Google’s Newly Developed Chrome 3.0 browser with New Features

Google’s going release Chrome 3.0 browser which can help bring big changes to the evolving browser market.

Chrome 3.0 browser promises improved performance and a host of new features. Chrome holds about 3 percent of the global browsing market, according to July data from Web metrics company Stat Counter. Now several factors are working in Google’s favor. The browser has seen significant growth during its first year. Google just inked a deal to have Chrome preinstalled on Sony Vaio PCs and is actively working to secure similar arrangements with other manufacturers.

Plenty of people tend to use whatever browser comes on their system by default, so having Chrome in front of their faces could put Google in a powerful position. The debut of Google’s Chrome OS, which will ship initially on netbooks, will only add to that effect. Internet Explorer the long-reigning king of the browser market has lost 12.4 percent of its user base. Firefox, at the same time, has grown its share by 17 percent, while Opera has nearly doubled its position. Certainly Chrome is in a position to take advantage of browser market.

Windows 7 upgrades can take up to Longer time depending upon the data

Microsoft has said that some in-place upgrades from Windows Vista to the new Windows 7 may take some users over 20 hours to complete.

Chris Hernandez, who works in the Windows deployment team Said that the best that users can hope for is a 1 hour and 24 minute process. So-called clean installs, where the user overwrites an existing edition of Windows to end up with the OS, but no former data or applications, take less time: from 27 to 46 minutes.

One of the main goals with Windows 7 in general has been to be better than Vista. As part of the Windows Upgrade team we have tracked Windows 7 upgrade performance using Vista as our baseline comparison. The in-place upgrade from Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to Windows 7 at least 5% faster than an in-place upgrade from Vista SP1 to a new copy of Vista SP1.

Windows 7 upgrade time is faster or equal within a 5% threshold to the Vista SP1 upgrade time.

Hernandez said the in-place upgrade times were obtained from lab machines in three different configurations: labeled low, mid-range and high-end — with three simulated users: a medium user, a heavy user and a super user. The profiles differed in the amount of data and the number of applications that were on the PC before the upgrade to Windows 7. The medium user profile, for example, assumed 70GB of data and 20 applications; the super user profile, on the other hand, contained 650GB of data and 40 applications. Microsoft’s data showed that so-called edium” users, those with 70GB of data and 20 applications would spend between 1 hour and 40 minutes and 2 hours 50 minutes doing a 32-bit upgrade. The more powerful the PC, the faster the upgrade, according to Microsoft. Heavy users: which Microsoft posed as people with 125GB of data and 40 applications, would need between 2 hours and 40 minutes and 5 hours and 43 minutes to do the same upgrade.

Pros and cons of Sony Ericsson C903 intelligent 3G Camera phone

The much waited Sony Ericsson C903 intelligent 3G Camera phone has officially shipped to India packed with full of features the C903 Cyber-shot comes with face Detection technology,

Sony Ericsson C903 intelligent cam can find up to three people in the frame at a time and using Smile Shutter technology it can automatically pick beaming smiles.

C903 offers features like 3G, Bluetooth with A2DP: GPS, A-GPS and G!Maps; stereo FM radio with RDS; and full EMail support on the box. Modem & USB support is available. You will never get lost with C903  it comes with a trial version of Wayfinder Navigator
Media Player of C903 is featured with PlayNow 3 click music download, TrackID MegaBass and supports Music tones MP3, AAC.

It comes with 3 attractive shades  Glamour Red, Lacquer Black, Techno White, the C903 Cyber-shot is retailing across India for around Rs 18,500.

Features of Sony Ericsson C903:

  • Size 97 x 49 x 16 mm
  • Weight  96 g
  • Screen 2.4-inch TFT (256K color & 240×320 pixel)
  • Camera – 5 megapixel with Auto focus
  • LED Flash along with other Sonyâ’s innovative add-ons like Image stabiliser
  • Face detection, Smile Shutter upto 16x Digital Zoom.
  • Take pictures easier, C903 comes with an accelerometer to auto-rotate its orientation(portrait or landscape) when you hold the phone sideways.
  • C903 also comes with BestPic Activate it to take 9 pictures in quick succession with one press on the camera button.
  • Phone’s integrated application Photo fix edit just-captured pictures in a flick.
  • Video recording is restricted to QVGA resolution at 30 frames per second.
  • Video stabiliser is also here.
  • Video blogging is possible directly from the phone.
  • The phone also offers in-built social networking features, you can upload your photographs to blog, photo-sharing site like Picase, YouTube, etc.
  • the C903 has the support for HP’s Snapfish service that enables users to order for printouts of photographs to be delivered at your doorsteps.
  • To save your memories in form of photos and videos the phone has internal memory of 130 MB (actually around 100MB to use), but supports upto 16GB Memory Stick Micro

What makes Microsoft to launch Office 2010 version for the Mac

What makes Microsoft to launch Office 2010 version for the Mac?

