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Webified Desktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps

Webified Desktop Apps vs Browser-based Apps

Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard
MacManus. Ebrahim runs a search engine called Qube – which is a webified desktop app.
Richard’s Note: In some ways Ebrahim’s conclusions in this article contradict
my own views, but I think that makes it even more appropriate for Read/WriteWeb to
publish. I’m looking forward to a robust discussion by…

Google Office: Image Gallery

Google Office: Image Gallery

In a ZDNet Image
Gallery, I’ve gone through 7 products that may become part of a future Google
Web Office. Right now, Google doesn’t have a full web-based office suite on the
market – but this year they’ve gradually been compiling Web Office parts. For
example if you click on “all my services” in the top left corner of
your Gmail, you’ll…

Zimbra: Mashing Up The Office

Zimbra: Mashing Up The Office

Over the next couple of months on Read/WriteWeb, I’ll be profiling the main Web Office
suite candidates – such as Zoho, ThinkFree, gOffice, Zimbra, JotSpot, Goowy and Morfik.
Plus of course Microsoft’s Office Live and Google’s current jigsaw puzzle of Web Office
apps. Today I’m starting with Zimbra.

Zimbra is an open source Web Office vendor. It…

Google Instant Intranet

Google Instant Intranet

Google has an upcoming Personalized Start Page for Enterprise, according to some
sleuthing done by Garrett Rogers and
Scott Smith at Google Blogoscoped. Here’s an example Dell start page and the official
help page.

The Personalized Start Page will be one of the options available in the beta Apps For Your Domain service. Currently email…

China – World’s Largest Internet Market By ’07

China – World’s Largest Internet Market By ’07

According to stats compiled by
vnunet.com, China will overtake the US next year to become the world’s largest
broadband internet market:

“The number of broadband subscribers in China is growing at a staggering 79 per cent
annually, and will reach 79 million in 2007, consulting firm Ovum predicted in research
released today.

Recent estimates…

The Web Photo Sharing Site Faceoff

The Web Photo Sharing Site Faceoff

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by
Richard MacManus.

In this post we profile the red hot photo sharing space, where the blogosphere darling
Flickr is actually trailing in the mass market. Back
in June, Hitwise posted their online photo market
statistics – which showed Photobucket with a
huge market lead at #1 and Flickr at #6. A lot of…

Douglas Engelbart’s HyperScope 1.0 Launched

Douglas Engelbart’s HyperScope 1.0 Launched

Brad Neuberg has announced the release of
HyperScope 1.0, a Web app based on tech legend
Douglas Engelbart’s 1968 NLS/Augment (oNLine System). Engelbart and team have been
working on Hyperscope since March
this year, in a project funded by the National Science Foundation. Its aim is to
rebuild portions of Douglas Engelbart’s NLS system on the…

Top Italian Web Apps

Top Italian Web Apps

As well as
being reigning world football champions, Italy has a number of world class web apps. Yes,
Italy is the 10th country to be profiled in Read/WriteWeb’s Top International Web Apps
series. The others so far have been Germany, Holland, Poland, Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, China and Turkey. For this
post I have Luca Conti to thank…

ZapTXT: promising RSS topic subscription service

ZapTXT: promising RSS topic subscription service

With the messy demise of PubSub, I’ve been looking for a decent keyword and topic
subscription service to replace it. ZapTXT could
very well meet my requirements, except for the odd fact that it doesn’t output in RSS
(more on that below). You can currently only receive alerts as an email, IM or SMS.

Other than being sans RSS, ZapTXT’s latest…

Read/WriteWeb Sponsors And Contributers

Read/WriteWeb Sponsors And Contributers

Read/WriteWeb is growing. Last month was a record month in traffic, by a long
shot. And after over 4 years of blogging, last month was also the first month
I’ve managed to earn enough from R/WW to ‘pay’ for the time I spend writing and
editing it. So R/WW is now a professional publication in that sense, although I
prefer to think it always has been…

Trailfire: Building Vannevar’s Memex

Trailfire: Building Vannevar’s Memex

There are a plethora of bookmarking
sites out there and only a few of them have become very successful – del.icio.us and
Stumbleupon are two that spring to mind. Trailfire is a bit different from your average
bookmarking site, because they don’t just allow you to share bookmarks – they make it
easy for you to share ‘trails’, which are “annotated…

Announcing the Read/WriteWeb Jobs Board

Announcing the Read/WriteWeb Jobs Board

Just kidding… but now that I have your attention, here are some interesting Web Tech
tidbits:

Amazon aStore is a new product from Amazon that enables you “to build a dedicated
shopping area that can be embedded within, or linked to from, your website.” Mitch Ratcliffe and Nick Carr have
examples and good thoughts on this. As Nick said, this…

Internet Explorer 7: Good Solid Browser, Or Ford Pinto?

Internet Explorer 7: Good Solid Browser, Or Ford Pinto?

I recently had the pleasure of
talking to Opera’s Chief Technology Officer
Håkon Wium Lie. We spoke about Microsoft’s latest web browser IE7 and Håkon
was harshly critical of it, as well as Microsoft’s past history with CSS and web
standards. Bear in mind that Opera competes with IE and also that Håkon has a
distinguished…

Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons

Top 10 Firefox Web 2.0 Add-ons

With
all this talk of the Web as
a platform, it’s worth taking a closer look at what web apps are using Firefox as their platform. Firefox is regarded
as the best Web browser in terms of extensions – i.e. small browser add-ons which modify
or add to existing functionality. It has hundreds of add-ons, which can be downloaded from here. But which…

Business Models For Start Pages

Business Models For Start Pages

Recently a new personalized start page product was announced, Webwag. In the comments to my post about Webwag, several
people expressed their view that start pages are not a viable business. Personally I
think start pages have plenty of opportunities to make money, despite (and sometimes
because of) competition from Microsoft, Google and…

Top Web Apps in Turkey

Top Web Apps in Turkey

Turkey is next in this R/WW series
on top international Web apps. It’s the 9th country I’ve profiled so far – the others
have been Germany,
Holland, Poland, Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain and China. For the following information on Turkey, I
have Emre Sokullu to thank (also Honor Gunday for info on his web apps). Emre is an open
source…

Web Office update – Google and Zoho make moves

Web Office update – Google and Zoho make moves

Lately
there’s been an increasing buzz about Web Office, something which I’ve been writing about
for some time now. Red Herring magazine wrote an article with the provocative headline 17 MS
Office Killers. While it would be quite a story if Microsoft did get usurped by a
Web-based Office, the reality is that Microsoft will – over time – move…

Survey Of Client Apps Using The Web Platform

Survey Of Client Apps Using The Web Platform

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by
Richard MacManus.

In this post, we survey a range of client applications which utilize the new web
platform. This is a follow-up to our Web Platform Primer
post a few days ago, in which we explained the building blocks of the new Web
infrastructure: 

The Web Computing Platform

Essentially the building…

Windows Live breaks into Alexa Top 10

Windows Live breaks into Alexa Top 10

Despite all the

broohaha over whether Spaces is the biggest blog
service on the planet, it’s apparent that Windows
Live is making an impact on the Web. After being around for less than a year,
Alexa now ranks Live.com (and all its sub-domains) as the 10th biggest property on the
Web. And yet it doesn’t seem to be affecting MSN.com’s traffic that…