When we think about self-driving cars, most of us think about the hardware stack required to understand the every-changing environment around the car. What’s equally necessary and often not considered is the back-end systems that support self-driving and that’s where Microsoft has entered the game. Cruise and General Motors on Tuesday...
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    In the biggest update to the Windows Live suite since it’s launch, this update, includes new versions of Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Writer, Toolbar, Family Safety beta. Windows Live Messenger beta (version 2009) Windows Live Writer beta   Windows Live Photo Gallery beta Windows Live Mail beta...
  • Windows Live Hotmail now works on iPhone

    While it’s not integration into the iPhone’s mail app, Microsoft have now modified Windows Live Mail to now work from mobile safari and the iPhone. One step at a time. More @ http://mail.live.com...
  • Microsoft enforces free Xbox Live iPhone Apps

    While iPhone owners come from both Microsoft and Apple communities, some developers have taken the opportunity to fill the void (assuming Microsoft won’t develop iPhone apps themselves) of Microsoft connected services. There’s been a number of iPhone applications that connect to Microsoft’s Xbox Live system to display information about...
  • Microsoft begin 'I can do that' Vista promotion

      Microsoft have started a new Windows Vista promotional campaign titled ‘I can do that’. Personally it sounds as exciting as ‘the Wow starts now’. While Microsoft certainly could do a much better job of promoting the benefits of Windows Vista, I don’t think this campaign will convince many...
  • Live Mesh June 18 update

    I posted on twitter yesterday that I’d received an update to Windows Live Mesh, I was wondering what changes were made. This morning Microsoft have emailed a list of updates to Live Mesh. Updates: · Live Mesh is now available in all English-speaking countries (not just the U.S.) ·...
  • Windows Vista – "Even Macs run it"

    I just received the latest TechNet Newsletter and was surprised at what I read. After reading through Microsoft’s promotional points for Windows Vista and SP1, I came across this piece of genius marketing – “Even Macs run it.” Really Microsoft… that’s what you want to promote, that your competitor...
  • IE8 to allow up to 6 connections to websites, browsing accelerates

      Multiple connections to a server isn’t exactly a new strategy, many download accelerators have been using this strategy to increase download speeds for years. Microsoft are taking that concept and applying it to general browsing. Assuming sites allow this and your on a broadband connection, it should result...
  • Microsoft gets 9 Years Olds to explain Office 2007, donates $1 per view

    Microsoft are using 9 year olds to promote Office 2007, highlighting just how easy it is to use. The promotion also ties in with charity organisation – The Smith Family. For every view of a video, which runs for around 30 seconds, Microsoft will donate AU $1. The current...
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    Mossberg interviews Gates, Balmer @ All Things Digital (D6)

    The All Things Digital event is happening right now, it’s tipped that Microsoft (specifically Bill Gates and Steve Balmer) will showcase Windows 7’s new UI. I’ve searched around for the best coverage, most live streaming attempts has failed. The best immediate coverage I’ve found is from cNet’s live blogging,...
  • Windows XP SP3 now available through Windows Update

    Users are reporting that Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now available through Windows Update. If you don’t see it yet, don’t stress, Microsoft usually stage major rollouts across the world to reduce the impact on servers. The last Windows XP Service Pack should arrive shortly.  Click for larger...
  • MicZune MarketPlace 2.5 ads video store UI refresh

    CrunchGear are reporting Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace has received an upgrade to version 2.5. The new version brings TV show downloads, similar to that already offered via the Xbox Live Marketplace. This seems like a natural extension, which would allow users to view the movie where they like (i.e. Zune,...
  • The Windows Live OneCare ripoff

    For those of you who don’t know Microsoft’s Windows Live OneCare product is software that includes virus protection, firewall and backup in an all-in-one solution. After using Windows Live OneCare version 1, I signed up to be a beta tester of version 2. When the beta ran out it...
  • Windows XP SP3 delayed

    As you may have noticed April 29th came and went, and still no Windows XP Service Pack 3 available for download. It was scheduled to be available via MSDN to subscribers on April 29, and available for general public to download in early May. I don’t fully understand the...
  • Microsoft nets mesh.com for Live Mesh, releases limited Tech Preview

    Microsoft have launched a technology preview of a new service called Live Mesh. Interestingly they’ve used one of the magical 4-character domain names http://mesh.com. Live mesh aims to provide data portability and synchronisation across your multiple machines and devices, allowing you to securely access important information stored in the...
  • Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack now available – 800 points

    So the new Halo 3 DLC has just landed today, it’ll set you back a steep 800 Microsoft Points and a 411.34 MB download. Update After trying them out, I think the cost of 800 Microsoft points is probably a little steep for the casual Halo3 gamer. But if your a...
  • Vista update Tuesday (Wednesday for Aus)

    There’s a number of updates released from Microsoft today, for those of you running Windows Vista, you’ll want to make sure you download these updates. As you can see from the screen above, a number of them patch Security issues. Also an update (mainly bug fixes) for Windows Live...
  • Windows XP (Home Edition only) gets extended for 2 years

    It’s long been known that Microsoft had already extended the sales period of Windows XP from the end of 2007 to June 2008. Well Windows XP Home edition will get yet another extension. The OS of choice for many new ultra-mobiles like the Asus Eee PC and the new...
  • Microsoft Surface.. finally arriving in the wild – April 17th

    Gizmodo are reporting today that AT&T will be receiving the first instalments of Microsoft’s Surface tables. It’s not going to be available everywhere, but if your around New York, San Francisco, Atlanta or San Antonio, then you’ll be able to get hands on with a Surface. AT&T will be...
  • Silverlight 2 ads DeepZoom (SeaDragon). Why the web just changed..

      At Microsoft’s Mix08 conference, they announced Silverlight 2. A significant addition in Silverlight 2 is what’s being called DeepZoom. I first seen this technology in the PhotoSynth demo, while that product is still in the labs, users will now get to see DeepZoom online. Originally called SeaDragon this...
  • Microsoft confirms next version of Windows due in 2010

      After months, even years of speculation about the release date of the next version of Windows, Microsoft have confirmed we won’t see the release of Windows 7 (codename) until 2010. It’s great to finally have this confirmed to allow business and personal users to accurately plan to their...

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