Today Rich Skrenta, CEO of topix.net, announced they'd added 15,000 of the top weblogs to the Topix.
Web 2.0 Explorer
In this current era of the Web, control and centralization is still happening - but instead of the browser being the main unit of control, it's now user data. [...]
One of the new products that came out of Microsoft's Live announcements was the new Windows Live homepage, at live.com.
In a press release today, Sun Microsystems announced it will deliver on demand network services to convert documents from native proprietary formats such as Microsoft Office into the Open Document Format (ODF), the industry standard file format. Sun will also deliver a service to convert text files to podcasts/audio files for playback at a later date.
Microsoft just announced its new Web-based Windows and 'software as a service' strategies. After first announcing the Xbox 360 will be released on Nov 22 in North America, Gates talked about their new "Live" brand (thanks Mike from TechCrunch for the news - he has pictures too).
I've heard some rumors that it will be something much more exciting than a CRM hosted service (with all due respect to salesforce.com, CRM is not the most riveting topic). Unfortunately I can't talk about those rumors, but if true then this will be bigger news than expected tomorrow. [...]
There's been a lot of excellent Web 2.0 humor this past week.
Personally I don't see a web-based Office suite replacing the desktop suite - at least for the forseeable future. I think it'll be an extra product offering, with the hybridizing that Charlie and Dan suggested. But I certainly am looking forward to finding out what Ray Ozzie announces next week!
A "Microsoft insider" was asked which other products and services Microsoft would host and the reply was: "Everything. Hosted Office. Everything hosted." Ahem, can anyone say Web 2.0 Office?
One of the disruptive start-ups contenders emailed to me was a new search engine called ePrécis, described as "An English language processing API". According to Ward Johnson, the person who emailed me about this, ePrécis was developed by a group of linguists at the University of Minnesota.