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Courier was designed for me; and I didn't believe in it

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.

November 1, 2011 by

Microsoft Touch Mouse

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.

August 9, 2011

Ribbon Hero will speed Office 2010 adoption on campuses

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.

January 19, 2010 by

Microsoft isn't the only one developing a hardware-accelerated browser

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.

November 23, 2009 by

Microsoft to show off a corporate Facebook-like prototype

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.

June 11, 2008 by

White Space Coalition argues case for spectrum-sensing

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.

August 17, 2007 by

Ballmer talks up Office Business Applications solution

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.

May 9, 2007 by

Broadcast broadband

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.

March 15, 2007 by

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