Posts with keyword: microsoft


Reactivating Vista in Parallels 4.0

Windows Vista (oops, can I still call it that?) has "Windows Genuine Advantage" and so when it's moved to new hardware have having been installed somewhere else, it needs to be "reactivated." Parallels Desktop was recently updated to version 4.0. This apparently involved some changes to the virtualized hardware presented to the OS since machines created with older versions of Parallels have to be upgraded. You can see where this is going. The conversion process "fails" with a message that something has to be done manually. When you get into the machine, Vista is asking to
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Taking Search to New Frontiers: Dr. Harry Shum (Microsoft)

Harry Shum(click to enlarge) The Web can be divided into three components: content (pages, images, videos, blogs, feeds), people (readers, writers, creators, commenters), and actions (queries, clicks, pageviews). Current search engines have taken advantages of "keywords" to link those three components together. But the keyword model has reach it's limits. One phenomenon that's challenging keywords is the explosive growth of content. Multimedia content is especially difficult The scale requirements are huge. Another challenge is that the Web is becoming more dynamic: people want to interact. Search engines have a long way to go to satisfy user needs. To make
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Is Office 2007 a Pig or What?

Update: Its really Office 2008... Microsoft Office 2007 on OS X is a complete pig. I was so looking forward to finally having an Intel native version of Office so I wouldn't have to put up with long start times and the SBOD (spinning beach ball of death). With Office 2007, they're worse! I've rarely been as disappointed in a software product. Office 2004 is a better Office--even in Rosetta. Heck, Office on XP running in Parallels is a better Office. I'm glad BYU has a site license because I'd be really mad if I'd actually paid for this.
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World Wide Telescope

Miscrosofts World Wide Telescope(click to visit) Scoble says that when he visited Microsoft a few weeks ago he was blown away by the World Wide Telescope. Actually he said it made him cry. The WWT isn't available yet, but you can see a demo in this TED talk. My impression after viewing the TED talk is that it's like a Google Earth for the sky, seemlessly integrating pictures and information in a single platform. I'm just hoping there's an OS X version--but if not, there's always Parallels or Fusion.
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Good News and Bad News: Office 2008

Gizmondo has a hands on report about Office 2008 for the Mac. The good news: it's Intel native, as you'd expect. The bad news: they've "updated" the user interface, as you'd expect. The old Office running under Rosetta is definitely a pig, but having used Office 2007 on Windows, I shudder at what's going to change in the interface. Office 2004 is by no means perfect, but it's the devil I know. Fortunately the screenshots for O'08 don't seem to be as radical a departure from the old scheme as O'07 was. I'm crossing my fingers.
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Microsoft Keeps Plugging Away

Microsoft release the next Zune to very little fanfare compared with what Jobs generated with even the most recent iPod refresh. For all the crap Microsoft took over the Zune ("oh look! it comes in brown!"), you have to admire the perseverance. The fact is that this is how Microsoft wins lots of battles: "release, watch, redesign, lather, repeat." Office, Outlook/Exchange, and the XBox are all examples of Microsoft powerhouses that were less than exciting in version one. Heck, can you remember Windows 1.0? What a dog. Microsoft has the affluence and smarts to have a long range attitude
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Talking Research with Rick Rashid

This week's technometria podcast is a discussion with Rick Rashid. Not only is he the head of Microsoft Research, but he's also the guy who started it. Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. The company also collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to broadly advance the field of computer science. We discuss both Microsoft Research, as well as the general status of technology research. Rick first talks about his background and what led him to become involved in the formation of Microsoft Research. He discusses the general
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Zune Phone

This add for the Zune phone wasn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be, but it did make me chuckle a few times.
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Open Source: Locked Into Uncertainty

I was browsing the ZDNet blogs this morning and saw this ad: This caught my eye and I clicked through. The ad takes you to case studies from Microsoft, including one showcasing the State of Illinois' email consolidation project. Utah did something similar back in 2002. Believe me, it's not an easy job. As you'd expect since it was a Microsoft case study, Illinois chose to consolidate an Exchange/Active Directory solution--they had different agencies using Exchange, GroupWise, and Notes. We were luckier--almost everyone was usin GroupWise and Novell directory--although there were lots of servers with out of date versions
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Best Practices for Using Info Cards

Mike Jones is pointing to a newly released guideline for how to put InfoCards on your Web site: Patterns for Supporting Information Cards at Web Sites: Personal Cards for Sign up and Signing In.
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Beautiful and Disturbing

Charlain has a humorous and interesting look at what it's like to get a new machine with Vista on it. Beautiful and disturbing.
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Cancel or Allow?

