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The World’s most valuable brands

THE WORLD’S TOP TEN

  1. Apple – £93.9billion ($153.3billion)
  2. Google – £68.3billion ($111.5billion)
  3. IBM – £61.8billion ($100.8billion)
  4. McDonald’s – £49.6billion ($81billion)
  5. Microsoft – £47.9billion ($78.2billion)
  6. Coca-Cola – £45.2billion ($73.7billion)
  7. AT&T – £42.8billion ($69.9billion)
  8. Marlboro – £41.4billion ($67.5billion)
  9. China Mobile – £35.1billion ($57.3billion)
  10. General Electric – £30.8billion ($50.3billion)

Microsoft’s Web-based Office goes live

Officially joining the browser-based productivity game, Microsoft late Monday released the browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

The Office Web Apps, as the programs are dubbed, are slimmed down versions of the desktop counterparts, allowing for document viewing, sharing, and lightweight editing. Consumers get free access to the tools, along with 25GB of storage as part of Windows Live, while businesses can also host their own version of the Web Apps using the latest version of Sharepoint. The main catch is that using the browser-based versions require an active Internet connection.
(Credit: CNET)

“We’ll have more to share next week when Office 2010 is released to consumers, including how Office 2010+SkyDrive+Office Web Apps give you the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser,” Microsoft’s Jason Moore said in a blog post. “In the meantime, if you live in the US, UK, Canada, or Ireland, you can head over to Office.live.com today to start viewing and editing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote documents right in your web browser-and share them with your friends.”

Actually, people outside those regions can also use the Web apps, by clicking here, although it may not be in their preferred language.

The launch of the Office Web Apps comes as Google has been making the case that businesses should just skip this version of Office, and add Google Docs in addition to their old version of Office.

CNET

Microsoft chief shrugs off Apple rise

Microsoft chief shrugs off Apple rise AFP – Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer at a press conference in New Delhi on May 27. Ballmer on Thursday …

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday said he was unconcerned that his company had been overtaken by rival Apple as the world’s biggest technology firm in terms of market value.

Ballmer spoke to reporters in New Delhi day after Apple, maker of the iPod, iPhone and iPad, passed the software giant for the first time.

“It is a long game. We have good competitors but we too are very good competitors,” he said. “I will make more profit and certainly there is no technology company on the planet that is as profitable as we are.”

“Let’s see what happens as I am still pleased that 94 times out of a 100 somebody picks a Windows PC,” he said.

Ballmer was in India to underline the future importance of Microsoft’s cloud services platform, in which people use applications hosted online instead of buying, installing and maintaining software on their own computers.

“India will not only see a surge in consumption of cloud services, driving growth in domestic IT usage, but companies all over the world will look to India for their transition to cloud computing,” he said.

The technology is expected to create more than 300,000 jobs by 2015 in India, he said.

Microsoft shares shed 4.07 percent on Wednesday to close at 25.01 dollars, dropping its market capitalisation — the number of shares outstanding multiplied by the stock price — to 219.18 billion dollars.

Apple shares lost 0.45 percent meanwhile to close at 244.05 dollars, giving the company a market value of 222.07 billion dollars.

Apple stock has risen steadily as chief executive Steve Jobs, who returned to Apple in 1997 after a stint away, piloted the release of hit products starting with the iPod in 2001.

VIA YahooNews