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 Sunday, 2-November-2008  14:14:10 (GMT +10) - by Rezin

At this year's Professional Developer Conference, Microsoft has announced that it plans to make their Office suite available for use online. Computer Weekly has some details on how the licensing will work. "The hosted product only requires an internet connection and a web browser to run. Microsoft is expected to offer a free version, sponsored by online advertising alongside an advert-free premium edition."

ZDNet is reporting that the recently announced Windows 7, has found its way on to Bittorrent in the form of the pre-beta package which was available at this year's Professional Developer Conference. "The pre-beta version of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system released to developers at the Professional Developer Conference has already made it onto prominent BitTorrent sites, where thousands of enthusiasts around the world are currently downloading it.

And staying with Windows 7 news, apparently the new OS is smaller than Windows Vista. In fact it is so small that Joanna Stern from Laptop Mag managed to install the pre-beta Windows 7 on an Asus EEEPC 1000H. "This morning we loaded Windows 7 Ultimate (Pre-Beta) on an ASUS Eee PC 1000H. And just as Microsoft said: it works. The Eee PC running a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM handles the new operating system pretty well." For more details on Windows 7 and what happened at this year's Professional Developer Conference, checkout Ars Technica for a comprehensive summary.

Digital Trends is continuing their Buying guide series, with this one concentrating on HDTV. "Enter the hottest HDTVs around for hardcore gamers, movie buffs and people who can't tear themselves away from Mad Men or the latest Giants game alike."

Once you're done with the buyers guide, why not checkout what they think are the Top 10 Most Overhyped Tech Products. "Blogs gush about them. PR campaigns blow millions on them. News anchors announce their arrival like they're members of state. And the rest of us suffer when they utterly fail to deliver."

There is some bad news and some good news for fans of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto. Bad news is that the publisher has confirmed that the upcoming GTA 4 for PC will be delayed. "Rockstar has confirmed the rumoured delay of GTA IV PC that puts the release of the game all the way back until December 2nd. The announcement confirms the change in retailer dates that were first spotted on retailers websites." The good news is that they have released the official minimum and recommended system requirements for the game. And while you wait for the release why not have a read of this Grand Theft Auto IV Hands-on preview?



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