Good Looks of “Google Wave” Coming to Gmail, Other Google Apps?

Gmail Re-Design

A lot of people aren’t that keen on the current look of most Google applications—hence the popularity of redesigned user skins. On the other hand, many users really like the look of Google Wave, the newest invite-only service from Google. (See our first look, or just read the book.) If you happen to be one of the people who love Wave’s look, you’ll like this rumor: According to gadget weblog Engadget, the Google Wave interface may become the default style across all Google Apps.

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Google Apps vs. MS Office Web Apps

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Feature-by-feature
Microsoft Web Apps and Google Apps actually have more similarities than differences. ZDNet’s Ed Bott provides an in-depth look at Office Web Apps here, but I’ll start with a side-by-side comparison of their features (for a more visual representation of these features, check out my gallery here):

Feature Google
Apps
Microsoft
Web Apps
Cost Free for personal/ed use; $50/user for businesses Free for personal/ed use; requires Sharepoint and Office volume licensing for businesses
Word processing Yes Yes; currently view only
Presentations Yes Yes
Spreadsheets Yes Yes
Web site builder Yes No
Calendaring Yes Yes
Video hosting Yes No
Support for Office 2007/2008/2010 file types No Yes
Support for OpenOffice file types Yes No
Storage of any file type No Yes
Pivot Table support No Yes
Ability to publish documents to the web Yes Code provided to embed publicly shared documents in a web page; no native publication
Create forms and collect data in spreadsheets Yes No
Share documents with other users Yes Yes
Edit documents simultaneously Yes No
True WYSIWYG viewing of Office documents No Yes
Formula support in spreadsheets Yes Yes
Office integration (”Open document in Office”) No Yes
Themes and formatting in presentations created from scratch Yes No
Live/interactive presentations Yes No

Sure, there are some features that Google Apps supports that are missing from Web Apps and vice versa. But they both provide online, browser-/platform-independent access to productivity applications.

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What is Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook is a plug in that allows Microsoft Outlook to run on the Google Apps backend rather than Microsoft Exchange Server. End users can continue to use the familiar Microsoft Outlook interface for email, calendar and contacts as they transition to Google Apps.

Editions included:
Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:
Available worldwide with US English interface

How to access what’s new:
You can download Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook at www.google.com/apps/get-outlook-sync.

For more information:
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2009/06/use-microsoft-outlook-with-google-apps.html
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Web Applications: What are the Benefits of a Web Application?

A web application relieves the developer of the responsibility of building a client for a specific type of computer or a specific operating system. Since the client runs in a web browser, the user could be using an IBM-compatible or a Mac. They can be running Windows XP or Windows Vista. They can even be using Internet Explorer or Firefox, though some applications require a specific web browser.

Web applications commonly use a combination of server-side script (ASP, PHP, etc) and client-side script (HTML, Javascript, etc.) to develop the application. The client-side script deals with the presentation of the information while the server-side script deals with all the hard stuff like storing and retrieving the information.

How Long Have Web Applications Been Around?

Web Applications have been around since before the web gained mainstream popularity. For example, Larry Wall developed Perl, a popular server-side scripting language, in 1987. That was seven years before the Internet really started gaining popularity outside of academic and technology circles.

The first mainstream web applications were relatively simple, but the late 90’s saw a push toward more complex web applications. Nowadays, millions of Americans use a web application to file their income taxes on the web.

What is the Future of Web Applications?

Most web applications are based on the client-server architecture where the client enters information while the server stores and retrieves information. Internet mail is an example of this, with companies like Yahoo and MSN offering web-based email clients.

The new push for web applications is crossing the line into those applications that do not normally need a server to store the information. Your word processor, for example, stores documents on your computer, and doesn’t need a server.

Web applications can provide the same functionality and gain the benefit of working across multiple platforms. For example, a web application can act as a word processor, storing information and allowing you to ‘download’ the document onto your personal hard drive.

If you have seen the new Gmail or Yahoo mail clients, you have seen how sophisticated web applications have become in the past few years. Much of that sophistication is because of AJAX, which is a programming model for creating more responsive web applications.

Google Apps, Microsoft Office Live, and WebEx WebOffice are examples of the newest generation of web applications.

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