Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Send Files in Chat for iGoogle and Orkut

Improved chat for iGoogle and orkut: "Have you ever wanted to quickly send a file to a friend who's online? Now you can share pictures, documents and other files directly with your friends while chatting in iGoogle and orkut, without having to switch to email to send the file as an attachment. File transfer works directly in the browser so you don't need to install anything. Just start a conversation with a friend and click “Send a file...” in the “Actions” menu. After you select a file, your friend will be asked if they want to accept the transfer. You can learn more on the Google Talkabout Blog.

You might have noticed that we recently gave iGoogle and orkut chat a face lift. Several tools now have a new home at the top of the chat window. From the new toolbar, you can click the blue camera and phone icons to start video and voice chats with your friends or the group chat icon to add additional friends to a text chat. If you've never used video or voice chat before, all you need is a webcam and microphone attached to your computer and a small plugin application available for free at www.google.com/chat/video.

We're working to bring file transfer and the new toolbar to Gmail too. In the meantime, you can continue to access voice, video and group chat in Gmail from the “Video and More” menu in a chat window.

Posted by Bruce Leban, software engineer


Friday, March 26, 2010

Google's Wave Protocol gets a second client: Novell Pulse

Novell Pulse and Google Wave: Demonstrating Inter-company Collaboration: "Ian Roughley is an architect on Novell Pulse, a new real-time collaboration environment for enterprises that federates with Google Wave so users of both products can work together using their tool of choice.

For Novell Pulse, it was a pretty easy decision to adopt the Google Wave Federation Protocol. For many months before Google Wave was announced to the world, we had been working on solving exactly the same problems: how to collaborate instantly and on‑demand; how to make collaboration easier for groups; how to expedite document workflow; and how to do it all in real‑time. We had also come to many of the same conclusions, and if you look at the products side‑by‑side you can see this reflected through the interfaces. Not exactly, but certainly the big decisions.

The Google Wave Federation Protocol excited us, because for the first time since email, it provided a way for collaboration systems to cooperate in a non‑silo'dway . The promise is that each organization can choose what product to use and the communication will flow unimpeded between the different systems, in the same way that people on different email systems can send and receive messages to each other today. This is a collaboration revolution we wanted to be a part of.

From a technical perspective we've leveraged the code Google has open sourced by integrating Google Wave's operational transformation algorithm and the federation parts of the FedOne implementation into Novell Pulse. This allowed us to quickly get the core federation protocol features working. We have developed our own editor, which provides compatibility with a large number of browsers, and provided a mapping from the Google Wave Conversation Model to our own internal structure. Along with the Google Wave Federation Protocol, we also support the Wave Gadgets API and are working to support the Wave Robots API. This allows extensions built by 3rd parties to work seamlessly with a mix of users on Novell Pulse and Google Wave.

Check out this video to see a business use-case of federation between Novell Pulse and Google Wave.

We're excited about the opportunities for open collaboration that utilizing the Google Wave Federation Protocol will bring to both the users of Novell Pulse and Google Wave, as well as a growing ecosystem of extension developers that now have broader distribution opportunities. For more information on Novell Pulse, visit www.novell.com/pulse.

Posted by Ian Roughley, Architect, Novell Pulse

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Collaborative bookmarking with lists

Collaborative bookmarking with lists: "Earlier this month we added stars in search so that you can easily mark and rediscover your favorite websites. Today we’re debuting lists in Google Bookmarks, an experimental new feature that helps you easily share those sites with friends.

Bookmarks are a great way to keep track of your favorite content across the web and we want to help you share them with your friends. To use lists, visit Google Bookmarks at google.com/bookmarks or by clicking “Manage all” in your Google Toolbar. From there, select the links you want to share and click “Copy to list.” Lists are private by default, but once you’ve created one you can share it with specific friends or even publish it to the web. For example, if a friend of yours is visiting Seattle for the first time and you have some local attractions bookmarked, you might want to create a new list for “Seattle attractions” and share it with your friend.

Sharing lists can help you collaborate with your friends on common interests or activities. Let’s say you’re planning a group trip to Paris. With a list, everyone can contribute useful links and resources, such as packing lists, hotel links, flight information and attractions. You could also create lists for your favorite hobbies, and then share them with friends who share your interests. Lists dynamically generate previews for many pages so you can get a sense of the site before clicking.

Lists also help you discover new web content. For example, once you’ve created your list of favorite Seattle attractions, Google will algorithmically analyze your list to identify other potentially relevant links, such as the Seattle Aquarium. Similarly, when we detect that a list is relevant to a specific region, we provide a map of those places and relevant info for each place, such as addresses, hours and reviews.

