This week Microsoft will take its Office 2010 suite out of beta. If you’re considering upgrading Office with Office, we’d encourage you to consider an alternative: upgrading Office with Google Docs. If you choose this path, upgrade means what it’s supposed to mean: effortless, affordable, and delivering a remarkable increase in employee productivity. This is a refreshing alternative to the expensive and laborious upgrades to which IT professionals have become accustomed.
Google Docs has been providing rich real-time collaboration to millions of users for nearly four years. It lets employees edit and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in the browser from anywhere in the world. We recently made tremendous strides in improving Google Docs formatting, speed and functionality, and a growing number of companies are now using it as their primary productivity software.
Of course, you probably already own Office 2003 or 2007 (or maybe Office 2000?), and there’s no need to uninstall them. Fortunately, Google Docs also makes Office 2003 and 2007 better. For example, you can store any file – including Microsoft Office documents – in Google’s cloud and share them in their original format (protected, naturally by Google’s synchronous replication across datacenters). Plus, in the coming months, Google will enable real-time collaboration directly in Office 2003 and 2007, as you can see here.
Google Docs represents a real alternative for companies: a chance to get the collaboration features you need today and end the endless cycle of “upgrades”. For more information on the choices available to you, check out the summary below. But don’t take our word for it – you can try Google Docs and the rest of the Google Apps suite for free. The only thing you have to lose is a server or two.
What do Icelandic volcanoes, Justin Bieber and mothers have in common? They were all top of mind for Kiwis last month, as shown by the fastest-rising search terms on google.co.nz for April.
‘Anzac Day’ and ‘Mothers Day' topped the fastest-rising web searches list, which shows the trending topics on google.co.nz. However ‘Bieber fever’ was also clearly evident last month during the pop sensation’s whirlwind NZ tour.
On the news searches front, the Icelandic volcano led the charge as it put a halt to air travel in the UK and much of Europe, with the scandal-struck Melbourne Storm and Tiger Woods's return to golf also making the cut.
NZ’s fastest rising web searches, April
1. Anzac Day
2. Mothers Day
4. Justin Bieber
5. American Idol 2010
NZ’s fastest rising news searches, April
1. Iceland Volcano
4. Melbourne Storm
5. Tiger Woods
In addition to the monthly search stats we generate, each year we also release the most-searched for terms that Kiwis have typed into google.co.nz over the past 12 months. These statistics always provide an interesting insight into popular culture – and the national psyche of New Zealanders.
We've has now done some research into New Zealand’s most popular searches over the last few years, and we've unearthed some fascinating trends. Evidently there are some subjects that prove popular at the same time every year.
For instance, it seems that during January we all want to know how to reverse the effects of the indulgent Christmas period with ‘detox diets’. Everybody is reaching for their Te Reo Maori dictionary during Maori Language week in July, and Shawshank Redemption and Lord of the Flies revision notes are popular in November – exam month!
The trends cover everything from the predictable to some delightfully quirky Kiwi-isms – for instance, April is all about how to use up those feijoas that are lying on the ground under your hedge, while in May, ‘duck shooting’ is followed by ‘wild duck recipes’.
Here’s the full breakdown of New Zealand’s popular seasonal searches by month.
New Zealand Seasonal Search Trends
Valentine’s Day / love heart / restaurants Auckland / virtual flowers / Valentine’s poems
Girl Guide biscuits
Easter craft activities / Hot cross bun recipes / Easter decorations / Easter prayers / Easter hours
Daylight savings end
Irish beer / Irish blessings / Irish jokes
Feijoa recipes / Feijoa loaf / How to make feijoa wine / Feijoa crumble
Poppies / ANZAC history / In Flanders Field
Mother's Day gift / Mother's Day activities
Duck shooting / Wild duck recipes
Mothers poems / Mothers day e-cards / Mothers day verses
Winter equinox / winter solstice / shortest day of the year
Rural bachelor of the year / Fieldays
Auckland International Film Festival / Wellington International Film Festival
Maori dictionary / Te Reo Maori week / Maori language week
Montana Book Awards
Seafood pizza recipes
First day of spring
Daylight savings starts
Fireworks / Fireworks sales / NZ Fireworks
Halloween party food / The meaning of HalloweenDiwali festival
Fireworks displays / Guy Fawkes / Who is Guy Fawkes?
Year 9 exams / Shawshank redemption notes / Lord of the flies quotes / Science revision
Secret santa gifts
Map of Coromandel / Camping grounds
Posted by Annie Baxter, Google NZ PR Manager