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Interview with Ray Ozzie

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 Leave a comment

Thought of sharing this interesting interview article that i read today. 

Link:  http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1698

This was an interview with Ray Ozzie. When Groove Networks was acquired by Microsoft in April 2005, Ozzie joined Microsoft as a chief technical officer. On June 15, 2006, Ozzie was given the title formerly held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates of chief software architect. Gates remains Microsoft’s chairman.

Enjoy the article 🙂

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Microsoft will be phasing out the GotDotNet site by July 2007

Monday, April 9, 2007 Leave a comment

Microsoft will phase out all GotDotNet functionality by July 2007. MS will phase out features according to the schedule below.

Phase Out Schedule
The GotDotNet phase out will be carried out in phases according the following timetable:

Target Date

Areas to be Closed

February 20

Partners, Resource Center, Microsoft Tools

March 20

Private workspaces, Team pages, Message Boards

April 24

GDN CodeGallery (projected date)

May 22

GDN User Samples (projected date)

June 19

GDN Workspaces (projected date)

MS is phasing out GotDotNet for the following reasons:

  • Microsoft wants to eliminate redundant functionality between GotDotNet and other community resources provided by Microsoft
  • Traffic and usage of GotDotNet features has significantly decreased over the last six months
  • Microsoft wants to reinvest the resources currently used for GotDotNet in new and better community features for our customers
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Preparing for daylight saving time changes in 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007 10 comments

In August of 2005 the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act, which changes the dates of both the start and end of daylight saving time (DST). When this law goes into effect in 2007, DST will start three weeks earlier (2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November) than what had traditionally occurred.

This article summarizes the updates and tools that Microsoft is developing for its customers to address the DST change.

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Toshiba to make Microsoft’s Zune

Saturday, September 16, 2006 1 comment

Microsoft has confirmed that Japanese firm Toshiba will make its portable media player – “Zune” – to be released before the end of the year. Toshiba’s filing with the Federal Communications Commission showed the Zune will have a 30-gigabyte hard-disk drive and wireless connection.

Based on information from the filing, the wireless connection will permit users to exchange photos, songs and entire albums with other users in close range.

Specialists have previously said the success of the Zune would depend on whether users would be able to download music and video through a wireless connection.

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Microsoft Zune to take on iPod

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 1 comment

It seems that Microsoft is not in a mood to spare anyone. The software giant is readying a portable music player and integrated service to compete with Apple iPod. Read the following news extract: 

Microsoft Corp. officials for the first time have confirmed that the software giant is readying a portable music player and integrated service, shedding new light on a topic that has fueled rampant speculation in news reports and blog postings for weeks.

In an exclusive first interview with Billboard, Chris Stephenson, Microsoft’s new GM of marketing for MSN Entertainment Business, says the company will later this year launch Zune, an umbrella brand for what he says is “a family of hardware and software products” targeting various digital entertainment services.

The first implementation of this will be the portable music player and digital music service, in what is the company’s strongest effort yet to rein in Apple Computer’s iTunes/iPod juggernaut, currently responsible for about 70% of the digital music market and 75% of the portable digital music player market.

Additional Zune-branded devices will follow, including a portable video player and, potentially, a portable game device, although Stephenson would not comment on the videogame element of the initiative.

Because the product lines have not yet been finalized, Microsoft would not discuss specifications. However, Stephenson did confirm that the initial music device will contain a hard drive and the much-discussed Wi-Fi connection for wireless Internet access. Exactly how Microsoft intends to utilize this wireless Internet capability remains unclear.

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Microsoft Acquires Winternals Software

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Leave a comment

This was the subject line of one of the mails that i got today morning from a senior colleague when i checked my mailbox. I was curious to open up the link that contained the news. So I did. I had heard a bit about Winternals. Now if you are not aware of what Winternals does, then you might not be able to understand the importance of this acquisition. In fact, Winternals is a leading provider of systems recovery and data protection solutions for Microsoft-based enterprises. Winternals products support IT professionals in numerous ways, emphasizing system repair and data recovery, and including system performance enhancement, system diagnostics and troubleshooting, and data accessibility solutions.

Hmm..thats indeed a huge set of solutions. Now i am really not surprised by this acquisition by Microsoft. The expertise Winternals, with their deep kernel-level expertise; brings to table can be really beneficial for Microsoft to come up with better and improved future versions of their Windows operating system.

Winternals is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft. So what does that mean to us? It means that the Winternals products and technologies might get integrated within Microsoft offerings so as to maximize customer value, which would be really great if you are a Microsoft customer.

Check out http://www.winternals.com/

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Microsoft, Yahoo Bridge IM Networks

Saturday, July 15, 2006 Leave a comment

The News is that Microsoft and Yahoo have followed through on a promise made nine months ago to enable interoperability between the companies’ instant messaging networks.

What this means to you and me is that, from the new Yahoo! Messenger with Voice, you can see when your Windows Live™ (MSN) Messenger contacts are online and send them instant messages. Keep all your friends in one place and IM with them anytime, right from Yahoo! Messenger.

Similarly you can send messages from a Windows Live Messenger account to someone on Yahoo! Messenger.

Now how cool is that? 🙂

Download Windows Live Messenger

Download Yahoo! Messenger with Voice Beta ( version 8 )

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