A survey taken in the fourth quarter of last year by the ITIC/Sunbelt Software group found that more than two-thirds of businesses were open to integrating Macs into the IT infrastructure and more than 50 percent of respondents wanted to further integrate Macs with iPhones.

The recent announcement of an Office 2010 version for the Mac, it’s understandable that Microsoft wants to take a bite out of money-making Apple. Mac users has been steadily growing in the corporate environment.

These days, it doesn’t take much to get Windows apps to run on Macs. The reason for this, however, is due less to the development of thick applications by PC software makers and more because of desktop virtualization. With applications like Parallels Desktop for Mac, it is easy to get Windows and respective applications up and running.

In fact, according to information compiled by Wakoopa, a social networking platform that tracks the software most widely used, VMWare Fusion is the 16th most installed application on the Mac. VMware Fusion being, of course, another desktop virtualization product. Web-based applications also are an alternative to a local install of Office for Mac users.

However With all of the cloud-based productivity suites out there ability to use Outlook Web Access, is a local install of Outlook 2010 on Macs. Besides, the next iteration of OS X, Snow Leopard, will have inherent support for Exchange connectivity.

Windows 7 RTM Release Date

Microsoft’s hardware and software partners will receive copies of Windows 7 RTM starting Aug 16 or Aug 23 2009, depending on which partner program they’re assigned. OEMs or original equipment manufacturers in other words, computer makers will have Windows 7 in hand approximately two days after Microsoft’s announcement.

Volume licensing customers, normally large organizations and companies will be able to grab Windows 7 RTM starting Aug 7 if they have an existing Software Assurance plan or if they do not have they will have it on Sept 1.

LeBlanc also confirmed that Microsoft will sell a three-license “family pack” upgrade from earlier editions of the OS to Windows 7 Home Premium, but did not flesh out that notice with pricing or timing information. Reports have circulated for two weeks that Microsoft would reprise the multi-license upgrade pack it offered for Windows Vista; at least one reseller has posted the suggested list price as $149.99 on its Web site.

Microsoft will likely announce that Windows 7 has reached release to manufacturing (RTM) status on Wednesday. An analyst with directions on Microsoft Michael Cherry said that RTM almost seems like a non-event and also stressed that he had no special knowledge of when Microsoft would declare Windows 7 finished. But it’s got to be any day now. The company earlier pledge that it would move the new operating system into its final pre-sale phase, sometime in the second half of July 2009. The importance of RTM has ebbed since Windows Vista.

Consumers and other customers will have their first shot at Windows 7 on its official launch day Oct. 22 2009.

Microsoft announces its Azure plan details and pricing

Microsoft first announced its Azure plans at last year’s PDC and the product has been available as a free technology preview form since then. The cloud operating system isn’t launching in final form until Microsoft’s October Professional Developer Conference.

On a pure consumption basis, Microsoft said it will charge 12 cents per hour for computing, 15 cents per gigabyte for storage and 10 cents per 10,000 storage transactions. For network bandwidth, the software maker is charging between 10 cents and 15 cents per gigabyte. The discount plan, dubbed the development accelerator comes in two forms and offers a 15 percent to 30 percent discount off the consumption charges. It requires a six-month commitment, with overage charges billed at the regular rates. After six months, the pricing reverts to the standard Azure rates.

Microsoft also announced pricing for its SQL Azure database, charging $9.99 for the basic Web edition, including up to a 1GB relational database and $99.99 for the Business Edition, which includes up to a 10GB database.

The software maker said it would promise 99.95 percent reliability for its compute and connectivity and 99.9 percent for role instance and storage. Microsoft finds itself in a new type of business, where it competes with the likes of’s Amazon Web Services and’s Force dot com.

