Microsoft releases first iPhone app: Seadragon

Microsoft releases first iPhone app: Seadragon

Summary: That sound you heard over the weekend was hell freezing over.On Saturday Microsoft's Live Labs released an application of the iPhone called Seadragon (iTunes, free) that allows you to view (and zoom in on) Gigapixel images.

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That sound you heard over the weekend was hell freezing over.

On Saturday Microsoft's Live Labs released an application of the iPhone called Seadragon (iTunes, free) that allows you to view (and zoom in on) Gigapixel images.

Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.  Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen.  You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else's).

The news here isn't that Microsoft released an iPhone app, it's that a Microsoft employee said he was impressed with the iPhone's superior hardware. When explaining the decision to release the application for the iPhone, Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, said:

The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a (graphics processing unit). Most phones out today don't have accelerated graphics in them. The iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been previously difficult to do. I couldn't just pick up a BlackBerry or a Nokia off the shelf and build Seadragon for it without GPU support.

CNet News.com reported in September 2008 that Microsoft's Tellme unit that is actively developing a voice-activated search application for the iPhone. Didn't that train already left the station when Google released voice search for the iPhone last month? Microsoft's Tellme is currently available for a variety of phones, including the BlackBerry.

Topics: Microsoft, iPhone, Mobility

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  • The news here? It's not Sea Dragon.? Well the accelerated graphics.....

    is old news, so how could that be the story? <br><br>
    I think that Sea Dragon is what this is all about. And the fact it was released by Microsoft for the iPhone.
    xuniL_z
    • Which in thurn goes to shows the

      success of the iPhone. It now not only has MS's attention but
      it's business.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
      • It also has the attention of Fart sound app makers........

        I can't believe Jobs lowered himself to that. Even though it was rejected once, i'm sure somebody sat him down to explain that "Farts = funny = money" and that's all he had to hear. ;)
        <br><br>
        I'm surprised that wasn't blogged before Sea dragon based on the Apple love that exudes from zdnet.
        ;)
        <br>
        xuniL_z
    • MS software running on the iPhone isn't even news

      Apple licensed ActiveSync from MS so the iPhone 3G has had MS software on it since day 1.
      NonZealot
      • That's the best you can do?

        Not news? Why did you read about it then?

        It's news because even MS sees the future of mobile devices, and apparently it doesn't include WM.

        However, maybe they'll include this app with WM v7, coming some time by the end of 2009 I think. This innovative OS is going to come with its own App Store! (Suddenly a good idea, right, Z?)

        Scores of manufactures can't wait for v7. They're being held hostage by MS in a sense because there isn't a viable alternative OS for mobile devices that costs less, right? ;)
        rynning
        • So Apple doesn't believe OS X will last much longer?

          [i]It's news because even MS sees the future of mobile devices, and apparently it doesn't include WM.[/i]

          Using that logic, the Windows iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari clients prove that Apple has seen the future of OSs, and apparently it doesn't include OS X! :)

          [i]They're being held hostage by MS in a sense because there isn't a viable alternative OS for mobile devices that costs less, right? ;)[/i]

          If you are referring to Android, hey, I'm on record as saying that I hope Android is fantastic. I just bought a phone a couple months ago so Google has 10 months to convince me that Android is better than WM. Apple has 10 months to convince me that the iPhone is better than WM. So far Apple is failing miserably and Google isn't quite there yet. :)
          NonZealot
          • That's the best "logic" you have?

            "Using that logic, the Windows iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari clients prove that Apple has seen the future of OSs, and apparently it doesn't include OS X!"

            Um, let's use that logic. iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari are all produced for the Mac and Windows platforms. Micrsoft only developed SeaDragon (what a name!) for the iPhone. That's just one more small nail in the WM coffin. :)

            Good thing you're only stuck with WM for another 10 months!
            rynning
        • The Microsoft Parasite

          It appears to me that Microsofts new strategy is to employ the strategy of a parasite to get into your home.

          First it hitched a lift with Sun Systems to get it wares onto your screen.

