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Microsoft spending needs to increase to boost Office 2010 sales

May 12th is when Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 were slated to be released by Microsoft. These products would be first introduced for professional use and about a month later they will be made available for personal consumers. With this launch,  Microsoft hopes that Office 2010 will grab a hold of the current market mostly the office productivity market. However there are two known challenges that Microsoft faces: firstly the cloud-based productivity apps, which are similar to the Google apps. Second factor that can influence sales is the condition of the world economy.

Cloud based applications are now earning a lot of attention not only from businesses but also from general consumers who want to enhance their experience. This application has  enabled businesses to cut down on their expenses and has in turn affected other business like the Windows 7 that Microsoft wanted to bring out. It is therefore without a doubt that Microsoft will ensure that Office 2010 gets due publicity and try and sell it off to as many consumers and businesses as they can.

During the Professional Developers Conference that was held in 2009 November, Microsoft had released the beta versions of a number of their applications like, SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, Mobile 2010 to complete the group Office web Apps. These would have been a part of the Windows 7 ramp up. The company had hoped that the beta test alone would help to tweak these products according to users’ demands.

Microsoft will now have to work extra hard to overcome the bad publicity it got with Windows Vista. However, Office 2010 seems to be in a much better position. However, with Office 2010 Microsoft will need to convince businesses and consumers to give up using the older versions for a much new and improved version. However most businesses and consumers still think that whatever older version of the Office suite they currently use, meet their requirements and hence find no need for an upgrade. Microsoft is facing the same situation with  Windows 7, where it is trying to convince users who are still faithful to Windows XP (considered old but stable).

The cloud apps have been designed to give  stiff competition to Google Apps, and has  found its niche with both consumers as well as businesses. According to information released by Google apps, Google mentioned that they had acquired DocVerse that would work online with all Office applications. Google is also looking to make this available in their Apps store so that users can use it without any hesitation.

If Microsoft manages to convince its consumers that Office and cloud will be versatile instead of complex, then half battle would be won.

Apart from this the other factor that could influence office 2010 sales is the economy. Unlike the other Microsoft verticals, Microsoft Business division showed earnings of $4.2 billion every year from  2009. With the economy just picking up and the businesses only beginning to spend now,  sales have not yet picked up as anticipated. And if sales continue to be slow, then over the medium term Office 2010 uptake could suffer.

Google Apps v/s Microsoft Office- is there any clear winner?

Google has overshadowed the attempts made by the industry software giant Microsoft to venture into the Cloud Computing industry.

Everyone has said that the software industry giant and the most influential software company till date has lost the race in the computing world. It is also being said that sooner or later Google will overtake Microsoft in the software base. Whether or not this will happen and all will depend a lot on its users and their choices. The difference between Google and Microsoft being that the Microsoft is late to enter into the cloud computing world, whereas  Google has got its firm hold in the Cloud Computing industry.

Google, with its products like Google Application, Google Document, Gmail, GTalk, and Google Calendar have established a huge user groups. While Microsoft with its various operating systems like Windows 2003, XP and Windows 7 has a lot of users but they have to pay a hefty licensing fee to use the services. Ironically only a part of those services in the operating systems are based online.

While Google just charges fifty dollar fee to use the services per year, it has become a huge hit amongst small business start-ups which need low infrastructure cost to establish themselves. Though the Google Applications lack many function it’s the low cost fee structure that has won it many customers. The people cannot avoid the huge number of functions provided by Microsoft application. But they have to pay hefty fees to use it, which overshadows the lesser number of functions provided by the latter.

Many have compared Google Applications and Microsoft Office to Microwave and Oven. Microwave has never been able to overthrow over and is cheaper and faster. While oven though slow and a bit expensive will never be thrown out because of its functions. It has also being predicted that both the firms will stay side-by-side for at least over a decade or more. Only the users and their changing world shall decide the clear winner.

Google has always being on the verbal onslaught towards the lack of insight by the Microsoft people. Google has always commented negatively and made the battle fierce with their Redmond rivals. The director of Google’s Enterprise division Dave Girouard was found deriding Microsoft again by show chasing their competitor’s lateness to adapt the cloud computing business.

Initially, Mr. Girouard was talking about the Google’s dedication to always upgrade and provide a better version of their Google Applications. He was also talking about the company’s philosophy to keep improving and making the world easier for its users.  Then he started commenting on his competitor and industry giant Microsoft for still sticking to the basic system. He said that they have stuck to the basic platform and are reluctant to change.