The pricing announcement would be made at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference, which is taking place in New Orleans.

Microsoft plans to release cloud-based component of Office 2010

Microsoft plans to release cloud-based component of Office 2010:

microsoft-cloud-based-office-2010Microsoft’s unveiling of the free Office Web applications comes as Google and its free Web-based Google Docs offering continues to woo away once-paying Microsoft Office users. Industry analysts said Microsoft’s free Office Web offering is a chance for the software giant to regain some of the users it lost to Google while also re-establishing its dominance in the productivity software space.

Microsoft’s opportunity to one-up Google by offering a much better product. The full Office 2010 suite will hit the streets in the first half of next year. When Office Web goes live, it will offer stripped-down versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote in the cloud. Users will be able to access the applications directly through Microsoft’s Windows Live portal, and they will launch directly within a browser.
Google’s initiative is forcing Microsoft to change its business model. Google had Microsoft painted into a corner, and the only way it could respond to Google Apps and Google Docs was to offer a free application suite of its own.

And while Microsoft is taking aim at Google and reclaiming its turf, Microsoft offering free Web-based applications has some industry watchers wondering how Microsoft will make money with free software via Office Web. It’s the age-old question of why buy the cow when the milk is free.

During the first three quarters of fiscal 2009, Microsoft’s software division, which includes Office products, made $9.3 billion in profit from $14.3 billion in sales, with Office representing the majority of those sales.

Microsoft has said that the free version of Office 2010 via Office Web won’t give users all of the same features and functions they would receive if they purchased the desktop-based software, which will run from about $70 to $350 depending on the version. Microsoft said Office 2010 will feature video editing in PowerPoint and image manipulation in Word, two features that the free version will not offer.

Google Chrome OS put into direct competition with Leading Software Gaints

google-os-liveSchmidt now believes Google can withstand whatever counterpunches Microsoft might throw as the company sets out to make computers cheaper to buy and more enjoyable to use with an operating system tied to Google’s 9-month-old browser, Chrome.

The operating system, due out in the second half of 2010, threatens to chip away at Microsoft’s market share in the low end of the PC market the less expensive and less powerful laptops known as “netbooks,” which are becoming increasingly popular among consumers primarily interested in surfing the Web.

Most industry observers believe it will take years before the Chrome operating system develops into a serious challenger to Microsoft’s Windows, which runs on more than 1 billion PCs, according to Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal. The Chrome operating system also could put Google into direct competition with Apple.

Schmidt doesn’t see a conflict. He said he doesn’t intend to rescue himself from Apple board discussions about computer operating systems like he does when the directors talk about Apple’s iPhone. Schmidt leaves those talks because Google also makes a mobile operating system called Android.

Some computer makers already are considering using Android as an operating system in netbooks, but some may think Android is better suited for handheld devices. They also think elements of the Android and Chrome systems could eventually merge.

As long as the Internet market is still expanding, Schmidt said he doesn’t view either as serious threats, because Google’s internal studies show those who sign up for Twitter and Facebook tend to use the company’s search engine even more. He also said Google has held discussions with Twitter on a lot of different issues, including getting better access to Twitter’s posts so they will show up more quickly in Google’s search results.

Although Google won’t charge for the Chrome operating system, Schmidt said it could easily pay off by driving down the cost of computers so people can afford to buy more machines and surf the Web more often. Google wants people to spend more time online because it is the biggest seller of Internet ads which is the main source of its more than US$20 billion in annual revenue.

Google to launch Chrome Operating System (OS)

Google to launch Chrome Operating System (OS):

Google said netbooks with Chrome OS could be on sale by the middle of 2010. The key aspects of Google Chrome OS will be Speed, simplicity and security.

The operating system, which will run on an open source license, was a natural extension of its Chrome browser. Google already has an operating system for mobile phones called Android which can also be used to run on netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be aimed not just at laptops but also at desktops for those who spend a lot of time on the web.

Last year Google launched the Chrome browser, which it said was designed for people who live on the web – searching for information, checking e-mail, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. It shows just how serious Google is about making the web into a foundation not just for static pages but for active applications, notably its own such as Google Docs and G-mail.

Google’s announcement Chrome OS comes at an interesting time where Microsoft is poised to launch its new operating system Windows 7