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Since its inception in 1990, Microsoft Office has quickly been the dominant force in office applications and document building. Need to build a presentation? There’s PowerPoint. Looking to create complex spreadsheets? Excel is still the gold standard. And with the power of Windows to help push the desktop software, its presence only grew.

Over the last few years though, the web has begun to change this dynamic. Collaboration has become more important in business. At the same time, web applications have become more and more able to match the power and features of their desktop counterparts. In the document space, Google DocsGoogle Docs has carried the banner for web-based document building.

Now Google claims that Docs will be a viable alternative to Office by next year. At the same time, Office 2010 boasts web-based versions of its popular software. With the two giants locked in battle, we wanted to get your take on things. We asked you to vote on which doc-building tool you prefer…

…and while it may not come as a surprise, Microsoft Office came out on top. But surprisingly the match was a close fight all the way to the end. Microsoft Office only secured a slim majority of the vote, 51% or 1365 votes. Google Docs registered 37% of the tally with its 994 votes. Finally, 12% of you (315 votes) said it was a tie and both were good tools.

We expected Office to win this one, but from the votes and the reader comments, it seems that the winds of change have begun to blow. Whether Office 2010’s web integration will be enough to fend off Google’sGoogle attempts to challenge Microsoft, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Be sure to tune in next week for the next edition of our Web Faceoff series! Below are the full results of the last eight weeks:

 

Google-OSGoogle’s Chrome OS project, first announced in July, will become available for download within a week, we’ve heard from a reliable source. Google previously said to expect an early version of the OS in the fall.

What can we expect? Driver support will likely be a weak point. We’ve heard at various times that Google has a legion of engineers working on the not so glamorous task of building hardware drivers. And we’ve also heard conflicting rumors that Google is mostly relying on hardware manufacturers to create those drivers. Whatever the truth, and it’s likely in between, having a robust set of functioning drivers is extremely important to Chrome OS’s success. People will want to download this to whatever computer they use and have it just work.

We expect Google will be careful with messaging around the launch, and endorse a small set of devices for installation. EEE PC netbooks, for example, may be one set of devices that Google will say are ready to use Chrome OS. There will likely be others as well, but don’t expect to be able to install it on whatever laptop or desktop machine you have from day one. Google has previously said they are working with Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba on the project.

We’ve seen convincing and not so convincing screenshots of Chrome OS over the last several months. The good news is the speculation is about to end, and you can try it out yourself. If you have one of the supported devices, that is.

Microsoft Website Spark

Visibility, support and software for professional Web Developers and Designers

What is WebsiteSpark?

WebsiteSpark is a new global program, designed by Microsoft to help small professional Web development and design service companies succeed, by providing new business opportunities through connections with global partners and customers, support and training, and software tools – at no upfront cost. WebsiteSpark provides professional Web development and design companies with an innovative vehicle to get access to:

* Business Opportunities: Opportunities to expand their customer base and drive new business, by showcasing their capabilities and connecting with partners via the WebsiteSpark Marketplace and other Microsoft marketing and business networking vehicles.

* Support and training: Professional support from Microsoft and connections with WebsiteSpark Network Partners, Hosting Partners, and other Web developers and designers with complementary technologies or business models—an entire ecosystem that can provide a wide range of technical and business resources for every Web professional need.

*  Software and solutions: Fast, easy, and immediate access to current full-featured Microsoft development tools and Web server production licenses at no upfront cost, to build, design and bring to market differentiated, innovative, and rich Internet sites.

For more details visit – http://www.microsoft.com/web/websitespark/


HP DreamScreen

The sleek, stylish HP DreamScreen adds a fun new dimension to your digital content. Easily view photos of your last vacation, watch family videos, listen to Pandora Internet radio, get Facebook status updates, check the weather and more—all with this elegant wireless web-connected screen.

The HP DreamScreen’s sleek design and intuitive features give you and the whole family a fun way to enjoy digital content. Plus, functional features like an alarm clock and weather outlook1 allow you to get the information you need to start your day all in one place.

