This is all over the web now (Digg, Techmeme etc) so I'm a little behind the game but both Channel 9 and 10 have great videos showing this amazing new technology. What does it do? I like the C9 explanation:
"is a super cool 3-D image "tourism" application that enables a new methodology for exploring related groups of images using a complex imaging algorithm developed in part by Microsoft Research"
Cool - we sold Expedia but now we're back in the tourism business :) Seriously though, in the digital era this is a pretty revolutionary application. Think of it as Doom for your photos - but without the guns and scary stuff. You can "walk" around your photos in 3D.
It's kind of hard to explain so check out the videos. Be sure to check out the St Peter's Basilica video. Truly stunning!
I wouldn't normally post this kind of stuff here as I know John, Eileen and others will have it covered. However, some of the content looks so good that I couldn't resist and 2007 Office System is going to be a big focus of my group over the next year.
Check out the links below for more
Overview of Developer Technologies for Windows SharePoint ServicesARCast: Hey Architects! Meet the 2007 Office SystemDeveloping SharePoint Workflows Using Visual Studio 2005Designing Collaborative Business Processes with the 2007 Microsoft Office SystemIntroduction to Visual Studio Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office SystemIntegrating Your Solutions with the 2007 Microsoft Office System User InterfaceDeveloping, Deploying, and Hosting Rich Office InfoPath 2007 Client and Browser FormsBuilding Collaborative Applications Without Code Using Office SharePoint Designer 2007Extending the Web Content Management Features of Office SharePoint Server 2007
I came across this on the Microsoft Monitor - a pretty good listen. Joe Wilcox defends our position against the assertion that Google is "the most important company in technology". They have a pretty healthy debate about search, online applications and API's, comparison with IBM and more.
Google is doing some great stuff and I personally love the fact that they keep innovating and doing new stuff as it keeps us on our toes and helps us innovate and think outside. I think the work we've done with images on Live search, Vista search and Virtual Earth are all good examples.
I agree with the guys on one thing: search is a very compelling new UI though I haven't gotten totally used to it in Vista yet. I'm using search more and more and becoming increasingly reliant (and lazy) because of it.
Oh and the other thing - partnering. We have a terrific partner community and it's something Google doesn't have right now.
Link to Microsoft Monitor: Google vs. Microsoft Podcast (27mb MP3)
I played with our MSN Toolbar a while back on IE6/XP and removed it fairly quickly as it was all a bit too cluttered for me but I stumbled across this new Live toolbar tonight and am more impressed. Though much of what it provides is in IE7 now, there are some nice touches like customized toolbar buttons for YouTube and BBC news integrated direct on the toolbar. Worth a look if you like that kind of thing.
Link to Windows Live Toolbar
Partner Perspectives : Letting you do the talking.I blogged about one of the UK Partner Council’s we did a while back to listen and learn from our partners. There is now a video where Katie interviews a number of partners about their views on the Partner Program and more.
Get us – moving outside the echo chamber :)