The big news today was Google making available gadgets (aka widgets) for website owners to add to their webpages. I took a look through the 1220 gadgets on offer in Google's gallery and chose my 10 favorites.
Web 2.0 Explorer
Cloning has been one of the biggest themes to come out of my Read/WriteWeb series on international web markets. I've noticed that every country has its set of 'web 2.
Ryan Stewart makes the case for Google to develop more RIAs (rich internet apps). He says: "If Google wants to deliver applications to main stream users, they need to adopt a Rich Internet Application strategy.
In the clearest sign yet that the big guns are preparing to step up the battle for Web Office, Microsoft has said it is considering releasing a version of Microsoft Works (the poor cousin of Microsoft Office) as a web suite. The desktop version of Works retails for $50 and includes a calendar, word processor, spreadsheets, Web Browser and e-mail.
The WSJ is reporting that US Social Networking site Facebook is in serious talks to sell itself to Yahoo, for an amount that may be as high as $1 billion. According to the WSJ, this is a return to the acquisition talks which Facebook has held over the past year with Yahoo - as well as Microsoft and Viacom.
There's been a lot of talk about the pros and cons of a web-based office lately, prompted by Nick Carr's excellent post entitled Office generations. In it he suggested the following timeline for office software: Office 1.
Today Yahoo is releasing the new Ajax-powered version of Yahoo Mail to all users in the US and across 18 international markets. I spoke to Ethan Diamond, director of product management for the new Yahoo!
Today Salesforce.com announced additional new customization features for their upcoming "Winter '07" version of salesforce.
In this second part of my interview with Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie (part 1 is here), we discuss the impressive feature set of the Opera browser. Despite having a market share of only 0.
In the accompanying Image Gallery, I've gone through 7 products that may become part of a future Google Web Office. Right now, Google doesn't have a full web-based office suite on the market - but this year they've gradually been compiling Web Office parts.
At the Microsoft TechEd conference in Auckland recently, I got a chance to sit down with George Moore - GM for the Windows Live Developer Platform. He is of course based in Redmond, but was over in NZ for TechEd.
Last week I had the pleasure of talking Microsoft is "doing a paint job on their Pinto" to Opera's Chief Technology Officer Håkon Wium Lie. We spoke about IE7's standards compliance (or lack thereof) and also Opera's many great features.
IE7 is slated to be a big step forward in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser - and it's just gone out of beta and into 'release candidate 1' mode. So in this post I review the features of Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1, with an accompanying Image Gallery.
Google's just announced a potentially significant update to its Google Base product, by releasing a data API for it. This essentially means Google is opening up Google Base, which is basically Google's database of structured content and home for many different verticals currently (jobs, vehicles, classified).
Some pretty stunning stats from market analytics firm OneStat.com, which is reporting that Microsoft's Windows OS family of products has 97% of the operating system market - "a global usage share of 96.