It seems that a tipping point, or at least an new level of awareness, has been reached about the next Web frontier--a new generation of desktop productivity applications (think Microsoft Office without all the bits on your machine) with rich, interactive client interfaces and low-cost administration. They are built using technologies like AJAX, Flash and Java, with all the logic on the server and using XML and Web service bindings.
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Scoble provides the logic behind his personal note to Ballmer or Gates in response to my post. An excerpt from his post:"I say, let's have a little fun working at Microsoft.
Who says Microsoft's culture has become too bureaucratic? Forget about reorgs and hierarchies.
Rather than information leak peril, blogging and B2B podcasting may in fact now be bringing new importance -- and revenues -- to a variety of PR folks.
Is your anti-virus or anti-spyware technology warning you about the Digital Rights Management software on your computer? If not, it should be.
Via e-mail last night, I received a copy of an internal memo that salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff distributed to his staff.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Russell Shaw has an in-depth interview with Saul Klein, Skype's vice president and chief marketing officer, about the new version of Skype, the company's ambitious plans, E-911, personalized Skype, QoS VoIP and PBX intergration and, of course, eBay parenthood. Here's how the marketing chief handled a question on the eBay deal: Well, one of the new 1.
Just when you thought there was nothing left to say about Massachusetts' recent decision to standardize on the royalty-free OpenDocument Format...
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David gives his take on MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference--$100 PCs for the masses, eliminating the PC bus, wireless mobility without compromise. We also discuss the Palm/Microsoft Treo and the rise of AJAX-based applications.
In response to the difficulties I've been having getting my $20,000 whole home audio/video setup to play the 99 cent songs I'm purchasing online, several readers wrote to me about a Russian outfit that they thought was legally selling digital music a la carte without wrapping the music in any digital rights management (DRM) envelopes.