Microsoft Works not really a free-for-all after all

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Microsoft‘s foray into ad revenue based software seems to have been throttled back somewhat.  Earlier this week, I wrote about Microsoft’s first notable attempt to offer up productivity software for ‘free’.  Download Squad is reporting that the ad supported Works will be offered through a select number of OEM partners, and not to the general public.  I guess Microsoft is still struggling to understand the new rules of the software game.

bubbl.us: A light, freeform brainstorming tool

The guys over at Download Squad just pointed us to a new ‘mind mapping type’ online tool called bubbl.us. I’ve been searching for an online mindmapping application, and to be frank, bubbl.us falls far short of the mark for any serious mind mapping. Like most online applications nowadays, bubbl.us incorporates the expected collaborative capabilities. The application still has the look of being in the early stages of development, so it may evolve into something more meaningful from a mind mapping perspective. In the meantime, I’ll continue to rely on FreeMind for my personal mind mapping needs. Hopefully we’ll see an online mind mapping tool emerge soon.