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December 9, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 9, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 5:58 PM ET.

Microsoft released a beta of Windows Live Search Books (formerly MSN Book Search) which indexes out-of-copyright books and a new beta of Windows Live Search Academic (formerly Windows Live Academic Search) which indexes academic journals.

Also in Windows Live Land, Windows Live Custom Domains got an update as did Windows Live Expo and the beta of Windows Live Connection Center Wi-Fi.

Despite the recent demise of Google Answers, Amazon has launched a new question and answer service:

Check out Amazon’s newest service, Askville.

… This is a “questions & answer” site similar to Yahoo, Yedda, AnswerBag, the recently departed Google Answers and even the rarely mentioned Microsoft QnA.

Users turned grumpy over perceived delays in Office 2007 compatibility for Mac Office and Windows Mobile.

Jim Allchin explains Vista Power Management at incredible length since Microsoft has “enhanced” the operating system’s “power off” switch.

Microsoft, HP and other tech firms plan to push for a new US data privacy law next year.

Another strange Zune ad. Don’t worry, you likely won’t have to restrain yourself from filling your shopping cart with Zunes, but you may want a cookie.

Alcatel may be suing Microsoft but they are still jointly selling IPTV.



Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Argo, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations, IPTV, Legal, Live Search, MSN, MSN Book Search, Marketing, Office, Office for Mac, Privacy, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Connection Center Wi-Fi, Windows Live Custom Domains, Windows Live Expo, Windows Live Search Academic, Windows Live Search Books, Windows Mobile, Zune

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 9, 2006”

  1. Lipstick for the pigs -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] “We’ll obviously keep a close eye and, if we need to or want to, we’ll shift focus,” Reindorp said. Here’s a modest suggestion for a shifted focus: lose the agencies that dreamed up the rabbit petters, flaming birds, scratching dog, and endless cookie and just advertise the darn product. If the Wi-Fi sharing is so cool, why not actually show some regular folks doing it and saying “Oooo!” and “Ah!” Just a thought. [...]

  2. Office 2008 for Mac promised for 2H07 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As for the grumbling over the perceived delay in providing Mac Office converters for Office 2007 file formats, Microsoft’s Roz Ho addressed that and other topics in a Q&A: We’re building file-format converters that will allow Mac users to access Office Open XML Format following the general availability of the 2007 Office system at the end of January. We will release a public beta version of the converters in the spring of 2007, and final versions of the converters will ship six to eight weeks after Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is available. For now, we recommend that Mac users advise their friends and colleagues using the 2007 Office system to save their documents as a “Word/Excel/PowerPoint 97-2003 Document” (.doc, .xls, .ppt) to ensure the documents can be easily shared across platforms. That still seems to be a pretty large gap.   Filed under Office, Coopetition, Apple, Standards, Office for Mac, Open XML, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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