Random roundup.. June 5th 2007


“Open battle will boost compatibility”

writes the Guardian computer editor, Jack Schofield in a computer weekly article

Open XML will never win over ODF proponents: nothing would. However, the new formats are more open, more accessible and more standardised than the old binary ones. Pragmatists, at least, will welcome them as a step in the right direction.

Live book search

probably a cool new tool that lets you search copyright books at http://books.live.com except the link seems to be down so I can’t test it.  Presumably they’ll get it working again soon.

Good Groove positioning post

Nice post by Simon Jackson positioning Groove, SharePoint collaboration.

Picture of policeman and computer screens

Hampshire Police use Office 2007

The police force currently has a manual approach to records management and is looking at how it can improve the process by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.  Read the story at computing.

Google goes offline

Google Gears is an open source plug-in for browsers, which the firm hopes will lead to the creation of new web standards.  Prize to Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research, for best quote about it:

“A word processor with less functionality than WordPad isn’t going to upset anyone’s business model, online or off”

SharePoint awarded DoD certification

SharePoint Server 2007 receives DoD 5015.2 certification, which is nice.

Microsoft Office Interactive developer map

no more posters of the object models, instead a lovely interaction wpf application.  sounds good.

Comments (6)

  1. Marc says:

    Google gets too much attention. Why does nobody mention Think Free Office?

    If anything, this is far more of a competitor to Microsoft Office than Google’s attempt since its functionality is nearly on par with Office 2003, and being a Java applet it’s much more responsive that a HTML/JavaScript based application.

    There’s something I don’t like about using my web browser for generating large documents. All it takes is a small JavaScript loop to make Firefox seemingly crash for about 5 minutes, along with any other tabs or windows that are open. Surprisingly, IE6/7 aren’t as prone to this, but bang! All my work is lost just because of another web site’s bad coding. It’s like going back to Windows 3.1 and the days of cooperative multitasking!

    Now I have had Word 07 crash a few times (large documents, fast scrolling and tables of contents all combined seem to be an issue for me) it always managed to recover my work (and save it in the old .doc format for some odd reason- still better than nothing) so I haven’t minded. Plus I only put in a table of contents just before I am about to print, so the document is generally already saved.

    The problem I can see is the average customer may decide not to buy a shrink wrapped product because they perceive online apps to offer the same functionality. Most new computers still come with Works installed which has far more functionality than Google Write anyway, which is kind of ironic in a sense.

  2. dstrange says:

    good point about Works.  People are often a bit quick to dismiss it but it has really come on in the last few years.  See my other post on this:

    http://blogs.msdn.com/officerocker/archive/2006/10/11/microsoft-works-joins-the-fight.aspx

  3. Ben says:

    I love the way you guys at Microsoft are so quick to dismiss Google’s word processor in ‘Docs and Spreadsheets’!  

    I don’t know of a Microsoft product that will let me share and collaborate on documents and spreadsheets today for no cost, unless you want to same-day courier me a copy of Office and Groove for free?  Oh, you’ll need to send my friends copies too, so we can ‘collaborate’.  

  4. dstrange says:

    I wouldn’t say we dismiss it that easily.  We are not stupid about where all this might lead and where we need to improve our offerings.  That’s the great thing about competition, it keeps you sharp.  Microsoft is not complacent about Google Docs and Spreadsheets and why people like it.

  5. Ben says:

    Glad to hear it, though I’m not sure why you classify Michael Gartenberg’s as ‘prize’ worthy.  As far as I can see, WordPad has far less functionality than the Google word processor – pdf, spelling, word count, revisions, tables, bookmarks, numbered bullets etc.  But anyway, a comparison is completely missing the point: they are completely different products.  

    I hope the ‘prize’ was the wooden spoon it deserves!

  6. dstrange says:

    prize for pithyness of quote perhaps but you are right about levels of functionality and about that not being the point :-)