Office and Windows Sitting in a Web

Perhaps stung by all the attention Sun and Google got with its vague announcement about Web-based productivity apps, Microsoft whipped up an announcement of it own. Windows Live and Office Live, set to launch next year, is a series of collaboration-style services like e-mail, home pages and IM. This is all OK, but I see far more potential. I’d like a common storage area for files so I can use any PC anywhere, the way I do to get Hotmail, and not have to use kludge-like remote control software or carry around CDs or flash drives. This would combine the elegance of Sun Rays with the ubiquity of Windows PCs.

Google Hates W.
I don’t much care what your politics are, and mine are more mixed up than a schizophrenic’s iPod, but Google, it seems, has leanings, very strong leanings, against George W. Bush. When searchers looking for information about “failure” chose the “lucky” option, they were led to a George W. bio. In fact, I just tried it and it still works! Looks like some employee is having a bit of fun, but I find it odd that it still works two weeks after the story was first reported.

Some Mild Google Bashing
I make a lot of fun of Google, but only because the press falls all over themselves to praise the search engine gods, and the company seems to be falling in love with itself. But I’m glad the company is there to shake things up and bring a little excitement. However, not everything the company does is as exciting as the headlines indicate.

Take the recent announcement with Sun that got more press than the Iraqi constitution. I took a few pot shots at the notion that Google was going to be a player in productivity software. Redmond News Editor Scott Bekker dug in deeper and really laid out the waste of space that is the Google Office story.

Who do you like better, Eric Schmidt or Bill Gates, and why? E-mail your answers to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

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What Is Spyware and How Can We Kill It?
The Anti-Spyware Coalition, a group of 29 vendors, has published a new definition of spyware as well as advice on how to fight it. The coalition’s view is broad, as it should be, and includes any software that changes your computing experience, threatens security, or tracks who you are or what you do.

The Web site is pretty good, but given the serious threats posed by spyware, it could be better. I hope this group puts some muscle behind standards, public policy and education. And a few swift kicks to the backsides of spyware authors wouldn’t hurt either.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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