Here is a summary of the week's Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb. Note that you can subscribe to the weekly wrapups, either via the special RSS feed or by email:
This week we took an in-depth look at the state of the Web Office Suite market, concluding that Google Apps and Zoho were the most complete suite offerings. Indeed, the day after our post Google announced it had acquired Zenter, an online presentations company. So things are moving quickly in this space - although as yet little sign of Microsoft entering the fray.
When it comes to browser-based web apps, a very important platform is the open source browser Firefox. This week we launched a new series on Read/WriteWeb, entitled All You Need To Know. These posts will be overviews of hot web tech topics, providing you with (hopefully) all you need to know about them. Our first such article was on the topic of Firefox Add-ons.
We followed that up with e-learning 2.0: All You Need To Know. Josh Catone extended that theme with an excellent overview of web apps for students. If you're currently at school or college, check out Josh's post Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students for some great suggestions!
In this age of the 'read/write' Web, where people contribute multimedia content as well as consume it, it's helpful to know which are the best tools to use. We published two articles this week that will guide you. The first is Video Editing 2.0: 8 Ways to Remix Online Videos, followed by Finding the Perfect Shot: 5 Stock Photo Search Engines Reviewed.
Read/WriteWeb is the place to be if you want thoughtful analysis of the latest Web technology trends. Check out these posts:
- Continuous Partial Attention: Software & Solutions
- Random House - Widgets and Web Services Done Right
- Google the Vote: How Google is Changing the American Political Landscape
- Facebook is the Winner of MySpace-Yahoo! Talks
- Digg Overtakes Facebook with 1400% Growth, 22.6 Million Uniques
Steve O'Hear has a last100 Weekly Wrapup, which has a summary of the week's digital lifestyle action. Steve noted that this week was dominated by more iPhone fever, with just over a week to go before the device hits stores in the US. last100 also brought news of the iPhone’s increase in battery life, a partnership between Apple and Google which will see a version of YouTube coming to the iPhone, and Opera announcing a beta version of its Opera Mini mobile browser.
Lots of ‘last100 feet’ news this week too, kicking off with Microsoft’s rebranding of its IPTV platform and BitTorrent, the company behind the popular peer-to-peer file sharing technology, announcing the availability of its Software Development Kit (SDK) - for consumer electronics devices such as set-top-boxes and media extenders.
Also check out last100's review of YouTube Mobile, the newly released version of the video sharing site optimized for mobile phones.
This week the Supernova Conference was held in San Francisco. Sean Ammirati was on the spot, reporting for Read/WriteWeb. Here are his posts:
- Google's Udi Manber - Search is a Hard Problem
- Virtual Life or Virtual Hype?
- The First Principle of Social Web Apps and its Implications
- Supernova: Connected Innovators
Here are the startups we profiled this week:
- VeohTV Launches - Taking Direct Aim at Joost
- Wikia: Lightning Could Strike Twice For Wikipedia Founders
- What Will MyStrands Do With $25M?
Read/WriteWeb is about to ramp up our coverage of startups, focusing on web innovation happening 'on the edges'. So we're looking for R/WW Writers to help cover startups. Check out the post for more details.
Our poll this week asked: Are you a member of Facebook? We got a good response and here are the results:
Yes, but I only joined in May/June 2007 27% (200 votes)
Yes, I joined between Sept 2006 (when FB expanded registration) and April 2007 22% (165 votes)
Yes, I joined Aug 2006 or before 26% (192 votes)
No, I'm not a member but I'll join now 3% (23 votes)
No, I'm not a member and have no desire to be 22% (168 votes)
So 3/4 of respondents are members of Facebook, with most having joined up after Sept 2006 when Facebook expanded its registration. Overall, the most votes was for the 'I only joined in May/June 2007' option, showing that Facebook has begun to tip in popularity.
That's a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone.