Microsoft on Monday said that the 2010 version of its popular Office software will feature online collaboration as the technology giant duels “in the cloud” with Internet titan Google. Microsoft made the announcement at the opening of a Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans. Next-generation Office, Visio, Project, and SharePoint Server programs to be released in the first half of next year are being given to tens of thousands of people selected to test the nearly completed software. Full Story : Zawya.com….
A key upgrade to widely-used Office is that online hosting will make it possible for users to access projects from any Internet-linked computers and to collaborate online in real time.
Office Web applications will be lightweight, browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that provide access to documents from anywhere, according to MicrosoftMicrosoft
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Google’s Chrome OS won’t be an immediate threat to Windows, but it may force Microsoft to reinvent its operating system more quickly into a product that takes full advantage of the Web and can move more nimbly across devices and form factors, analysts said. Microsoft is unlikely to have been surprised by Google’s announcement late Tuesday that it is working on a new OS for people who “spend most of their time on the Web,” as Google described it. From what has been revealed about the Google Chrome OS — which won’t be available until the second half of next year. Full Story : PCWorld.com….(Continue reading)
Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer introduces revamped translation tools, giving users one-click powers of conversion over many languages. The toolbar now detects your default language setting and using the Translate button will attempt to convert the page to it. Clicking a link will automatically translate the new page, as long as its part of the same domain as the original. Forty-one languages are supported so far, from Spanish, French, Italian, and German to Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. Full Story : CNet.com….(Continue reading)
The internet suffered a number of slowdowns as people the world over rushed to verify accounts of Michael Jackson’s death. Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack. Millions of people who Googled the star’s name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results. The microblogging service Twitter crashed with the sheer volume of people using the service. Full Story : BBC.com….(Continue reading)
Google Web sites including its English search engine became inaccessible in China late Wednesday, following the country’s criticism of Google last week for serving up pornographic search results. China appeared to block sites including Google.com, Gmail and Google Docs around 9:30 p.m. local time, when complaints about the sites not loading began appearing on Twitter. Attempts to visit the sites timed out or returned a “connection interrupted” message. Full Story : PCWorld.com….(Continue reading)
Following huge introductions of the Palm Pre and new iPhone 3G S, T-Mobile on Monday announces July availability of MyTouch 3G, the second phone on Google’s Android operating system. It’s the first of 18 new Google-powered phones coming worldwide by the end of the year, Google says, declining to provide specifics. Tech and telecom analysts expect Sprint to have an Android phone by year’s end. Full Story : USAToday.com….(Continue reading)
Dutch police have arrested twin brothers on suspicion of robbery after their alleged victim spotted a picture of them following him on Google’s Street View map application, a spokesman said Friday. Heidanus said prosecutors sent a formal request to Google for the original photo because people’s faces are blurred on Street View. Full Story : MSNBC….(Continue reading)
According to comScore’s preliminary study, Microsoft’s latest effort to dethrone Google in the search-engine wars is posting gains. The results show substantial improvement in Microsoft’s position in the search market in the days following Bing’s launch. Microsoft increased its average daily penetration among U.S. searchers from 13.8 percent during the period of May 26-30 to 15.5 percent during the period of June 2-6, according to comScore. The research firm concluded this is an indication that the search engine is reaching more people than before. Microsoft’s share of search-result pages in the U.S., a proxy for overall search intensity, increased from 9.1 percent to 11.1 percent during the same time frame. Full Story : Yahoo….(Continue reading)
Google late Thursday released developer-only versions of its Chrome browser for Mac and Linux, making good on a nine-month-old promise that it would eventually add those editions to the Windows version that debuted last September. The Mac and Linux versions are rough and unstable, warned Google. Chrome accounted for approximately 1.8 percent of those used last month, according to the most recent data from Web metric company Net Applications, a surge of 27 percent from the month before. Full Story : Macworld.com….(Continue reading)
Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, went live in the U.S. this weekend, aiming to challenge and possibly unseat industry titan Google. But bloggers and Internet safety experts quickly discovered that one of Bing’s “features” is that it takes only a few clicks for anyone ‚Äî of any age ‚Äî to view explicit pornographic videos without even leaving the search engine. Bing includes an “autoplay” tool that lets users preview videos simply by hovering a mouse over them. That asset may become a liability, because users can get a taste of porn videos on Bing instead of having to go to a smutty Web site ‚Äî an innovation other search engines have yet to offer. Full Story : Foxnews.com…..(Continue reading)
The size of the web isn’t the problem for search, Google co-founder Sergey Brin claimed at the Google IO conference this week. Instead, the problem is the kind of questions search users want answered. Brin says adding intelligence to search is the way to solve the problem. He said,”For a long time Google has not just searched for your exact terms, using things like synonyms. Over time you’ll see those kinds of techniques increase ‚Äì and you’ll see some surprises in the next few years.” Full Story : TechRadar.com….(Continue reading)
Google Wave is an application running in a Web browser that creates a shared online desktop where two or more users can interact easily. They can exchange messages like they would do in e-mail or instant messaging conversation. They can share and edit rich documents that include formatted text, images and graphics. They can also drag-and-drop simple applications called widgets into a Wave to, for example, play a game together. And they can save and publish any Wave resulting from their collaboration to the Web. Google Wave is released as a developer preview. Full Story : NYTimes.com…..(Continue reading)
China’s first mobile phone based on Google’s Android software will go on sale next month in a deal between China Mobile and Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC). The handset, HTC’s Magic smartphone, will use a Chinese-language version of the Android operating system developed by HTC, a company representative said. The software will also be tweaked to meet the needs of China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier. Full Story : PCWorld.com…..(Continue reading)
America Online’s Platform-A tops the U.S. rankings for ad networks. That puts Platform-A ahead of Web heavyweight’s Yahoo’s Ad Network in second-place and Google’s Ad Network, in third, according to a comScore report out today. The research firm also said online ad networks posted double-digit growth while grabbing market share from the big sites that sell ad space. Basically, the ad networks match advertisers with Web publishers, connecting sites that sell ad space with advertisers that want to reach potential customers, often based on shared interests, for instance, sports, outdoor hobbies or travel. Full Story : InternetNews.com…..(Continue reading)
Google Street View is sending out tricycles fitted with cameras to map places that its cars cannot reach. Google’s controversial mapping service is being extended to include coverage beyond the nation’s streets in locations such as sports stadiums, monuments and remote beauty spots. The three-wheeled vehicles will be pedalled about by staff and are capable of scouring every inch of locations where permission is granted for them to go. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk…..(Continue reading)
The pilot program for Google‚Äôs foray into smart grid and energy management infrastructure will be available to select customers at a group of eleven utilities that have installed‚Äîor are in the process of installing‚Äîsmart meters. With the move, Google will be making the company‚Äôs first significant play in energy-use data, an entirely new dimension of consumer data for the company. By having real-time information about home energy usage on a desktop (running as a Google Gadget), those using the meter will be able to use their energy more efficiently. Full Story : CleanTechnica.com…..(Continue reading)
Google CEO Eric Schmidt told University of Pennsylvania graduates to turn off technology and look more toward the importance of people.
Speaking at Penn’s commencement at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Monday, Schmidt advised, “you need to turn off your computer, turn off your phone, look at people who are near and around you and decide that humans are the most important things, not the other aspects,” . Full Story : CRN.com…..
Gmail users can now automatically translate messages they receive into 41 languages, Google announced Tuesday. The new feature is available to individual Gmail users, as well as to people who use it as part of the Apps collaboration and communication suite for organizations. Recipients can also toggle between the original and translated versions of a message. Full Story : PCWorld.com….(Continue reading)
Microsoft says EU regulators will hand Google more dominance of the Internet search business if they go ahead with planned regulations on Microsoft’s Windows operating system, the Financial Times reported. By bundling Internet Explorer with Windows, Microsoft shielded its browser from competition with rival products, harming innovation and reducing customer choice, the EU regulators had said. Full Story : Reuters.com…..(Continue reading)