Google recently previewed “Wave” a Social collaboration and communication service. The service seems to combine Gmail and Google Docs into an interesting free-form workspace that could be used to write documents collaboratively, plan events, play games or discuss recent news.
“In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content — it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use “playback” to rewind the wave to see how it evolved.”
Those who are looking for a free HTML editor or wanted an upgrade to FrontPage their search ends here. Microsoft announced that the HTML editor Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 will be now available as a free download.
Microsoft has discontinued FrontPage, so you might want to download SharePoint Desiger and give it a try. Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2007 is a WYSIWYG HTML editor and general web design software that was made to replace the ageing Microsoft FrontPage, and is a part of the SharePoint family of products. SharePoint Designer shares its HTML rendering engine with Microsoft Expression Web, another general HTML editor, and does not rely on the non-standard Internet Explorer’s Trident engine. The only real difference between SharePoint Designer and Expression web is that SharePoint Designer 2007 is capable of integrating with other SharePoint products while Expression web is not.
You will need to have a Windows Live, Hotmail, or Microsoft Messenger account.
Microsoft released the final version of Internet Explorer 8 last week on 19th March to continue the web browser war. This latest version brings a number of new user-friendly features, intended to make browsing the internet more convenient, fast and secure. Internet Explorer 8 is also the latest challenge to its main rival, Mozilla Firefox for the quest of web browser battle.
Internet Explorer 8 is now available in 25 languages for Windows Vista, XP and Windows Server. However, Internet Explorer 8 won’t be available for the Mac.
Microsoft says IE8 beats other top browsers in page-load time on almost 50 percent of the top 25 comScore Web sites. Microsoft also pointed to some new features to help consumers save time, including accelerators, Web slices, and visual search suggestions. Accelerators are built-in tools to let user translate text, search or handle mapping inside through window inside the working browser window. Web Slices let users put a small portion of busy web page to their favorite bar and keep it updated, such as bidding activities. The Instant Search Box in Internet Explorer 8 enables real-time searches of sites such as The New York Times, Amazon.com and Wikipedia, as well as users’ favorites and previously visited sites, complete with visuals and detailed information, to save time.
There are number of security features has been added to Internet Explorer 8 such as protection against installing malicious Active-X controls, cross-site scripting attacks, increased protection against malware, and click-jacking. To secure browsing activities, Microsoft has added InPrivate browsing mode that keep no history of user activities.
The user interface in Internet Explorer has been significantly improved, make web browsing more convenient, faster and more organized. The features such as ability to recommend sites, a new visual search, and group color-coded browser tabs are welcomed additions, especially to anyone that use the internet frequently.
Microsoft’s Business Division president Stephen Elop at the Wharton Business Technology Conference presented a video which shows what Microsoft thinks the world may look like a decade from now, in 2019.
Microsoft has announced that its upcoming Windows 7 will have six editions – Starter, Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. But unlike Windows Vista, upgrading to a higher, more featured version will not result in loss of existing features from the lower version. Also Windows 7 is designed to be more hardware compatible and will run easily on small netbooks as well as power packed gaming desktops.
Windows 7 Editions
Windows Starter edition – It will be pre-installed by an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), this edition is available only in the OEM channel on new PCs limited to specific types of hardware. Which means you cannot buy is directly from the market.
Windows 7 Home Basic edition – It will be available only in emerging markets, for customers looking for an entry-point Windows experience on a full-size value PC. Which means you cannot buy it in the US.
Windows 7 Home Premium edition – It gives full-function PC experience and a visually rich environment in everything from the way they experience entertainment to the way they connect their devices. It is recommended for all consumers like us.
Windows 7 Professional edition – It will be available for small businesses and people who work at home but have to operate in an IT-managed or business environment where security and productivity are critical. Vista Business users will prefer this version.
Windows 7 Ultimate edition – It will be available PC enthusiasts who want it all and customers who want the security features such as BitLocker found in Windows 7 Enterprise edition. This would really be loaded with features Windows7 will boast about.
Windows 7 Enterprise edition – It will offer advanced data protection, lower cost compliance and IT tools to streamline PC management and help save costs, while enabling access to information from anywhere for business users. It will not be available at retail or by OEMs for pre-installation on a new PC. So you cannot buy it from stores.
A toolbar sits on your web browser and facilitates quick access to many useful functions making online surfing easier. Here is a list of popular toolbars for your web browser.
Popular Browser Toolbars
Google Toolbar – Search with Google from any web page, block annoying pop-ups and automatically fill out forms are just few of the popular features. Check spellings, Auto link and see the page Rank. It also provides quick access to all major Google services.
Yahoo Toolbar – It allows searching the web with pop-up blocker, Anti-Spy Window Spyware protection, Quick access to Yahoo services, and add fresh content to My Yahoo! easily to name a few features. And now available with tabbed browsing in IE.
Windows Live Toolbar – It is available with tabbed browsing in IE, form filler, pop up blocker, multiple search options, self updating and feed detector.
MSN Toolbar – Browse smarter with tabs and switch between websites within the same IE window. Search the Web and easily locate documents, e-mail messages etc. Fill out online forms and one click Access to MSN services.
Alexa Toolbar – A free search and navigation companion that accompanies you as you surf, providing useful information about the websites you visit including traffic info. and contact info. Find related links for each page and share opinions.
Stumble Upon – Lets you surf, review and share great webpages while meeting new people. Vote sites you like and read reviews about them.
Wikipedia Toolbar – The Wikipedia Firefox extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key).
Get the latest TVUPlayer, the best way to watch TV on the Internet.
TVU networks offer a free global live TV service that you can watch on your Windows PC over a broadband Internet connection. This service is dedicated to bringing you TV that you can’t get from cable or satellite, such as news and sports from around the world.
The TVU service is accessed with a free downloadable Windows application, the TVUPlayer, which is available at the link provided below. The TVU service, accessed via its free TVUPlayer application, has been downloaded 25 million times by viewers in over 200 countries.
TVU uses a new broadcast technology called Real-Time Packet Replication. With this technology, all the viewers who are watching a channel at the same time are cooperating to give everyone the best possible signal. TVU’s application does not create any new files on your hard disk because you’re watching live TV.
Unlike typical Internet video broadcasts that use the older streaming technology, TVU’s broadcasters do not need to dedicate more bandwidth for each additional user. This allows broadcasters to reach very large numbers of viewers at low cost. Because TVU can have an unlimited number of channels, TVU offers broadcasters opportunities denied to them by cable and satellite systems. Local broadcasters become global broadcasters; new channels can find a broadcast slot; and bigger broadcasters can create new channels to showcase content that they own but don’t have space to broadcast on their existing channels.
Most exciting of all, viewers can become broadcasters using TVU networks’ free Broadcast application. This application, combined with a standard-grade PC and a typical broadband Internet connection, allows anybody to become a broadcaster. This basic set-up allows any number of viewers world-wide to watch your channel.
1) Broadband Internet service (cable or DSL)
2) Windows 2000, XP or Vista
3) Windows Media Player (version 9+)
4) Microsoft IE (version 6+)