Fear not, this is the power of CGI - quite shocking when I first saw it in light of the recent UK floods but a new film is to chart what would happen if the Thames Barrier was overwhelmed. Flood features Robert Carlyle and is based on a Richard Doyle book. More info from the Beeb but surely there would be more boats on the river? :)
More than ever before, WorldWide Partner Conference was a serious demo fest with lots of cool technology shown off during the keynotes. Silverlight, Photosyth, Seadragon, Surface and more. Hats off to the WPC folks for showing off our innovations to an audience that sometimes only really gets to see (and sell) our business software. I already have lots of interest from UK Partners on Silverlight and Surface in particular. Needless to say I'll need one of the latter for research purposes :)
Check 'em out
Microsoft Surface Allison Watson picked her favorite demos of the week, including Microsoft Surface. Learn more about Surface, the first surface computing platform.
Live Labs Photosynth (and SeaDragon) Watch how a three-dimensional image is created from two-dimensional photos. See photos from multiple angles and seamlessly zoom in or out of a photograph that’s gigapixels in size.
Windows Live for Windows Mobile See some of the latest devices and services for mobility. Learn how to stay connected and quickly find local resources and data using Windows Live Search.
Microsoft RoundTable Watch Allison Watson conduct a conference with partners from around the world with 360-degree cameras that can track any speaker in the room.
Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM See a sneak preview of the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM offering that will deliver a flexible and familiar user experience, through Microsoft Outlook, or a Web browser, with rich configuration and customization capabilities.
Microsoft Silverlight See how the latest support program for interactive high-quality video and photo, can be used to intuitively organize and preview new media.
Windows Server 2008
Windows Automotive See how the Ford Sync works, demonstrating some of the latest technology coming out of the Windows Automotive Business Unit.
Ah, the dudes at On10 (Sarah that is ) put up a great post on Blue Monster this week - very kind of them and they TOTALLY get it. Blue Monster is the underground movement that is gathering steam and gaining more cred each week. This week we're in Denver spreading the love, next week Miami and then on to Orlando. Look out for Blue Monster stickers going viral but more important is the ethos: this is about Microsoft on our terms - open to all and owned by the world. Rock on.
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thanks Sarah :)
[update] we made it on to Techmeme today!
I love Blaise Aguera's demos and this one of SeaDragon and Photosynth at WorldWide Partner Conference was as good as ever. His style is very humble and simple despite the fact he's showing off some of the coolest technology we have in the locker. SeaDragon feels like 21st century microfiche to me and there is huge potential in digital advertising and media.
[update] - even cooler demo from TED
Scott pinged this test to me. Clearly nonsense....it's Facebook I'm weening myself off. Having said that, Darren Strange did remark when seeing me in the atrium last week that he couldn't believe I wasn't blogging!