He said that what one needs for using Google Apps, a refreshable Browser. While to use Microsoft Office you need either Windows or Mac operating system. You also need to pay the fees for using it. This was a very well noted sarcastic comment by the directed.

Random Access Memory (RAM): Tool of speed

The sophisticated technology of current world is accelerating the life and making it more technology dependant. Computer which is a visionary digital machine has become a part of daily life of most of us. RAM, Random Access Memory is the storage device of computer and is inserted in the integrated circuit while data can be accessed in any sequence or randomly. Thus it is termed as random access memory or RAM. This device helps in the transportation of data through a physical address which may not be subjected or related to previous transfer.

Before the invention of integrated RAM, relays, vacuum tubes and delay memories were used that were not randomly accessed. In 1950s, the early development of RAM took place when it was made with magnetic mechanism. The main development took place in late 1960s and early 1970s when Static RAM and Dynamic RAM were produced. This invention comes across with the diversification of memory transferring and fastens the transport.

The mainstreams RAM are of two types like Static and Dynamic RAM. Static RAM uses a form of flip-flop to circulate data. It uses almost six transistors for its function. On the other hand, Dynamic RAM (DRAM) is typically charged on the capacitor. Likely other microprocessors, memory circuit is built with millions of transistors and capacitors. The capacitor keeps the data and the transistor works as a switch to control circulation process. Read only memory (ROM) has almost the same mechanism as RAM, but some selected transistors are blocked with metal mask which is not familiar in RAM. Static and Dynamic RAM are volatile type storage devices which require power to store and maintain data. . If RAM capability is 2GB it can accommodate two million bytes for programs. But in case of ROM, it can provide space to the programs which is required for booting and startup processes.

When one byte data is received, the chip adds the 1s first. If the total number is odd, then parity bit is fixed as 1; otherwise 0 is set in case of even number of total. The data is again forth backed to bits and the parity bit is compared again. If this time it matches with the earlier ones, the data is assumed to be perfect and sent to CPU.

RAM is tool of necessity for mainly the high resolution works and multi tasking jobs. RAM speeds up the data processing and access in hard drive. In case Windows XP demands 128 MB RAM as minimum requirement, Linux operators must possess 4MB RAM for flawless operation of applications. Higher spaced RAM is essential for professional gamers or graphics specialists. In fact many games and designing software also face problem with low RAM space. In coming days new and faster RAMs will be launched for better speed and user comfort.

5 Easy steps to Format Your Hard Drive

Windows XP is a popular operating system used by many people today, including office and home users. The fact that Windows XP has many applications that make work easier, has made it a must have for everyone. When you decide to format you computer’s hard drive, this is the product to think about. The process is simple and one can easily follow it.

Here are the guidelines:

1.Back- up creation: Before you even think about formatting the computer, make sure that you have saved all your files in a safe place. You need this back up in case your files are deleted. You have to also note down all programs that have to be installed. In case you are formatting the hard disc and installing Windows XP, then you have to go through the reinstallation procedures of these programs. You can save them in a flash disk or even a CD, which you do not intend to format. You should take your time and evaluate the functions that you need your machine to perform. You can save all the documents at random.

2.Beginning: The process is done through the provisions under ‘My Computer’. Right Click on My Computer. From the drop down menu you select ‘manage’. When a new window flips open (computer Management), you should pick ‘Storage’ on your left. This will lead you to the ‘Disk Management’ on your right.. Many people face problems when they wrongly left click on ’My Computer’. If you left click ‘My Computer’ icon, you get other options which are completely irrelevant.

3.Double click on Disk Management. Here you can see all hard drives and you can start deleting the unwanted partition in the disk that you want to format. That is why it is crucial to save everything before you begin the disk formatting process. You can spare what you do not want to format. To create a new partition, right click on the black colored bar and you get to see an option ‘New Partition’.

4. In the ‘New Partition’ go to ‘Primary Partition’ and follow the sequence. Pick the ‘maximum’ option and continue. The next step is the provision of letters to name the disk. Take the first option. In order to get to the other step, you will have to follow the process by clicking next. You should pick ‘NTFS’ for your format, which according to experts is the safest to use.

5. You should give the computer some time to process the formatting. Leave Windows in running mode . Once the formatting is complete, you will get an option ‘finish’. After you click on ‘finish’ the computer is now ready to use. Now you can reinstall Windows XP.

The All in One PC: Future of the Desktop?

