FranklinCovey becomes one of the first to offer commercial Vista gadget

One of the big changes to the interface in Windows Vista is the addition of Mac OS-like gadgets, which offer increased functionality for the dekstop screen.

Adobe wants to make PDF an international standard

Adobe plans on submitting its Portable Document Format (PDF) specification as a world standard. PDFs files have become a de-facto standard around the world because of their WYSIWYG nature both in viewing and printing.

Adobe readies Lightroom 1.0

After months of beta testing, Adobe is finally releasing the commercial version of Lightroom. Aimed at professional photographers, Lightroom helps organize and edit RAW-format pictures. Most of your minor edits can be done inside of Lightroom while major editing will still require Adobe's flagship product Photoshop CS2.

Microsoft launches Windows Vista

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, chief executive officer Steve Ballmer and a "Windows Vista family" launched the new operating system Windows Vista today late afternoon in New York. Microsoft claims that represents the "biggest launch in software history."

Windows Vista hits the Internet

Windows Vista is scheduled for official launch tomorrow. Several online stores, however, have made the operating system available for order over the weekend and promise to deliver the Vista package by tomorrow. There's even a fancy Bill Gates edition of the software for the collector crowd.

Google to expand book search and download

Electronic books or E-books could take off if Google has its way. According to the Times Online, the Sunnyvale-based search engine giant will expand its Google Book Search to include more books along with downloadable content to mobile devices.

Microsoft already looking for Vista SP1 guinea pigs

Even though the launch of Microsoft's Vista is a little more than a week away, the company is looking for brave testers for Service Pack 1. Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) is a limited program that will give early access to SP1 builds in exchange for feedback.

Fraunhofer Institute announces MP3 Surround Sound

Streaming surround sound could be just around the corner as the Fraunhofer Institute, known for their MP3 patent, has introduced a surround sound mp3 module. The module compresses music and gives 5.1 channel sound at Internet-friendly bitrates.

Microsoft to promote online purchase and upgrade of Vista

Microsoft announced today that it will allow consumers to purchase, upgrade, or add additional licenses of Windows Vista online, marking the first time the software giant has turned to digital distribution for one of its operating systems.

Microsoft claims 100 million IE7 installations

Microsoft claims that Internet Explorer has been installed on more than 100 million computers in less than three months.

Firefox 3.0 launch scheduled for Q3/Q4 2007

Mozilla has released the first comprehensive feature list and roadmap for its Firefox web browser. The organization currently considers up to 50 updates and new features for Firefox and intends to make the software available within this year.

Google releases Earth 4 final

Google has released a new version of what is the firm's most prominent applications next to its core search engine. Earth 4 features hundreds of new 3D buildings that were created either by Google employees or by users around the world with Google's SketchUp application.

Microsoft plans showy consumer intro for Vista, Office software

Microsoft is heading back to New York City to blow the lid off Windows Vista and Office 2007 again.

Microsoft starts handing out SUSE Linux subscriptions

In the seven weeks since Microsoft and Novell announced their controversial interoperability and patent protection agreement, Redmond has handed out some 16,000 subscription certificates for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Preparing for Windows Vista

I've covered every release since Windows 95 and the path to launching this one is starting to have a much more familiar ring. I've been in production with Vista RTM for a few days and am really starting to like it. It's the little things that have me missing Windows XP less and less. This week, let's chat about your timing for Vista and make sure you have thought through the things you need to do before you make the switch.

Opinion: Has Airgo no shame?

Just before Monday broke here on the East coast, Qualcomm (which minutes later announced that it was acquiring Airgo) "announced the availability of the world's first chipset offering full support for Draft 2.0 of the IEEE 802.11n standard".

Novell ships real-time SMP x86 Linux

Novell is now shipping its real-time Linux implementation.

Microsoft to charge for beta software

Microsoft is set to charge a nominal fee for Office 2007 Beta 2 downloads, a move that runs counter to the practice held by most software companies.

Microsoft relents on default search engine in IE7, letting users choose

Washington (DC) - Giving journalists another opportunity to use the phrase "bending to pressure" with respect to Microsoft, the company demonstrated another curious and uncharacteristic about-face today, stating it will allow users to choose which search engine to use as the default for Internet Explorer 7 in Windows Vista. In the current beta and previous editions, when an existing choice had not been listed in the System Registry, an IE7 installation presumed the default search engine as Windows Live Search.