Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Family Photo TV Commercial

    I’m sitting here watching the Rams and Seahawks play for their life on NBC Sunday Night Football, and we’ve seen this commercial a couple of times. I wanted to point it out as I’m not sure that the commercial communicates enough details about this feature. First, yes, it’s a very real, to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft by the numbers

    Ok, I need to vent for a moment. As a Microsoft evangelist, you have to develop “thick skin”. And with all the competitive loving going on, and all the news going on, people come to the conclusion that Microsoft is not doing well. At a local university As an example, I was down at Mississippi State this...
  • Blog Post: Check Out the new Windows Live Essentials beta

    The Windows Live Essentials beta (part of our Wave 4 set of Windows Live releases)  is a big set of enhancements. Every product has been touched, and there are some new products in here. Here’s a summary of what’s new. My favorites so far: All the products have an improved interface, including the...
  • Blog Post: Interesting News of the Day

    See the resulting Synth of Inauguration Check out how the CNN Inauguration Photosynth turned out (after my earlier promotion ). Uses Silverlight and the Photosynth viewer to see, but very cool how they do this. You can zoom in and see President Obama in action. Watching Inauguration on Linux Systems...
  • Blog Post: A New Day At Windows Live

    Wow! Windows Live is changing (Wave 3 we call it) and today shows some very visible signs of this. As announced , there are a set of features being exposed that make Live a true social network. It also is cooperating with other social networks like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook (which are my current...
  • Blog Post: Summer News Items

    High school football practice has started, the wife is buying school supplies, Microsoft employees are on vacation all over - which means, summer is almost gone. However, just because we're in the summer doldrums, Microsoft is not slowing down. In this post, I want to point out a few things that have...
  • Blog Post: Digital Lifestyle Video - with "Girl From Mars"

    Saw this today on Mel Sampat's blog (which is a good read). But this video is cool, and the song is good. It's an entertaining music video showing a bunch of Microsoft technologies along the way. Professionally done, pretty believable looking story, and funny. 4 minutes. For more details about the video...
  • Blog Post: Connected Consumer Experience in Automobiles

    I've been published again with some peers in DPE, Christoph Schittko and Darryl Hogan . The article is in Issue 14 of The Architecture Journal , our magazine targeted to architects.  There are a couple of ways to get to the content. First, you could get it right off the web here , or you could get...
  • Blog Post: Automated Service Agents, and SmarterChild

    John Mullinax has mentioned SmarterChild a couple of times so I had to do a little Internet exploration. A couple of years ago, Microsoft purchased a company that provided us with Automated Service Agents (ASA). It's very cool stuff, and the basis of bots (or chatterbots, agents, etc). Basically, you...
  • Blog Post: Tafiti added to Windows Live Quick Apps

    Tafiti is a very interesting search application. Yes, it uses our Live Search API, as well as ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight - but it's cool looking and works well. As I've said before, there are several features that are very handy. And now, you can get the source code at CodePlex . The Quick Apps list...
  • Blog Post: This is a test of Live writer on Vista 64 bit

    Installed from a hack, not sure of ramifications yet, but wanting to live on 64...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Translator. Hola?

    Thought this was cool. Not a new concept by any means but cool. http://translator.live.com
  • Blog Post: Mobile Search sounds good, but I don't have a Data Plan

    Have no fear, you can utilize Live Search for Mobile via SMS (Text Messaging). I'm not sure why this has not caught more attention, but I think it's a cool idea. I know a ton of people who have unlimited text message plans but don't have a data plan for their phones (i.e. can do mobile browsing). So...
  • Blog Post: One Cool FREE Windows Mobile Application

    The latest version of our popular Live Search for Windows Mobile client is out! New features include: movie showtimes, restaurant ratings, and improved GPS navigation. I just pointed my phone browser to http://wls.live.com , clicked on the download link, and the rest happened nicely on my Trio (i.e....
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