Office upgrade touts collaboration

Reuters reports that Microsoft unveiled the latest version of Office today. The application suite is designed to allow people to collaborate on documents using the Web. Another reported feature is "self-destructing" documents. The Globe & Mail focuses on Outlook's spam filtering and Microsoft's positioning of Office for enterprise (group) use, versus "individual" purchase.continue reading →

A different tune (update)

Trade press and mass media continue to report on Apple's (new) iTunes for Windows. PC World reports that Apple sold 1 million tunes in three days after the launch. Internetnews.com likened Apple's move to throwing down a "guantlet" to other music sites. "I think this will come down to Apple vs. MusicMatch unless Microsoft enters, which is expected, and changes the overall dynamic," industry analyst Rob Enderle told internetnews.com. Articles (analysts) also reference the competing technologies -- Microsoft's Windows Media Audio (WMA, a proprietary codec designed to compete with MPEG3) and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC, an industry standard). AAC is designed to give the highest audio quality in smallest file size/bit rate. And it's not new. Moreover, many experts insist that it is "the state of the art in audio compression technology." The "battle" between MP3 and AAC has been compared with VHS-BetaMax, where the best technology "lost" due to…continue reading →

Saving time

Do "time-saving devices" really save us time? Paul Andrews, technology columnist with The Seattle Times, ponders this question as he examines Take Back Your Time, edited by Seattle's John de Graaf. Amazon; Powell's.continue reading →