Who says the evolution of web browsers is over? Hot after the launch of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2, Google released its browser – Chrome. Chrome is now avaliable for download from Singapore (Australia and pretty much everywhere else on the WWW in 40 other languages).
I’ll waiting for the reviews and further iterations of Chrome before I will consider downloading it for review purposes. It is highly encouraging to see the different set of innovative features added to the latest versions of the various web browsers.
“We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we’re committed to continuing on their path. … and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.” (Source: Google Blog, 1 Sep 08)
On a separate note, where is the link to download Chrome source code? Google’s intention is commendable, but where is the follow-up action?
Related link: The 10 features of Google Chrome (Video)
Ex-Google engineers (Anna Patterson, Tom Costello, Russell Power and Louis Monier) have developed a new search engine – Cuil which promises to be a more comprehensive and efficient way to transverse the internet.
For starters, Cuil’s search index spans more than 120 billion Web pages. Cuil’s results are also presented in familiar magazine-style format instead of a top-down stacks of Web links.
Google is making concerted efforts to attract and publicise its lighthouse Google Apps educatioin sector adoptionwins to proves its readiness to move into the enterprise space. See “Going to School with Google” (Google AU Blog)
IT News sources such as ZDNet will often cover these win-stories. Sometimes, I often wonder what happens after the switch? Switching core IT services like emails systems in a large organisation (like a University) aren’t like switching to a new grocery chain for food.Things often do go wrong.
Often with the introduction of a new operating environment, many legacy and unexpected issues arise. Are the users satisfied with the service level with these hosted services? Were the IT services able to receive adequate support when things falls apart? What are the statistic behind when these problems get resolved?
The complete story after a migration often goes unreported. In all fairness, the points raised can also apply to other companies including Microsoft.
Steve Vamos is making his way back to Australia after a stint as VP, Microsoft International Online Services Group. He was recently interviewed by MIS (a Fairfax publication) about Steve Ballmer’s Google strategy, Vista, his time in Redmond and what he plans to do when he leaves Microsoft. Steve also shared his advice for all Australian graduates out there look for new employment:
1. Find a place where you can learn from the people
2. A place where you can trust the people you work with
Great advice, Steve!
Steve has always been passionate about having the right values in place. During MS AU FY07 kickoff, Steve brought a trainer who elaborated the concept of having a player mentality. Not a political player but someone who takes undertakes responsibility, provides accountability and take pro-active steps to make sure that things happen the right way. I really enjoyed that session and I have a lot of respect for the man and his leadership style.
Related link: A Conversation with Steve Vamos (MISAustralia)
Live Search is offering cash rebates when people make purchases after using its search engine.
Web shoppers who sign up for an account and buy items found using Microsoft’s Live Search cashback site will receive a percentage of the purchase price deposited into their account.
When the total reaches $5, the shoppers can redeem their “cold, hard cash.” In a statement, Microsoft said the rebates are paid for with advertising.
Related link: Microsoft to lure search users with cash (Seattle PI)
Congratulation to Team APA from the University of Canberra (Philip Allan Haines, Ngoc Thuy Duong Khuu, Van Tieu-Vinh, Ping Li and mentor Dr Dat Tran) for winning the 2007 Australia Imagine Cup Finals. That’s victory, two years in a row for UC! They will be representing Australia on an all expense paid trip (well, almost) in the WW Finals in Seoul, Korea!
Check out Now the Blind can Program (err, should it be ‘code’) .NET to find what give Team APA the final edge in a very tight competition.
Not to fret if you have missed on this year’s finals! There are lots of time to start preparing for next year’s competition. The 2008 Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals will be held in Paris, France (article dated 14 Jun 07) and the theme is certainly close to my heart – “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”
University of Canberra are going to the Imagine Cup world finals – again. (Aus IC Blog)
PS: Nick, you have certainly raised the execution of Imagine Cup Finals to a new level. Well done, I’m proud of you! Can’t await to follow up on your Mix in the Campus execution (Think MTV Google vs Microsoft employee death match!).
Now, I wonder who are the inaugural Kiwi reps for this year’s WW Imagine Cup Finals?
Miguel de Icaza (a prolific open source developer on the Mono/Linux projects) and his team have began to port Silverlight onto the Linux platform. He will be showcasing the team’s efforts at Mix 07 in Paris.
- Picked up the story from Silverlight on Linux – Miguel de Icaza’s moonlight project
PS: Talking about the Australia ReMix07, love the content, love the its purpose of this event but I will not be attending the event in Melbourne. I wish the old gang - Nick Ellery (AU Imagine Cup Finals), Monique, Anna and Michael (WebJam at Remix) every success for the event. I’m pretty sure Long will be at there to cover the event.
(Via The Scoble Show) Get some insight into how advertisers are spending their search engine advertising budgets and some tips to maximise the marketing spend. Find out why currently Google has the most attractive advertsiing platform compared to Panama (Yahoo) or AdCentre (
Well worth a watch!
Google is slowly but surely collecting their pieces together to complete their onine productivity suite. The latest announcement is the acquisition of Zenter soon after acquiring Tonic System (back in April 2007). Zenter is an online presentation technology which allows use fonts without plug-ins, support live broadcast, drag and drop images, charts and content directly from any site.
Google is investing lots of effort especially in the collobration space, watch out LiveMeeting! Will we see complete basic productivity suite from Google by 2008?
List of Google acquisitions (Wikipedia)
Google buys maker of PowerPoint rival (San Jose Mercury News)
Google acquires Zenter, online slideshow tool
There are unconfirmed reports that Google is acquiring Feedburner. This move looks like a logical move as Google is slowly but surely amassing a stable of Internet tools and services such as DoubleClick, Tonic and YouTube. These properties have upfront monetising propositions which are compatible with Google’s overall business strategy.
Related link: Google, Salesforce Point to a Hosted Future (eWeek)