          Then it did a deal with Dell to ensure that the default search engine was MSlive

          Its supervising the "sponsoring" of MONO by Novell.

          What about Moonlight?

          and now, its using the Iphone as a host for more of its poisonware.

          Seems like MS is sticking its grubby fingers into all the pies at the moment. Unfortunately, MS hasnt washed its hands so I certainly dont want to touch it.

          Windows Mobile? - LOL obviously they've decided their own platform is hopeless (IMO), so they develop for a more stable and quality product (Iphone)

          "Putting Microsoft products on your system is like putting Count Dracula in charge of a bloodbank."
          Goblin[RFD]
          • I think you missed your calling......

            as a clueless comedian.
            :)
            <br><br>
            Sun's java would have gone no where w/o infecting windows and spreading itself around to almost monopoly status as a runtime, by umm, err, cutting deals with OEMS. OmG, they are criminals for doing that....or slimey...at least according to you and your logic. <br>
            That is until MS and .NET taught SUN a lesson that is. Now most Windows shops are moving to the vastly superior .NET runtime entirely. <br><br>
            Dell would not exist today w/o Microsoft. Your statements get dumber with each successive one. I'm sorry to say that and please don't take it too personally but we have to keep it real here. Do you think Dell rose up as a hardware company without an OS? Microsoft created the OEM giant that is Dell. Not that, that fact should buy MS any favors, they created all OEMs, including the current upswing of Apple because people are using Macs to run Windows most often. Most every Mac sale....Ca-Ching...another Vista sale, at retail no less. <br>Google had done the same deal with Dell, MS just had a better offer. That's business, if you can't handle the heat, get out of the kitchen as they say. <br><br>
            Apple takes the cake. A company that infested Windows with the most poisonous crapware ever written, so much so even Apple fans admit that QT is buggy and one of the top most dangerously vulnerable apps wreaking havoc on Windows today. <br><br>
            Then Apple decided to create a version of Safari, a very buggy browser to begin with, for Windows and again Apple does an utterly horrible job and creates another security nightmare for Windows. <br><br>
            But Apple didn't stop there, they made Safari a default, pre-checked package with iTunes/QT updates so unsuspecting users would install it w/o realizing it. Who would want that bug ridden crapware on purpose? Right, nobody. <br><br>
            Of course there is the little matter of how the iPod would have gone nowhere if Apple could not hitch iTunes (another buggy package, Apple needs to stick to hardware only) to Windows.<br><br> Unless you have some other brilliant scheme on how every company and product i just talked about would have made it without bloodsucking onto Windows, I'd have to say your statements were all totally empty and hollow ABM whining. Don't worry, it's a very common condition here. ;)
            <br><br>
            I hope MS uses Apple tactics against it and builds a portfolio of apps that load by default on the iphone when there are updates to existing packages, unless the user unchecks them. <br><br>
            You are also aware of the fact that MS licensed Apple it's first development environment for over 10 years during the Apple II days, right? Without which, Apple had nothing for developers, period. <br><br>
            And you do know how long Microsoft Office has been a huge seller on the various Mac platforms, right? The most recent being MSO for Mac 2008, which sold like gangbusters. Are you saying Apple users are purposely buying and loading Microsoft software due to some subliminal trance Bill Gates put them in when he "adjusted his briefs"? I mean this is getting funnier by the second. <br><br>
            So we've established that MS writes the best and by far the most popular code including their OS and everyone else hitches a ride to sell their wares.<br><br> MS has singlehandedly given life and existence on the desktop, without whom there would be none, to SUN, Apple, Google, Adobe, Symantec etc. etc. <br><br>
            These companies would be nothing without Windows. <br><br>
            You ABMers get more and more ridiculous by the day. I swear.
            ;)
            <br>
            xuniL_z
          • I dont think you understand

            Firstly when I was referring to Sun systems I was refering to the MS poisonware that is being packaged with Sun updates (the Java updates and MSlive toolbar?) understand now?

            You said "Dell would not exist today w/o Microsoft. Your statements get dumber with each successive one. I'm sorry to say that and please don't take it too personally but we have to keep it real here. Do you think Dell rose up as a hardware company without an OS?"

