January, 2009

Congratulations to Ray Ozzie (who accepted the award onstage tonight in San Francisco) and all the Live Mesh team for winning TechCrunch.com’s Crunchies award for best technology innovation:

crunchies

Live Mesh was up against Facebook Connect, Google Friend Connect, Google Chrome, …

WWTsb WorldWide Telescope has just been updated to version 2.2.41.1 named Solstice Borealis. WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated …

Hopefully you’ve been following the news from CES, as we’ve been stuck at work (or fast asleep in Europe and the UK, hating the 6:30pm keynote time).  Anyway let’s take a look at what was announced.

Windows Live

Windows

In a post one commenter characterized as “Some guys are talking about pitching Microsoft on a crazy scheme”, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch says he’s hearing of a complicated deal, still early on, that would have a group of investors buy …

via CNET

Reuters is reporting that Verizon Communications Inc. has agreed to a mobile search deal with Microsoft, details to be announced by Steve Ballmer in his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Wednesday evening.

Verizon CEO …

Since Windows Live got updated to Wave 3, we saw Microsoft expanding into the field of Social Networking. It introduced the concept of “Profiles”, where you are able to show off what you want to show to others, and also …

iphone Lots of changes in mobile in the past year, unfortunately not many of them related to Microsoft.  Yes, Windows Live for Mobile offers some real advantages for Windows Mobile phones, but the iPhone turned the mobile world on its head.  …

While 2008 took a decided turn for the worse economically, it actually was a pretty good year for Windows Live and Microsoft’s live services.  While Microsoft didn’t succeed in acquiring Yahoo! or its search business, the early part of the …

Of all of Microsoft’s live services, Live Search could be far and away the most interesting story of 2009.  New leadership, increased pressure to perform, lingering questions about a Yahoo! search deal, the coming of age of new technologies, and …