I’ve just received a very interesting email in my Inbox. Will attach it to this blog post and would like to know your oppinions on the subject in the comment section. Personally, I am very happy Google has taken this decisions.
Dear Google Apps admin,
We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar.
Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.
Starting next week, users on these older browsers will see a message in Google Docs and the Google Sites editor explaining this change and asking them to upgrade their browser. We will also alert you again closer to March 1 to remind you of this change.
In 2009, the Google Apps team delivered more than 100 improvements to enhance your product experience. We are aiming to beat that in 2010 and continue to deliver the best and most innovative collaboration products for businesses.
Google’s simple Linux distribution formally known as Google Chrome OS was finally previewed. It is fully based on the Google applications for search, editing documents or reading email with nothing more than the operating system stored on the computer’s HDD, but rather accessible online from the Google cloud.
Google’s strength with Google Chrome OS is that it can become the standard OS for new netbooks, lowering their cost as compared to shipping with Windows as well as running on more modest hardware configurations lacking the need of a traditional HDD for storing user data. I admin that currently I am not a fan of this concept as I use my laptop for way more than Internet browsing and find no real use for my existing Windows 7 running netbook.
Free & netbook optimized
Instant on (7 seconds on current version)
Free of conventional viruses
All your data is on Google’s servers
Currently it is no more than a lightweight Linux distribution
An article / interview on one of the projects I currently manage called TwiMarket.com (also covered a couple of times in previous articles on this blog) was recently published on the leading Romanian website on IT startup projects. The main points covered are that we capitalize on the growing success of Twitter and the fact that the project originated from a team formed at OpenCoffee Bucharest. We talk about the concept behind the website, how we got it to the current development phase and what we intend to do marketing-wise to get more awareness around the project and get a sufficient number of fresh ads to make people stick to our service. A large part of the interview consists of the advantages of a hobby project and how this it is going to help us in our other businesses.