Archive for June 2006

Google Checks Out

June 29, 2006

Google CheckoutToday, Google is expected to launch a new online checkout service called Google Checkout. As Google states: “Want a faster, safer and more convenient way to shop online? You got it.” You search for an item on Google and when you find one with a shopping cart icon next to it, you can purchase the item using Google Checkout. They are offering fraud protection and you can keep your email accounts confidential to control spam. For more information click here. To view an online video demo, click here.

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Test Drive 2007 Microsoft Office

June 28, 2006

Do you want to test drive 2007 Microsoft Office, but you don’t want to download the beta on your computer?  If the answer is yes, Microsoft has made this possible with an Office Test Drive site.  As stated on Microsoft’s web site: “The real-time test drive does not require product installation or download—it’s the fastest way to try out 2007 Microsoft Office system programs. In just minutes you can start exploring Microsoft Office through your Web browser on your own, or follow the step-by-step tutorials to experience all of its useful features.”  If you are interested, click here.  It does require you to use Internet Explorer and you may experience a waiting period, but this can give you the chance to check out the next version of Microsoft Office without having to install the beta.  Take a look today!

Microsoft releases Vista public beta

June 8, 2006

Microsoft has finally released Windows Vista Beta 2 to the public to try it out.  Beta 2 of Vista can either be downloaded or you can order a DVD to be delivered to your home.  If you buy the DVD, then they will also ship the RC1 when it is available.  RC stands for release copy and is generally the next stage in releases for software before the final version is available.  A beta version of an Operating System should not be installed on a computer that you will use regularly unless you set it up on a different partition of your computer.  If you are unsure on how to do that, I recommend not installing the beta version.  To get more information for downloading or ordering the DVD of Vista Beta 2 click here.  If you download Vista you must have a DVD burner in order to burn a copy of the file to a DVD.  For details on this, read the information at the bottom of the page of the Vista Customer Preview Program page.  As of early this morning, Microsoft's web site for downloading is extremely busy.  As soon, as I have a chance to install it and test it, I will post details to this blog.

More Google Spreadsheet Information

June 6, 2006

I signed up and received an invite to the new Google Spreadsheet program.  I tested it out and found it to be fairly simple and easy to use.  If you are looking for a simple and easy to use spreadsheet program, this will fit the bill.  It will open Excel 2003 spreadsheets.  I was able to modify one fairly easy without any issues.  I will continue to play with it and post my findings as I go along.  One bit of caution is that it does open slowly and there are some delays in uploading files, so be patient with it as you test it.  It could very well be that since this is day one of a larger testing that the Google servers hosting this program may be slow.  My recommendation at this point as I stated above, if you want a simple spreadsheet program then this might be for you.  If you are wanting a more feature rich solution, try Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice Calc.  Lastly, I tried opening an Excel 2007 document and there is no support for it as of yet.

Google Spreadsheets

June 6, 2006

Google is at it again.  They are just about to release at least in test form a new web browser based spreadsheet program called Google Spreadsheets.  What is this new program?  It allows you to create spreadsheets online.  According to a blog from PCWorld, "Google Spreadsheets will have a bunch of features you'd expect (browser-based operation, Excel compatability, online storage and sharing), and at least one you probably wouldn't (some sort of built-in instant messaging)."  Is this part of something bigger that Google has in mind?  Rumors have been circulating that Google is planning their own office suite and they recently bought Writely which is an online word processing program and now with Google Spreadsheets, it looks like this rumor may be true.  I'll post more details as soon as I hear more.  For a tour of the upcoming Google Spreadsheet, click here.