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Tech news roundup: time for UN conference

The Open Source is at it again. This time it was time for some intellectual talk on Open Source and the gathering had participants from across the world.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2007 18:41 IST

The Open Source is at it again. This time it was time for some intellectual talk on Open Source and the gathering had participants from across the world. Open Source likes doing things differently so they termed this as the "Open Source UN-conference". Sponsored by Impetus Technologies, the venue was Noida. This OSS UN-conference was about discussions, presentations, and interactions with the participants. The common thread that binds the community together is the desire of learning by sharing and to share your work with the community.

The star of the UN-conference was undoubtedly Noel Hidalgo of the www.luckofseven.com fame. Luckofseven is an Open Source around-the-world project by Noel, a New York City based activist, organizer, blogger, barcamper and coworker.

Windows mobile beats Blackberry

Microsoft's Windows mobile this week achieved record sales of 1,00,000 units in just over 15 months of its launch in India, making it the fastest growing mobile operating system in the country. According to the Q1 2007 IDC India quarterly tracker report, Windows Mobile has attained a market share of 30.5% market in the datacentric converged devices segment within a year and half of its launch. This is way ahead of Blackberry, which has a market share of 19.1%

Currently Windows Mobile works with Smartphone device manufacturers like HTC, HP (iPAQ), Imate, O2 and Motorola and offers over 35 models, which include around 20 touchscreen ones with prices starting from Rs 11,990 upwards.

Google launches presentation software

This week Google launched the much talked about competitor of Microsoft's Power Point, Google Presentation. Announced in April Google was working to bring presentations to Google Docs. Now the software is available for download at
http://docs.google.com for the uninitiated you can see a video demo on YouTube.

According to the official Google Blog "more than any other type of document, presentations are created to be shared. But assembling slide decks by emailing them around is as frustrating as it is time-consuming. The new presentations feature of Google Docs helps you to easily organize, share, present, and collaborate on presentations, using only a web browser."

(Puneet Mehrotra writes on business and technology issues.)