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Weekly Roundup -- 3rd August 2007

Welcome to the new Weekly Roundup. We continue to recap the last seven days and point out the stories that were interesting and thought provoking.

Welcome to the new Weekly Roundup — same line-up, just a day later than before.

Our aim continues to be to briefly recap the last seven days and point out the stories that were interesting and thought provoking.

Since 1982, the most influential technology product has been Internet Explorer claims a recent survey. In second was Microsoft Word, third went to Windows 95, with the iPod and Microsoft Excel tied for fourth and fifth. I have a bit of trouble reconciling how a word processor has been more influential than the original Macintosh and so did our readers in the comments.

In a move that resembled a blizzard in Hades, Microsoft plans to submit their shared source licences to the Open Source Initiative in the hope of being granted 'official' open source status. The mixed messages from Redmond continue though, as Stephen Shankland reminded us that it was only recently that Steve Ballmer claimed that 235 of Microsoft's patents were infringed by various open source projects. It remains an interesting development nevertheless.

Meanwhile over at the Mozilla Foundation, they have decided that Thunderbird needs to leave the nest and find its own way in the world. Thunderbird will be spun off according to one of the three options on the table, while for Firefox it will continue to be full speed ahead.

Over in our video channel, we have a new video that shows an impressive demonstration of a desktop working within a browser. The convergence of Web and desktop looks set to continue if this idea takes off.

Posted by Chris Duckett

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