Google has revised its Drive software development kit so third-party Web applications are available directly to users, Frederic Lardinois writes. The change means Google can provide users with "an experience similar to how Google Docs and Google Sheets interact with Drive," Google's Nicolas Garnier wrote in a blog post.
Microsoft latest Patch Tuesday is scheduled to deliver fixes for nearly 60 flaws in Internet Explorer, Windows, Office and Exchange Server software. Five are deemed "critical," including two for IE, which is rare, nCircle's Andrew Storms said. "This is the first time I've seen them do this," Storms says. "Unless there's been an 'out-of-band' update for IE, they've never released more than one update [for the browser] in a month." Lumension analyst Paul Henry says the IE patches may have to do with Oracle's recent Java updates.
HTML5 applications need their own push notifications to become truly competitive with native applications, writes Viktor Marohnić, CEO of ShoutEm. It would be technically trivial to set up protocols whereby HTML5 apps could register with the operating system, Marohnić argues. "It would be a small step for Apple and Google and a giant step for mobile developers," he writes.
Software-as-a-service marketplaces may help make it easier to sell applications to small and midsized businesses, Jeffrey Kaplan writes. "The truth is that SMBs have been slow to try and buy SaaS apps because they are less familiar with the SaaS apps available to them and are more risk-averse about experimenting with new apps," Kaplan writes. One promising avenue is the App Center from Staples, he writes.