Firefox 3 is approaching is completion date with the third beta version
being published this year. The latest release, Beta 5, shows improved
integration into Windows, Mac OS X as well as Linux and has received a
substantial speed boost.
Google announced this week that it is now allowing users to access their files in Google Docs, an online suite of Microsoft Office-type software, even when they don't have Internet access. The functionality comes as an extension of Google Gears, which lets users create a hard copy of every website they visit so they can view it later when they're offline.
Adobe announced today that it has joined the Linux Foundation, a move that is seen as a triumph for supporters of open-source platforms. Kick-starting its Linux push, Adobe has released an alpha version of Adobe Air for Linux operation systems, allowing developers to use standards like Adobe's Flash and Flex in Internet programs.San Jose (CA) - Adobe announced today that it has joined the Linux Foundation, a move that is seen as a triumph for supporters of open-source platforms.
Microsoft has posted a handful of details about the new version of Windows Search, allowing users more control over finding documents and programs hidden in their hard drive. Microsoft's Vista operating system made Windows Search more accessible with one-click searching over the entire computer. The next-gen version of the feature, Windows Search 4.0, will bring more enhancements.
Adobe has launched a Beta version of Photoshop Express, a new online
photo editing, storing and sharing service that is offered as a free
version with limited room for pictures. Behind a fancy interface, Adobe
has created what easily could be the best version of any online image
editing and management service currently available.
Google Apps just got much more attractive with a new visualization API
that lets users create graphics around data that is included in text
documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This major extension is yet
another threat for Microsoft, especially its Office suite, and another
sign that Google is getting much more serious about becoming an
After more than four weeks of Vista SP1 release chatter, Microsoft
officially announced today the availability of the Service Pack 1 for
Here is a quick overview of what is included and what to expect from
the package, which includes 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) support.
A new version of the Safari web browser for MacOS X and Windows
platforms made its debut today. Following right after the first beta
release of IE8 and a critical beta release of Firefox 3, Apple says
Safari 3.1 is faster than its competition and is the first browser to
add support for HTML 5 audio and video tags.
Google is has begun offering Sky, which made its debut in August of
last year as part of Earth 4.2, as an application that can be displayed
by regular web browsers. Most of the functionality has been ported,
including a search that, according to Google, covers 100 million stars
and 200 million galaxies.
The seventh generation of Microsoft's operating system software is scheduled for a release in the year 2010. According to Softpedia,
development of Windows 7 began on the release of Windows Vista. "We are
currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is
scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific
release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar
for release," said a Microsoft spokesperson to Softpedia.
Mozilla has just released the fourth beta version of its
next-generation browser. You can’t help but comparing this new Firefox
to Microsoft’s recently released beta version of Internet Explorer 8
and if you closely, the differences are dramatic from a user
perspective. While security was the selling point in both Firefox 2 and
Internet Explorer 7, added convenience and performance are clearly the
headlines for these new browsers. And both browsers reveal a very
different design philosophy and understanding what additional
convenience features will be appreciated by users.
Just in case you had any doubts whether Microsoft was serious about its document interoperability intentions or not, the company today announced the Document Interoperability Initiative, which promises to promote user choice among document formats. A new translator between ODF and Open XML was also released today.
Microsoft will be releasing the first beta of its next-generation browser as well as a beta of the second version of the Flash competitor Silverlight today.
In Depth - As much as Microsoft hyped its Vista operating system, its success is rather underwhelming so far. But the company is developing a new operating from scratch – a software that takes a new approach in the battle against viruses and will be able to run on many-core processors and take advantage of GPGPUs. A first version of the code was made available today.
If you have been wondering how Microsoft expects you to use its Office suite in the future, here’s your chance to have a look into the future. Office Live Workspace Beta went online today and you are invited to take a test drive free of charge. The big question will be: Is Office Live Workspace compelling enough to convince users to shell out extra money every year?