Docs by Microsoft and Facebook
Look out Google because Microsoft and Facebook are teaming up to challenge Google Docs online document sharing.
Microsoft Docs looks like a real threat to Google Docs because simply Microsoft still makes a better word processor than Google. Facebook’s crowd sourcing and social networking platform creates a true online desktop and utility for productivity. Docs also have a simple domain name that people can remember http://www.docs.com.
Google needs to respond with a true social networking strategy by merging their Gmail, YouTube, and Picassa audience to a single destination to share and communicate more seamlessly. They have made a pathway so far with integrating Buzz into Gmail. It was disappointing, however, that Google Wave was still a separate destination that needed another active conversion for adoption. Furthermore, their UI across different sites like Gmail, YouTube, and Picassa do not have similar look and feel.
Steve Ballmer grabs Apple iPhone from Microsoft employee and ‘stomps’ it into ground
Microsoft is having a tough time these days with its image. Google forced Microsoft to to launch the free vaporware Office Online to compete with Google Docs. The Zune player which was meant to compete with the iPod is a dud. The Zune’s slogan “Welcome to the Social” has got to be one of the worst in history. You kind of need a crowd to market with that slogan first don’t you think? Let’s not even talk about the horrible name of Zune itself.
Now it looks like Microsoft has another publicity stunt they have to dampen. Microsoft Steve Ballmer, at a conference to showcase Bing 2.0 and a new Windows 7 commercial, saw an employee take pictures with his iPhone. He then grabbed the iPhone, threw it to the ground, and pretend to stomp on it after much booing from the audience.
The good news is that no one threw eggs at Ballmer this time. If Ballmer spent the same energy trashing the iPhone, Microsoft might have some relevancy left in the mobile market. Otherwise, Ballmer should just c:\>format himself
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Much has been made of the Yahoo/Bing union. Say what you want about why Yahoo needed to do it and how Microsoft is benefiting from the added eyeballs, yada-yada-yada. Here’s a really simple graphical example of how far behind Yahoo is relative to Google and Bing.
Here’s a simple query I entered into Google.
Note that, even though Google didn’t find anything relevant search-wise, it very kindly pointed me to the UPS website’s tracking functionality. Here’s the same query in Bing.
Again, note the link to UPS. And Yahoo? Here’s Yahoo’s result.
Fail fail fail. If Yahoo can’t keep up, they need to get out.
Yep. Upgrade your slightly-less-crappy-after-SP1 version of Vista to just-a-bit-crappy-sp2 version of Vista.
The 32-bit and 64-bit versions are both available.
Upgrade at your own risk.