Dell, Microsoft and the Web

By Exclusive Concepts Blog Team

Dell’s backing up data better with new DataSafe technology.

The internet just keeps getting better thanks to broadband, XML, and RSS. Google Earth, MySpace, Zimbra, Trumba, and Rearden Commerce are just a few examples of new web-based services that are part of what Cisco CEO John Chambers calls the “interactions web.” USA Today says:

the borders between the computer and the Web are dissolving, so you can hardly tell if you’re using something that’s running on your processor or on a server thousands of miles away. Often, it’s both.

Microsoft is making more of its offerings web-based too. On Monday they said they’ll be introducing a more collaborative version of Excel:

the next version of its Excel program, due out next year, will include new capabilities for storing spreadsheets on a central server. The company said the capability, dubbed Excel Services, will let workers collaborate on a spreadsheet, accessing it through a Web browser or downloading it to a computer.

There’s speculation that Microsoft will also be launching a web-based customer-relationship management program. Read more.

And to help make all of these web-based applications even faster, a new discovery in optical communications promises to dramatically accelerate data transfer between computers. Engineers at Stanford have figured out how to switch a beam of laser light on and off up to 100 billion times a second. From NYTimes.com:

Such an advance could accelerate the decline in the cost of optical networking and transform computers by making it possible to interconnect computer chips at extremely high data rates.

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