Archive for November, 2006
At a press conference at NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced the business availability of the Windows Vista operating system, the 2007 release of Microsoft Office, and a host of other new product offerings designed to enable businesses to thrive in a world of instant communication, expanding information and constant change.Today’s announcement that Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office release are available to volume licensing customers marks the beginning of the most significant product launch in company history and the first simultaneous release of Microsoft’s flagship products since the joint launch of the Windows 95 operating system and Office 95 more than a decade ago. Windows Vista and the 2007 Office system will be available to consumers and organizations without volume license agreements on Jan. 30. In addition to Windows Vista and the 2007 release of Office, Ballmer discussed more than 30 new offerings for business customers.
According to Ballmer, the new versions of Windows, Office and Exchange Server 2007 are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and its customers. Real-life scenarios guided product development through feedback from customers who volunteered to let Microsoft watch them work in more than 1 billion user sessions. During testing, customers from around the world downloaded more than 5 million beta versions of the products and provided valuable feedback and suggestions.
These are game-changing products, Ballmer said. It’s an incredible step forward for business computing in a year of unprecedented innovation from Microsoft. We expect that more than 200 million people will be using at least one of these products by the end of 2007.
Remember Alex Tew and his pixel website The Million Dollar Homepage?
Well I certainly do as I was one of the first to buy a spot on The Million Dollar Homepage in early september, and haden’t heard anything from him since, well that is until I got his email today.
Seems like he’s now back in action with a new pixel website called Pixelotto which is a 100% free-to-play lottery with a $1,000,000 jackpot.
Basically visitors simply have to click on pixel ads to be in with a chance of winning. With up to 10 clicks allowed each day, the more days a person plays and clicks on ads, the more entries they will accumulate prior to the draw. There’s absolutely no entry fee.
The jackpot itself is funded from pixel ad revenue. On the Pixelotto Board, which will be displayed on the homepage and is where players will be clicking, there are 1,000,000 pixels of ad space available at a rate of $2 per pixel. But unfortunetly the minimum purchase is a 10×10 square for $200.
The $1m jackpot therefore equals 50% of total advertising revenue, and an additional $100,000 will go to a charity chosen by the jackpot winner. The remaining revenue goes towards running and promoting Pixelotto.
The draw will then take place one month after all the pixel ad space is sold out. One ad is chosen at random and the winner is then selected from all those who clicked on the correct ad in a seperate random draw. A millionaire is made!
But will this be a new Winner Pixel Site for Alex Tew, or will it be a shadow of The Million Dollar Homepage. Well Pixelotto goes public on Tuesday 5th December 2006 so stay tuned for updates on how it goes!
Are you into the Holiday/Christmas spirit already? If so why not check out this Windows Live.com Happy Holidays Christmas Template, all you have to do to add it as your Live.com Template is click here.
Shoppers rang in the traditional start of the holiday gift-buying season with unprecedented traffic on MSN Shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend.From the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday in the retail industry, through Cyber Monday, the unofficial kickoff of the online holiday shopping season, MSN Shopping (http://shopping.msn.com) recorded 21 percent more visits compared with the same period in 2005. Site visits on Cyber Monday increased 63 percent from 2005 and consist of more than double the number visits to the site on Black Friday this year. Increase in traffic is believed to be due to MSN Shopping’s improved selection, handcrafted gift guides, popular Sales and Deals page, and tighter integration with MSN and Live Search
This year, visitors to MSN Shopping can consult an even broader selection of gift guides with recommendations for every person on their list, and save money with MSN Shopping online coupons. The site also offers expert buying advice provided by Consumer Reports and MSN’s own staff of editors to help shoppers find the best values.
For online shoppers who begin their shopping with a Web search, MSN Shopping powers answers within Live.com. Shoppers can simply enter a term such as digital cameras or perfume in the Live Search tool to trigger instant answers that direct them to merchants featured on MSN Shopping.
Online shoppers are always on the lookout for the perfect product, but they also want to find that item from the widest possible selection, said Jim Barr, general manager for MSN Shopping at Microsoft. Offering more than 30 million products from over 8,000 merchants in one place, MSN Shopping gives consumers the best of both worlds with easy access to our hand-picked collections, extensive reviews and comparison features that help them make sense of all of the choices we provide.
Via: Press Pass
I’m sure there are quite a few of you out there wanting to try Microsoft/MSN AdCenter, but just don’t have a lot to spend on actually seeing some results!
So well now’s your chance to give it a go because Microsoft is offering a $100/$200 credit for new accounts.
All you have to do is sign-up for a $5.00 account using one of the links provided below and use the corresponding promotion code for the credit amount you want.
