Google has apparently rethought a change to its Chrome browser that had users up in arms and has restored an older design of its popular New Tab Page in the newest beta of Chrome 27.
Users were overwhelmingly against a revision of Chrome’s New Tab Page (NTP) that debuted in Chrome 27 in early April. The new NTP reduced the number of thumbnails of recently visited websites from eight to four, inserted a large Google search box, shifted the Web apps view to a new button near the top of the browser window, and dumped other features, including the ability to view recently closed tabs, from the NTP.
Google announced the NTP redesign in December, when it began replacing the existing page in the “Dev” channel, the least-polished of the three builds it maintains for each edition. On April 4, it pushed the revision to the beta of Chrome 27.
Comments on various Google blogs and product discussion forums were almost universally negative from the start.
Microsoft’s Business division, which manages the company’s Office cash cow, recorded a 5% revenue bump in the first quarter over the same period in 2012, an increase driven by a surge in enterprises signing long-term licensing agreements.
Office 365, Microsoft’s expanded subscription program that it’s promoted for both businesses and consumers — and on which the company is pinning plans to drive future income — will account for about 4% of the division’s revenue for the fiscal year, Microsoft said.
Revenue for the Microsoft Business Division (MBD) in the first quarter was $6.1 billion, 5% above 2012’s first quarter when adjustments for a free Office upgrade program were excluded.
Google has beefed up the administration and management controls that IT staff have over their users’ Chrome browsers.
Google has added the ability for IT departments to apply the workplace configuration of Chrome browsers to Chrome browsers installed on employees’ home computers. That way, users working on their home computers can have access to their work Web apps, custom themes and app store by logging into Chrome with their Google Apps for Business or Google Apps for Education accounts, the company said Tuesday.
Google also announced a new Chrome extension called Legacy Browser Support that lets IT administrators configure the browser so that it will launch an older browser for certain sites and Web applications that run better with a “legacy” browser.
LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking site, continues to beef up its content publishing platform with its agreement to acquire Pulse, which makes a mobile news aggregation, reader, and content distribution application.
LinkedIn has been broadening its site’s scope in recent years beyond its core feature of individual professional profiles, where people post career-related information and network with other members.
The Pulse acquisition, fits into LinkedIn’s recent push around becoming a repository of news articles and columns published by media outlets and professional authors, as well as of member-generated posts that are primarily about career advancement and business.
Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of Office 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2), the first major update to the suite in almost two years.
The preview of Office 2010 SP2 can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Connect website, the company said.
In addition to Office 2010 SP2, the download includes the code necessary to upgrade several server products, such as SharePoint 2010 and Office Web Apps 2010.
Microsoft did not describe the contents of SP2 in detail, but said it would when it shipped the final code.
According to the beta’s end-user license agreement (EULA), the license — and presumably the software itself — will be valid until either Dec. 31, 2013, or the service pack’s commercial release, whichever comes first.
Microsoft today reminded customers running Office for Mac 2008 that support for the suite ends next Tuesday. “Support for Office for Mac 2008 will end April 9, 2013,” Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit (MacBU), the firm’s OS X development arm, said in a post on the team’s blog Thursday.
According to the company’s support lifecycle site, all versions of the 2008 suite will be retired next week. Office for Mac 2008 launched Jan. 15, 2008, or about five years and three months ago.
The MacBU’s note was yet another reminder that Microsoft shortchanges customers running OS X. Microsoft supports the Windows versions of Office, even those that target consumers, for 10 years, or twice as long as it does Office for the Mac.