Microsoft Wave is a cool new site from our UK team that is something we’ve long been without – a cool site that isn’t trying to sell anything, simply showing the breadth of cool technology that Microsoft is involved in. It’s very much in the spirit of Blue Monster so I was delighted to see that image on the homepage which launched today. I’m also very happy to be one of two featured bloggers from our UK office.
I’ve been giving quite a few “innovation at Microsoft” presentations of late so at the very least this gives me a single site I can point people to following those talks. As of today it has the Microsoft 2019 video, Photosynth, Natal, Worldwide Telescope, Deepzoom and more.
Let us know what you think?
Isn't everything an attempt to sell something? in this case an image of microsoft being cutting edge? <grin>
interesting naming choice..
Lame... what a rip on Google Wave.
Loving the irony of trying to be innovative and then using a Google product name.
Maybe You ought to try selling something having seen the recent financial results.
Wonderful site and great to see the Blue Monster featured too!
hmmmm. unfortunate choice of branding. google wave will change the world. blue monster? not so much.
Jealous of Google and the open Wave Protocol?
Sorry, but where is the real innovation?
I think Microsoft should think diffrent. Like Apple. Change the world.
okay, so maybe Wave wasn't the best choice of name but on the other hand it did get a lot of interest. in hindsight maybe something else would be more appropriate but I can assure you the thinking was about waves of technology and nothign to do with Google Wave.
Hans, thanks for your comment. it's one of the most thought provokign ones i've had for a while so allow me to respond and suggest where I think the real innovation is that is changing the world with a few examples.
1) Photosynth. Changing how the world can use images by placing them in to 3D spaces and collaborating across the world. for free, across platforms
2) WorldWide Telescope. I know Google has something similar and hats off to them for innovation. This technology allows people around the world to explore the solar system, stars, plants and black holes like never before. it brings together amazing imagery from telescopes on the ground and those in the sky like Hubble. For kids, I think it's a tremendous education tool allowing them to create their own tours and share with people around the world. for fre, across platforms.
3) The 2019 video gives an insight in to the areas of research from microsoft around natrual user interfaces, collaboration, micro projectors and more. not included in the site is our Microsoft Research work that looks in to topics as diverse as plant ecosystems and deforestation and reinventing drug development. take a look at project trident as an example of what I believe innovation is http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/Jul09/07-21MSRTrident.mspx
to be clear, I'm not saying microsoft has some kind of exclusive of innovation but I get tired of being told we don't innovate. We do. IBM does, Canon does, Google does (with Wave no less)...just because these things don't manifest themselves in consumer electronics that people get excited about doesn't mean there isn't world changing innovation going on.
now, no disrespect to Apple who make stunning products that I'm a fan of but there is a big difference between that and innovation or indeed changning the world IMHO. loyal customers apple has for sure but i think it's a big leap from lots of enthusiasm and consumer excitment to "innovation". no question they have brought some innovative products to the market but changing the world? I'm less sure....
happy to be proven wrong though
Innovation at Microsoft?? That's an oxymoron.
0000x00 - I'll refer the right honourable HEX to my earlier statements.
Changing the world will happen when Windows goes open source. Not before.
change that name - it's ridiculous to name it "wave"
It's unfortunate, but Microsoft is playing catchup.
"Riding the wave" of innovation, you might say.