News to know: Office bloat; IE history; Google patents; Cloud computing

Summary:Notable headlines:Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.

Notable headlines:

Dinosaur Sightings: A visual history of Internet Explorer from 1 to 7 (right).

George Ou: MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.2 shootout. Office feature bloat is no skin off my nose.

David Berlind: Office bloat may not affect the skin on George's nose. But, about that skin in his wallet....

Office, Vista launches boost Microsoft sales. Mary Jo Foley: Vista sales strong: Ballmer can breathe a sigh of relief. Techmeme on earnings.

Russell Shaw:
Four new Google patent apps reflect major search rank methodology changes. Donna Bogatin: Google's Matt Cutts SERP quality scoring patent? What it means.

A cloudy forecast:


Ed Bott: Microsoft hits a home run with Windows Home Server. Gallery (right).

Larry Dignan: Are businesses getting complacent on security? Green IT: Why it matters.

MarketWatch: AT&T CEO to get $158.5 million pension.

Christopher Lawson: Will $60 billion make U.S. education competitive?

Ryan Stewart:
What's next for OpenLaszlo?

Review: Seagate FreeAgent Pro USB/eSATA/FireWire external hard drive (750GB).

Donna Bogatin:
Google pressures power companies for data center exemptions. CBS Radio to Google, YouTube: No thanks, we built TargetSpot!

AP: MySpace launches in China.

Alan Graham: Dot Mac Dead?

TechCrunch: AOL One Step Behind Again: New Home Page Identical To Yahoo.

Office 2003 to get security upgrade. Schneier questions need for security industry.

WSJ: PlayStation Creator Resigns As Chief of Sony Unit.
Sony announces video chat add-on for PS3.

Photos: DIY Robots from recipes (right).

Garett Rogers: Picasa version 2.7 released.

Russell Shaw: BlackBerry patent would save battery life by adding ambient light as screen backlight source.

Amazon shares up nearly $20 in two days.

Topics: Legal, Enterprise Software, Google, Hardware, Microsoft


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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