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Patent and Trademark Office to Enable Comments

According to the Washington Post, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is planning to launch a trial project in which outsiders will be able to comment on proposed patents that are working their way through the (incredibly time-consuming) patent application process. In effect, people will be allowed to post comments on patents and then other users will be allowed to vote on those comments, a la Digg.com.

Anything Good About Vista and Office 2007?

I haven’t yet upgraded to Windows Vista or Microsoft Office 2007. Still running Windows XP and Office Pro 2003 with every patch and update that’s been released. I do plan to upgrade.

However, the negative experiences of some people give me a bit of a pause for thought.

Extending Google Office w/ Plug-in API

Wouldn’t it be neat if Google offered developers a way to write scripts to extend the functionality of Google Writely, Google Spreadsheets, Gmail and so on?

Why Office 2.0 Matters

I’ve been invited to blog the "Under The Radar: Why Office 2.0 Matters" event on March 23rd.

Google? An Office suite? Never.

Ever since Google first launched things like “apps for your domain” and bought Writely, CEO Eric Schmidt and others have been singing the same song: namely, that the Internet behemoth has no intention of putting together a competitor to Microsoft Office. At the Web 2.0 conference, for example, he said “We don’t call it an office suite.

Office’s Space – Starring: Google
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Google has released a Premier version of their Apps program for businesses. Google Apps are Google powered services/features you can add to your website. Basically Google Apps consist of popular Google applications like Gmail, Calendar and Spreadsheets that you could add to your site for the benefit of your users.

Premier Apps Set To Take On Microsoft Office

With the launch of premium business applications, Google appears poised to challenge Microsoft for supremacy within the enterprise realm – a field that Bill Gates and his Redmond-based software company have dominated for nearly two decades.

Google Apps To Start Making Real Money

According to an article in the latest issue of BusinessWeek, Google will turn Google Apps For Your Domain into a subscription service for corporations sometime in the next few weeks. If true, it would turn the service (which offers services for company domains, currently Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Blogger, and is expected to add more services) into an actual revenue generator for Google, a rarity for a company that many say needs to diversify its earnings.

Get Rid of the Acrobat PDFMaker Toolbar in Office XP
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This is a post I made in an old blog over a year ago, but that blog no longer exists and I had to go hunting for this information again today.

The Feds Wish You A Happy Holiday
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The US government, via its revamped FirstGov platform, has plenty of suggestions on how people can handle all that the holidays throw their way.

UK Vista And Office 2007 Launch Tour

Just noticed on Ian Moulster’s Blog that from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January the Microsoft UK developer team will be touring the country to bring the story to many organisations of all types.

Google Puts Domains Up For Sale

Not its domain names, of course, but ones that people may want to register while signing up for Google Apps for Your Domain services. It could be an indication of Google’s future intentions for the Apps services too.

HollyWood’s Online Box Office

Hollywood has plans to branch out into online movies in a major way. They have been slow to embrace the Internet but it seems they are realizing the great potential for generating revenue online.

Office 2007 Mac Converters Coming Soon

Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit announced Tuesday that their timetable has them releasing file converters to read Office 2007 file formats in older Mac versions of Office sometime this Spring, probably late March/early April.

French Parliament Switching to Open Office

The French parliament has said au revoir’ to Microsoft, according to a Yahoo News report:

Day The Music Died: AllofMP3 Shut Down

After months of pressure from the United States government, Russian music site AllofMP3.com has complied with numerous requests to shut down operations.

The Office 2.0: Trading Cubicles For Smarter Collaboration

The first time I learned of the word c-o-l-l-a-b-o-r-a-t-i-o-n, was probably around…uh…I don’t know, maybe around the age of eight. My teacher had a tough time explaining its concept to me during a science project, “Kevin, collaboration is not making your partner do all the work while you tie his shoelaces to the chair!

Keep Your Office I-9 Compliant
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In the time that I have worked as an HR Consultant, I have stumbled upon a large amount of employers who do not know how to properly fill out their I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) documents.

Microsoft Writes Off Google

Microsoft’s co-head of the Office software team says the company is not intimidated by Google’s web-based word processing and spreadsheet applications, claiming they will not appeal to corporate customers.

Microsoft Licenses Office 2007 UI

Microsoft has done a cool and smart thing, and decided to let (almost) everyone use the Office 2007 UI.

Aaron Swartz’s Blog Post

If your company just got bought for several million dollars by one of the biggest publishing companies in the U.S., and you moved from your cramped bedroom office or whatever to the luxurious San Francisco offices of the legendary Wired magazine, what would you do?