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MS Office has serious competition February 1, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Business, Innovation, Internet, People, Tools, Web 2.0, Zoho.
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With the emergence of services from companies like Zoho, and Google Documents, the much protected “Office Productivity Tools” bastion of Microsoft is under attack. Both these services offer Web based word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation tools (Zoho only).

Zoho is especially interesting for me because of its Indian connection. Raju Vegesna is the main Evangelist and one of the chief Architects of Zoho.

Stay tuned for Zoho’s new release the Zoho Notebook.

Wikipedia – The New Search Engine? January 17, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Google, Internet, Search, Tools, Trends, Wikipedia, Wikis.
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Several industry analysts feel that Wikipedia is well positioned to become the preferred search engine to Google and others. Heres an interesting article from Jack Schofield of the guardian.

I do agree that Wikipedia has lots of good information and not mere links. It is after all an online encyclopedia. While a search engine gives you links, the Wikipedia actually gives you the information (or story) you need in addition to links. In addition a Wiki page is actually based on inputs and corrections from multiple people making it more complete. Its collaborative structure makes the information more relevant.

Wikis are also being increasingly used in the corporate world as Knowledge Base repositories.

UPDATE: As if on cue, Wikipedia search engine WikiSeek is launching.

Snap Previews January 13, 2007

Posted by Vijay in Blogging, Innovation, Tools.
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For those of you who don’t want to click on a link, Snap offers a very cool tool that allows you to preview the link without clicking on it. Just hover your mouse over a link and a tiny preview window opens up giving you a “Snapshot” of that link. Its pretty cool.

Try it on the links below:

Bangalore Blues
WordPress