Category Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft’s bid troubles Google

Of all the recent commentary about Microsoft’s bid to aquire Yahoo! the posting on Google’s official blog

Vista Woes

Despite being one of those annoying early adopters of new technologies I have remained steadfastly anti Microsoft’s Vista operating system.

Clearly I’m not alone…….

Even CNet’s Digital Home blog offers advice as to “Why Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself”.
“it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology. With a host of issues that are inexcusable….”
More at CNET blogs >>

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), offers no dramatic interface changes, nor does it add new features to the operating system. Instead SP1 focuses on improving performance, reliability and application compatibility.  Microsoft plans to release the final version of SP1 early of 2008.

So if you’ve got Vista and wish you hadn’t then here’s a handy article (I can’t vouch for what might happen if you follow these instructions so if you do it it’s at your own risk!)
Giving up on Vista? Here’s how to downgrade to XP

Microsoft extends Windows XP’s stay
“Large PC manufacturers were slated to have to stop selling XP after January 31, 2008. However, they have successfully lobbied Microsoft to allow them to continue selling PCs with all flavors of Windows XP preloaded until June 30, a further five months. Microsoft also plans to keep XP on retail shelves longer and will allow computer makers in emerging markets to build machines with Windows XP Starter Edition until June 2010.”
More at CNet Asia>>

Your warts and all online

Google’s plans to enable you to store your medical records online took a step forward with the release of some screen shots showing how the latest Google offering might look.

more from Google Blogoscoped >> 

also The New York Times examines Google and Microsoft’s thinly disguised push for health-related advertising and services

Microsoft enables streetwalkers in San Francisco

Microsoft have launched Windows Live™ Local Technology Preview, similar to Google’s streetview but with their street-side view you can view imagery as if you were driving or walking along the street. Currently it is only availabe with maps of Seattle and San Francisco.

It will be interesting to see if this latest gimick will help Microsoft in the race to become the definitive map/navigation provider.

Windows Live Photo Gallery

Windows Live Photo Gallery looks like a credible competitor to Google’s excellent Picassa software to locate,organise and edit photos on your PC.
Particularly interesting is its claimed ability to stitch panoramas together from individual photos and batch tagging and re-naming

Good review here >>

Another review here from Wired >>

Here’s Microsoft’s list of Windows Live features that are Beta testing

Stitched up by Microsoft

Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs. The software takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them stitched together in a reconstructed three-dimensional space.

With Photosynth you can:

  • Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle.
  • Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it’s megapixels or gigapixels in size.
  • See where pictures were taken in relation to one another.
  • Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing.
  • Send a collection – or a particular view of one – to a friend.

(Currently this only works with Windows XP and Vista, so no Mac compatability yet)

Software architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas shows off the technology in this demo:

PC and Mac man – Best of Friends

The lighter moments from the joint interview between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at the D5 conference.

From D5 Videos of the complete Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview: