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I just watched the demo of Google Wave. This is a pretty impressive collaboration and messaging tool in one. It takes email, instant messaging, and blogs and rolls them into one slick interface. It also allows collaboration from multiple people at the same time editing the same document. You can add pictures by dragging and dropping, post content to a blog with a single click, and all of it is open source. In fact, Google is encouraging developers to start coding for the tool now so that when the tool is released, there will already be some amazing content developed against the API’s. This is one of those tools that change the way you communicate and think about communicating! I can’t wait. To preview Wave, visit http://wave.google.com/.

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Microsoft’s Release Candidate for Windows 7 is now available.  Is it time for corporate America to upgrade the thousands of PC’s within their companies?  Most of the larger companies I know chose not to upgrade to Vista.  The Vista OS simply was too problematic and did not have enough enhancements to make the upgrade worthwhile.  Besides, it took us 18 months to complete the Windows XP upgrade not long before.  Is Windows 7 different?  From what I have seen and read, the OS does seem to have fixed the obvious issues that Vista had.  Keep in mind that what everyone is testing is not Gold code yet, but it is pretty solid, which is a very good sign.  Any large organization that has an enterprise agreement with Microsoft probably has already paid for the licensing, but the impact of an upgrade is disruptive at the least.  Windows 7 has basically the same interface that Vista had, so there is a learning curve for employees, unless of course you assume that most employees have home computers, most of them running Vista by now.  If you make this assumption, then employee training is not a huge issue.  Companies could choose to run a mixed environment and just put Windows 7 on any new PC.  This model would allow a slow transition, of course we don’t know what compatibility issues may be introduced and your support teams would have to support and test everything on two operating systems.  I have a feeling that most companies will bite the bullet and upgrade, if for no other reason than to take advantage of the security improvements in Windows 7.  Only time will tell, but this could be a spotlight moment for Microsoft.

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I was reading an article yesterday about the new Intel Xeon 5500 chip and how it was designed to run virtual machines more effiiciently.  If this advancement plays out in reality the way it does in theory, it could change the industry and make the “Cloud Computing” concept a reality.  Entire data centers could be run from a couple of racks of equipment.  For me, the lightbulb really went on!  If users truly run all their apps from SAAS vendors like Google apps that run completely from the web, and store all their documents and digital pictures on web storage, then why do they need a computer?  All consumers will need is a browser interface to the web.  All the new gaming systems can connect to the web.  Why not add an interface to your TV?  Thinking this was a concept for the future, I did a quick Google search and found out that Sony is releasing internet video-ready TV’s that can access web content without a computer.  OK, I guess I am not such a visionary.  In my lifetime, I have watched stereos systems get replaced by Ipods and docking stations.  I have seen records evolve into cassette tapes, CD’s, then all digital media.  Next we may see the “end of days” for computers.  We’ll only need portable devices and our HDTV’s.  It’s a good time to be alive 🙂

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