Saturday, September 15, 2007

Google's Suite Of Free Utilities And Web Services.

Other than being an Internet search giant and offering e-mail services like Gmail, Google also provides an extensive range of free web services and utilities. From simple applications like Google Notebook to complex Google Maps, it's wide range of nifty offerings enhances the average user's web experience, all totally free and at no cost to the user.

Google Desktop
Just like having your own private little Google server, Google Desktop allows you to find all your information, whether it's on the web or stored on your computer, from one convenient location. Sophisticated and easy to use, Google desktop search is extremely fast, even on large and cluttered hard drives. Once installed, it sits in the background, going through your files and folders and indexes your incoming and outgoing email messages in addition to listening in on your instant messenger chats and browsing the Web right along with you. Just about anything you see and forget, the Google Desktop sees and memorizes for you, plus it operates in real time.

Google Spreadsheets & Docs
A free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program, Google Spreadsheets & Docs helps you to keep track of different versions of spreadsheet or word processor files sent over email. You can import your existing documents and spreadsheets, create new ones and edit them from anywhere. Needing just a Web browser, your documents are stored securely online and allows people you choose to update files from their home computers. A great tool for coordinating group homework assignments and even collaborating remotely with friends on a new business plan.

Google Notebook
A handy utility, Google Notebook allows you to clip and collect information as you browse the web without ever leaving your browser window. You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages onto your notebook, drag-and drop notes to stay organized, create multiple notebooks and even share it with the world by publishing it. It is also accessible from any computer through your log-in account.

Google Picasa
Why spent hundreds of dollars for expensive graphics software when you can get a top-notch application like Google Picasa for free? This photo editing and sharing program allows you to find, organise, share, edit and add effects to your photos. Fast and easy, Picasa has a beautiful interface and is excellent for touching up photos, slide shows and wallpapers. Editing photos is a breeze and the sophistication of it's tools surpasses many pay-for graphics application.

Google Reader
Without any software to install, Google's web-based feed reader helps you to keep track of your favorite web sites and stay up to date with the latest news and blog content. It's built-in public page allows the sharing of interesting information with friends and family.

Google Talk
Fast, intuitive and fun to use, Google Talk is Google's instant communications service. Offering different ways to integrate real time communications into your online experience, the Google Talk Gadget lets you see who's online and send instant messages from your Google Personalized Homepage, without installing any software. By pasting a code, this same instant messaging capabilities can be also added to your web page or blog and by downloading the Talk Client, you can even make free PC-to-PC voice calls and transfer files to your friends. If you are using Gmail, all your contacts will be organize in the Talk contacts list together with archiving of your Talk chats.

Google Scholar
Dedicated to the search of scholarly literature, Google Scholar provides a simple way to search across many disciplines and sources from peer-reviewed papers, theses, books to research articles from academic publishers, universities and other centres of learning.

Google Earth
Putting the world's geographic information at your fingertips, Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings. Google Earth gives you
a wealth of imagery and astronomical information and allows you to explore exotic destinations like Maui and even the Milky Way. You can literally fly to your house by simply typing in an address, press Search and you'll zoom right in.

Google Maps and Street View
View maps, get driving directions or search for local businesses and services through Google Maps and with the latest launch of Street View, it's latest Map function, users can now "tour" various cities at street level. Street View allows users to check out a neighbourhood, match addresses to buildings and remotely visit a city. By clicking on directional arrows in the photographs, they can even move along and explore a street.

iGoogle - Personalized Home Page
Google offers the ability to create your very own free and personalized iGoogle page that brings together Google functionality and content from across the web on a single page, giving you at-a-glance access to key information. On this self-designed page, you can choose and organize content such as your latest Gmail messages, news headlines, stock quotes, weather forecasts and movie showtimes. A great and useful freebie to have.

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Marli said...

Well written article.