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October 6, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 6, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 10:22 PM ET.

Catherine Holahan at Business Week online reviews the Internet search wannabes (including Microsoft) trying to steal Google’s crown with new search technologies. Meanwhile, Danny Sullivan has a little fun with another wannabe that has rediscovered “natural language search” for the nth time.

Jupiter Research’s Michael Gartenberg got a sneak preview of Crossbow and Photon (the next versions of Windows Mobile previously mentioned here) and he’s impressed:

I can’t really tell you all that much about then except that Microsoft is totally changing the way they’re thinking about mobility and it shows.

LiveSide’s Harrison Hoffman has the buzz on Windows Live Marketplace (codenamed Agora) which seems to be a tool for “Internet based retailers/sellers to add catalogs of their available products to the Windows Live Product Search database.”

Even further out is Nemo (work on which is on hold):

Codename Nemo is designed to be an add-on for Windows Vista (Home Premium and Vista Ultimate editions), that integrates Spaces, Messenger and Live Call into a UI designed for large monitors and TVs. Nemo essentially creates a Windows Live Media Center, and is optimized for use by Microsoft Media Center remote, as well as keyboard.

The Windows Live Mail team is rolling out the “M8″ enhancement to their beta.

Brier Dudley has some fun with Windows Media Player 11 beta 2:

Apparently there’s a glitch that makes some recorded TV shows vanish after three days, degrading the TiVo-like experience of Media Center.

I wonder if there’s some link to the copy prevention software used in the Zune media player…



Filed under DRM, Live Search, MSN, MSN Search, Media Player, Microsoft, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Call, Windows Live Marketplace, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Product Search, Windows Live Spaces, Windows Mobile, Windows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 7

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4 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 6, 2006”

  1. More Windows Mobile Crossbow sightings -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Back in September, Microsoft released Windows CE 6.0 to manufacturing and shortly thereafter there was a teaser sighting of the next version of Windows Mobile codenamed “Crossbow” which is based on it and is supposed to RTM in 4Q2006. Now there’s another sighting as MS Mobile News provides some Crossbow screenshots in New Windows Mobile OS “Crossbow” shows its face. If you are confused about the distinction between Windows CE and Windows Mobile, Microsoft’s Mike Hall explains it here. [...]

  2. WMP 11 due on Oct. 24, IE7 in two weeks -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As for WMP 11 it does have a slick new interface, but we haven’t heard much good about it lately ([1], [2]) and one wonders about its place in the scheme of things since Microsoft’s Zune has seems to have a completely separate media organizer and DRM. Filed under Alliances, Coopetition, Digital Media, Internet Explorer, IE7, Technologies, DRM, Media Player, MTV, Microsoft, Argo, Zune [...]

  3. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 21, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The Windows Live Mail beta “M8″ version is now generally available to testers after a gradual start earlier in the month. [...]

  4. Limited beta announced for Windows Live for TV -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Update Dec. 5: This is the project codenamed Nemo that was rumored to be on hold back in October. Filed under Beta and CTP, General Business, Windows Live, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows Live for TV [...]

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