Is this the Productivity Future?

This video shows how Microsoft believes technology is poised to evolve over the next five to 10 years, based on the trends its researchers and engineers are seeing in software, devices, displays, sensors, processors and intelligent systems.

The inspiration behind the logo design of Google Chrome

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Found by Peet and created by Federico Fieni.

Bing Crosby, Carmella Bing or Bing cherry?

In my search for “add url to Bing” one of the first things that came up where Bing Crosby and Carmella Bing. This made me wonder where the name Bing came from. Perhaps some programmer at Microsoft was thinking of one of the two Bing’s and a widely cultivated large sweet cherry having glossy dark red skin and firm juicy flesh and came up with “Bing cherry“. It is a pity he forgot to implement “add url to Bing” after searching for images of Carmella Bing. Microsoft indicated that the name Bing “was memorable, short, easy to spell, and that would function well as a URL around the world” and reminded people of the sound made during “the moment of discovery and decision making.” but we know better….

Bing now Live

We mentioned Microsoft’s Bing, Redmond’s latest search engine to challenge Google’s crown in “De ITbende podcast”. Bing is now live on http://www.bing.com/ . Where is the add URL to Bing ??

New vulnerability in quartz.dll Quicktime parsing

Microsoft found a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft’s DirectShow. Link

We can use IE again !!

This week we had to use Firefox or just go back to reading books to avoid being infected via the critical vulnerability found in almost all Internet Explorers. Today Microsoft released Patch KB960714 so we can stop reading books and use the Internet again.

Money from the clouds

Microsoft seems to expect to make way more money than 1 billion dollar per year from cloud services. That is why they will set up 20 new super big data centers over the next 20 years. Debra Chrapaty, Microsoft’s VP of global foundation services, speaking to the US media, said “We’re going to reinvent the infrastructure of our industry.” When you run everything from the 20 big datacenters how smart is that?? If 10 datacenters are bombed or taken over by kids smarter than the sysadmin you can’t fall back on backup datacenters. It seems to me that you need at least 1000 big datacenters and some form of TBS. This is also why I think lots of OpenSignOn servers are better than one big super XSall server. Anyway this shift to the cloud is a very interesting development. More about it on this blog.

The Dutch Vista SP1 is here

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Live Mesh – Microsoft’s next killer app?

It has now been revealed that Microsoft’s general manager of Live Mesh, Amit Mital, will officially unveil Live Mesh during a keynote at the Web 2.0 Expo on April 23rd entitled “Get Mesh!”. Lets see if this will change the way we work with devices and data sync.

WW Telescope site is on-line

wwtelescopeToday just before the announcement the wwtelescope.com is on-line. I guessed right. See my previous post and today’s post by Robert Scoble on the topic.