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The five best business products at the Web 2.0 Expo


I have scoped out what I think were the five best products for businesses at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco last week. Here they are:

1. Vidoop -- The Vidoop authentication engine replaces passwords with a visual image recognition system. It is the biggest innovation in authentication technology in a long time. 

2. Egnyte -- Sharing Microsoft Office documents usually happens in e-mail and results in tons of inefficiency and wasted disk space. Egnyte provides an effective portal for sharing doc files and spreadsheets. You can view them in a version tree, which allows you to access any of the iterations of the doc or spreadsheet. It's a great innovation for file sharing and archiving, and there's a free version for up to 1 GB of data. 

3. Nokia Widgets -- Nokia launched a standards-based widget system for its S60 smartphone platform (based on Symbian). This includes the usual widgets you'd expect (news and weather), but the main business benefit is that it could provide an excellent platform for business applications. What really makes it work is the S60 Web browser, which is the most sophisticated and useful browser that I've seen in any phone. 

4. G.ho.st -- As a Flash-based OS-in-a-browser, G.ho.st can provide businesses with a way to allow users to access their personal mail and data in a sandbox that is separated from their work computer. 

5. AppLogic -- If you are running an Internet company or a business that demands a farm of public Web servers, then you probably have a colo or a managed services environment. 3Tera's AppLogic provides a virtual data center that is easier to manage than a colo and less expensive than managed services. My favorite aspects of AppLogic are 1.) it lets you build out your data center with a Web-based Visio-like tool, and 2.) you can build redundancy and fault tolerance without wasting hardware. 

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

5 comments
techrepublic
techrepublic

Thanks for reviewing G.ho.st and thanks bajanpoet for your comment too. G.ho.st, the Global Hosted Operating SysTem, is still in alpha but over the coming weeks we will be adding lots of Web applications so we believe that the G.ho.st Virtual Computer will soon be a really viable computing environment on the Web - an alternative to Windows for people who want to be mobile and not tied to one computer. So please check back at http://G.ho.st and let us know what you think! Zvi

bajanpoet
bajanpoet

I love the concept of the Virtual OS on the net... that can be soooo productive. (drools at the concept of having access to my files anywhere ... and for free!)

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Of the products that I named to my top five for businesses from the Web 2.0 Expo, which are you most likely to use in your organization?

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

I enjoyed getting a look at the product. Jason

FE
FE

We contract with hundreds of short-term employees who remotely develop and edit content in our systems. The stakes are sometimes high. The approach Vidoop describes is intriguing.

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