Matthew Glotzbach from Google's enterprise products group took the stage at the Office 2.0 conference Thursday with a talk called, "10 Things I could do in the cloud today that I couldn't do a year ago."
10. Everything on the go. Glotzbach showed a picture of the iPhone, and talked about how smartphones let us do "almost anything" from the mobile phone. Of course, Glotzbach's online life is "almost entirely in the cloud," since he's a Googlehead, but he's right. Smartphones with access to tools like Google Docs are workable backups to full-sized computers.
9. Search through all my e-mail. I take issue with this claim, since I, like many other corporate e-mail users, are slaves to Exchange, and while I can occasionally get a search to run on my PC's archive of mail when I'm looking for something, I don't have access to that data when I really need it: on my iPhone.
Glotzbach also talked about how IMAP (Internet Mail Access Protocol) opens up e-mail access to other interfaces, like Web-based and mobile clients.
8. Chat with customers and partners in any language. The real-time translation service in Google Talk has make collaborations possible that weren't before. Good point. Glotzbach did a demo on stage, showing how one invites a translator bot into a chat and uses that connection to talk with a person who speaks another language.
"It's a service you can mash up with," Glotzbach said. So "Why don't you have this in Zimbra or Google Docs?" he challenged.
7. Collaborate simply and securely on projects with Sites and Docs . It's one place for him to go to create and store project info, and it can be easily opened up to partners and other stakeholders (like journalists or the public) when needed. It helps "streamline the communication flow," he said. In this case I agree: I'm using Google Docs now for collaborating on documents inside the CNET workgroup, and when I need to share files outside of our walls, it's just as simple. … Read more