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One look at the future of computing from Microsoft, circa 2018-2023
Here's a link to Microsoft's video of what the future could look like 5-10 years from now. Wouldn't it be cool if we could pick up a can of screen paint at the home improvement store just as we have chalk board paint today? What's interesting to me: you don't see a beige box or traditional personal...
4 Mar 2013
Humour: A Fun Volkswagen Commercial featuring Darth Vader
A little humour today, just before Superbowl Sunday: this commercial from Volkswagen featuring a diminutive Darth Vader on a seemingly normal Saturday afternoon. I have seen our own son pull the same head fake at the end of the commercial when faced with a reaction to his use of The Force on our cat...
5 Feb 2011
"I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea." Perhaps, but the look-and-feel of Windows 7 was done in Redmond
Brandon over in Windows (interesting to write it like that, having recently moved from building 26 ) posted here about how we really designed the look-and-feel of Windows 7 , in contrast to a quote in a short interview from a Microsoft employee not involved in designing Windows 7. "I hate to say...
12 Nov 2009
Winners from the Windows 7 72-Hour Film Festival
Of interest are the top films from the Windows 7 72-Hour Film Festival, held in Seattle last month. "Seattle-based filmmakers were given 72 hours to create a 30 second to 2 minute film celebrating the launch of Microsoft's new Windows 7. Genres were picked from a hat (a different genre for each...
5 Nov 2009
Windows 7 available today, Kylie gets a new PC and other musings from GA-Day
Welcome to Windows 7 Release! OK, now you have your copy of Microsoft Windows 7. First, check that your PC will run it with Upgrade Advisor http://bit.ly/rP24L . And if you've got questions about Windows 7, look thru the posts from community experts on the Microsoft Answers site about Windows 7 (in 11...
22 Oct 2009
The latest Microsoft "Laptop Hunters" commercial: all it's missing is a puppy
New in heavy rotation is the latest Laptop Hunter "You find it, you keep it" Microsoft PC television commercial… As Steve noted , this time Matt and Olivia are looking for a laptop under $700 and "Windows Photo Galley gets a high five in this ad and eventually they walk out with a HP dv7...
9 Jul 2009
Preview: Windows 7 Application Compatibility Roundtable Springboard Series Discussion Highlights
New on the Springboard Series Blog , highlights from the latest Virtual Roundtable on Application Compatibility for Windows 7. I'm looking forward to having the full programme posted online. Video: VRT Promo Missed it? Well, here is a promo video...
23 Jun 2009
Video of the new Zune HD in action, courtesy of Gizmodo
On the news today is this blog post from the Seattle PI about how the folks at Gizmodo got a demo of the new Zune HD, "Microsoft's answer to Apple's iPod Touch, set to be released this fall". Zune HD Video Hands On from Gizmodo on Vimeo . Very cool. I do think that there is a market for the...
29 May 2009
Videos: Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates speak at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2009
A quick post: Of interest is the coverage and videos this week from the Microsoft CEO Summit 2009 this week at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, where our groups hosted more than 100 CEOs. This clip features Steve Ballmer as he "discusses the state of innovation in technology and future...
22 May 2009
Video: Bill Gates on the importance of DreamSpark and the student community, courtesy of Max Zuckerman at Channel 8
Of interest is this video from last week from Max Zuckerman of Channel 8 , speaking with Bill Gates on the importance of DreamSpark and the student community… You can find this video as well as Gates' keynote on the Government Leaders Forum press site (the conference was last week). Tags: Bill Gates...
29 Mar 2009
Microsoft Mix09 videos, Jeff Pulver on the communications industry, the history of the Internet, moms at SXSW and more of what I've read
A round up from my article pile which includes a new favourite video from Mix09: Bill Buxton's Keynote followed by Scott Guthrie's announcement of the Silverlight 3 beta, the Expression Blend 3 Preview, and more. As noted in Microsoft Exec: Red Polos, To Us, Are Like Turtlenecks to Steve Jobs - Digits...
20 Mar 2009
The Microsoft 2019 video, good presentation skills, and NASA junkie Kevin Schofield speaks at Convergence
Today I saw that NASA junkie Kevin Schofield , GM at Microsoft Research, spoke at Convergence 2009 this week and showed the now infamous view from MSR of the future in 2019 video… "So let me bring this close to home because, you know, this is kind of ethereal a little bit. And we talked about exploration...
12 Mar 2009
Of interest: Screencasts covering the features in Windows 7
Thanks to Stephen Rose for his reminder to take a look at these short screencasts of the new and updated features in Windows 7 from the Windows Client Video Library on TechNet. You can also subscribe to the Windows Client Videos for IT Pros RSS feed to be automatically updated as new walkthroughs are...
25 Jan 2009
Watching the Windows 7 keynotes at WinHEC… all from the comfort of my home office
I'm out sick this week <cough, cough> whilst the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 (WinHEC) kicked off today at the Los Angeles Convention Center (thru November 7). "WinHEC 2008 provides the opportunity to learn about the latest product news and opportunities from Microsoft...
5 Nov 2008
Video: CNET's Ina Fried and Kara Tsuboi on the epicurean appeal of Microsoft Windows 7
In this video from CNET's Ina Fried and Kara Tsuboi, you'll learn "why consumers can expect more "dessert" and fewer "vegetables" from the new operating system, and talks about the reasoning behind the number 7 in the name." Dessert? Vegetables? I can always count on CNET to explain things so simply...
27 Oct 2008
NBC Video Direct restores world order at home, saves my bacon
As I Twittered (tweeted? I'll get this right), sometimes you forget to do something: pick up milk on the way home, feed the cat or empty the dishwasher. On the whole, not so serious. And with a digital vide recorder or a Media Center PC, you shouldn't have to worry about missing an episode...
28 Sep 2008
Steve Ballmer has posted his own ‘I am a PC’ video clip
Yes, that’s right: our very own Steve Ballmer is on the Life without walls web site with his own video… Find any more memorable clips? Tags: Steve Ballmer , Windows Vista , Microsoft , video http://tinyurl.com/4osfqg
20 Sep 2008
New Links to Microsoft and Windows Vista videos online, including hires for new spot from Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld
Have you seen all the videos posted? Thanks to the Twitter feed (addictive) , the folks over in HR posted a link to the latest videos now available on the Windows site: Tags: Bill Gates , Microsoft , Vista , Windows . http://tinyurl.com/6mblyy
5 Sep 2008
Jim Goldman: Netflix 'goes dark' today for some, but the company responded well
Jim Goldman writes today that Netflix Goes Dark And Finds It's No Place To Be ... " It started this morning with an email apology from online movie rental powerhouse Netflix, confirming to its 8.4 million users that the company was suffering a shipping and distribution outage. "I called the company this...
15 Aug 2008
Ready to watch the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Windows Vista Media Center can help
If you are interested in catching up with all the Olympics but don't have the time to wade through (or be awake for) the sporting event of you choice (the freestyle swimming, fencing, soccer and the Decathalon here at home), we're pleased to announce NBC Olympics On The Go -- powered by TVTonic on Windows...
7 Aug 2008
Microsoft partners with Netflix on Xbox Live (msnbc.com)
It's a long time coming, but good to see that after a few hints here and there, we finally have word from Kristin Kalning, Games editor on MSNBC in this article that beginning this fall in the States, the catalogue of streaming video titles available from Netflix will be available directly from your...
14 Jul 2008
A look at Gates' last day (courtesy of the BBC)
Happy Canada Day. And now a little something for my friends on the "time" team concall, here are a couple of additional links on Bill Gates today, including the latest news and a link to portions of the humourous "Bill's last day" video . See also the article in the New York Times by Steve Lohr ... ...
1 Jul 2008
HP MediaSmart Connect now available for HDTV
Darren Murph over at Engadget reports that the HP MediaSmart Connect is finally available for pre-order, an Extender for Windows Media Center system, for your HDTV. "The unit plays nice with other UPnP- and DLNA-compliant devices and includes 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, an Ethernet port, HDMI / component jacks...
17 Jun 2008
Bill Gates makes a VR presentation in KL
This from the morning news... first there was the Princess Leia hologram , now Bill Gates is getting virtually projected around the world... Bill Gates, chairman of software powerhouse Microsoft Corp, made a five-minute virtual appearance at the World Congress on Information Technology 2008 here. A 4...
20 May 2008
Bill Gates demos the Touch Wall to CEOs, plus video clip
While waiting for a conference call to begin, a quick post on Touch Wall demo'ed by Bill Gates at the CEO Summit this week in Redmond . Benjamin J. Romano of the Seattle Times covers today how Bill Gates demonstrated the Touch Wall at the CEO Summit in Redmond this week... "On Wednesday, he gave about...
15 May 2008
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