Microsoft researchers have built a prototype of a new app-shielding technology called Haven, which builds on top of Microsoft's previous Drawbridge operating system work.
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Microsoft is hoping the 'Put tab A into slot B' simplicity of its Gadgeteer hardware platform will make it easier to build prototype gadgets.
Knowing what Microsoft cares about, I worked out what had killed Courier a few months ago and I was fascinated to see it confirmed by Cnet's story about the secret history of the project.Chatting about a (completely different, non-Microsoft) single-purpose business tablet device, one of the developers bemoaned the way users of their prototype loved the way it did the one thing it did so well - and then asked if they could read their email on it.
We first saw a prototype of Microsoft's Touch Mouse at CES 2011, along with a set of 3D printed test shells used to help finalise the device's look and feel. Now the final product is sat on my desk, and it's time to get to grips with the touch features Microsoft is bringing to Windows 7.
Microsoft and UW appear to be working on a cloud-based file system. Have a look and see what it's all about!
Microsoft is launching a new HTML5 Labs Web site, where the company will prototype "early and not yet fully stable drafts" of specifications from the W3C and other standards bodies.
Microsoft researchers have published a photo of a prototype Microsoft 'Menlo' phone and have shared information about a new sample application codenamed "Greenfield" that is running on it.
As I reported this morning over on Between the Lines, Microsoft Office Labs has introduced a prototype training tool called Ribbon Hero. You can read the BTL post for the details, but the long and the short of it is that users will be able to compete with each other via Facebook to learn new features of Office.
Microsoft, with IE 9, isn't the only browser provider planning to harness hardware acceleration. Mozilla is planning to do the same with Firefox. Firefox developers have posted a prototype demonstrating the ability to take advantage of Direct2D and DirectWrite. Google is interested in the possibilities of hardware-accelerating Chrome, as well, as News.com's Stephen Shankland notes.
From the "truth is stranger than fiction" desk (via Slashdot), the OpenOffice.org camp is showing off a prototype of its rival desktop productivity suite that has a very Microsoft-Office-like interface. And many OpenOffice users are none too happy about it.
Telstra Sol Trujillo was not given the phone with Microsoft prototype software that recently went missing, according to Telstra.
Email Prioritizer is a PC-only, Office 2007-only experiment that allows the user to put a 'do not disturb' button in Outlook, and prioritise emails by importance
Office Labs -- an incubator within Microsoft testing business-focused technologies that may or may not end up part of future Microsoft products -- is showing off this week yet another of its ideas. The latest, known as "TownSquare," is a Facebook-like social-networking tool for business users.
Microsoft used its annual TechFest gathering of research lab technicians in Redmond last week to launch a new prototype operating system called Singularity.
At TechFest 2008, the software giant launched an operating system aimed at allowing researchers to develop new kinds of computer architecture
After the FCC rejected the White Space Coalition's prototype device -- which was touted as being able to sense spectrum to determine which frequencies are freely available in any given area -- Microsoft argued that the technology actually works, they just provided the FCC with a substandard unit. Friday, the Coalition -- which includes Google, Intel and Philips, as well as Microsoft -- filed a response to the FCC, arguing that a replacement device worked properly.
At Software 2007 in Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer looks at an OBA prototype from Dassault Systemes. The lifecycle management software is built on Office 2007 and features a composite application that uses SharePoint Server 2007 and Communications Server 2007.
I'm a bit late to the party on this, but a few days ago, there were reports of a new device that utilizes unused television channels (known as "white space") to deliver broadband Internet service. Backed by a coalition that includes Microsoft, Google, Dell, HP and Philips, a prototype device created by Microsoft has been sent to the FCC for testing.
Software maker is looking at whether it can build a cheap PC for emerging markets by combining a cell phone and a TV.
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