When it comes to building community -- and profiting from it -- Microsoft's Xbox team is helping write the playbook. That fact isn't lost on the rest of the company. Increasingly, other divisions at Microsoft are studying what the Xbox folks are doing right and trying to apply those lessons to their own products and services.
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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. Listas is a list-sharing collaboration tool.
Microsoft has purchased Jellyfish.com, a comparitive shopping engine, for an undisclosed amount, Microsoft officials confirmed on October 1. Jellyfish and Microsoft seem to share some similar thoughts, in terms of where current Web-based advertising models break down.
Microsoft is surveying select users and partners about what it should name its unified IT pro show slated for next year. Here are the names said to be on the short list.
Seeking to reposition their company and redefine the business-to-business market in which it plays, Ariba executives laid out a revamped vision and road map.
This week at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC), I had my first chance to interview Chief Software Architect Ozzie since he joined Microsoft. I asked him to rate the extent to which Microsoft has delivered on the plan he outlined three years ago today in his infamous memo entitled "The Internet Services Disruption."
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has founded a new company (some time in between sleeping and working countless hours for the Gates Foundation and a day a week for Microsoft).
The Microsoft social-media project formerly codenamed Tulalip is just one of many social-media experiments and incubations at Microsoft.Another is Microsoft Nuggets, a presentation about which I found recently thanks to a tip from Francisco Martin Garcia (@fmartin_garcia).
Former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie is back with a stealth communications startup, Cocomo.
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 2 is in private beta. Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 just arrived this week.The Office team is not moving away from the service-pack model the way that Windows is.