I have no idea what security feature in Vista this Apple ad is making fun of, but it's still hilarious. I also like seeing the IT guy tape the camera to PCs head in this one. I know IT guys who would really do it that way!
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Microsoft's Open Specification Promise

Yesterday Microsoft made an important announcement regarding the intellectual property that they have surrounding many of the WS-* specification. I wrote about it at Between the Lines. You can find details at Kim Cameron's blog.
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Google's Serendipitous Uses

Derrick Story has a nifty tip for using GMail to convert Word docs to HTML. Just send it as an attachment to your GMail account and then select "View as HTML" next to the attachment. I just tried it with this Word doc and got this HTML document. Very nice. Now, if someone would just get around to building a tool that you drag a Word doc onto and it uses GMail to convert it to HTML and deposit the result in the same directory, that would be awesome.
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Christopher Payne on Windows Live (ETech 2006)

Christopher Payne from Microsoft is giving a demo of Microsoft's new live.com services. He's standing on stage in a suit. The visual discontinuity of that is jarring. His assistant, Frederick, is adding new widgets to a page, very AJAXy. The visuals are pretty slick. Live search let's you search within the results. There's a smart scroll bar that dynamically grabs information as needed so that you don't have to click "next" and "prev" to get other results. Image search has been completely rebuilt. Nice slider bars allow you to reduce or expand the size of thumbnails in image search.
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Ray Ozzie's Clipboard for the Web (ETech 2006)

Ray Ozzie is the first keynote of the first day. He's talking about building composite applications (what he's calling mashups) on the Web. The real power is bringing composite apps to the user level. A reference to shell commands and pipes in UNIX bring a good image to mind for anyone who's done that. GUIs bring big apps that user weave together using the clipboard to accomplish work. The Web has a lot of standalone apps. Where is the clipboard for the Web? Ray launches into a demo of "live clipboard." This simulates a button control inside the browser
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If Microsoft Sold the iPod...

This parody of what the iPod packaging would look like if Microsoft sold it is simply too good not to share. Update: The original link apparently isn't working anymore. Here's another, but if that doesn't work for some reason, just go to YouTube and search for ipod repackaging. There's several copies there.
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Twelve Reasons Not to Use Microsoft

Robert Scoble lists twelve reasons people tell him they don't use Microsoft. The thread has over 100 comments. Interesting reading.
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Achieving Ubiquity With an Identity Metasystem

Brett McDowall, who gave a presentation on Liberty at IIW2005, has started a blog. At IIW2005, he said "the world belongs to those who show up" and his blog is an effort to "show up" in the blogosphere. Brett notes that there's a lot of misunderstanding about Liberty Alliance, even (or maybe especially) among the IIW2005 crowd. Some of that's FUD, but as he notes, there are technological barriers. The primary one he notes is that RESTians aren't likely to jump on board SOAP just for the privilege of using an identity infrastructure. I was interviewed this afternoon by
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IIW2005: Mike Jones on Identity Metasystems

We're trying to get to a world where there is a ubiquitous, user-centric identity solution for the Internet. The result should be a safer, more trustworthy Internet. Mike is showing a user experience for InfoCards, Microsoft's proposed identity solution. First time I've seen it. The solution, of course, is very thick client oriented since InfoCards is built into the OS. The vision is nice because there's a common experience for using InfoCards across every Web site. A ubiquitous identity solution must accommodate mutually contradictory requirements based on context. For example, most of the time we don't want people to
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Means, Motive, and Opportunity

I just finished a post at Between the Lines on the importance of the Massachusetts vs. Microsoft battle over whether Office is included in the Massachusetts enterprise architecture. Bottom line: government CIOs have had the means and motive to make such a move. Massachusetts' actions have given them the opportunity to make the same move. On the same subject, David Berlind's comprehensive report on the process Massachusetts followed in the ETRM process should be a must read for any government CIO or IT manager.
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