May, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    Bill Gates admits he isn't fake Steve Jobs


    I wont spoil it for you - this is truly compelling viewing. These guys are both amazing. Nobody won, nobody lost. You just get to see two geniuses at work.

    I'm still trying to hunt down the full video set as this is Part 1 of 7 and here is part 2. If you see the rest of 'em, please shout!

    [update 1] thanks to Jas and Marijn - all 7 parts are now on D's site 

    [update 2] short on time? check out the highlight reel

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  • Steve Clayton

    Windows Live beta bonanza



    thanks to Scott Lovegrove for the heads up on the new builds of Windows Live Writer beta 2, Messenger 8.5 and Windows Live Mail

    WLW is by far my favourite app from Microsoft in a long time and the beta 2 has some great new features.

    New Authoring Capabilities

    • Inline spell checking
    • Table editing
    • Ability to add categories
    • Page authoring for WordPress and TypePad
    • Support for excerpts and extended entries
    • Improved hyperlinking and image insertion
    • Paste Special
    Integration and Compatibility
    • SharePoint 2007 support
    • New APIs enabling custom extensions by weblog providers
    • Automatic synchronization of local and online edits
    • Integration with Windows Live Gallery
    • Support for Blogger Labels
    • New look and feel
    • Available in 6 languages
    • Improved accessibility and keyboard support
    • Many other frequently requested enhancements!

    Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of the Provider Customization API to expose additional service-specific features within the Writer UI. Hope this gives you the date publish option Dennis!

    off to install - the guys at Liveside have all the inside news if you want more.

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  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft Surface: a missed opportunity?


    [update 1] added video from YouTube, removed Jeff Han video

    [update 2] added video of the Today show with Bill demonstrating Surface. thanks to nfurtwangler

    I blogged quite a while back about the Minority Report style technology that Microsoft has in the R&D labs but never expected to see it surface this quickly. A few hours ago Microsoft took the wraps of Microsoft Surface at the D Conference in Carlsbad - not far from Apple HQ if my memory should make for an interesting discussion topic when Steve and Bill take to the stage with Walt Mossberg.

    Anyway, back to Surface. I showed a video from a while back to Anna last night and she was amazed - which is a pretty good litmus test. In her profession (architecture) there are a tonne of possibilities for visualizing buildings and such but the early price tag of between $5,000 and $10,000 per unit means initial use will be restricted to high end retail use by companies like T-Mobile and Starwood Hotels. I'd also expect to see this stuff in Microsoft offices though. Our new building 5 would welcome one of these units to help people visualize the company, org chart, post photos etc.

    It's actually quite hard to explain what Surface does so I'd encourage you to check out the website and the video above that was from TED a while back.

    What did I mean by the title of this post? Well, I read the rumours last night about Surface (or Milan as it was know a few hours ago) and woke up this morning quite intrigued to see what was announced. I fired up a laptop and went to to be greeted by the Lifecam NX-6000. That's a great product for sure but we just announced a revolution here and given is one of the world's most trafficked websites you'd think we'd have given Surface some real estate on that site. Personally I'd have taken over most of the site with it - especially when you see the beautiful job they've done with the Surface website itself. Remember when Apple launched iPhone, Apple TV or any other major product? It dominated their homepage. I'd also have made a great video available on YouTube, Soapbox and Google Video. For a product that needs to be seen, we could have helped the blogosphere get the noise out even better than the press pack offers.

    It's a shame. Personally, I think we dropped the ball here on getting the noise out about Microsoft and innovation. Do you agree?


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  • Steve Clayton

    Got Joost invites



    Joost™ the best of tv and the internet

    The cool cats at Joost invited me to their beta a while back and I had a quick play then but dabbled some more today. Quite impressive though Ivan raises some interesting concerns on how viable. It made me think I should go check on the progress of Microsoft's IPTV plans. I saw our technology in action at our Life2 house last year and it looked VERY impressive.

    Oh...did I mention I have some Joost invites?

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  • Steve Clayton

    Who is the Silver Surfer?



    Oh man, this is going to be confusing when the new Fantastic Four film launches in the UK. Most people on the island think silver surfers are the older generation of Internet users as the media has massively over used the term.

    I can see the scene now. Hundreds of elderly netizens gathering at their local Odeon awaiting the release of a major film to laud their ilk. Instead they will be surprised to see a gentleman clad in a silver suit surfing across the air.

    This is the first film I have seen though that has a Wiki page that basically allows the viewer to control the site. Quite risky though I just tried to make an edit myself and noticed they have publishing control in place so they're not that risky :) Anyway, go check it out. Will it catch on? I'm not sure...Katy has some views too.


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