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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:



To see the weather for many Indian and worldwide cities, type “weather” followed by the city and state, or country.

Example: Search weather bangalore

Local Businesses

If you’re looking for a store, restaurant, or other local business you can search for the category of business and the location and well return results right on the page, along with a map, reviews, and contact information.

Example: Search chinese restaurants mumbai

Unit Conversion

You can use Google to convert between many different units of measurement of height, weight, and volume among many others. Just enter your desired conversion into the search box and well do the rest.

Example: Search 5 feet 8 inches in cm

Movie Times

To find reviews and showtimes for movies playing near you, search for “movies”. If you’ve already saved your location on a previous search, the top search result will display showtimes for nearby theaters.

Example: Search movies gurgaon

Cricket Scores

To get the latest cricket scores during any season, just type ‘cricket’ in your search box.

Example: Search cricket india


To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define” followed by the word(s) you want defined.

Example: Search define transpicuous


To see the time in many cities around the world, type in “time” and the name of the city.

Example: Search time dubai


To use Google’s built-in calculator function, simply enter the calculation you’d like done into the search box

Example: Search square root 1521

Currency Conversion

To use our built-in currency converter, simply enter the conversion youd like done into the Google search box and well provide your answer directly on the results page.

Example: Search 100 INR in Dirham

Package Tracking

You can track packages by typing the tracking number for your UPS or Fedex package directly into the search box. Well return results that include quick links to easily track the status of your shipment.

Example: Search 1Z9999W99999999999

Google’s largest acquisition is the purchase of DoubleClick, an online advertising company, for US$3.1 billion. Because of the size of the acquisition, United States antitrust regulators took nearly a year to investigate the deal and clear it for approval. The majority of the companies acquired by Google are based in the United States, and in turn, a large percentage of these companies are based in or around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Google has acquired 54 companies as of now.

List of some sites with their cost

Company Business Cost in Dollars Acquisition date
Applied Semantics Online advertising 102,000,000 Apr-03
BaiduA Chinese language search engine 5,000,000 23-Jun-04
Current Communications Group Broadband internet access 100,000,000 7-Jul-05
AOLB Broadband internet access 1,000,000,000 20-Dec-05
dMarc Broadcasting Advertising 102,000,000 17-Jan-06
YouTube Video sharing 1,650,000,000 9-Oct-06
Endoxon Mapping 28,000,000 18-Dec-06
XunleiC File sharing 5,000,000 4-Jan-07
Adscape In-game advertising 23,000,000 16-Feb-07
DoubleClick Online advertising 3,100,000,000 13-Apr-07
FeedBurner Web feed 100,000,000 3-Jun-07
GrandCentral Voice over Internet Protocol 45,000,000 July 2, 2007
Postini Communications security 625,000,000 9-Jul-07
Begun Online advertising 140,000,000 18-Jul-08
Omnisio Online video 15,000,000 30-Jul-08

July 2020




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