I am a developer at Microsoft and work in the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR) team. For the last 4 years I have been working on virtual machine technologies on a variety of form factors including desktops (Windows, Linux), tablets (Win8), gaming-consoles (Xbox 360), mobile devices (Windows Phone 7, Windows CE, Symbian).I have worked on various core pieces of the runtime including Garbage Collector, memory manager, platform abstraction layer, runtime-performance, etc.Before working on .NET I worked on Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team System, Adobe Framemaker, Adobe Acrobat, Texas Instrument's Code Composer Studio.
Two days have gone by and the TSunami death toll is rising. Its already 12500 in India with thousands more missing. The state of Andhra Pradesh where the Microsoft India center is based is also one of the worst hit states with hundreds of people dead along the coastal region of the state. MS has also joined into the relief operation by giving funds and matching employee contributions.
On another note one of the worst hit areas of India the Andaman and Nicobar islands are also home to some of the rarest tribes on our planet. With the most isolated community on earth the Sentinelese living here. Many of the tribes living in remote islands have only 100 in population and might have gone extinct after this natural disaster. Government is yet to reach these islands and find out. Sentinelese and Jarawa community also does not establish contact with any outsiders and no one knows what has happened to them.
You can read more in http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/973963.cms
With all those blog servers floating around I was waiting for MS to do something about it, and voila there are here with http://spaces.msn.com . Its free provides all that other blog servers do and more. MS has made it a habit to wait and watch a technology to grow and mature, then take it up and make it reach new heights :)
Just thought I'll copy/paste the feature list I got through an internal mail
MSN Spaces Enables Rich Self-Expression
MSN Spaces enables consumers to easily share things with the people they care about in a format that can be easily customized. People can start a Space with just a few clicks, and then personalize it to reflect their moods, likes and dislikes:
· Rich layout. Fifteen custom backgrounds and five layout template choices allow consumers to customize their MSN Spaces quickly.
· Web logs. The MSN Spaces blogging tool allows people to publish and maintain online personal journals and enables them to link to photos and other Web sites.
· Photo albums. Consumers can upload up to 10 MB of photos (250 images after compression) to their Spaces sites and display them to others in slide shows.
· E-mail uploads. Consumers can upload photos or blog postings to their Spaces from virtually any e-mail service or e-mail-enabled mobile device.
· Music favorites and lists. Consumers can create and manage lists of information that is important to them, such as their favorite music, books or travel destinations. Consumers can easily share playlists through their Space with Microsoft® Windows Media® technologies. With just two clicks, people can sample or purchase a song on someone’s playlist through MSN Music.*
MSN Spaces Helps Users Connect With Others
MSN Spaces is designed to help people express themselves online while better connecting them with their friends, family and other contacts:
MSN Spaces Offers Protection and Control
MSN Spaces is designed to give consumers control over how they share their Space information and who can access it:
– Public: Viewable by anyone
– Contacts Only: Viewable only by their MSN Messenger contacts
– Private: Viewable only by contacts whose e-mail addresses are manually entered by the MSN Spaces author or selected from an MSN Contact list