            Er? Dell and every other supplier of PC equipment. Lets all be grateful to MS then. If this is the justification for MS's behaviour and the binary slug of Vista et al, that we have some debt of gratitude then Im sorry I dont share it.
            and you missed the point, again. It wasnt so much the fact that it was pre-configured for MSlive, it was the presumtion that a/users would want it and b/it really takes away peoples choice.
            How many people do you know that use MSlive over Google? Seems to me it was a cheap way for MS to get hits for their search, afterall they know they have lost that battle to Google.

            Also in regards to Dell, why are they now offering Linux instead of a Windows platform on machines? Dell dont seem to think that all the money is with Windows.

            In regards to "ou are also aware of the fact that MS licensed Apple it's first development environment for over 10 years during the Apple II days, right? Without which, Apple had nothing for developers, period"

            Look if this is a MS appreciation thread let me know. I dont remember mentioning about Apples actions, I merely commented on MS's attempts to get in on a better mobile platform with SeaMonkey.

            I dont know what experience you have with WM, but as an MDA Mail user I can tell you that "awful" is a gross understantment for the binary slop that was WM. Im not alone, and maybe thats why the mobile platfornm is another battle MS is playing second fiddle to another company.

            You said "MS has singlehandedly given life and existence on the desktop, without whom there would be none, to SUN, Apple, Google, Adobe, Symantec etc. etc."

            Oh hail MS. Oh hail the MS line of "100% MS life" there are no alternatives. LOL - The fact that you can type this PR junk is as silly as the notion that MS thinks it can beat Google in the search wars, or the notion that Win 7 is going to be anything other than Vista SP3.

            Ill have to remember your comments when Win 7 gets received like Vista did. I remember to say "What are you complaining about? You wouldnt have the utilities you have today if it wasnt for MS. Be grateful for what you've got!!" LOL. Thats good, seriously.

            Finally "So we've established that MS writes the best and by far the most popular code including their OS and everyone else hitches a ride to sell their wares."

            Why not do a little google search? Why not actually check out the forums. Vista is popular code? Everyone else hitches a ride? LOL - Please read my post properly. If you want to make a comment, fine, but atleast understand what you are going to argue about.

            MS Shillers, you've got to love em.
            Goblin[RFD]
          • I dont think you understand pt2

            I wonder what revolutionary "new" package MS will reveal next. I dont know about anyone else, but I am impressed with SeaMonkey, there was me thinking MS couldnt innovate and only purchased, and then they release a package like that (and yes Ive re-badged it)

            Can I just ask while we are talking about being grateful, should China be grateful to MS's actions of 2005?

            Unless I am mistake my comments are more of a poke at MS's actions not really the binary slop it produces, as that part is well known.

            Why didnt you mention about my commentss on MONO? Id love to hear how we should be grateful.

            Is Novell grateful to MS? I wouldnt think so, I bet they are looking at Canonical now and wondering if they wouldnt have been in its position now, had they not jumped into bed with MS.
            Goblin[RFD]
          • Wow, a 2 part reply. . You ABMers sure are excitable. ;)

            <i>Firstly when I was referring to Sun systems I was refering to the MS poisonware that is being packaged with Sun updates (the Java updates and MSlive toolbar?) understand now?</i><br><br>
            Oh please, so we are supposed to believe you are the last word on code quality? What systems have you coded that give you such a perspective? Granted sites like this are crawling with ABMers who literally spend their lives trying to malign MS software in any way they can, but the majority of users who are professional with a life, continue to happily used Windows and gain the high end productivity no other system offers. Unless you are into video editing (vista has apps that does this just as well anyway) or desktop publishing. <br><br>
            I don't want Java coming on my PCs either, i have no use for it. It's slow and clunky but i have to put up with that poisonware, so what are you complaining about? Delete the toolbar, like I have to delete to SUN crap preloaded on my machine. <br><br>
            Actually i used the MSN toolbar prior to Vista, which has it's own killer search engine and it was great for a busy professional. If you don't get hundreds of emails or more, per day, you don't know how useful that mail and other file indexing can be. <br><br>
            I found it much better than the Google toolbar which essentially "takes" your deleted mail under the guise of "undelete" abilities and sends it out across the internet to Google servers. There is other data stored on Google servers. It's a huge security hole and it appears Google takes ownership of that data. YOu can get it, but Google will retain a copy indefinately for "data mining". They need it, the only technology then have that has caught on is search and all revenues are from annoying advertising. <br><br>

