Chrome News & Analysis
| Tuesday Apr 15, 2014
Only two weeks after Office landed on iPad and about eight weeks since it made it easy to find through the launch of Office.com, Microsoft is chasing users wherever it can find them -- and in this case it's Chrome Web Store, right in the middle of Google’s own stomping ground.
It also appears to have quietly retired its Scroogled campaign.
It would probably be a bit silly to overestimate the real impact of this, given that users were always able to access Office apps through the Office.com in the Chrome browser. But with a new CEO on board, any sign of changes in the way Microsoft is doing business should be paid attention to.
| Tuesday Oct 8, 2013
Recent Chromebooks have been high-end affairs to attract the technorati, but HP's latest offering is firmly at the budget, experimental or student crowd with a modest specification and fun looks for under $280.
| Thursday Sep 5, 2013
While celebrating the fifth birthday of Google Chrome, the company has announced a new wave of apps to turn its cloud- and web-based service into one that could soon challenge the likes of Windows and other desktop operating systems.
| Wednesday Jun 26, 2013
Chrome Office Viewer (Beta)
Some interesting new releases this week in the document management space, not least of which is the new ability offered by Google to open and edit Office documents using Chrome. In other news, Hyland and DocuSign have inked a new partnership, Microsoft has outlined the future roadmap for Yammer with some interesting document capabilities and M-Files has been ISO certified.
| Wednesday May 22, 2013
Google has turned the taps on its update stream after last week's I/O event. You can now talk to your PC's Chrome browser for Google searches, while mobile users get a new version of Google+ to play with that's more in line with the card-based update of the recent PC browser update.
| Wednesday May 15, 2013
Google's I/0 event keynote is in full swing with announcements for developers, gadget lovers and social media users. A cross-platform Hangouts app is one of the highlights, bringing its various communications apps together.
| Friday Apr 12, 2013
When it was first introduced in late 2010, the Rockmelt social browser seemed like a next step -- instead of connecting with friends on social sites, users could connect with them directly through the browser. Rockmelt was “a browser,” co-founder Eric Vishria said at the time, “that does more than just navigate pages.” But next steps can go in unforeseen directions, and the company announced this week that it will soon "end-of-life" its social browser.
| Thursday Apr 4, 2013
The browser wars have taken a new direction. Google has announced that it will split off a new rendering engine from the open source WebKit that is used in its Chrome browser and Chrome OS, as well as in Apple’s Safari and others. The new open source engine is called Blink, and now Opera has announced it will also go Blink.
| Monday Mar 25, 2013
An early build of Windows Blue, the first upgrade for Windows 8, somewhere between a service pack and Windows 9, has leaked online allowing users a peek at what Microsoft plans for its evolved user interface. Will it make any difference to the depressed PC market in a mobile-obsessed world?
| Thursday Feb 21, 2013
Google's new addition to the Chromebook range boosts it way out of the cheap-and-functional category into the Ultrabook class of sexy and desirable. But will that be enough to boost uptake of Google and partner's Chrome-powered devices?.
| Monday Feb 11, 2013
Malicious Flash Player content has been circulating, and Adobe has responded with an emergency security update for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and various browser systems.
| Monday Feb 4, 2013
While HP's Pavilion Chromebook is effectively one of Google's low-spec PCs cased in the usual Pavilion stylings, the message to Microsoft is clear, 'You aren't the only game in town.' And with Chromebook sales on the rise, it could be a smart move as Google's OS gains momentum.
| Thursday Jan 31, 2013
The latest test version of the Chromium browser has a neat new feature that could see the Google Now notifications from Android devices pass over to Google's desktop browser.
| Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
It’s that time of year again. In lieu of sending everyone a new sweater, publications’ gifts to their readers are “best of the year” lists. This year’s end-of-year summaries from Time magazine, one of the most venerable list-makers, include compilations of Top 10 Gadgets and Top 10 Apps.
| Wednesday Nov 7, 2012
Users of the Google Chrome browser now have more privacy options available to them. Access to permissions settings has been eased and Chrome now offers a “do not track” feature.