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An all-UMPC podcast

James Kendrick had an in-depth conversation about the UMPC announcement on our latest OnTheRun with Tablet PCs podcast.

March 12, 2006 by Marc Orchant

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Much ado about Writely - this changes very little

The jubilation being expressed by some over Google's acquisition is well-founded but not for the reasons you might think. The concerns about another vector into users' personal data for the all-seeing Google eye are every bit as well-founded. What's wrong - oh so wrong - are the cries from the Geek Chorus that Microsoft Office is the target. The Google Office, whatever it ultimately turns out to be, will not change the rules of the game for business anytime soon.

March 11, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Ultra-Mobile PC (aka Origami) now official

Microsoft and its partners Samsung, Asus, and Leader revealed what has become the worst-kept secret in movile tech earlier today at CeBIT. The Ultra-Mobile PC is a new handheld form factor for mobile computing that runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition with an enhanced layer called Touch Pack.

March 9, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Microsoft acquires Onfolio - great for IE users

The announcement today that Microsoft has acquired Onfolio and will roll that company's information aggregation technology into a new Windows Live Toolbar which will be released today is great news - if you're an Internet Explorer user. Firefox fans are out of luck.

March 7, 2006 by Marc Orchant

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Blinkx Pico - real -time contextual search

I've been taking the latest search tool from Blinkx for a test drive today and it's a very interesting approach to providing information related to what you're currently reading. Reults can come from the web, blogs, podcasts, and Wikipedia and are derived from a background scan of the e-mail or web page you're currently reading.

March 7, 2006 by Marc Orchant


What could you use Origami for?

A Channel 9 post got me thinking about all the disappointed or downright surly comments I've been reading since the veil was lifted from the Origami devices yesterday. Do keep in mind that Microsoft has yet to make their announcement whcih is expected tomorrow at CeBIT.

March 7, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Origami unveiled

So the wrapper has been removed and at least one form of the Origami device is now publicly visible. C|Net's Ina Fried has the scoop which is being linked to by an amazing number of sites.

March 7, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Who will upgrade to Office 2007?

That's the question Peter Galli at eWEEK has focused on in two recent articles that look at both the potential disruption the new version of Microsoft Office will introduce and the potential breakaway some customers may make to alternative office suites. The disruption comes from a new user interface and new XML file formats for Office documents. The potential defection might (or might not) be caused by these factors as well as the expense.

March 6, 2006 by Marc Orchant


The real impact of Web Office

Steve Rubel pointed to an white paper by Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators that discusses the near-future impact web office technologies will have on the future way we work. It's a great read.

March 3, 2006 by Marc Orchant


How much Vista sucks (or doesn't)

Let the pontificating begin! Continue? Inthe past two days, I've seen articles explaining why Windows Vista will not suck, will suck, will suck less, blah, blah, blah. Get over it - Vista is the new reality.

March 2, 2006 by Marc Orchant