            <br>
            <i> You said "Dell would not exist today w/o Microsoft. Your statements get dumber with each successive one. I'm sorry to say that and please don't take it too personally but we have to keep it real here. Do you think Dell rose up as a hardware company without an OS?"

            Er? Dell and every other supplier of PC equipment. Lets all be grateful to MS then. If this is the justification for MS's behaviour and the binary slug of Vista et al, that we have some debt of gratitude then Im sorry I dont share it.
            and you missed the point, again. It wasnt so much the fact that it was pre-configured for MSlive, it was the presumtion that a/users would want it and b/it really takes away peoples choice.
            How many people do you know that use MSlive over Google? Seems to me it was a cheap way for MS to get hits for their search, afterall they know they have lost that battle to Google.</i><br><br>
            Oh, so you advocate choices in software other than Microsoft, but you think Google should just be left to building a monopoly of internet search and advertising? That logic makes no sense. <br>
            If MSN has little share and not many use it, maybe it's because Google has monopolized that space. Isn't that what ABMers say about the desktop OS space and Windows?<br>
            But now you are against allowing the smaller marketshare have a chance. And it's only the default, not the permanent toolbar. sheesh. <br>
            The hypocrisy is amazing. <br>
            It's simple business, MS made the best offer and Dell took it. If anyone, you should be upset with Dell if you don't like it. <br>
            What, you buy Dells only and don't know how to change the the default search provider? WOW.
            ;)
            <br><br>

            <i>
            Also in regards to Dell, why are they now offering Linux instead of a Windows platform on machines? Dell dont seem to think that all the money is with Windows. </i><br><br>
            Nobody ever said or thought that the OEMs would only sell Windows forever. However, if you did YOUR research you would know that Dell has done Linux in the past then dropped it due to lack of interest. Again, this is business, not charity. Maybe it'll happen this time but Shuttlebucks himself siad there is NO money in desktop linux. <br><br>

            <i>
            In regards to "ou are also aware of the fact that MS licensed Apple it's first development environment for over 10 years during the Apple II days, right? Without which, Apple had nothing for developers, period"

            Look if this is a MS appreciation thread let me know. I dont remember mentioning about Apples actions, I merely commented on MS's attempts to get in on a better mobile platform with SeaMonkey.</i><br><br>
            SeaMonkey?? Are you sure you are on the same blog? The product is called <b><u>Seadragon</b></u> And if you read my post you would have read that even though i said MS was the reason Dell exists today, i went on to say that doesn't mean they should have special favors. So, no it's not MS appreciation day. <br>
            But based on your "binary slug" comments, as though you are some top notch Google software engineer and i'm guessing not, shows that like all ABMers, every day is a Slam MS day for you. You aren't one of those lifers decicated to killing it off by repetitious libel your entire life are you? You know that Steve Jobs got up at WWDC, one of the most heavily covered media events of the year, 3 years in a row (2 of them prior to Vista's release and spent a full hour of WWDC on bashing Vista. That showed me a desperate man who was desperate to not allow MS to take another generation of market. <br><br>
            Facts are, Vista is a great OS. If you ever noticed the blog on here....i think it was blogged several times as zdnet tends to do with bad news for MS, Gartner polling showed a slower than expected Vista uptake. What they didn't tell you in the blog was that of the 30 to 40% that rolled out Vista, the overwhelming majority of those companies CIOs polled that Vista is very good to excellent OS and value. <br>
            They were surprised due to the "perception" it had attained. The lack of vendors writing Vista drivers was the main problem at the start and now it's rolling out more and more, even though zdnet doesn't report that and has been labeled by the security industry as more secure than OS X. It's current up to date code, done using SDL coding methods and it's layered defenses make it more secure than OS X, and even a major Mac security blogger agreed on that point. It shares the same code base with server 2008, which is selling very well, and to call it binany slug is totally unprofessional and so far from reality. XP is the most loved desktop OS ever, and Vista is better. <bt><br>
            I run x64 Vista Ultimate on a 1,000.00 17" laptop and it flies, is far more stable than any OS i've ever used including OS X and comes complete with world class media center that tops anything in it's class. Who are you to call it a "binary slug". I've used both and Leopard on the same amount of RAM and same processor and GPU is definately slower. It just doesn't get blogged and ripped like Windows because windows does not have 10s of thousands that have such a love for the OS, they will go out and slam other OSes as their full time job.

