Office 2010 will be on the Cloud

Four Office Applications will be on the web” according to to Abel Avram reporting for InfoQ. They will be Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and they will run inside the Browser. Whether this is a reaction to Google’s Chrome O/S announcement or an extension to the general, slow, development of Windows Live, is unclear. What’s interesting is that they will be free, will use native web browser technologies (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) rather than Silverlight and will presumably compete directly in the space currently occupied by Google and Zoho docs.

The original Microsoft Press release is here.

Ubuntu on my Netbook

Today I installed Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” on my Acer Aspire One netbook. The version is the Netbook Remix version and it looks really nice, as the screenshot above will testify. Hopefully it will be easier to link to the University wireless network than the original Asper Aspire (based on Fedora I think) was.

The most difficult part of the installation was getting the image file onto a USB data stick. The windows tool provided didn’t work and I had to use another Linux machine to transfer the data. But once done the installation was a breeze: just boot from the USB stick into a live version and then install from there.

I don’t have any data on the nebook (although I’ve had it a since before Christmas) and if you were upgrading, you’d need to make a data backup first.

If I succeed in connecting my netbook to the University system, I’ll let you know. Having access to a terminal and the apt-get package installer should certainly help!