Microsoft has released (find it here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a6169467-b793-4d17-837d-01776bf2bea4&pf=true) a download called Internet Explorer 9 blocker Toolkit aimed at blocking IE9 being downloaded.
Microsoft says “[…] To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 9 as an important update through Automatic Updates for Windows Vista SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Server 2008 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows 7 x86 RTM and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and higher for x64. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.[…] ”
Thanks to Martin at ghacks.net for his post (full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2011/02/14/download-ie9-blocker-toolkit-to-prevent-automatic-internet-explorer-9-distribution/)
Joel Falconer at Freelance switch (http://freelanceswitch.com/author/joel-falconer/) reports a Justin Stravarius Web.appstorm list on free web applications to use instead of desktop software (full article at http://freelanceswitch.com/general/50-great-web-alternatives-to-desktop-software-on-web-appstorm).
Really usefull and worth a look.
List includes, among the others:
Austin Carr at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports, among the others, that Microsoft co-fpouder Paul Allen has sued Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, YouTube because of an infringement of patents he owns (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more).
I don’t question on his supposed rights. I only say 20 years have passed (because patents are from the 90’s) and companies are well known and of same secto Mr. Allen is working form the beginning. Isn’t a bit surprising and late in acting at this time?
This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more
Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company, Arcamax, NPR, Kit Eaton from Fast Company, Michael Calore at Wired (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/author/howto_admin/) and Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo report a CNET source on “[…] an as yet unconfirmed rumor that Google is testing a voice calling service, to be embedded inside Gmail and thus a web-based VoIP product. The service will, according to the rumor, be launched from the Google Chat window where contacts reside, and will be a sort of combination of Google Talk and Google Voice. Google Talk, launched a few years ago, is a combination of instant messaging and VoIP, while Google Voice consolidates various phone numbers into a single one, along with other services like voicemail transcription. But what CNET is reporting is a bit different: true web-based phone calls, for free (or very cheap). Users won’t even be required to have a Google Voice number to use the upcoming service. […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail and original at CNET at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20014617-265.html at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001 ,at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail and at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/gmail-gets-dialed-up-a-notch-with-new-calling-feature/comment-page-1/#comment-55101).
I think Google will be a great competitor for Skype and MSN, because of some important factors:
a) Broadness of services offered
b) Potential integration of services
d) Capability of service visioning
The hope is that they don’t go too far in imagination just like they did with Wave and do something simple and effective like they did with other service (Docs, Mail,…)
This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail , at http://gizmodo.com/5621146/soon-youll-be-able-to-make-phone-calls-from-your-gmail-inbox, at http://www.arcamax.com/businessnews/s-770638-840175#posts ,at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?verified=true&storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001#commentBlock and at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail
Matthew Humpries (http://www.geek.com/users/Matthew/) at Geek.com Matt Hartley at Lockergnome and Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo reports that Microsoft is going to give for free to its own employees mobile phones with Windows 7 installed (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/ and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).
Distributing goods produced is a quite diffused practice in companies in order to push them (on marketing side) or to achieve results (e.g. emptying a wharehouse with unsold things, reaching a goal,…).
Having people using what they produce is something I find intelligent, because is an enabler for a lot of behaviours and processes.
What sounds strage to me is the number of 90.000 phones that risks to alter some (or most) of market results, if not in terms of money, at least in terms of volumes reporting.
This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/comment-page-1/#comment-3847287 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/07/22/windows-phone-7-units-for-everyone/comment-page-1/#comment-215336 and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).
Natania at geeks are sexy writes an article on which I agree and that would have been strange 10 years ago: CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/21/technology/apple_microsoft_earnings/index.htm) reportts that Apple is, at the moment, the most valuable tech company (more the Microsoft) (full article at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/22/apple-poised-to-top-microsoft-this-quarter/).
Is very strange seen at the moment, but I think is the prize for the real breakthrough of Apple products.
I’m not a “taliban” of Apple products, but, I admit, that they brought great accelleration in my life (e.g. iphone succeded in making me paperless more tha all other smart phones and PDA in last decade).
This post as a comment also at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/22/apple-poised-to-top-microsoft-this-quarter/#comment-258012