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Powerpoint Online – SlideRocket

I’m pretty impressed what possible nowadays with browser based online services like Google Docs or Sliderocket.

Just two weeks ago, I thought that Google Docs is only a simple online version of “Notepad”, that isn’t appropriate to seriously create and manage documents. After playing around with it and testing it on a daily base, i have to admit, that i changed my mind. Google Docs is a formidable competitor to the Microsoft Office Suite. For the majority of the people, who are using just max. 5% of the features of Microsoft Word or Powerpiont, those web-based services are becoming a real alternative – and they are available for free.

You should check the SlideRocket Demo to get an impression what’s possible online.

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Internet

McKinsey Survey: Enterprise Software

McKinsey in collaboration with the SandHill Group surveyed more than 850 corporate software buyers.

Innovation in the software industry is on the upswing, with Software as a Service (SaaS) being a key driver. The SaaS model is becoming mainstream and this has led to the rise of a new generation of SaaS platforms (also referred to in the industry as Platformas-a-Service – PaaS).

The results of the study are available for free as PDF.

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Innovation Internet Mobile Telecommunication

Cellphone Makers Realize: It’s the Software, Stupid

Wired Magazine – Cellphone Makers Realize: It’s the Software, Stupid

To cut a long story short, the software running on a mobile terminal is becoming a key asset and a competitive advantage. From a technical perspective the iPhone is not rocket science. No 3G, no GPS, no WiMAX, no 3D chip, etc. The strength is the software running on the iPhone and the brilliant ideas behind the user interface. I mean, you could compare this step with the movement from Dos to Windows. Usability is a very big issue for the adaptation of the mobile Internet.

Worth to mentioned that three 800 pound gorillas are fighting for the domination of the smartphone OS.

  1. Nokia – Symbian
  2. Micorsoft – Windows MObile
  3. Google – Open Handset alliance

Do not under estimate the power of Google! Even if the Android OS is far from maturity, they could/will leverage their installed base of “cloud computing services” like Gmail, GTalk, Youtube, GMaps, etc.

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Internet

How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong

How Apple Got Everything Right By Doing Everything Wrong

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Internet

The world’s 50 most powerful blogs | Technology | The Observer

The world’s 50 most powerful blogs | Technology | The Observer

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Innovation Internet Video

Two videos: Google Android tour // Joost CEO Interview

The first video is a guided tour of Google’s Android mobile OS by Google’s Director of Mobile Platforms Andy Rubin given to the BBC.

The second video is an interview with Mike Volpi, ther CEO of Joost, to discuss the future of television on the web.

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Internet

Google Talk Adds a Chatback Widget

Google’s engineering department is pretty busy. They are releasing a tons of new services, incremental updates and features every week. The newest feature, called “Chatback Widget“,  is an extension for Google Talk.

Google Talk Logo

If you are a Gmail and/or Gtalk User, you can now integrate a widget on any external website, that allows visitors to start a chat session with you – directly from the website.  The visitors do not need any extra application nor a Google account. This means ANY! website visitor can have chat with you. Another advantage is, that there is no need to run Google Talk. Having Gmail open in the browser is sufficient. A pop-up message will inform you that someone has started a chat session. I have added the Chatback Widget on this blog, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and see if i’m available for a chat session.

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Innovation Internet Telecommunication

Interesting Article: The Economics of Free

I’ve discovered an interesting article on Wired.com titled “Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business“. The author is Wired’s editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. Chris is probably well known for writing the book “The Long Tail“. The article now on Wired is just an excerpt of his new book, to be published next year, about the idea of “free” in the old and new economies. The article is quite fascinating. Right after i finished reading the article, several ideas came up in my mind. I think there are some pretty good examples of freeconomics business models in the telecommunication industry. Voice over IP for example has dramatically changed the business for long distance calls. A VoIP call is free, if both parties are connected to the internet. Or think of Blyk, the ad-funded MVNO in UK. Subscribers are getting a certain amount of voice minutes and SMS for free in exchange for their attention. Advertisers are paying for the mobile services, not the end-user.

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Internet Software

PicLens | Immersive Slideshows Across the Web

PicLens is one of these plugins for the Firefox browser, that shows the potential of a modular based system and the open source approach.

PicLens is a free browser addon that instantly transforms your browser into a full-screen 3D experience for images on sites such as Google Images, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, deviantART and more.

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Innovation Internet Telecommunication

Blog recommendation: Telco 2.0

One of my favorite blogs covering the telco industry is Telco 2.0. They are creative and innovative in their thinking. Providing new insights by drawing comparisons with other industries and how they tackle challenges. I highly recommend their blog to anyone looking to read more about the state of the telco industry.

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