Look like the reasoning behind Google announcing their new Chrome OS yesterday was to take some of the steam away from a Microsoft announcement due this Monday. Word on the street is that Microsoft is set to announce a web-based Microsoft Office product at this Monday’s Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place in New Orleans.
So, what are the clues that a new Office in the cloud is on its way? Well, for starters, my pal Robert Scoble has been giving hints about a Microsoft product that he has seen, but can’t talk about, hinting at what Microsoft will be dropping on Monday. He did specifically state that is isn’t the new Microsoft non-IE browser, and that the product does run in a browser, including non-IE browsers.
Also, check out Office.com. Looks like the current owners of that domain are getting ready to move off of it, so that someone new can step in. Yup.
Remember, Google also removed the beta tag from their suite of products just the other day as well, to appease business users and maybe lure them into using Google’s online office suite. It seems that all signs point to Microsoft announcing a web-based Microsoft Office suite, which would run completely in the browser. Think about it - Microsoft Office is huge, some consider it a resource hog, and that is the allure of Google Docs and the rest of the Google offering. If Microsoft put it online, without all the bloat, that makes it a lot tougher for Google to defeat.
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It may be almost the end of the term for most, but if you are a student, Microsoft has a deal for you. Their Office Ultimate 2007 is priced at $59.95, as opposed to the usual $679.95. That 91% savings is good for anyone who has a viable .edu addy and is enrolled in school or is taking a credited class. The pricing will remain through the end of 2010 and you can grab a copy on its “Ultimate Steal” site. Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT)RED Upgrade w/SP1 and Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 are also available at reduced prices.
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What a fun app! The Tiny USB Office, which recently replaced Floppy Office, can allow you to carry your workload with you. With one click it has database creation, data encryption, file sharing, transfer and compression, and e-mail capability. It also has spreadsheet, PDF, and flowchart creation as well as text editing, word processing, and password recovery. All this in less than 2.5 megabytes. Not a bad deal for free, although donations are gladly accepted.
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Globus, move over. Not as simple as van der Kley‘s unique design, Andrew Maynard and team have created the Design Pod. The compact home office is also on wheels and can be placed in a walk-in closet when not in use. The architects have this to say about their invention, “By using technology to create a sense of ownership and territory, we can empower the individual, while maintaining a free and fluid work / studio environment.” Goodness, all that in a box? We would settle for a new desk chair.
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How truly creative of Michiel van der Kley to have devised a portable office not in the shape of a cubicle. One half of Globus is for sitting, swivel-style, while the other can be used for your laptop or lunch. We especially like that it is literally mobile, with its wheels lockable once you find a place to rest and reflect. We assumed that it was a concept, but were apparently wrong as it is available in many shades and colors. Contact Artifort if you want more info.
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If you like a spotless cubicle…check out the USB Desk Vacuum Cleaner. We admit the concept sounds a little ridiculous, even when compared to the wackiest USB gadgets. But this retro-looking vacuum actually works, making it a great—and amusing—way to keep your desk clean of crumbs, and it’s certainly more fun than boring old Windex and paper towels. Just beware that owning one could earn you the rep of being the “quirky one” at your job….that is, if you care about such things. Currently sold out, you can pre-order for $64 USD.
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We’ve all gotten so angry at work we just wanted to punch a
files. For these moments, we highly suggest the Desktop Speed Bag, made by Everlast, no less. The Speed Bag has a terrific old school look to it (think “Cinderella Man”) and is made of vinyl with a suction cup base and heavy duty spring. It also comes with a pump and inflating needles, and measures 7.5” diam., 15"H. Yes, your co-workers may deem you weird for having this, but it beats those pesky assault charges you’ll narrowly avoid. Not surprisingly, the $32 USD Speed Bag is currently on backorder until early December.
If you’re a 9 to 5’er, you undoubtedly have that one seemingly-calm-but-slightly-creepy co-worker—whom you know will one day bring an AK-47 to work and mow everyone down. Here’s your chance to be a good Samaritan and save lives. First, quietly befriend said co-worker, because he undoubtedly needs a pal. Then, during holiday season, gift him with the Office Commando, a toy office drone who’s mad as hell and isn’t gonna take it anymore. Use the pencil to move him around, shoot his gun and activate his catchphrases. Your new friend will love it—and more importantly live vicariously through it. Voila! You’ve saved yourself and your co-workers from certain death, and made a sociopathic new friend at the same time. All for $15 USD.
Work in a job that deals with confidential information? Is your desk near the office loudmouth? Do co-workers eavesdrop on your private calls? We introduce you to Sonare Technologies’ Babble, a small device for your office or cubicle that offers complete privacy by disguising your voice while on the phone. How? At the push of a button (any time during a conversation), Babble transmits scrambled recordings of your voice, which sounds like background noise to nosybodies within earshot. Babble is compatible with most office phone systems and plugs into the nearest outlet. Available now at $395 USD, Babble may be a little pricey, but if it keeps sensitive information private—and workers happy—employers may consider it well worth the cost.