I've been following the tussle between Google and Microsoft this week with a mixture of amusement and amazement. If you haven't been following along at home, Microsoft took a dip into the cloud with the release Office 2010 Online this past week. Meanwhile, Google, feeling a wee bit threatened by Microsoft honing in on its territory in the cloud, took a few pot shots at Redmond's offering [URL="http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/05/upgrade-here.html"]in a blog post on the Official Google Blog[/URL]. Microsoft's Alex Payne, director of online product management at Microsoft fired back with[URL="http://blogs.technet.com/whymicrosoft/archive/2010/05/11/google-docs-does-not-make-office-better.aspx"] a lengthy blog post of his own[/URL] the following day and …

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Google does a lot of things well, maybe too well, and it's adding to its portfolio of tools on a weekly basis. At some point you have to look at the number of pies in which Google has its fingers and start to get a little frightened of this company. I came across [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7yfV6RzE30&feature=player_embedded"]this video[/URL] the other day and it really summed up just how pervasive Google is. Here's just a sample of what they've done in the last few weeks: [LIST] [*]Announced an [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story259442.html"]initiative to bring high-speed broadband [/URL]to select cities and towns in the US. [*]Launched a new …

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Users of GoogleDocs will soon have reason to celebrate. Google this week announced in a [url=http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2010/01/upload-and-store-your-files-in-cloud.html]blog post[/url] that its free online document collaboration platform will soon store files of all file types, rather than just those it can edit (plus PDFs). To understand the significance of this news, you'll first need to know a little about [url=http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/docs.html#utm_campaign=DocsUAF&utm_source=en-na-us-entblog-DocsUAF&utm_medium=blog]GoogleDocs[/url] (current users can skip to the next paragraph). If you're doing any document collaboration at all, you know that version control is the key. For example, let's say I create a Word doc and send it via email to Moe. He makes his …

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Office 2010 awaits us later this year, and I've been wondering what it could possibly offer customers that would compel us to buy or upgrade to this software. Office software in general progressed about as far as most of us needed it to go somewhere in the 90s. Since then it's been race to add the most bells and whistles, most of which go unused. That's why I was surprised when I saw this [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/reviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222200545"]InformationWeek article[/URL] about record downloads of Office 2010 beta software. In spite of this news, I believe with an ever-increasing number of low-cost and free alternatives, …

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...I didn't get any email outage at all through my [URL="http://www.google.com/a"]Google Apps[/URL] account. Call me old-fashined but when you sign up for something like that you deserve to be included if everyone else gets a complete service failure. I can only assume this is because, remiss of me though it is, I never rely on only one route for my email to reach me, so when the web interface fell over (so I read) I was happily downloading through Apple Mail, for which the interface wasn't broken at all. On another occasion, when the downloadable mail failed, I found the …

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I was watching a [URL="http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1568178642/bctid1906856143"]video[/URL] of a panel from the Web 2.0 Summit on [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/cloud_computing_panel_at_web_2.php"]ReadWriteWeb[/URL]. I've had a growing fascination with Cloud Computing in recent months, and this particular panel included key players from Google, Salesforce.com, Adobe and VMware (with Tim O'Reilly acting as panel moderator). As each man made his opening statement, one statement in particular jumped out at me from Dave Girouard, who is president of Google's enterprise division. Girouard stated that his company's long-term goal is to open up the Google development stack to outside developers. If this is true, then it could have some serious long-term …

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First, a bit of confirmation - the iPhone does indeed seem to be in short supply over here, many thanks to 'staff writer' for the story [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2755.html"]here[/URL]. I had a text from 02's publicity people to say the orders were being taken at 7.30am and the site had stopped offering them by 10. And it appears we're not getting the white one, either. Not sure what we're being punished for there, nor who they think is going to notice. Anyway, today I want to talk a little about Europe. Specifically the new proposed European laws about the Internet: It seems …

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Have you heard the one about the book publishing company with a reputation built upon the back of the Open Source movement, which set its lawyers on a rival for using the term Web 2.0? Apparently [URL="http://www.oreilly.com"]O’Reilly[/URL] has applied for a ‘service mark’ to cover Web 2.0 when applied to business and educational conferences within various fields of computers and IT use. Oh, and the person defending both the service mark application and the cease-and-desist letter sent to reinforce it, is called Winge. But this is no joke, it’s actually deadly serious. The letter sent to Irish non-profit organization [URL="http://www.itcork.ie"]IT@Cork[/URL], …

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The End.