  • Wireless—Connect to your wireless home network to access weather info, Snapfish and Facebook with built-in Wi-Fi.2
  • Touch-enabled controls—Get fast, easy access to information and entertainment with simple touch controls embedded in the display that disappear when not in use, or use the included remote control for added convenience.
  • Day at a glance—Wake up to music and get a 5-day forecast1 with one glance thanks to built-in alarm clock and weather functions.
  • Social media hub—Keep up with your friends’ photos, status updates and upcoming events by accessing Facebook.1
  • Music—Turn your HP DreamScreen into your entertainment center by listening to Internet radio from Pandora or HP SmartRadio.1
  • Photos—Play a slideshow of your photos copied to the HP DreamScreen or directly on popular memory cards formats.
  • Videos—Watch home movies and video clips in full screen – Its simple!
  • Connect with your PC—Stream Photos and Music from your PC or wirelessly copy photos, music or video from your PC to the HP DreamScreen.

The eight nation cricketing combat kicks off live tonight. Yes, we’re talking about the much awaited ICC Champions Trophy which was scheduled in 2008 but due to security concerns in the former hosting nation Pakistan, the big event got postponed. It’s time for the African Safari to witness the mesmerizing game of cricket, where the hunt to reign the supreme ranking is on!
Online cricket fanatics will certainly witness a wide array of sites streaming the videos live from South Africa. Some of the websites will showcase high quality streaming links for all ICC Champions Trophy 2009 matches. Other than this, there is an option to see highlights and go backward to watch old matches. All they’re asking you to do is, spend some dough for their services!

Private video streaming sources can be accessed on web browserS using TVU and SopCast player http://www.sopcast.com/. TVU networks http://www.tvunetworks.com/ TVU web TV addon for Firefox will be able to play any relevant cricket stream on Firefox browser. You will need to install SopCast player to access web videos on sopcast network. You may choose to view the live ICC Champions Trophy 2009 cricket action via Willow TV – http://www.willow.tv/EventMgmt/Default.asp UStream – http://www.ustream.tv/ Action8Cricket – http://www.action8cricket.com/ OoxTV – http://www.markosweb.com/www/ooxtv.com/ WebCric – http://webcric.com/

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Many advertisers use spreadsheets when managing their AdWords campaigns to streamline tasks such as changing bids, creating keyword lists, and adjusting destination URLs. As a result, we decided to work on a way for you to use spreadsheets directly in your account, and today this feature is available in the new AdWords interface.

Google AdWords lets you specify a unique cost-per-click (CPC) amount or destination URL for each keyword in a keyword-targeted Ad Group. You also can specify a unique cost-per-impression (CPM) amount or destination URL for each site in a placement-targeted campaign.

You can edit these settings individually or update batches of keywords and sites all at once. Batch updating is a convenient shortcut for advertisers with multiple Ad Groups, campaigns, or lengthy keyword lists.

Editing existing CPCs and URLs in a keyword-targeted campaign

To edit your keyword CPC or destination URL values individually:

  1. Log in to your AdWords account.
  2. Click the campaign containing the Ad Group keywords you want to change.
  3. Click the appropriate Ad Group.
  4. Select the checkbox(es) next to the keyword(s) you’d like to edit within the Ad Group table.
  5. Click ‘Edit CPCs/URLs’ at the top of the Ad Group table.
  6. To change the default CPC that will apply to all keywords, enter a new value in the Default Ad Group CPC field. To assign a unique CPC to a keyword, enter the amount in the Max CPC column beside the appropriate keyword(s). This maximum CPC will override the default Ad Group CPC.
  7. If you want to track a specific keyword separately, enter a URL in the Destination URL column beside that keyword.
  8. Click ‘Save Changes’ at the top or bottom of the page.

Please note that you can leave any field blank if you’re satisfied with it. The system will default to the maximum CPC or destination URL you set when you first created the Ad Group.

If you want to reduce the amount of memory used by Firefox in Windows here’s a little trick:

Firefox Memory Optimization

  • Open Firefox browser, go to address bar, type about:config and hit enter
  • You’ll see a page full with text under 4 columns: Preference Name, Status, Type, Value
  • Right-click anywhere on that page and select New -> Boolean
  • You’ll get prompted to enter a Preference Name – enter this:config.trim_on_minimize and hit enter
  • You’ll be prompted for a value – select True and hit enter
  • That’s it – close Firefox and open it again!

Now, whenever you minimize your Firefox, the amount of memory used will be reduced to approximately 20%.

If you want to test it yourself, follow these steps:

  • Open Task Manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL)
  • Load several pages into Firefox and watch the memory usage (going up)
  • Minimize Firefox and see what happens!

Enjoy!

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