Google has lots of news in this months newsletter..
Google Friends Newsletter – March 2008
Greetings to all of our Google friends. We hope you enjoy this month’s
update on our products and services.
Advanced Search reloaded
We recently updated our advanced search page to make it easier than
ever to refine and expand your query with our dynamic query builder.
You can use all the same features as before, but we’ll now show you a
real-time view of what it looks like if you create a complex query
using specific search parameters.
NEW PRODUCTS & UPDATES
Google Docs upgrades several features
We’ve upgraded a number of features in Google Docs including new
toolbars and menus for documents; notification of spreadsheet changes
via email; and spreadsheet gadgets such as pivot tables and org
charts. And you can now change ownership of documents and spreadsheets
and use colored folders, which work just like labels in Gmail.
Google Sky now available online
If you use Sky in Google Earth, it’s now easier than ever to look at
your favorite planets, galaxies, constellations or star clusters. With
the launch of the browser version of Google Sky, you can search for
your favorite stellar objects, listen to Earth and Sky podcasts,
switch wavelength lenses and explore historical maps. You can also
browse through the universe with the menus at the bottom of the page.
Google Gears for mobile and Google search plug-in for WinMo
The new Google Gears for mobile lets you access web applications on
your mobile phones, even when there’s no network connection. (And
developers will also find it easier to create mobile applications.)
Also, our new search plug-in for WinMo phones installs a search box
right on your Today screen and helps you conduct web searches more
"The web is better when it’s social." This idea has taken root all
across the web of late — the more you can share, update, comment, and
contribute in all sorts of creative ways to the steady stream of news,
views, and entertainment, the more dynamic and compelling the Internet
becomes. For developers, the web is more interesting when they can
build applications that easily interact with everyone. But the
challenge for those creating software widgets, gadgets and
"containers" for content has been to pick the right tools and, until
recently, bet on the right platform for building their creations. This
is one reason we’ve banded together with Yahoo! and MySpace: to
encourage open software development for as many of the communities and
sites as possible. Collectively, we plan to create a private non-
profit foundation that can support open development of common
toolsets. We think this openness helps everyone.
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