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1. Editor's Note: Free At Last
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft Sued Over Office Live Brand
- With Acquisition, Microsoft Pushes Further Into Online Health Care
3. Breaking News
- Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
- Despite Fight With Hollywood, YouTube Prospers
- BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
- Jellyfish.com's Smack Shopping Makes Paying Into Play
- Marriott To Offer High-Definition TV In Hotel Rooms
- HP Introduces Low-Cost Backup System For SMBs
- Hospital Laptop Stolen; Info On 7,800 Patients At Risk
- Voice-Mail-To-Text Now Available For Skype Users
- A Third Of U.S. Internet Users Tried Wireless
- Yahoo Sees Better Results With New Ad Platform
- Green Grid Looks For New Data Center Energy Efficiency Ideas
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
- With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
- What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
- Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
5. White Papers
- Finally, Instant Messaging That's Tough Enough For Business
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1. Editor's Note: Free At Last
I just bought my daughter a laptop. Well, to tell the truth, although I purchased it for her to use, it was actually for my benefit: I was tired of being kicked off my own computer because she had homework that required word processing or access to the Internet. Shuddering at the thought of shelling out hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office--because though only in fifth grade, she needs PowerPoint as well as Word--I downloaded the free office suite OpenOffice, which has proven to work just fine.
But we soon realized we weren't being very efficient when she needed assistance, especially on larger projects. As a journalist, I have a lot to teach her about grammar, organization, research, and just plain good writing. We initially worked with hard copies, but that was cumbersome. Plus my handwriting is indecipherable. We ended up doing what so many workgroups do: sending documents back and forth using e-mail. What a pain.
I'd known about Google's Writely, of course, but I thought of it as just a word processor. Then I read a colleague's review extolling its collaborative capabilities. I checked it out. And from the first my daughter and I loved it. She posts a report on colonial farmers on the Web. I click on the URL and insert questions and comments into the text. She's online with me at the same time, sees what I'm doing, and responds by making her edits. We import and export files from Word and OpenOffice. We're a well-oiled machine.
This shaggy-dog story is just a lead-up to urge you to read Mitch Wagner's excellent piece on Web collaboration tools. In it Mitch outlines all the free -- or very low-cost -- tools for collaboration from companies like Zoho, BlueTie, 37signals, and, of course, Google. Based on what Mitch says, I'm eager to try Zoho's free collaborative word processor, but it's currently on a closed trial, so I'll have to wait. What's especially attractive: its ability to share drawings, images, Web pages, and other media.
What do you think? Have you tried any of these Web-based collaborative tools? Do you have concerns about security or fears about a third-party storing your information for you? Let us know by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.
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2. Today's Top Story
Microsoft Sued Over Office Live Brand
Office Live LLC, a Los Angeles provider of online professional services, is suing Microsoft for trademark infringement over its Office Live suite of business applications.
A Third Of U.S. Internet Users Tried Wireless
One-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network to send e-mails, check the latest news, or read other things, according to a survey released Sunday by the Pew Internet Project.
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IT Culture -- Open To Experimentation?
Are your IT professionals encouraged to experiment with new technology? Learn what more than 150 CIOs and VPs said about their companies' IT culture in this recent InformationWeek Research report, CIO Agenda: IT Culture.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Finally, Instant Messaging That's Tough Enough For Business
Organizations face risks from unmanaged use of instant messaging. Other factors must also be addressed before they upgrade to an enterprise-class IM product. Still, there are significant benefits that organizations can achieve through use of IM, no matter what size.
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