We’re launching lists as an experimental feature so that we can quickly test it out and get feedback. Visit Google Bookmarks on google.com in English to try it out and let us know what you think. You can also learn more about lists in our Help Center.

Posted by Christina Chen, Product Manager


Take a look at a video to see Lists in action.

Zoho Adds Domain Registration

New: Domain Registration in Zoho Business: "

Domain registration is generally the starting point for many businesses. In many cases, a company is named based on the availability of a domain - atleast that was the case with Zoho. After a domain is registered, you find a hosting provider to host your email, Calendar etc and then find other vendors to host different set of applications you need to run your business on.

Now, this work-flow became much simpler with the introduction of Domains module in Zoho Business. You can now start registering your domain @ http://domains.zoho.com - a domain registration module, powered by Go Daddy .

If you register the domain with Zoho, we host your Email, Calendar, Documents etc. We automatically create sub-domains and point them to the respective Zoho Applications as you see below.

We also provide an option to add your custom sub-domain and point it to your favorite application. For example, you can manually point crm.<your domain name>.com to Zoho CRM.

Domain registration costs $10/year/domain. We offer options to include private registration, auto-renewal and more. We also provide details on how to access and manage details of your domain through Go Daddy's control panel.

If you want to run your business online, Zoho Business is the application you'll need. It includes and integrates most of Zoho Apps. You can start using Zoho Business even without a domain. If you have an existing domain, you can use it within Zoho Business after validation, and of course, you can now register
domains too. After your domain is registered, you can login to your account @ http://business.zoho.com or http ://business.<yourdomain name>.com

The idea is simple, but the result is powerful. Imagine the scenario where you register the domain, we automatically host your Email, Calendar, Documents, CRM, Project Management, Discussion Forum, Web Conferencing and a lot more for your business. This is where we want to get to and we are taking our first step towards that.

As always, we appreciate your feedback.


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Google Bookmarks Lists

Google Bookmarks Lists: "Google tests a new interface for Google Bookmarks that lets you share your bookmarks.

You can now create bookmark lists and share them with other people. Google says that 'lists make it easy to organize and share stuff you find on the web', but the new feature adds what was already available in Google Notebook, a great service that allowed you to create collections of interesting content from the web. Google stopped developing the service, but Google Notebook is still available for the existing users.

'We're working hard to improve Bookmarks and make saving and sharing stuff on the web easier than ever. That's why we've created lists. Like labels, lists let you organize your stuff into categories. But they can do so much more! For example, lists have the smarts to pull the most important information (like maps and reviews) from the sites you care about, and put it in a single place. You can easily see when a site in your list has been updated. Sharing and collaboration is easy, making lists an ideal way to plan a trip, research a purchase, or organize an event,' suggests Google.

Here's an example of a public list that shows useful web pages related to Google Bookmarks lists and here's a list of web pages related to Seattle. You can follow a list to be notified by email when the list changes.

The nice thing about Google Bookmarks lists is that you can convert labels to lists. It's easy to add new web pages to a list thanks to the integration with Google Search, Google adds relevant thumbnails and monitors web pages for new content. And if you invite other people to your list, they can add new web pages, reorder the list, add comments and more.

{ via Google Blogoscoped }

Socialwok Gets More Social With Buzz, Facebook, Twitter

Socialwok Gets More Social With Buzz, Facebook, Twitter: "

Ming Yong, CEO of Socialwok, the social layer for Google Apps, dropped us a line to announce that his product was getting Buzz — Google Buzz, that is, along with Twitter, Facebook, and RSS feed support. Here’s the scoop on the new feature.

Yong demonstrated the business value of Twitter integration to me by showing how a user can set a search term – say, The VAR Guy – and have any mentions of our resident blogger in the public feed appear on your Socialwok landing page. This makes brand management a relative snap, and there’s nothing stopping you from adding Conan O’Brien to your Socialwok homepage while you’re at it.

The rest of the social networks integrate in much the same way. Socialwok’s new integration with Buzz is noteworthy, though, since it’s currently the only way for users of Google Apps Premier Edition to interact with Google’s own social network until it gets rolled out later this year.

To me, it sounds like Socialwok’s new brings Google Apps even closer in functionality to Microsoft Exchange 2010, which is getting a social media connector. Yong was quick to dispel that comparison, but take a look at Socialwok’s guided social media integration tour and decide for yourself.

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The Power of Google Spreadsheets

Google Apps are sometimes called "just toys," especially Spreadsheet when compared to Excel. There are some things that Spreadsheets does extremely well, though. I show off the GoogleLookup and GoogleFinance functions.