Microsoft to extend MS Office suite online

Microsoft has been losing heavily to the victories of Google online and the Desktop ruler has not been able to break Google’s web monopoly till date. Now MS seems to be serious about its business online and has mimicked Google’s idea of Online Office suite. MS Office 2010 is now accessible and usable online just like how you might have been using  Google docs. This  will let customers access, share and collaborate on documents online.

The collective name for these apps(Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) is “Office Web Applications“.These are expected to be lightweight versions that share the same name as their desktop counterparts.But there seems to be a catch.  Users will not to able to edit the documents they are viewing through a browser unless  they have Office installed on their computer.

For users who do have Office on their machine,when they click to edit a document, it will be downloaded into the version of Office they have  on the desktop—Office 2003 and Office 2007 are supported.  When changes are made and the document is saved, the changes are automatically saved to the online version of the document.” : an MS spokeswoman told eweek magazine.

The “Office Web applications” will be available to consumers through Office Live, a service which has both ad-funded and subscription options Google claims that  Microsoft’s new suite of office productivity applications, lacks the cloud collaboration chops that Google has honed over the last four years with its cloud-based Google Docs offerings.

Whoever competes..whatever is the competition..the ultimate beneficiary is the user 🙂

I need to make a special mention about yet another company that has long been offering similar office productivity
applications online. It’s ZOHO. Enough said! try it yourself and comment here on how you feel using it.

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Easy way to install fonts in Fedora

This font installation procedure was tested successful in Fedora. As a matter of fact it works fine in all otherLinux distros too 😉

After an unsuccessful desperate attempt to install Microsoft fonts in Fedora i started to think over easier ways of installing other fonts.
I found one well known solution and applied the same  to the Windows fonts (and yes
i am running a dual boot of Win7 and Fedora11).

The trick is as follows:

First, Copy the purchased Windows fonts from your Windows disk onto Fedora. If you choose to install the fonts only for the current user then move the fonts to .fonts directory in the user directory.
Else if you want the fonts to be available to all the users you must move the downloaded fonts to /usr/share/fonts

Moving the fonts to /usr/share/fonts
1. Open
2. cd <location where you have placed the font>
example. $ cd Desktop/
3. mv <fontname> /usr/share/fonts/
example. $ mv fertigo.TTF /usr/share/fonts/

4. Log out and then login , open any editor and see the fonts in action.
Enjoy 🙂

Extra info:

  • Have a look at my favourite list of professional fonts <here>

  • Also  note that if you plan to install the fonts only for the current user then move the fonts to .fonts directory in the home folder(View menu —> show hidden files).

If that directory does not  exist then create one yourself.

  • If you have installed the xfs fontserver (it is not installed by default in Fedora 11), then run the following code to reload it:

su -c ‘/sbin/service xfs reload’


su -c ‘/etc/init.d/xfs reload’

Windows 7 : SMB problem

BSOD attack

In computer networking, Server Message Block (SMB) operates as an application-layer network protocol mainly used to provide shared access to files, printers, serial ports, and miscellaneous communications between nodes on a network. It also provides an authenticated Inter-process communication mechanism. Most usage of SMB involves computers running Microsoft Windows, where it is often known as “Microsoft Windows Network“.

There is a reason why i posted that definition above ! Windows 7 has  a serious technical glitch. Windows 7 has re-introduced the SMB driver, which means that any cracker can gain access to your system remotely and crash it , if it is SMB enabled. Windows Xp, 2k, are NOT affected as they dont have this driver.

This vulnerability has been identified by Laurent Gaffié and he haas blogged it in here .

more technical info here

Additional reading :
Read <
this> and then read <this>

Gates receives Indira Gandhi award

Bill gates with Indian leaders

Founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has received the Indira Gandhi award from India. It is awarded as a recognition to eminent persons  for their  service  in the areas of Peace, Disarmament and Development . Bill Gates who runs Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been actively involved in  health and development projects in India.He has committed about $1 billion dollar in healthcare sector mainly to eradicate AIDS and polio. One of his AIDS  prevention initiative targeted about 280,000 people from high risk categories.This was no easy job for his volunteers as Gates was quoted saying,”To make sure they don’t miss anybody, they also go to train stations, bus stations and ferry terminals to immunize children who are on the move,” . As a part of the prize , he was awarded 2.5 million rupees ($52,000) from the Indian government.Gates was also quoted saying that he was not a “24-hour-a-day tech person ” and “ I read a lot , some of that reading is not on a computer“.

According to Gates ,   not all tools of technology are useful and could be serious time wasters , if we are not careful .Gates has recently quit Facebook  after he got overwhelmed by the number of friend requests that mounted to about 10,000 and he had a tough time to find out whether the person was familiar to him or some stranger . Gates who has stepped down as CEO of Microsoft feels that he would be able to spend 80% of his time in charity works and 20% for  Microsoft.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

யகூவை பிங்க் முந்திவிட்டதா ?

Bing vs Yahoo

மைக்ரோசாப்ட் நிறுவனம் அண்மையில் அறிமுகபடுத்தியுல பிங்க் தேடு பொறி ,  யாகூவை அமெரிக்காவிலும் , உலக அளவிலும் முந்திவிட்டதாக இணைய போக்குவரத்துக்கு கண்காணிப்பு நிறுவனமான ஸ்டாட்ஸ் கௌந்தெர்(StatsCounter) தெரிவித்துள்ளது . பிங்க் , அமெரிக்காவில்  16.28% பெற்று 10.22% பெற்ற யாகூவை வீழ்த்தியுள்ளது .அதேபோல் உலகளவில் 5.62% பெற்று ,  5.13% பெற்ற யாகூவை முந்தியுள்ளது . எனினும் இந்த நிலைமை பிங்க் பற்றிய கிளர்ச்சி அடங்கியவுடன் , மாறிவிடும் என்ற தகவலையும் ஸ்டாட்ஸ் கௌந்தெர் நிறுவனம் தெரிவித்துள்ளது. மேலும் அந்நிறுவனம் , ” இன்னும் இரண்டு ஆண்டுகளில் ,   உலகளவில் சிறந்த  தேடுபொறி பட்டியலில் , பிங்க் கூகிள் க்கு அடுத்து  இரண்டாவது இடத்தை பிடிக்க வேண்டும் ” என்று மைக்ரோசாப்ட் இன் CEO ஸ்டீவ் பால்மெர் விரும்புவதாக , குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளது . எனினும் இந்த போட்டியில் கூகிள் தனது நிலையை தக்கவைத்து கொண்டுள்ளது .

முன்னதாக  , மைக்ரோசாப்ட் நிறுவனம் யாகூவை  விலைக்கு வாங்க முயன்று பின் தோல்வியுற்றது குறுப்பிடத்தக்கது  . இந்நிலையில் அதைவிட குறைந்த விலையில் பிங்கை அறிமுகப்படுத்தி மைக்ரோசாப்ட் நிறுவனம் தற்காலிக வெற்றியை பெற்றுள்ளது . இந்த வெற்றியை பிங்க் தக்கவைத்துகொள்ளுமா  ? பதில் காலத்தின் கையில்!

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