The ever changing trends in the PC industry can be attributed to the needs of the dynamic business world. First came the desktop, then the laptop and now the all in one PC. This latest invention has given a fresh breath of life to the gradually diminishing market for desktops.

Let us go back a few years. Owning a laptop was rare as it came with a high price tag. Slowly, this trend changed with laptops getting cheaper and affordable for many. This caused a serious problem for the desktop market. The desktop was bulky and took too much space, compared to the sleek laptop design. However, with the introduction of Apple’s iMac, people started seeing the desktop in a new light. It finally came with the much needed change the desktop segment was looking for. As of today, most computer manufacturers have come out with their own versions of the all in one PC and the market looks very promising for these systems.

Nowadays, most computer manufacturers offer touch screen PCs which is slowly becoming a norm for the all in one computer segment. These systems are sleek and consume a very small space compared to the traditional desktop. The designs are very modern and manufacturers give a lot of importance to the overall appearance of the system. Most of these screens can be wall mounted and substituted for a second television! Advanced models offer multi touch screens, taking the computing experience to a whole new level!

Though the all in one PC has taken the market by storm it cannot compete with the traditional desktop in terms of performance. Their compact size, which makes the product so appealing, creates great heat and power limitations. Another important factor to be considered is that these PCs usually cannot be upgraded like a desktop to increase its life span. There are a few models with big screens offering upgradeability but they come at a high price! The common man’s all in one usually lacks the power and entertainment extras and run on windows XP instead of Vista, but the cheaper cost makes it an attractive buy!

The all in one PC is good for entertainment and other less demanding tasks. This small form factor PC segment is growing rapidly. IDC, the market intelligence company, has predicted that these systems could have a 38 % market share of desktop computers by 2013! These systems are available in different price ranges and one can get a good deal within $1000.

Manufacturers are advertising this product as a second TV which makes the whole deal seem very reasonable. The battle for the top position is all heated up and the PC market has never looked so positive. All this, coupled with the number of manufacturers entering this domain, leaves the buyer spoilt for choice in this new segment of computers. The personal computer sure has come a long way since its inception. So, if you’re looking to buy an all in one PC, the time is just right to take the plunge!

Via Changes The Face Of Industrial Computers

Via is one of the leading names when it comes to computing technology from desktops to touchscreens, and like any other major company it continues to better its products. They have recently announced that they will be incorporating touchscreens into their industrial computers.

The Vipro VP7806 and VP7815 were originally designed to be industrial and commercial computers. Gone are the days where this category of computer features simple designs with minimal technology and very little attention to aesthetics. Touchscreens used to be reserved for more chic lines of work, and one never would have thought that they could make their way into commerce and industry, especially when there are certain environments that are not conducive to this type of screen. Via’s new creations feature touchscreens, but the good news is that they meet the standards for water and dust resistance, in keeping with the IP65 regulations. The two have slight differences between them, but they are both said to set the industry ablaze.

The specifications and features of both models are nothing short of impressive. The VP7815 is 15.7 x 11.9 x 3.18 inches, and weighs in at around 11 pounds. The VP7806 is 7.9 x 6.5 x 3 inches, and weighs just 6.6 pounds. They both feature a 1.3Ghz Nano processor, with a VX800 chipset. As far as storage goes it has a 2.5 inch SATA HDD or a Compactflash and as much as 2GB of RAM of memory via one SODIMM slot.

Unfortunately these PCs are not as stylish or sleek as others, and some may call them a bit awkward looking. The good news is there’s a place for everything. On one side of the computer there is a DC power input, 4 serial ports, and 2 USB 2.0 ports. On the other side you will find another 2 USB 2.0 ports, as well as a VGA port, and 2 gigabit Ethernet ports. There will also be a microphone input and a line output.

The display in the VP8515 is bold, with a 15-inch touch screen, which is both capacitive and resistive, and it also features a 1024×768 resolution. The VP7806 has a 6.5-inch resistive touch screen with a resolution of 640 x 480. They both have a 2MP camera and stereo speakers. With all this you are able to enjoy an all round entertainment and business experience that will be second to none in the range.

According to via they both run Windows 7, Ubuntu Linux Windows XP, as well as Windows XP Embedded. With these great features Via has changed the face of industrial computers for life. No light has been shed on the overall cost as yet, but there have been reports that they are available. It is just a matter of hunting them down and buying one. They shouldn’t be too costly though, and they should be set to hover just above average, at least at the start. If you are looking for a truly great machine then look no further than Via’s new additions.

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