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  • Nokia Easy Meet

    Posted on April 14th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    (Read the service details from Nokia Betalabs)

    Nokia Betalabs unveiled its latest baby, the Nokia Easy Meet. A collaboration tool, the service lets you share content on your phone or PC. Once you create an account and login to the service (yes, this one does not integrate with your Nokia account – a complaint that the other commenters share on the Betalabs blog), you are provided with the option to view existing meetings and create a new meeting. When you are in the process of creating the meeting, you also add invitations which can be sent as email notifications or SMS messages.

    Once participants receive the SMS/email, they open the link in the message to join the meeting, where they can access content shared by the meeting organizer; they can also share content of their own with other participants. Types of content that can be shared include PPTs and images (JPG/PNG). You can also chat with other participants.

    Since this is a web based service, you can access it with any phone with a decent browser. So I proceeded to sign up with my iPhone, as that’s the only working phone I have at the moment.

    The UI essentially sucked ass on the iPhone’s safari browser. While the site looked okay in Firefox, I am pretty sure it would look better on the Nokia phones. We’ll see. (At least one of the commenters there was unhappy that the site was not optimized for the Nokia 5800 touch screen phone).

    I am still not very convinced about the value of the service. Remember that it’s still in beta and may be scrapped at any time. I will continue testing it for a couple of days and see if this is something that’ll take off.

  • Windows 7 Public Beta

    Posted on January 9th, 2009 Sandeep No comments

    I’m pretty excited about the public beta launching in the next 3 hours. I was hoping they would lauch it on Jan 9 Eastern Time, but the TechNet forums indicate that it will start at Pacific Time. So I am setting my alarm for just a tad early today.

    I’ll also probably buy/build a low-end desktop to install it. The beta will be valid till August 2009 – that’s a total of 7 months (get it?).