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Two weeks back Google announced a product called “Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office” with the below video. This free product helps Microsoft Office (Windows application) users to collaborate (share, backup, simultaneously edit Word, Excel & PowerPoint). Last week Microsoft has replied back in kind with the below video. Microsoft has been offering its own collaboration using its on-premise offering of Microsoft SharePoint Server or on the cloud with Office Live Workspaces (or SkyDrive) or SharePoint Online. There have been many discussions in the Blogosphere why is Microsoft doing this, are they threatened or they are feeling comfortable to come…

I am half-way through reading the book Googled when it struck me the thought that has become this post. Reading the book you are awe-stuck on Google’s initial years, the story of how the founders acted, their extraordinary vision & brilliance, their boldness touching arrogance are all unbelievable. Though many of us who were over 20s when Google was founded has lived through their growth, still when you read it chronicled we realize that this is a company that was so disruptive, so unconventional, so transformational in the first years of its life itself. Then suddenly when I started thinking…

I have been using XBOX 360 as a Media Centre for allowing my son to see his cartoons & for me to access my music & movie collections from my PC into my living room. For my Dad, it was overkill, so I wanted something simpler that also allowed some basic web browsing apart from allowing access to the videos I have on my PC. After seeing the launch video of Google TV, I got excited and purchased it online from Amazon. for $299 Got it shipped to one of my friends in the USA who was coming to India,…

In my Windows 7 x64 machine I thought I will give Google Chrome a try. After I clicked on download, I was surprised to see Google use Microsoft ClickOnce technology to download the installer which in turn installed the browser. ClickOnce is a cool technology that if used correctly can reduce a lot of the pain consumers have today in installing/updating applications in Windows Platform. In my opinion, unfortunately, it is also a technology that has generated little interest inside Microsoft outside the team that wrote it. Till date, I haven’t seen a single Microsoft application including the recent Windows…

[Flashback post: August 27, 2001] Today out of curiosity I did a search of my name in Google Image Search. To my surprise, I came across the page of Tamil Internet 2001 Conference held in Malaysia. There I found this photo of Prof M Anandhakrishnan, Mr Muthu Nedumaran, Dr N Kannan & myself in a plenary session. Interesting isn’t it? :-) More about the Tamil Internet Conference 2001 conference and pictures from this post I wrote.