I have to say what they miss out are the coolest things. Here we are taking about various computer applications, both online and offline.
Now we are going to see few tools from Microsoft,some of these are still in beta or research.
1)First thing is Office support online.
It is the online portal for office suite from Microsoft.Here you can get training and tutorials. Clip arts and templates. It has a good support for resume/CV templates, Business emplates etc.
In its Downloads section you can get best of the plugins most of which are free.
Here is the link. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads
Take advantage I would say.
2) Microsoft is working hard in its research area.
Check out Microsoft research for ongoing research in its labs.
This is some I found out.
Academic Search. What Microsoft says about it? Have a look…
Academic Search is a free engine developed by Microsoft Research Asia to help users quickly find information about academic researchers and their activities. It is also a test-bed for our object-level vertical search research. With Academic Search, you can easily find top researchers, their papers, conferences, and journals. You can also find relationships between researchers in terms of co-authoring papers.
3) This one is again from Microsoft Research. Image Composite Editor.
Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the application creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. The stitched panorama can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading it to the Photosynth web site. Or the panorama can be saved in a wide variety of image formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to the multiresolution tiled format used by Silverlight’s Deep Zoom and by the HD View and HD View SL panorama viewers.
4)HD View Utilities from Microsoft Research.
The HD View Utilities are a set of tools that help you create stunning HD View images. This package includes a Photoshop plug-in that enables you to export an HD View Web page or a cross-platform Silverlight Deep Zoom page from within Photoshop. Also included is hdmake, which a simple command-line utility that provides the same function for users who don’t own Photoshop.
HD view 32bit
HD view 64bit
5)Chemistry Add-in for Word from Microsoft Research
The Chemistry Add-in for Word makes it easier for students, chemists, and researchers to insert and modify chemical information, such as labels, formulas and 2-D depictions, from within Microsoft Office Word. In addition to authoring functionality, Chem4Word enables user denotation of inline “chemical zones,” the rendering of high-quality and print-ready visual depictions of chemical structures, and the ability to store and expose semantic-rich chemical information in a semantically rich manner.
chemistry add in
Image editor with cut and paste tool, based on sequential curve growing with interaction.
7)Last but not the least is Microsoft Office labs.
Here you can see what tools is Microsoft working on , What is there future Visions etc.
8) You should also try Microsoft Fuse labs.
Try social gadgets project, Montage, Project Emporia on it.
All Materials Courtesy to Microsoft.