For those of you users out there who are running Google Chrome beta, there is a beta extension in existence called Chrome Office Viewer that will actually let you open Microsoft Office documents in Chrome. Currently this is a read only extension but hopefully soon it will be a full blown read/write add-in. It has the potential to be a big plug-in. It is also important to note that when opening documents in chrome, it opens it up in a sandbox mode. Essentially separating it from everything else to prevent infections if the file is malicious. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Mozilla’s newly released Firefox 4 hit 5 million downloads its first day, and has already topped 7 million. That’s way ahead of Microsoft’s recent rollout of IE9. Microsoft may have shot themselves in the foot by not supporting Windows XP with IE9, thus limiting potential users. Firefox and the soon-to-be-released Google Chrome 11 continue to support Windows XP.
Download Firefox 4 here
As I was browsing around on Google the other day, I noticed a neat little tool they have called Google Pack, which essentially downloads and installs some of the most basic applications that you may typically need on your PC. See below for the list of apps.
Now generally I would use most of these applications on my own PC, but there are some I do not typically use. For instance, I do my best to stay away from using any types of toolbars as they cause problems more often than not. What you could do in this case for Firefox is install it and then disable the toolbar.
Google Pack is a customizable download complete with a web browser, office applications (Google Apps), antivirus (avast), Photo editor (Picasa), Skype, Google Earth, Adobe Reader, Google Talk, and RealPlayer. All of these software applications are optional.
I would personally use this software just for the ease of installing these apps from one location to save time.