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  • The Google Monologues

    The Google Monologues

    Had a wonderful time at the Google Holiday Party the other night both because of and in spite of it being "off the record." The ground rules created an atmosphere where Googlers could be more frank than they usually are (note irony here) and at the same time get to wall off portions of the media's brains from talking about what they said. These moments feel a lot like the Washington senior… Read More

  • As Google Backs Away From A Plug-in, Microsoft Rushes Towards One

    As Google Backs Away From A Plug-in, Microsoft Rushes Towards One

    Today at their Bing Fall Release event, Microsoft showed off some nice updates to their search engine, including further information about how the much anticipated Twitter and Facebook data integration will work. But by far the most interesting thing they showed was the new beta version of Bing Maps. While it looked very nice, the real reason why it was so interesting is what it requires: Read More

  • Ciplex Builds World's First Multi-Touch Website Using Silverlight

    Ciplex Builds World's First Multi-Touch Website Using Silverlight

    There's no question multi-touch enabled hardware is going to be invading many homes and offices in the years to come, and it's exciting to see how some software makers are already building applications that take full advantage of the multi-touch experience, aided by support baked into modern operating systems and increasingly powerful graphics processors. But until today, I had't really seen… Read More

  • Calling Twitter's bluff

    Calling Twitter's bluff

    Ever since FriendFeed was sold to Facebook, we've been told over and over again that the company and its community were toast. And as if to underline the fact, FriendFeed's access to the Twitter firehose was terminated and vaguely replaced with a slow version that is currently delivering Twitter posts between 20 minutes and two hours after their appearance on Twitter. At the Realtime CrunchUp… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Silverlight v. ChromeOS v. Chatter

    Gillmor Gang: Silverlight v. ChromeOS v. Chatter

    The Gillmor Gang convened Wednesday to ponder the last several weeks of events loosely contained in a discussion of the next generation Web operating system. Three major announcements set the table for this Thanksgiving edition: Google's ChromeOS, Microsoft's Silverlight 4, and salesforce's Chatter collaboration platform. The last might be pigeonholed as enterprise Twitter, but Marc Benioff's… Read More

  • Microsoft's Robbie Bach on Realtime and the Cloud

    Microsoft's Robbie Bach on Realtime and the Cloud

    Earlier this summer I traveled to Redmond to talk realtime and the cloud with senior Microsoft executives. In this conversation with Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division, I tried to delve into what "we inelegantly call Three Screens and A Cloud" from Bach's vantage point atop Xbox, Zune, Windows Mobile, Media Server, and related hardware. The subtext… Read More

  • Silverlight 4 In Beta. Supports Google Chrome. (Plus, Screenshots of Facebook Desktop App).

    Silverlight 4 In Beta. Supports Google Chrome. (Plus, Screenshots of Facebook Desktop App).

    Microsoft announced the availability of Silverlight 4 in beta at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) today. Some of the new features include more fluid animations, Webcam, microphone and printing support, 200 percent faster start times than Silverlight 3, deep zoom and multi-touch support and more. It now also supports Google Chrome, even though it's just a rounding error of a… Read More

  • Bob Muglia on Azure, Silverlight, and Realtime

    Bob Muglia on Azure, Silverlight, and Realtime

    Earlier this summer I traveled to Redmond to meet with a number of Microsoft executives, including Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Business. Muglia's group has grown rapidly to become the critical swing vote in Microsoft's transition to the cloud, now closing in on almost a third of the giant's overall revenue. And as Silverlight and realtime become the strategic heart of the… Read More

  • Microsoft's Silverlight Helps Winchester Sell Silver Bullets

    Microsoft's Silverlight Helps Winchester Sell Silver Bullets

    Here's a bizarre use for Microsoft’s “Flash-killer” Silverlight—a ballistics calculator. Yes, Silverlight is being used to build an application that lets shooting and hunting enthusiasts "customize shooting conditions" while comparing Winchester-made bullets. Winchester's Ballistics Calculator lets gun users choose their type of ammunition and then compare up to five different bullet… Read More

  • Ballmer's Silver Hammer

    Ballmer's Silver Hammer

    With Windows 7 shipping in less than a month, we’re sure to smell a whiff of the Microsoft of old from the Pacific Northwest. After years of dropped balls and transitions from the Gates era to whatever we’re now in, Steve Ballmer should have plenty to feel good about. Steve Sinofsky has completed his personal reworking from Office chief to Windows czar, and the new OS arrives just in… Read More