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  • Blog Post: How do I join BizSpark?

    We officially launched BizSpark last week . Since then, we've seen a surge of startups and network partners requesting access to the program. There are two types of entities that can join the program: Startups - In BizSpark speak, a startup is a company that is less than 3 years old, ...
  • Blog Post: Ballmer at VC Summit

    Dan''l Lewin kicked off Microsoft's Annual Venture Capital Summit at our campus in Mountain View, CA today. Dan'l spoke about the Strategic and Emerging Business Team (SEBT), our Innovation Centers worldwide and our work with Students with programs like Imagine Cup and DreamSpark. The Microsoft Startup...
  • Blog Post: Do you like apples?

    Will : Do you like apples? Clark : Yeah. How do you like them apples ? “ ai ”
  • Blog Post: The Commercials – let’s call a spade a spade

    I’m just as perplexed as anyone else about the commercials . I’ve been following our advertising story closely for the last couple of months right up to our launch on 9/4. But this cartoon nails the way I (and most of my friends seem to) feel:   [courtesy: Penny Arcade! ] I don’t get it Things have...
  • Blog Post: TechCrunch50 – crème de la crème

    This week, TechCrunch reinforced itself as the most powerful tech blog on the planet. TechCrunch50 was everything it was made out to be. Startups, press, speakers – these guys were the crème de la crème of their respective contingents. The TechCrunch50 crew received over 1000 applications from startups...
  • Blog Post: Ashton Kutcher doesn’t think the Surface is just blah blah (blah)

    Ashton Kutcher launched his new startup, Blah Girls , at TechCrunch50 in San Francisco this week. Ashton walked by the Microsoft lounge several times, in and out of interviews as you can imagine. From Ashton’s most recent blog post , I think he liked the Microsoft Surface we have on display here: “The...
  • Blog Post: Qik announces support for more Windows Mobile devices

    The mobile-based video streaming company, Qik , has announced support for even more Windows Mobile devices. Over the last few days, Bhaskar and Jackie announced support for the following devices: AT&T Tilt HTC Touch Dual HTC Touch Diamond HTC Touch Pro HTC TyTN II Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 HTC Mogul...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server support for Amazon EC2 - coming soon

    At Amazon Web Services’s Startup-Tour here in San Francisco, Jeff Barr just announced the AWS roadmap and it included “support for Windows Server”. Jeff says that Amazon has received “several requests” for Windows Server support for EC2 and while he couldn’t commit to a date, he said it’s definitely...
  • Blog Post: Live twittering from TechStars Investor and Demo Day

    I’m in Boulder today at TechStars ’ annual Investor and Demo Day. The energy level is high, the startup teams are knocking their demos out of the park, and the who’s who from VC-land is here. And I’m sitting next to one of the most prolific bloggers, Don Dodge , which leads me to want to do this pseudo...
  • Blog Post: PHP on Windows Server 2008

    I stumbled upon this article that I thought developers running PHP based web sites may be interested in. The authors write: A significant percentage of web sites utilize PHP as a platform for dynamic content. During the development of Windows 2008, Microsoft included improvements that enable PHP to run...
  • Blog Post: Announcing support for the Apache Software Foundation

    Today at OSCON , Sam Ramji announced that Microsoft will become an official sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The ASF provides support for the Apache community of open source projects. There are over 60 top-level projects at the ASF that are characterized by an open and pragmatic software...
  • Blog Post: The Startup Meme – Phase 1, the Prototype

    I’ve worked with several funded and non-funded startups during my time here at Microsoft. Having seen what works and doesn’t, I thought I’d throw together a series of posts on how to startup a software company. First and foremost, you need to have an idea . Once you have an idea that you want to execute...
  • Blog Post: Breaking : Qik announces support for Windows Mobile Phones, Motorola Q and Samsung Blackjack

    Citizen journalism is a growing phenomenon. The ability for us to use our phones to take pictures or shoot video using devices such as our mobile phones, and to instantly share them with the world is really quite something else. The Mars landing recorded live from mission control by US Congressman John...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Atwood : Donating $5K to a .NET Open Source Project

    Last year, Jeff Atwood and I had spoken about ways in which we can encourage development of Open Source projects in the Microsoft Ecosystem. At that point, Jeff decided to throw ads on his blog and to graciously donate a portion of his ad revenue to an open source .NET project . Today, Jeff picked a...
  • Blog Post: what would you do if you were a Microsoft Evangelist?

    I've been a Microsoft Evangelist for a few years now. From an inside-out perspective, it seems like things are going well. We spend a lot of time before a fiscal year begins laying out our goals. And typically, we do the best job we can to execute. But the thing about this job is that you don't really...
  • Blog Post: Shouldn't Twitter be able to do exactly what FriendFeed does?

    I've started using FriendFeed . Not as a consumer of different people's feeds (because there is just way too much information), but because I can now point people to one location ( http://friendfeed.com/anandiyer ) where most of my different social networking services' activities are getting aggregated...
  • Blog Post: blogger's block

    I'm suffering from a serious case of blogger's block. If you're wondering, yes, it is like writer's block in a lot of ways. I've also been extremely busy and suffering with some (professional) issues. But aside from that, everything's been peachy. In a few lines here are some things I've wanted to communicate...
  • Blog Post: Yelp valuation too high? Oh please...

    First, congratulations to the Yelp team on raising another round . Just last week at the Online Marketing Summit after our panel talk, I spoke to a few people from other verticals like medical, finance and automotive about how I think everyone sees the world through their own little lens. By the same...
  • Blog Post: google maps for mobile v window live for mobile

    I've had my Samsung Blackjack II for a few months now. One of the things about this phone that excited me the most was the integrated GPS. I unlocked the GPS receiver (follow the instructions on that site verbatim to unlock your GPS*) to work outside of just TeleNav. Unfortunately though, I couldn't...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer is misunderstood

    In the wake of the Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition proposal, I've met quite a few disappointed Yahooligans. And they are not disappointed that they'd be working at Microsoft, they are disappointed that they'd be working for Steve Ballmer . And it's not just the Yahooligans - I can't tell you how many random...
  • Blog Post: live from demo'08 - day 1.5 and day 2

    More companies, more demos : LiquidTalk The name gives you very little information about what the product is about (I'm not sure if LiquidTalk is the name of the company or the product). LiquidTalk's product gives mobile employees of a company to stay engaged with their companies. If there are internal...
  • Blog Post: demo '08 - LeapFrog's Tag

    I'd written about LeapFrog's Tag earlier today . Here's a video demonstration of Tag from Demo'08 : "ai" Technorati Tags: demo , demo08 , leapfrog , leapfrog tag
  • Blog Post: Live from Demo'08, day 1 - Demo Coverage

    I'm at the keynote session here at Demo '08 and I'm pretty stoked. Before you read on, a disclaimer : I'm pretty much typing this out, taking pictures, recording videos etc., live. So I apologize for typos, grammatical errors and things I would otherwise be pedantically aware of. So how did these companies...
  • Blog Post: live from demo'08 - day 0

    I flew into Palm Springs today for Demo'08 . The flight in was rocky to say the least - lets just say that the woman sitting next to me prayed during the last 15 minutes of our flight. Yeah. I love these technology agnostic conferences! On the way to the hotel from the airport, I shared a cab with Steve...
  • Blog Post: what are you showing off at DEMO '08?

    If you're going to be at DEMO '08 next week, stop by the Microsoft booth to say hello. Or just call me at 415-430-7975. I'd love to catch up and hear about what you've been working on. " ai " Technorati Tags: demo , demo08
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