            <i>
            I dont know what experience you have with WM, but as an MDA Mail user I can tell you that "awful" is a gross understantment for the binary slop that was WM. Im not alone, and maybe thats why the mobile platfornm is another battle MS is playing second fiddle to another company. </i><br><br>
            Are you sure there are more iPhones out there than WM devices? You'd better make sure that is a fact before you gloat. :)
            <br><br>
            <i>
            You said "MS has singlehandedly given life and existence on the desktop, without whom there would be none, to SUN, Apple, Google, Adobe, Symantec etc. etc."

            Oh hail MS. Oh hail the MS line of "100% MS life" there are no alternatives. LOL - The fact that you can type this PR junk is as silly as the notion that MS thinks it can beat Google in the search wars, or the notion that Win 7 is going to be anything other than Vista SP3.

            Ill have to remember your comments when Win 7 gets received like Vista did. I remember to say "What are you complaining about? You wouldnt have the utilities you have today if it wasnt for MS. Be grateful for what you've got!!" LOL. Thats good, seriously. </i><br><br>
            I never suggested anyone "hail" MS for anything. But what I what I WAS saying is that it seems so very ironic you go around calling MS code totally horrible(binary slug) and those companies have been so successful atop that "horrible" code. It makes me laugh to hear such trash talking when I'm sure you don't have any realy experience or knowledge on actual Windows code quality. <br>
            <i>
            Finally "So we've established that MS writes the best and by far the most popular code including their OS and everyone else hitches a ride to sell their wares."

            Why not do a little google search? Why not actually check out the forums. Vista is popular code? Everyone else hitches a ride? LOL - Please read my post properly. If you want to make a comment, fine, but atleast understand what you are going to argue about.
            </i><br><br>
            I could read forums all day long but as I've said, since it's linux and Apple people who have all the free time to be on those sites (windows users have jobs and no time for such games) by the hundreds or thousands constantly, which tech media has joined in to satisfy it's readership, by and large. <br><br>
            <i> MS Shillers, you've got to love em. </i><br><br>
            Never met one, so can't comment either way. <br>
            Now as for Apple or Linux shills, I see them in action here everyday! ;)
            xuniL_z
          • part 2 reply.

            <i> wonder what revolutionary "new" package MS will reveal next. I dont know about anyone else, but I am impressed with SeaMonkey, there was me thinking MS couldnt innovate and only purchased, and then they release a package like that (and yes Ive re-badged it) </i><br><br>
            </i><br><br>
            Again, i'm glad you like Mozilla's SeaMonkey but aren't we talking about Seadragon? <br>
            What do you mean you've re-badged it? <br><br>
            And it's Apple that only re-badges and doesn't innovate. <br>
            OS X is made up of one part PARC, one part BSD, one part MACH, one part BeOS which Jobs stole and made Next from...then he shut out BeOS in their greatest time of need and made them bankrupt. Apple's new little features each time are usually an open source package they've glued on. It's such a welded up screwed together OS, it's not wonder it gets Mega, Monster and Super patches every other month with another hundred fixes. <br><br>

