I’ll try to post a more thorough update on our Seattle move soon but see above for a sure sign that we’re settling in okay. Now for a television
Oh and I caught up with Mr XBOX yesterday, Major Nelson. A damn nice chap is he.
I just bought a framed version of Hugh’s latest print. Too good not to…and at 40% off today I got a bargain. You can too by entering ONLY PEOPLE at checkout from the gallery.
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Aaron over on the Windows Phone blog published a post yesterday that is getting a good amount of coverage, most notably around how Windows Phone 7 will connect to the cloud. As Aaron mentioned, the Windows Phone Live companion site will give people a central place to see pictures they’ve published, view their Windows Live calendar and contacts, exchange OneNote files and access other information shared between the phone and the Web. The site will give users 25GB of SkyDrive storage and host the Find My Phone service, which allows people to find and manage a missing phone with map, ring, lock and erase capabilities from your PC. All for free.
It took me back to a post Gizmodo wrote a few weeks back about Kin and what the service model behind Kin showed the potential for. Frankly, I think we’re just scratching the surface but this companion site is a great start. It doesn’t take much imagine where this is going when your devices are truly using the cloud as their central “memory” and even more so when you start to connect multiple devices (think TV, XBOX, PC, Mac) to that same store. Your stuff just starts to follow you and it gets really smart when your devices can make inferences based on past data and start to predict what you’ll want to do, or where you want to go. Kin Studio was widely applauded for showing this type of potential.
If that all sounds a bit nebulous, stay tuned as I have more to come on this topic.
I’m probably the last one to find this out but the XBOX team has an engineering blog. Of course you can get a lot of what you need on XBOX from Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) but if you’re interesting in digging behind the scenes the engineering blog gives you a different view. Stuff like how to skin and animate an Avatar….that sorta stuff is gonna become even more important in the years ahead.
Okay they don’t update nearly as much as Larry but how about this last post - How Do I Get a Job at Xbox?
The Outlook Social Connector has just added Facebook and Windows Live to the stable of connectors. What does this mean? The temptation is to say that Outlook just got social but to be fair, Outlook has been social for a pretty long time. It’s now connected to several hundred million more people.
What does the connector do? I’ve been using both for a few weeks and they provide elegant and simple integration of Facebook and Windows Live status updates in to the Outlook window (shown above). There is still stuff I will go to Facebook.com or Windows Live Messenger to see but it’s great to have this integration right there inside Outlook as it’s a place I spend a fair part of my working day…and night. As you can see above, the OSC does a nice job of bringing in the news feed of your contact. If an email has multiple person involved, you can click and see the feed of each of them and you end up with a very nice history of your connection to the other person.
The connectors are not just passive scrapers of data either – you can make connections directly from the social pane. The folks behind this have focused on the details too – bringing in photo from Facebook for example.
Oh and for all of you folks running Office 2010 either full blown or trial, the connectors work with both. If you’ve already been using the OSC, there is an update for that to be downloaded before you grab the connectors.
Check out the Mashable review as they got an early look whilst on our Campus last week.
You can grab the bits from the Microsoft Download Center