Microsoft Live Labs rolls out list-sharing tool

Microsoft Live Labs rolls out list-sharing tool

Summary: Microsoft's Live Labs -- the team that brought us PhotoSynth (photo manipulation/melding) and SeaDragon (smooth-browsing) technology previews -- has introduced another offering to its roster: Listas. Listas is a list-sharing collaboration tool.

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Microsoft's Live Labs -- the team that brought us PhotoSynth (photo manipulation/melding) and SeaDragon (smooth-browsing) technology previews -- has introduced another offering to its roster: Listas.

Microsoft Live Labs rolls out list-sharing toolListas is a list-sharing tool. According to a description of the technology on the Live Labs Web site, Listas "allows you to quickly and easily edit lists, share them with others for reading or wiki-style editing, and discover the public lists of other users. We encourage you to try using it for meeting notes, bookmarks, shopping lists, to plan a night out, or whatever other creative ways you can think of."

Live Labs is the combined Microsoft Research-MSN incubation unit headed by Gary Flake. Microsoft launched Live Labs in January 2006 with the charter of helping the company bring experimental Internet technologies more quickly to market. (Do incubations count as being available to market?)

Live Labs isn't the only entity inside Microsoft experimenting with shared bookmarking/lists. Microsoft also has been testing a social-bookmarking tool, known as TagSpace. And there's also a Microsoft Research project -- TagBooster -- which is focused on ranking and suggesting tags. (Thanks to ActiveWin.com for the TagBooster link.)

I'm not a social bookmarker. In fact, I'm actually pretty anti-collaboration in general. I guess that's why Microsoft's big unified communications announcements this week left me yearning for the days before vendors tried to foist "always-on" presence capabilities on us.

What about you? Are you jazzed about social tagging/bookmarking and/or any other collaborative technologies in particular coming down the pike?

Topics: CXO, Microsoft

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • I've mentioned this before, but

    What good is all this internet stuff they're offering if the Vista BFE has to be turned off to access the internet? I've searched and searched this subject and all I've found is other frustrated would be Vista users and a few bad solutions that don't work at all.

    Microsoft really needs to fix this.
    Bill4
  • RE: Microsoft Live Labs rolls out list-sharing tool

    Lot's o' links...very little 'information'.

    Mary Ho (Jo), I think it's time for you to (become)/(reveal that you are) a writer for People Magazine!!!
    nomoremicrosoft
  • like google notebook

    I this provides functionality similar to google notebook, this seems more simple to use and polished.
    5ri
  • RE: Microsoft Live Labs rolls out list-sharing tool

    The lists concept is not new.

    A "beneath the radar" startup called MyProps.org (http://www.myprops.org) has already done a killer job implementing "lists" (they call them "channels") - channels are user created, can be about any topic, and either public or private. Unlike listas, there is actually tons of great INFORMATION at MyProps.
    grogers1