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Bing is the new Google?

In Software on 1 June, 2009 at 11:10 pm

There I’ve said it.  And after a few years with Google, I am happy that I can actually says this.  This new search engine, or decision engine as Microsoft puts it, is way cooler than Google.  It is as simple as Google but with a touch of class.  Bing put an image on an otherwise boring first page and with a change of new font, give itself a modernized look.  Using Silverlight, Bing is also able to hide not so important meta data until the user call for it, thus putting the search data in the front row but still give the user additional information when it is needed.

However, can the new Bing bring back the bacon?  All this improvement will means nothing if Bing cannot bring you the website that you are trying to find, the news that you want to read or the image that you want to keep.  So far, it is quite there.  Definitely better than Live Search, MSN Search or what not, and it feels as good as Google.  But the verdict is still out.  Bing or Google, I will need more millage to confirm this.

2007 Office System has gone Gold

In Software on 7 November, 2006 at 6:24 am

The upcoming latest version of Microsoft Office, 2007 Office System has been released to manufacturing.  Business users with volume licensing will be getting their copy later this month but the public will need to wait for January 2007 to get their hand on this hot release.  Check out Microsoft’s press release for more information.

2 – 7 = ?

In Software on 25 October, 2006 at 7:00 pm

Hot on the heels of Internet Explorer 7 released, Mozilla launch a new version of their much acclaim internet browser, Firefox 2.  Firefox 2 with improved tab browsing, newly added features like spell checker, search suggestions, session restore, live titles, live bookmarks and with a new streamlined interface to boot will definitely re-ignite the battle between the 2 arch-rival.

So can 2 take on the 7?  You be the judge.

Amazing Street Directory

In Software on 11 September, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Singapore is going to host the 2006 IMF/World Bank meeting and because of that security has been up a few notches (or should I say to the highest) at and around the venue.  Roads close to the vicinity have also be closed.  Since I might be going to a place that needs to bypass the area, I have decided to check the Singapore Traffic Police website and see whether any route that I have in mind is affected by this closure.

Since a map depicting the area of closure is available in a PDF form, I have decided to check out the online street directory to have a better sense of area not shown on the PDF map.  To my surprise, the map display by the street directory has information on the temporary road closure as well.  Roads affected are mark with shades of gray and with a no-entry sign at the beginning and end of the closure.  This is what I call, Service!

They hear us

In Software on 25 August, 2006 at 4:00 am

Internet Explorer 7 RC1 has just been released.  Supposing to be leaner and meaner, but can it take on the all so popular FireFox?  I’ve been using the Beta 3 of IE7 ever since it came out, so far I can say it is definitely better than its predecessor, the IE6.  Since my company’s network is not that compatible with FireFox (I believe it might be the proxy server that dislike FireFox), I can’t really make a comparison on whether IE7 is better than FireFox.  However from the look of it, if IE7 can’t win FireFox, it also won’t be too far away.

“We heard you you wanted it easier and more secure

I really hope malware can really be decrease to a minimum, at least for some time, if not forever.  We shall see.

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 is now available

In Software on 13 July, 2006 at 5:40 am

Microsoft has just released the beta 3 for IE7.  You can surely download the good here.  For those who have been using the beta 2, please remember to uninstall beta 2 first before installing the beta 3.  You can follow the steps here as well.

The following are the changes made for beta 3, mainly there are improvements in reliability, compatibility, user features, and security:

  • reliability has improved as several layout-rendering bugs have been fixed
  • improve compatibility with websites and web applications
  • contains all the security fixes addressed in the June Internet Explorer Security Bulletin MS06-021
  • based on customers’ feedback made some additional changes to the look and feel of the browser
  • allows users to add the e-mail button back to the toolbar
  • enables users to reorder the tabs by dragging them to the left or right
  • enables horizontal scrolling while zooming
  • to improve the RSS experience, users can now update all their RSS feeds automatically
  • the user now has more control in marking their RSS feeds as “READ”

Office 2007 Beta 2 is out for the public

In Software on 24 May, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Yes it is finally out.  Click on the link below and try it out.  Go ahead, its a good software, worth the time you spend on it to try (or should I say test?).

I am definitely going to check this new release of Office 2007 out.  New usability idea, can I use that “Ribbon” in my application development?

http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/

Windows Live

In Software on 17 May, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Anyone trying out Windows Live?  I was giving it another try (the previous time my setting was not saved and things were quite messy, but its beta software, what do you expect?) and surprisingly this time round it is quite a satisfying experience.

According to Microsoft, Windows Live or Live.com is about 3 things:

  1. The best place to search on the web
  2. A personalized portal
  3. Get the benefits of Windows and Windows Live services

It is a place where you can host all these cool gadgets like weather forecast, hotmail notification, image search, safety center, word of the day, story of the day and so on.  You can even host your favourite RSS feed on this page.  The best thing is though the RSS feed appear in headline form, if you hover your mouse over the “more” text beside each headline, you will be able to read the full post.  That to me is so cool.

Office 2007 will be bundled

In Software on 15 May, 2006 at 7:48 am

It seems like Microsoft is giving away Office 2007 to those who buy Windows Vista Home edition.

According to C|Net News, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that Windows Vista Home edition (he did not say whether it is the Home Basic or the Home Premium, but I believe both will get it) will come bundle with Office 2007 Student/Home edition.

This will be so coolz if the price stay at the same.

For details, take a look at this article.  The title is of a different topic but the 2nd last paragraph (in point form) talks about this bundle thingy.

Finally, Microsoft Expression March CTP

In Software on 16 March, 2006 at 6:44 am

After the release of Windows Vista Feb CTP, it seems that there is still something missing to complete the puzzle.  Yes that is Microsoft Expression Suite that work with the WinFX Feb CTP.  Now it is finally here.

Expression Interactive Designer March CTP and Expression Graphic Designer March CTP.  2 great tools that help you to harness the new capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation.