If you haven't heard, this was a BIG announcement this week by Microsoft that signals our intention to provide more hosted services. For the first time in 3 years I have changed my homepage - to www.live.com - it's just a cool, clean and very useful site. I imported my OPML file so I can now browse my favourite RSS feeds from anywhere, I can drag and drop "gadgets" to lay out my page the way I like....and, it's just.....cool. It's encapsulated by this:
"Windows Live is based on one simple idea: that your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. So all the things you care about online - your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, searching the Net - all come together in one place. Windows Live is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning-you'll see many more new products in the coming months."
Meantime, Office Live is desgined for small businesses with up to 10 employees - by providing a web site, domian name and email accounts for free. More on that soon.
We announced last week our intention to acquire media-steams.com - another sure sign of the importance of VOIP going forward (as if you needed it!).
"VoIP is exploding," Bill Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect, said at the San Francisco event. "We want to enable the software richness on the PC to connect out to traditional PBXes."
Having worked closely with our mobile devices group over the last 4 years and helping to bring Windows Mobile Smartphone in to the world, it's going to be interesting to see how this develops with increasingly more people mobile and with devices like the iMate SP5 smartphone having WiFi built in, the reality of VOIP is getting a lot closer. When WiMax rolls out and phones support that technology, the landscape for mobile operators should become quite crowded with ISP's starting to offer voice services and more.
You know a technology is hitting the mainstream when the Wall Street Journal writes about it. AJAX is getting a lot of press right now and I'm still excited about the user experience it delivers to our new site at www.live.com and the new Hotmail UI.
There is a pretty cool article by Jesse James Garnett on this technology on Adaptive Path with a cool diagram of how it works.
Every now and then we have a great event that I suspect people will say afterward "oh I only wish I'd known...." and here is one of those:
If you are interested in learning how the new technologies available through Windows Server 2003 R2 can solve challenging IT problems, providing solutions for:
you should attend the TechNet Spotlight session on ‘What’s News in Windows Server 2003 R2 at our offices in Reading. Speakers include:
The registration site for this FREE event is at https://msevents-eu.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-GB&eventid=118765273Meantime, you can learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/WindowsServer2003/R2/default.mspx
I've worked at Microsoft for almost 8 years now and it is my second job out of university. About a month in to the job I said to my family "I can't imagine I'd ever want to work anywhere else". That may sound pretty sycophantic but 8 years on, nothing has changed for the simple reason that we're just involved in an amazing industry that does amazing things - and I firmly believe that Microsoft can play a pivotal role in people's lives be that at home, work or play. To explain what I mean, take a look at the Start Something Amazing Awards site - it makes you realise that people are just doing cool stuff with software. Some days the hours are long and some days I wonder what it's like to work somewhere else but stuff like this and the recent Live announcments is why I work here. More on this soon....