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App store offers productivity apps and move for government workers

App stores are huge right now with the 800-pound gorilla and most well known app store being from Apple. Apps are typically associated with smartphones and are small software applications that extend the functionality of devices.

Apps are also making their way into the corporate and government computing world with cloud computing becoming more of the norm thanks to its savings for IT staff, power, and cost to buy. The U.S. government has announced that it has now launched its own app store for government users.

Google will be a big provider of applications in the government app store and The New York Times reports that Google will offer all the applications to the government users that it offers to other businesses, including its productivity apps to replace Microsoft Word.

A blog post on the official White House website states that the government spends over $75 billion annually on IT services for all sorts of tasks from monitoring our borders to protecting the environment. The blog post announced that the new website was open and has the goal of lowering IT costs, which is part of Obama's initiative to make government cost less.

Google reports that it will launch a parallel and dedicated cloud computing system for the government exclusively to allow for security of the sensitive and confidential documents that are produced by government workers. The parallel environment will run alongside the existing enterprise cloud environment that Google already operates reports eWeek.

Google's Matt Glotzbach said, "The goal is to meet the unique requirements and policies that the government has. That being said, it will still be cloud computing in its truest form—a multitenant cloud."

According to Glotzbach, many city governments are already using Google Docs for word processing and many other government entities are in various stages of rolling out Google Apps for workers. Google isn’t alone if welcoming the new government app store; Amazon is also counting the government among its cloud customers.

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RE: Yeah...
By Samus on 9/16/2009 5:26:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the war in Iraq would have never happened under the Gore administration, and its questionable whether the September 11th attacks would have been prevented.

That war cost us, the tax payers, over a trillion dollars.

The wall street and bank crisis of October 2008 would have likely been minimized under the Gore or Kerry administration because of proper regulation that the Bush administration ignored (among many other things) until it was too late.

That crisis cost us, the tax payers, over a trillion dollars.

Much like the Clinton administration cleaned up George Bush's economic mess (and his poor performance in handling Hurricane Andrew) the Obama administration will attempt, with less tact and talent than Clinton had available, to clean up the damage done by the Bush family this time around.

This isn't about Democrats or Republicans, it's about one family's agenda, which doesn't reflect the best interests of 99% of the American population.

Go ask any random Republican Senator how they view George W. Bushs' performance as president and I believe they'll be pretty vocal about their disappointment in him, and the image he has given to the Republican party.

RE: Yeah...
By jhb116 on 9/16/2009 7:31:51 PM , Rating: 3
And people like you (and a couple of others) shouldn't be allowed to vote. I'm sick of hear about how the Demo's can do no wrong and the Reb can do no right. News flash - BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION AND HEALTH CARE ISSUES!

And for crying out loud - are you so deluded or drug induced that you honestly believe that the Rep or Bush is responsible for 9/11? Get a damn clue - you really need to figure out how the American gov't really works before posting such BS.....

RE: Yeah...
By snyper256 on 9/17/2009 4:31:56 AM , Rating: 3
Threads like these make it clear that the democrat/republican dichotomy is a game and a tool.

RE: Yeah...
By callmeroy on 9/17/2009 9:36:02 AM , Rating: 1
Snyper256, that's one line in a political based discussion that I can honestly agree with....

I don't get it man -- I really don't understand why folks wear a team jersey that says "republician", "democrat", "liberal", "conservative"...etc...etc.

And those same folks will place our comments into one of those "teams" as well for us.....that even gets me more -- folks will TELL me I'm this way or that way.....just because I agree or disagree with them...

Amazing how soooo many people just don't get it that some of us truly honestly don't give a flying rat's ass about demo/republican/neo-con/libs///whatever....we just want shit fixed, who ever does that -- more power to them.

RE: Yeah...
By elgueroloco on 9/21/2009 7:00:58 AM , Rating: 2
Dude you're very poorly informed. George W. Bush tried to get Fannie and Freddie regulated back in 2003 in order to mitigate the potential for a crisis like we are in now.

However, both sides of the aisle killed his attempt. Dems because they were in bed with the GSE's, and a couple Reps led by Bob Bennett of UT because his son had a big job with Freddie Mac.

More attempts were made later to regulate the GSE's, but the same few Dems always killed them. Here's a story about the beginning of it from 2003.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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