            <i>
            Can I just ask while we are talking about being grateful, should China be grateful to MS's actions of 2005?
            </i><br><br>
            I thought you liked open source? China has direct access to every bit of OSS code out there. <br><br>
            Besides, it was only GUI code and some other components that were isolated. <br><br>
            Should China be grateful that Google destroyed their ethics to bow to the chinese communism and redirect searches to fake sites, keeping them from seeing the brutality and anti humanitarian actions of the state? <br><br>
            <i>
            Unless I am mistake my comments are more of a poke at MS's actions not really the binary slop it produces, as that part is well known.
            </i>
            ONly you know what you meant, but i can tell you how it came across. condescending and high and mighty....like most ABMers who post as though they know jack squat about development and the various metrics businesses look for in a system. <br><br>
            <i>
            Why didnt you mention about my commentss on MONO? Id love to hear how we should be grateful.
            </i><br><br>
            Hey, OSS can copy MS away. Shows they know good code and systems design when they see it. I mean Samba reverse engineered SMB to get it into that distro. <br><br>
            <i>
            Is Novell grateful to MS? I wouldnt think so, I bet they are looking at Canonical now and wondering if they wouldnt have been in its position now, had they not jumped into bed with MS.
            </i><br><br>
            I would say yes. Novell's business picked up by well over 100%...i forget exactly how many times over it picked up and is still doing so. <br>
            People want to be able to use both to their strengths, you see those that run companies are not subjective, ABM snobs who think they know everything. But RMS ignored that and made GPLv3 exclusionary to MS so another "Novell" could not happen, even though most customers were screaming for it. That's someone who is a lunatic about his ideology and politics and doesn't give a hoot about the people that actually use it. MS has always created apps people can use and love and gain productivity and ROI. I've created many solutions from various systems in my career and Windows has always come out on top in the long term for TCO and esp. ROI. Hands down. <br><br>
            As for Ubuntu, are they making money? They are not gaining any kind of great marketshare.
            <br>
            Shuttlebucks said there is no money in desktop Linux and note how the Linux purists still can't see that monetizing it is best. Ubuntu would not be on teh map had shuttlebucks not jumped in and financed Ubuntu via Cannoical.
            <br><br>
            Read real professional journals and discover the truth. Most sites on the net are like the Onion....full of half truths, only they are not funny.
            xuniL_z
  • Microsoft Making An IPhone App???

    Certainly this has to be making Mike Cox, Loverock Davidson, No Ax, and the rest of the Microsoft shills blow a simultaneous gasket. This is clearly Microsoft bowing to the will of the IPhone.
    itanalyst2@...
    • even I am surprised, unless...

      there is some license fee or backroom deal M$ got in return.
      It does not make sense for M$ to develop free software for a software platform other than theirs.
      Linux Geek
    • Or controlling it.

      They make money off of every phone sold with WM on it, why not every phone Apple sells?

      I am sure it does not matter to them what apps people run on the iPhone, as long as it is a Microsoft app!
      GuidingLight
      • How Are They Making Money?

        It's free.
        itanalyst2@...
    • As NZ noted above....this logic is seriously flawed.

      Unless you mean to also say that Apple, by creating apps for Windows (Quicktime and Safari are good examples), is Apple clearly bowing to the will of Windows. <br><br>
      Is that what you mean to say?
      xuniL_z
  • IPhone Tops Windows Mobile Worldwide

    "New data from Gartner indicates that the successful launch of the iPhone 3G was enough to push iPhone market share over that of the entire range of Windows Mobile devices. Nokia, meanwhile, maintained its number 1 spot with 42.4% in market share. iPhone market share jumped up to 12.9% during the third quarter of 2008, which represents an incredible 327.5% increase in worldwide market share for the same quarter a year ago."

    And my personal favorite:

    "Microsoft, in its zeal to get Windows Mobile onto as many phones as possible, is left with a phone OS that no one wants to use, and more importantly, one that developers don?t want to code for. "

    http://www.edibleapple.com/iphone-tops-windows-mobile-in-worldwide-market-share/

    Once again, ZDNet fails to report.
    itanalyst2@...
    • Yeah, fair reporting from Apple fanboys...What do you expect...nt

      NT
      transposeIT