Although, Google didn’t disclose much information about its upcoming operating system Chrome, I gathered some information from different blog post and news articles and I would like to share them with you.
People who use Google Maps already know how to figure out their location by using the maps. Google upgraded its maps by adding new location icon called My Location. The feature is available for smart phone users since 2007. But, now it is available also for desktop PC. The new feature enables you to pinpoint exact coordinate of your location. Google assures the privacy of your location. Although, Google is not going to disclose your location, but, any online interaction with Google or any other Web service will reveal the user’s IP address.
Google announced new tool Google Apps Sync to synchronize email, contacts, calendar directly with Microsoft outlook through web. With this, Google is trying to become more competitive with Microsoft Exchange. You need Outlook 2003 SP3 or 2007 SP2 (or SP1 with a hotfix), running on Windows XP SP2 (with selected hotfixes) or Vista SP1 (with a hotfix) to run the utility.
Google Wave is a real time communication and collaboration tool which will be available by the later part of 2009. The announcement came couple of days back. It integrates email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking, and project management to build a browser based communication client. This model helps people communicate and work together in unique ways.
Google just launched Code Lab. This is a place where developers can find 60 APIs to access early-stage Google products and explore new ideas among developers. Third parties can build APIs at Google lab and it also says what projects Google has made a long term commitment and what they have not. Google also announced a list of several Google Code Lab “graduates,” featuring best-known APIs and tools. The list includes App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, AJAX Search API, Maps API, Earth API, Calendar Data API, and YouTube APIs. The complete list can be avaialable here.
According to Gartner, Enterprise portals are the major applications of SOA concepts. Liferay Inc is an open source company who focuses mainly on Enterprise Portals. Liferay Portal 5.2 Enterprise edition was designed for building EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) and distributing the transactions across multiple servers. It is JSR 168 compliant and works on servlet containers such as Jetty and Tomcat and J2EE servers like WebLogic and WebSphere. The software is also bundled with Tomcat 6.0.
Google Chrome team is very close to beta version. The team worked very hard in the last couple of months from layout tests and WebKit compatibility to getting the application user interface up and running. The entire team made huge progress in terms of getting the cross-platform model and controller classes with a Cocoa UI (with similar strides on Linux using Gtk).