March, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    Ozblogs

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    We've always had a good relationship with our colleagues in Australia - depsite recent sports scores against them - and I want to make a shameless plug for the blogs of Nick Mayhew and Frank Arrigo. Not that they need the plug from me but I really enjoy their sites and their topics. Partners and Developers respectively, they both write great stuff so some of my readers may well find their stuff useful and likely more funny than mine too :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Deepfish: Microsoft's new mobile web browser

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    I've been playing with Deepfish for a while internally at Microsoft and it's very impressive. Good to see we're managing to get some of our innovations out of the door more quickly than usual!

    Deepfish enhances existing mobile browsing technologies by displaying content in a view that is closer to the desktop experience. Our zoom-able interface and cue map allow you to quickly access the information you care about over the web without ever losing track of where you are.

    It works remarkably well and is fast too. It was made available for limited download yesterday - which is a shame as that limit has now been reached. If you see me around over the next few weeks at events etc, remind me to show it to you...or you can check out the 10 video.

     

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  • Steve Clayton

    ZuneWars

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    Brilliant :)

     

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    Link to Zune Insider : . . . And Now for Something Completely Different

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft blogging in the spotlight

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    I presented at Melcrum's Social Media Forum last week and it's since been getting some good coverage in the blogosphere. Seems like they liked my business card (above)

    I was just about to post this entry with a different title and then noticed the meme making it's way up Techmeme today about Microsoft's blogging case study in this months Wired set alongside the smoking gun briefing email that Chris Anderson talks about. Frank Shaw comments on this way more articulately (and with authority) than I could. It shouldn't diminish the grassroots blogging work that is going on here at Microsoft and I'd like to point out that it's worldwide - this isn't like many things a Redmond only phenomenon. Our own Partner-TV is shamelessly modeled on Channel 9 and delivered by a team outside of their day job. Why? Because we believe in transparency and the human touch. The borg image must end.

    At the last minute form my presentation at the Social Media Forum, I decided to put this comment in that I had on my blog a little while back

     

    Steve, I am now beginning to enjoy Microsoft.  Previously I , and I suspect millions of others, perceived MS as a leviathan without a heart. No pulse or warmth. Not a human in sight except Bill in front of a cold global software assembly plant staffed by humanoids.  By blogging, you and your colleagues have opened up MS to reveal that the innards are indeed made up of warm, people with hearts, with families, have smiles and wow, you do have senses of humour!  This is incredible. Who'd have thought that a corporation like MS was human after all!? We do now. All because you are engaging with us at our level and this is a conversation I relate to and like very much. I hope many more do too.

     

    I honestly had a lump in my throat when I first read this. I've only really been blogging for about 10 months and I didn't expect this kind of reaction. It blew me away so I used it as my last slide to follow the Blue Monster image. From the reaction of the audience I think it blew them away too - and strangely may have helped shift a few opinions of Microsoft in that room. I helped people understand the impact you can have through blogging and the value of a personal connection. The 13 members of my own team are now all blogging and our executive team are really starting to take note. I'm trying to get our executives to blog too (not internally as some are thinking). As Fred's case study concludes,

     

    "One thing about transparency is clear: It's harder than it looks."

     

    He's right. But the hard things come with greater rewards than the easy things. That comment back on my blog makes late nights of blogging and justifying it more than worth the effort.

    Link to The Melcrum Blog: Day 2 at the social media forum: Anybody got a cluetrain.com?

    [update] good commentary from Mary Jo Foley

     

  • Steve Clayton

    Sharing is good

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    horses

    Horsesmouth is a UK based Web 2.0 company went in to public beta recently and I've got high hopes for them - I think it's a very cool idea and reflects what we've been doing inside Microsoft for a while with mentorship programmes but much much wider. I love the phrase "enter the wisdomocracy".

    I signed up last week and now I'm busy working out what wisdom I have to share. For a moment I though "why should I share" and then "what do I have of value to share" but I work on the principle that sharing is a good thing as people value it and tend to share back or make interesting connections for you. It's how I've met some of the most interesting people I know...by sharing and not expecting anything back. Mike Pegg is a great proponent of this and gives away a tonne of brilliant stuff on his site and Keith Ferrazzi espouses similar virtues in his book Never Eat Alone.

    What have you shared recently? At the moment I'm busy sharing out all of my books and send a weekly email to my friends called "The Friday Thing" that has useful stuff I find on the web each week.

     

    Link to The Horses Mouth whispers can now stop

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