If for some reason clients can identify a legitimate reason the enterprise tools can’t work, or be extended… we’ll start looking at self-hosted or other combinations of services.
Well, in June Google announced that premium features will be added to basic accounts. These new features go into effect in a few days.
This is the text of the “go live” announcement we received this morning:
As we announced on June 16, the advanced capabilities and admin controls known as Google+ premium features will become standard for our existing business, government, and education customers. This change will take place the week of July 23.
After the change, these controls and capabilities will no longer be called premium features. The premium features setting will also be removed from the Admin console.
If you use Hangouts on Air (HOA), you might’ve noticed that enabling premium features disables HOA. To continue using HOA, just do one of the following:
Before July 23, proactively enable premium features for your domain, then re-enable HOA.
After premium features become the new default, enable HOA. Visit the Google Apps Help Center to learn more about Google+ premium features.
The fees are minimal. $5/mo per account to start. Amazing, right?
Okay but here’s something you should consider – Google is advancing the end-to-end messaging security thing. Right now if you communicate within Google’s servers, your email is secure. Our understanding is that it’s transparent — but message encryption/decryption is already in place. That’s a big thing.
So if your enterprise is hosted at GHS, you’re starting from secure. That’s step one.
GoFiberUtah.org is advancing a new form of Information Highway Utility. I’ll call it an IUC for Internet Utility Company.
In this example GoFiberUtah.Org is the precursor agency that is doing the precursor plumbing and politics that will birth a Public / Private partnership, creating an IUC that will extend “Fiber to the Home” – and of course – businesses in their service area.
Visionary, to an extent. This has happened before in different scenarios but this is the first instance that get’s close to a workable, scalable, sustainable implementation.
A fascinating component of the service proposal will be that “Basic” Access will be provided by the IUC to each “Address” in the network for free.
The US Government SBA is celebrating National Small Business Week with a live Internet Broadcast Wednesday Morning. It will be very early for us on West Coast, but interesting non-the-less, to consider attending.
Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.
For years now, that’s been a hugely popular stance. It’s led to educational initiatives as effortless sounding as the Hour of Code (offered by Code.org) and as obviously ambitious as Code Year (spearheaded by Codecademy).
Even President Obama has chimed in. Last December, he issued a YouTube video in which he urged young people to take up programming, declaring that “learning these skills isn’t just important for your future, it’s important for our country’s future.”
I find the “everybody should learn to code” movement laudable. And yet it also leaves me wistful, even melancholy. Once upon a time, knowing how to use a computer was virtually synonymous with knowing how to program one. And the thing that made it possible was a programming language called BASIC.
I could have posted yesterday on this, but actually thought it wise to let things settle. Somebody might change their mind again, you know?
Just to be certain: The issue exists with MS IE v6 through 11 browsers. If you’re using this software, cease doing so. Wait of the patches to come out. Access the internet with Chrome, Firefox, Safari … until further news develops.