Microsoft WebMatrix

WebMatrixWebMatrix is a brand new web development tool from Microsoft that includes everything you need for website development. Start from open source web applications, built-in web templates or just start writing code yourself. It’s all-inclusive, simple and best of all free. Developing websites has never been easier.

To learn and try WebMatrix go to: http://www.microsoft.com/web/post/Web-Development-101-using-WebMatrix

You’ll find there how to write a simple Web Application using WebMatrix, CSS, HTML, HTML5, ASP.NET, SQL, Databases and more in just a couple of hours. You’ll also learn how to deploy your application using WebDeploy and hosting providers within WebMatrix!

IE9 Beta Is Here

You can now download the beta bits (English) and view some applications using HTML5 and advancements in Internet Explorer 9 at http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/

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The First Android Phone Will Be Launched Next Week

HTC Dream, the first mobile device that uses Android will be introduced on September 23 by T-Mobile at a press conference in New York. "HTC says it expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 units of the smart phone, dubbed the Dream, this year," according to Wall Street Journal.
The phone will be available at the end of October, but you can see a demo from Google Developer Day in London.

Andy Rubin, Google’s director of mobile platforms, is aware that the first Android-powered mobile phone is very important for the public perception. "If we come out with a dud, people will go, ‘Well, that was a waste of time’". Reuters reports that the device will ship with a beta version of the Android application marketplace and Google will not make money from selling applications. "We made a strategic decision not to revenue share with the developers. We will basically pass through any revenue to the carrier or the developer."
{ via Google Operating System }

Yahoo! Announcing the OpenSocial Foundation

opensocial-logoYahoo! announced  that the company  intends to support Google’s OpenSocial initiative. Yahoo seems to be all about openness lately (Open Search, support for OpenID), so the announcement shouldn’t surprise anyone.

OpenSocial is a Google coalition, which plans to build up a common set of standards for web developers to make social networking widgets and other programs for Web sites, includes MySpace, Plaxo, Bebo, Hi5, Orkut, LinkedIn, Six Apart, Oracle, salesforce.com and Ning, to name but ten.

From Yahoo’s blog:

Yahoo! has always been about helping users find and share information online, and we love giving our broad and loyal developer community the tools they need to keep innovating on this front. Their echo our passion for creating the best Web experience for our users.
In this same spirit, we announced today that we’ve joined forces with Google and MySpace to create the OpenSocial Foundation, and will also begin supporting the OpenSocial standard. Industry consortiums such as this often start slowly and evolve over time. So far, OpenSocial is rapidly growing and adapting, but still in the early stages. We feel that this is the right step at this stage in its evolution. It’s no longer a trial balloon — it’s for real. We are taking this opportunity to help ensure websites and developers feel confident using OpenSocial as the building blocks for their new social apps.

 

The creators of many of the most popular applications on Facebook have already said they plan to also adapt their programs to conform with the OpenSocial standard.

GMAIL New Feature

Do you need help with keyboard shortcuts in Gmail? Just type ? (question mark) and you’ll see a list of the most important keyboard shortcuts. To use it, you need to enable keyword shortcuts in the Settings before using them (the option is disabled by default).

I really like it!

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New version of Gmail is Here!

New version of Gmail is already available in some Gmail accounts. If you see a link to a “newer version” at the top of the page, click on it and enjoy the new features:

  • Prefetching messages: When you load a page that contains a list of messages, Gmail will fetch them in advance so that when you need them, they’ll be available instantly. Google said that Gmail will have a completely new JavaScript architecture that will bring a much better performance.
  • A new contact manager that will be shared with other Google apps (Google Docs, Google Calendar etc.)

Just to remind you, the previous gift from Google was a bigger mailbox’s size.

Not all accounts got the new version, but during the next days I believe it will happen.

Enjoy!!

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Gmail's Storage Increases to 6 GB

gmailI read at Google Operating System blog that Gmail will increase the free storage gradually in the next days. On October 23, you’ll get 4321 MB of storage, then the growth will slow down until January 4, when you’ll have 6283 MB of storage.

That’s really great.

Read more here.

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I Search with Google’s experimental

Google recently added “Experiemental Search” to their list of Google labs options. Yesterday I started to search with it, and I found it quite interesting.

There are currently four different experimental search options. You just have to go to Google Experimental and select one of the four features that are currently tested.

  1. New ways to view search results: using specialized snippets, on a timeline or on a map. You can also access this feature without joining the experiment, using the view operator: just add view:info, view:timeline or view:map to your query.
  2. keyboard shortcuts: select a search result or move to the next result without using your mouse. You’ll like it if you use shortcuts in Gmail or Google Reader.
  3. Two similar experiments: put the search navigation at the left/right of the page.

 

Timeline and maps view
Timeline view is a great way to sort results, especially for research queries. The results are grouped by years (or decades) and ordered from oldest down to the most recent. At the top of the screen is a linkable timeline that allows you to filter the results by selected time periods.

For example, I would like to know Microsoft’s history.

I query: microsoft view:timeline and I got:

01

Keyboard shortcuts
The keyboard shortcut interface is just as it sounds, it provides a quick and easy way to navigate the search results using only our keyboard.

Key Action
J Selects the next result.
K Selects the previous result.
O Opens the selected result.
<Enter> Opens the selected result.
/ Puts the cursor in the search box.
<Esc> Removes the cursor from the search box.

02

left/Right hand search navigation

03

 

You can only choose one experiment at a time, it’s easy to switch between them or deactivate them and there’s an option to send your feedback.

Enjoy!!

Google Presentation

Posted at Maor David’s blog: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/maordavid/archive/2007/09/26/google-presentation.aspx

Google updated recently their Applications suite with the addition of Google Presentation. It was added to all of docs.google.com including Google Apps For Your Domain, which I also use.

Nice things in this application

  • It looks just like PowerPoint!
  • Great Revisions support – many copies are saved all the time, so you’ll never lose anything.
  • You can start a presentation then give folks a URL and they can join up and watch.
  • Upload a PPT .
  • You can chat about the presentation being watched.
  • Save as a ZIP file. They’ll create a “self-contained” ZIP with a single HTML file and the assets you need to run the presentation using any browser.

But there also annoying things:

  • No spellcheck support.
  • Can’t link to pictures online, have to upload.
  • No animations, shapes, auto-layouts, wizards, etc.
  • Very basic. No PowerPoint-like experience on the web.
  • JavaScript errors.
  • You can upload PPT, but you can’t Save As PPT.

    Nice application but I think I’ll wait to the next versions.

    Also posted at: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/maordavid/archive/2007/09/26/google-presentation.aspx

  • Microsoft Launches Translation Service

    Microsoft launched a service for automatic translation called Windows Live Translator. The site lets you translate a text limited to 500 words or a web page from English to German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian.

    Microsoft uses Systran to produce most of the translations, but also offers an option to translate computer-related texts using a machine translation system developed in-house. Microsoft’s translation technology has been used to translate technical materials, including MSDN Library.

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