A lot has changed since the 1990s when the search engine of choice was AltaVista, when Internet connections ran through a phone line, and when Netscape battled Internet Explorer for browsing supremacy. Now Google, apparently nostalgic for the days of Presidential impeachment and O.J. Simpson, has reignited the wars with the roll out of its new application, a browser named Chrome.
A new Microsoft study suggests a scientific basis to the old trivia game
By Megan MillerPosted 08.05.2008 at 11:39 am
There was some wisdom behind that stoner pop-culture game you used to play in college, but it turns out the “six-degrees of separation” hypothesis was a few tenths off the mark. According to data gleaned from Microsoft’s Messenger IM service, all human contacts in a social network can be connected in 6.6 degrees.
The Grouse unveils his prediction for the evil techdoms most likely to usurp Microsoft's position
By Tom ConlonPosted 07.28.2008 at 5:13 pm 9 Comments
If you subject yourself to as many RSS feeds as I do every morning, then you might be wise to the fact that there's a bit of mutiny percolating in parts of the blogosphere—a mutiny against tech darlings Apple and Google. Yes, Microsoft is, has always been and will for the foreseeable future continue to be the big bad wolf of the tech world. But as each new version of Windows comes out antiquated or broken before it ever goes on sale, and the company comes up short in the search, advertising and online services sectors, it seems as though the wolf may be losing its bite.
Microsoft announces that its popular game console will stream Netflix movies in the fall
By Jaya JiwatramPosted 07.18.2008 at 12:19 pm 4 Comments
Just when you thought you couldn't waste enough time on your Xbox 360, Microsoft has decided to add another way to get you to stare at your tube for longer, by streaming movies and TV shows through its popular game console. The tech giant announced its partnership with the movie-rental company Netflix this week at the E3 video game convention in Los Angeles. While video-gamers were leaping for joy at the convention when Square Enix announced Final Fantasy XIII for the Xbox 360, avid movie fans were leaping even higher to hear about Microsoft's movie deal.
Microsoft is promoting "Olympics on the Go," downloadable coverage that only works on Windows Vista
By Brett ZardaPosted 06.26.2008 at 5:08 pm 2 Comments
Bill Gates is taking over the Olympics. The supposedly retired CEO of Microsoft has taken his antitrust antics to new heights with the launch of NBC Olympics on the Go. Using a dedicated video player provided by TVTonic, users can specify their viewing preferences and events will download automatically when they're available. Commuters taking public transit can even watch saved video without an internet connection.
Bill Gates demos a prototype touch-screen interface that could be used on any surface
By Gregory MonePosted 05.15.2008 at 2:54 pm 7 Comments
Speaking at yesterday's CEO Summit in Redmond, Washington, Bill Gates - that guy from Microsoft - demonstrated the TouchWall, a four foot by six foot touch-screen computer prototype. TouchWall uses infrared and laser technology to register your manual input, and turn it into action. One writer described it as a giant version of Microsoft's Surface technology oriented vertically.
Microsoft Research develops free, Web-based software for exploring and learning more about the universe
By Gregory MonePosted 05.13.2008 at 10:02 am 1 Comment
After much anticipation, Microsoft Research today released a new, free online tool designed to open up the world of astronomy to the masses. Microsoft describes the WorldWide Telescope as a "Web 2.0 Visualization Software Environment" - but don't worry, the tool is easier to use than it is to define.
By Sean CaptainPosted 04.01.2008 at 8:15 pm 2 Comments
Remember Surface, the magic coffee table and massively multi-touch screen that we awarded a Best of Whats New award in December? Well it looks like its finally set to debut, as a shopping kiosk debuting at six AT&T cellular phone stores on April 17.
The search giant forecasts strong revenues for the next two years, and says it’s worth more than Microsoft has offered
By Gregory MonePosted 03.19.2008 at 11:01 am 1 Comment
Yahoo surprised analysts yesterday, announcing that it is on track to meet its expected earnings for 2008. This changes the fight between the Sunnyvale-based company and Microsoft, which recently offered to pay $42 billion to swallow it up. Now Yahoo has a bit more leverage, and may be able to convince investors that its not in such bad shape after all. The company says it expects to double its cash flow and increase its revenue by 50 percent, mostly from banner and video advertising.
By Steve MorgensternPosted 03.10.2008 at 4:46 pm 4 Comments
Touch-screen interfaces have an inherent problem—you can't see through your fingertips to see the spot you're trying to touch. After abandoning its controversial efforts to breed humans with transparent fingers, Microsoft came up with another novel solution, a system that lets you touch the back of a device and see an overlay of virtual fingertips on the front display.