For some time now Apple has stolen all the thunder when it comes to the idea of a tablet – but it appears that we’ve been looking in the wrong place. In a very real announcement, Microsoft has revealed their Courier tablet concept, and it looks absolutely divine.
The Courier (which can be seen in conceptual video form here), is reportedly in the late stages of development and despite its appearance, is a tablet, not a booklet. The 7-inch screens will support multitouch, writing, flicking, and drawing with a stylus or your fingers. A hinge that houses an iPhone-style home button, which you can use to bookmark pages, connects them both. The back cover will sport a three megpixel camera, and the lights that display status (wireless signal, battery life, etc.) will line up on the bottom.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but there’ll be plenty of news to come in the next few days.
In what some might see as an irrelevant move in the search genre, Yahoo upgraded its search capabilities and deployed them to most of the world. They announced today on the Yahoo Search blog a slew of new features and a slick new layout for their search engine.
One key feature of the upgrade lives in the additional left column where “intelligent search results” help you to explore other relevant sites and drill-down your result set based on popular keywords. Yahoo implemented “SearchScan,” which helps protect from viruses, malware and spam. They also boasted that they have increased response and search times all over the site. You can find a full listing in detail of the upgrade deployment on the Yahoo search blog.
This might be too little too late as the justice department is inspecting an agreement to shift most Yahoo search efforts over to Microsoft. The upgrades bear striking resemblance to Bing’s results pages, perhaps this is a transitional effort.
How relevant do you think Yahoo is in the internet search industry? What do you think of Yahoo’s improvements?
I tried to install a Philips webcam made for XP on my Dell Inspiron 640m running Vista Home Premium. It corrupted one of my boot files. I had to get a replacement Vista disc sent from Microsoft after I discovered that using a friend’s Vista disc gave me only 30 days of use (Microsoft customer service was awesome—no joke!). Anyway, I thought all my programs and files had been wiped, but a month or so later I noticed that the hard drive was almost full. I checked the C: drive and, low and behold, all my old files and programs were in a folder called “Old Windows.” How do I get those reinstalled to their rightful place?
Read the answer to Darius' question after the jump.
We're not sure if the grass is necessarily greener on the other side, but it doesn't have to be, so long as there's more green to go around. Citing sources who have spoken on the condition of anonymity, The Loop says Microsoft has been in contact with numerous Apple retail store managers to come work for the competition in exchange for a pay raise.
Sources say not only are Apple employees being offered "significant raises," but in some cases, Microsoft is willing to pay for moving expenses as well. Once hired, the ex-Apple employees begin contacting the top sales staff from their previous place of employment to offer them a higher paying job at Microsoft.
Good move by Microsoft or foul play? Hit the jump and sound off.
More details about the mysterious Microsoft “Pink” project continue to leak out (including a possible drawing). The current consensus is that Pink will be a Microsoft branded mobile phone. However, Microsoft would most likely outsource the actual construction of the handset. It will probably have some sort of integration with Zune services, like the excellent Zune Pass subscription based music service.
The Windows Mobile 7 OS will likely serve as the underlying architecture for Pink. Several sites have indicated that Microsoft may start talking about Pink at CES in January. Though, the gadgets themselves probably won’t make an appearance until later in 2010. These rumors about a Microsoft phone have been swirling ever since the software giant acquired Danger in 2008.
Rumors also abound about a possible Microsoft tablet. Microsoft has mentioned that they intended to make a smaller version of the Surface, and this could be it. The initiative may be codenamed “Oahu”, or at least was at some point. However, it’s likely that Microsoft is waiting for Apple to tip its tablet hand. Is any of this a smart move for Microsoft?
Microsoft opened its gates to public beta testers for its free antivirus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials, on June 23, 2009. Within a day, it managed to get rid of the 75,000 public beta downloads it had made available on a first-come-first-serve basis in the United States, China, Israel and Brazil.
“The final version of Microsoft Security Essentials will be released to the public in the coming weeks. If you are running the older version of the beta (1.0.1407.0), we encourage you to upgrade to a newer version of the beta (1.0.1500.0),” Microsoft informed testers on Sunday.
Try as it might, Microsoft has never been able to put a dent in Apple's marketshare for portable media players. The previous Zune players were pretty good, and the Zune desktop software finally got there after a few revisions, but neither one had the "wow factor" necessary to pull the masses away from the iPod juggernaut. With the Zune HD (and accompanying Zune 4.0 software), Microsoft has finally delivered the kind of truly exciting device that should make even the most ardent iPod fan take notice. It's sleek, small, thin, and surprisingly light with the rare quality of looking as good as Apple's products without looking just like Apple's products.
Microsoft's latest promotion adds one more reason why it's a good idea to stay in school. How does Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade) for 30 bucks sound? That sounds like a smokin' hot deal to us, and if you're a student at a qualifying college or university, you can pounce on this pricing.
According to Microsoft's terms and conditions, the Windows 7 Academic Offer runs until January 3rd, 2010, although there's a small chance Digital River, the e-commerce site driving the promo, could extend the offer. If eligible, students can choose between Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional, though it's unclear how much extra Professional runs.
These are download versions, though for $13, Microsoft says it will send you a disk.
While most of the attention between Microsoft and Google focuses on the search engine scuffle (Bing vs Google), the two sides are also doing battle in the Cloud, where things are starting to heat up. That's because Microsoft on Thursday began opening the doors of its free web-based version of its Office Suite -- called Microsoft Office Web Applications -- to select Windows Live SkyDrive users.
Things will really get interesting when Microsoft officially launches its online version of Office in the first half of 2010, and until then, the software maker still has time to fine tune the experience, although it might not have much to do. Microsoft Office Web Applications already works on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, while support for Chrome is being developed. But the biggest boon might be the ability to switch between the desktop and web versions
Between now and launch, Microsoft says it will be adding beta testers 1000 users at a time
The first Windows Mobile 6.5 devices haven’t even been released yet, but Microsoft is already thinking about Windows Mobile 7. A recent job posting indicates the software giant’s intention to build social networking into the mobile platform. Suspiciously, there’s a lot of marketing speak. This could be half job posting, and half clandestine press release.
The position is for a Project manager in the Windows Mobile 7 Communications group. The posting goes on to say, “Our vision is to bring social networks to life by integrating them into the core experience of the phone.” They also made clear that they have just “begun drawing the first lines of the Mobile Social Platform". This seems to put to bed the rumors that the new mobile OS would show up in the first quarter of next year.
Microsoft's initiative sounds similar to Palm Synergy, Motorola MotoBlur, and HTC Sense UI. Aggregating social media content on phones does seem to be all the rage these days. Is Microsoft late to the game here, or is the time right? More importantly, can they pull it off?