Three new Microsoft Web sites worth mentioning

Summary:Microsoft has launched three new (and unrelated) Web sites worth checking out.

Microsoft has launched three new (and unrelated) Web sites worth checking out:

* Office Online (Revisited): Can’t get enough of Microsoft Office 2007’s ribbon user interface? If so, the revamped Office Online site is perfect for you. Office Online is a site for tricks, tips and downloadable Office complements. Windows-Now blogger Robert McLaws wonders whether the new site launch means Office has RTM’d. No word yet from the Softies.

* Coding4Fun (Take 2): Microsoft “glassified” and relaunched its Web site aimed at hobbyist programmers. There are subsections aimed at Windows, Web, game and hardware coders. Microsoft is putting a lot of muscle behind attracting non-typical programmers with its growing family of Express products, among others. 

* Zune.Net: Microsoft rolled out its promotional site for its Zune iPod competitor, which is due to start shipping on November 14. Will the new site help convince the 42 percent of ipod owners who aren’t interested in buying a Zune to switch? Highly unlikely. (More importantly, does anyone – anyone at all – actually believe those ABI survey numbers? OK. Thought not.)

Topics: Microsoft


Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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