Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The 5 best features of Google Chrome OS

Google released the source code for Chrome OS and promised that devices will be shipping in about a year, in time for the 2010 holiday season. Chrome OS will run only on devices specifically manufactured for it and Google is dictating to manufacturers the hardware specifications. For instance, Chrome OS devices will be netbooks, will not include a hard drive, will have only solid state disks, will rely on specified WiFi chipsets/adapters for connectivity and must have full-sized keyboards, says Sundar Pichai, Google's vice president of product management.

1. Speedy boot-up, as fast as three-seconds. A Chrome OS device will not store any applications on the device itself. Nadda, none, zippo, says Pichai. Likewise, it will include only the hardware, right down to the component level, that Google has approved in its hardware reference specification.

2. Security by default. The portion of the operating system needed to operate the device will reside in a read-only section of memory. The rest of the operating system is integrated with the Chrome browser and, like the browser, security updates require nothing more than a reboot. Chrome OS can run multiple Web applications in multiple tabs and each one is locked down from all others, so a vulnerability in one Web app can't lead to exposure in another.

3. Support for both x86 and ARM architectures. Google promises that it will be writing native code for both popular netbook CPUs.

4. The application menu. As new Web applications come online tweaked for Chrome OS, Chrome OS will showcase them on a permanent tab it now calls the application menu. This will help users find new applications. Developers with new apps will find this an easier method to showcase them, too. Any Web application that runs in a standards compliant browser should work on a Chrome OS device.

5. A surprising way to support Microsoft Office. If you ask a Google executive any question involving Microsoft, you'll hear the cliche answer -- that they company thinks only of users and not of its perceived competitors. But in one of the giggle-inducing moments of Thursday's demo, Pichai, showed how Chrome OS would handle Office documents -- via Microsoft Office Live, the free Web app version of Office available to Windows Live users.

Friday, November 20, 2009

IE 8 A Default Browser for Windows 7

Windows 7 has been unleashed and people has started reporting its nice and easy to use features. The new Windows 7 version got some enhanced utilities applications as well including Internet Explorer 8.

Internet Explorer 8, which comes default with Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate edition, is he fastest, easiest, and safest browser ever. This article takes you through some of the interesting new features that you will hardly find in other browsers.

IE 8 introduces a new feature called Accelerators. Now its easy to do things without navigating to other websites. Just highlight some text, then click the blue Accelerator icon that appears to see what you can do.
These can also be named as Add-ons which are targeted to make the browsing activities faster to an extent. Accelerators can be accessed from the right click easily. Right now some usual search functions has been added.

InPrivate Browsing
With In Private Browsing, no one can track your details. This helps prevent anyone else who might be using your system from seeing where you visited and what you looked at on the web.
With this feature IE 8 is ready to browse safely and while selected no history, cookies etc will be stored in any form.

Find Option Revolutionized
To find anything you have option to search it by old way or you can enjoy the new way. As now you can search in-line for text by default. Find option sticks to the upper side of the web-pages with all option along with the search box.

Web Slices
How often do you check your favorite website? Now, with Web Slices, its easier to find changes on a Website. When you spot the green Web Slices icon on a site, click it. If something changes on that site, the Web Slices icon in your Favorites bar lights up. Point to the glowing icon to see what’s changed.
Tab Grouping
It will help you to group your specific tabs easily for a better browsing. Like, all tabs of Facebook will group together, so you don’t have to keep finding them.
IE and Superbar
Superbar of Windows 7 will show you the screenshot of opened tabs (when IE is minimized). Or you can drag IE icon on the superbar to show you up a Jump List containing recently opened/closed websites links
Cross-site Scripting
It protects you from hackers and web attack. Not only this it also protects users from malicious websites from stealing your personal information when surf Internet.
SmartScreen Filter
It protects users from phishing attacks, online fraud, and spoofed websites, as well as websites that contains malicious software.
Internet Explorer’s Crash Recovery
It automatically closes and attempts to recover the tab without affecting other open tabs.

Compatibility View
If a web-page doesn’t look right, just click the new Compatibility View button on the Address bar. The button corrects misaligned text or images on pages designed for older browsers.
Internet Explorer Developer Tools
Now its easy to to create websites without having to custom-tailor them for each browser, and can view and debug web-pages right in Internet Explorer.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Essentials - Windows Live with Windows 7

In Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, Window Live Essentials have been presented with a freshness to keep you moving briskly and conveniently. Become eligible for Windows Live Essentials, which is a set of software available at the Windows Live website, with Windows 7.

Windows Live Essentials will enable you to perform e-mail, instant messaging, photo editing, and blogging. Some of them include Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Writer and others.

With the help of Messenger you can chat instantly with friends and family on your PC or mobile phone. Windows 7 messenger enables you to stay in touch with your favorite people in real time.

With Photo Gallery you can share and organize your photographs. You can also restrict your sharing with certain validations. With Photo Gallery you can get your photos and videos from your camera to your PC.

With Mail you can manage you multiple e-mail accounts simultaneous and easily. With this software you can manage all your e-mail accounts, including Windows Live Hotmail and third party accounts, from within Mail. It keeps your mind away from hassles of logging in to multiple accounts to check all your e-mail.

Other important application features tagged with the latest operating system, Windows 7 are as follows.

Desktop: With Windows 7, its awesome to work on desktop. There are new features called Aero Shake, Aero Peek, and Snap. You can try the new desktop slide show, which displays a rotating series of pictures. The task bar play a vital role in any operating system, so Microsoft has completely changed the task bar to help you work smarter, cut clutter, and get more done. Now you can stick your gadgets anywhere on the desktop that is not possible in Windows Vista.

HomeGroup: Now it is very easy to share files and printers on a home network through this feature. Connect two or more PCs running Windows 7, and Home Group will automatically start sharing your music, pictures, video, and document libraries with others in network. HomeGroup is also secure, which allows you to give password to shared files and folders. This feature is available with all the editions of Windows 7.

Jump List: You can access your frequently used programs, songs, pictures and documents. Thanks to this great feature. To open a Jump List, just right-click a program icon on the Windows 7 taskbar. What you access in a Jump List depends entirely on the program. The Jump List for IE shows frequently-viewed websites. You can quickly access to commands for things like composing new e-mail messages or playing music.

Snap: It is a new feature that allows you to resize open windows in a new way, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen.

Window Search: In Windows 7, the search is faster and easy. You just need to type into the Start menu search box and you will have a list of relevant documents, pictures and etc. Apart from that it can also search any external storage device.

Power Management: Windows 7 runs with fewer background services. Therefore, your PC processor doesn’t work as hard and consume less power.

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