Clintons and had either reported or were about to blow the whistle on their wrongdoings.

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    Aug 07, 16

    "Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Series Drivers" for Windows Vista and Win 10 machines

    • Microsoft, with its Azure, is also high on new features and functions. Noting that Azure’s infrastructure and services are fine, the report said, they can “seamlessly extend and interoperate with on-premises Microsoft infrastructure.”
    • The downside of Microsoft is that some features and functions are not ready for use by big business customers.
    • Google’s core strengths are in big data analytics and machine learning technologies.
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