I don’t know about you, but I haven’t used Microsoft Office on my desktop in the past year and half. That’s an interesting nugget of information considering the fact that I write for a living and write about 25,000 words a month. So where does all of this writing happen? On a moleskin notebook? No, Google Docs.
Office is Microsoft’s cash cow, a vertical that has seen no real competition for decades. Thanks to Google, your documents have been liberated from the desktop prison and made available anywhere there’s an internet connection. Did I forget to mention the fact that you can edit a document with multiple people from across the globe in real time? Well, I just did.
The slow but steady exodus of its userbase has made Microsoft rethink its strategy and resulted in the launch of Docs.com. After the break let we’ll take a look at how Microsoft Office in the cloud can enhance your productivity.
Thanks to Groupon acquisition rumors, the blogosphere in the past week is less polluted with news about Facebook and Twitter. Google was quite busy last week and rolled out updates to a lot of its products, Xmarks found a buyer, OnLive introduced PlayPass and Groupon unveiled new features.
Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates.
Just like animated movies, video games in the past few years have transformed from something that kids like to a passionate pastime of people of all age groups. Doctors suggest taking up video games to blow off steam and even the military uses gaming to train recruits.
Started as a gadget that was attached to TV, video games are now available on all major platforms, both static and mobile. The graphics, release cycle and the number of titles are exponentially on the rise. Read on after the break to find the best online destinations to know about the hot happenings of the video games industry.
We’ve collected the top five reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in November. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, or Web apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!
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Paymo Time Tracker – Paymo is a time tracking and online invoicing tool that can be used online or on your desktop. Paymo offers you a clear picture of how time is spent in your organization.
TaskAnt – TaskAnt saves your time and your team’s time on project and task management. Especially for assigning, tracking and searching tasks.
dashboard – dashboard is a powerful lead management system.
Media Temple – Media Temple hosts websites. Big and Small. For years they’ve taken complex technology and simplified it for the everyday website owner. Their products are designed to be powerful, affordable and relevant.
Dealy – Dealy lets website owners create and distribute their deals of the days across the internet, facebook, twitter, SMS text, email and their websites.
MailChimp – MailChimp is a free email marketing service to design, send, and track HTML email campaigns with their simple tools.
Intervals – Intervals is web-based time tracking, task management, and project management for small businesses that need to know where all of their time is going. Includes workflow, timesheets, reporting, document storage, and invoicing.
VPSbuddy – System administration for the rest of us.
Aviary is an Internet brand well known for its efforts to push the limits of web apps to make them look and function like a desktop app. They have web apps in almost all the verticals Adobe’s Creative Suite of apps operate. While all their apps require Adode Flash player be installed, their recently launched image editor was developed completely using HTML5—meaning no more pesky plugins.
On top of being open, Aviary helps you embed the image editor in your digital domain. If your website deals in images you now have a great online image editor at your disposal. Now, isn’t that awesome?
When you’re working together with a team on a project, very quickly you’ll have bits and pieces of the project in a thousand different places. A task list in one app, documents saved on different computers and Google Docs accounts, various emails and IMs about the project elsewhere, and time tracking in yet another app. All of your digital tools are simply dragging the project down.
Teambox is a project management web app that aims to reduce this confusion and help you manage everything about your projects from one page. No matter how many projects you’re running or how many people are in your team, you can keep all of your data flowing together so you can access it quickly from your desktop or mobile browser. Let’s look at Teambox’s features and see if it’s the project management app your team needs to get organized again.
If you’re an app or web developer looking for fantastic features or even full on apps to implement into your site or app, CodeCanyon is definitely a place you should take a look through. It’s a rapidly growing marketplace offering lots of really fantastic scripts, plugins, HTML5 apps (and elements), CSS elements and even mobile apps.
We’ve rounded up 30 really fantastic new and popuarl CodeCanyon scripts, plugins and HTML5 apps for your viewing pleasure. Check’em out!