In terms of features, Microsoft Office has Google Doc’s beaten hands down. The bad news for Microsoft however, is that the vast majority of features a typical user cares about are quickly being addressed. Of those missing features, the most common complaint we hear is lack of offline support. The option to work without an active Internet connection has come and gone from Google Doc’s over the years, but its back again for Chrome users, and hopefully its here to stay this time.
The geek community at large seems to be pretty loyal to the Google brand, however, out what seems like nowhere, Bing is finally picking up steam. According to a Hitwise report, Bing now accounts for 30% of all U.S. web searches, and most of their gains seem to have come at the expense of Google.
Rumors of a Google branded cloud storage solution are almost as old as the company itself, but yet, it never materialized. The search giant offers a ton of solutions to help migrate your computing needs online, but when it comes to managing files they have been pretty slow to respond. In Steven Levy’s in-depth look at the inner workings of Google titled “In The Plex”, he claims Googlers viewed files as an outdated concept, and uses that logic to explain why the Gdrive never came to be. Years of silence, combined with recent confirmation in print would normally have lead us to write of the service for good, but according to TechCrunch, we might in-fact finally see a Gdrive after all.
No matter where you choose to do your cloud computing these days, September is off to a rough start. First Google Doc’s is knocked offline for over an hour on Wednesday, and Microsoft followed suit on Friday, falling off the grid for close to three hours. Microsoft’s service disruption impacted several free services such as Hotmail and Skydrive, but also premium offerings including Office 365.
While PC gaming might be your first love, we know that at one point or another, you’ve been tempted by the offerings of a console gaming system. Unfortunately, cheating on your PC with a console can get expensive. To save a bit of coin, you can buy used games, hook up with a subscription-based service like GameFly, or you can join a community-driven service like GameHuddle where every member has the opportunity to play each others games and make a bit of coin in the process. It’s such a great idea that it qualifies GameHuddle as our Cool Site of the Week.