Get a $100 credit for ad clicks. All you need is $5 to start an account today. Use promo code BNR-100-1006 at the following link:
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Scotty and Fiddy from http://www.hitch50.com just finished hitchhiking to all 50 states! These guys started in New York City 50 days ago, and with over 100 free rides in cars, trains, boats, and planes they are in Honolulu, Hawai. Talk about RAD!
Looks like next week I’ll be having an Interview with Kent IT Clinic Co-ordinator David Soud as next term at the University of Kent at Medway one of the modules I’ll be taking is IT Consultancy Practice which involves working with The Kent IT Clinic (KITC), which provides consultancy, computer systems support and software development services to small and micro-enterprises in Kent.
So I better get my CV (Curriculum Vitae) up to scratch and ready to present. Guess this will give me a chance to use my @email@example.com email alias!
Hopefuly it will go great and next term I will be working along side other KITC consultants to make sure the clinic provides high-quality technical services to small businesses and non-profit organisations at an affordable cost.
What is also great is that this of course will provide me with more practical commercial experience which will count towards my degree and enhance my CV.
BRITONS MAKE MORE TIME FOR FRIENDSHIP THAN EVER BEFORE
Modern friendship study reveals the average Brit has 21 more friends than in 2003
The average number of friends a person in Britain has today is 54, a rise of 64% compared to 2003, according to the â€˜Windows Live: Anatomy of Friendship Report’, a comprehensive study of the friendship patterns of over 1000 Brits. The rise is attributed to the explosion in social networking sites and communication phenomena such as email and instant messenger.
The study explores everything from how many friends we make in a lifetime, where we make them and how long we have known them, to how we communicate, conversation topics and even the friendliest places in the UK.
- The identification of the â€˜cyber friendship circle’ as modern communications tools change the face of friendships
- Nearly a third (31%) of the population has made friends online
- We make 406 friends in a lifetime but lose 352 of them
- 45% of the population make between two and five friends a year
- 30% of the population communicate with their friends via a blog
- Wales was identified as the friendliest place in the UK
Cyber Friendship Circles
The increase in our number of friends can be attributed to the communications avenues opened up by the internet, from social networking sites like Live Spaces to communication tools like Live Mail and Live Messenger. In fact, the study found that nearly a third (31%) of the population has made friends online and in some cases has never met the person they are friends with.
Anne Kirah, the anthropologist who analysed the findings, believes we are increasingly seeing traditional friendship circles evolve into ‘cyber’ friendship circles. She comments; In its early stages, we saw these relationships being described as â€˜virtual’ friends, suggesting they weren’t as valid or close as more traditional friendships. However, it is now evident that these friends can be just as powerful and meaningful as our best â€˜face to face’ friends as the worlds of virtual and real friendships are becoming more blurred.
Friendship categorisation still occurs, however, with only a sixth (nine) make it into the inner sanctum of â€˜close’ or â€˜best friends – people that we would share our closest personal information with. The remaining five sixths (45) are considered only as â€˜social friends’ – those occupying the wider circle of our friendship group.
Friends Today, Gone Tomorrow
Despite the increased use of technology to make and maintain friendships, the report also uncovered that the average Briton makes 406 friends in their lifetime but in fact loses 352 of them largely due to their hectic work life. The study found that 45% of the population make between two and five friends a year and a sizable 606,000 people have made between 31 and 40 friends in the past year.
Blogging for Friends
77% of those questioned use technology to maintain their friendships and the research found that 30% of the population communicate with their friends via a blog, space or social networking site.
However, while people are happy to communicate opinions and news on a blog, only 1% would use a blog to share gossip. Face to face is still the preference for communicating gossip (32%), with telephone second (20%) and no one said they would share important news on a blog.
51% of the population use messenger to stay in touch with their friends, using instant messenger technology like Live Messenger. A sizable 30% of the over 65s have used messenger to contact friends.
Anne Kirah continues: The world of friendship has transformed due to the internet and the rise of social networking and online communication. Now more than ever we have friends from all over the world, some of which we have never seen. Through blogging and social networking, the internet has simply become another way to create real, long lasting friendships, the same as work, or school.
Suzanne Cook, marketing manager for Live Spaces said: This report is a fascinating look into friendship in the UK. We are using this research in the ongoing quest to create communications products that offer our customers more meaningful interaction, whether they are having a video conversation on Live Messenger, writing an email in Live Mail or blogging on Live Spaces.
Windows Live commissioned ICM to conduct the Anatomy of Friendship report. 1000 people were questioned during September and October 2006.
AVERAGE NO. OF NEW FRIENDS IN A YEAR
Wales and South West (20)
North England (13)
South East (10)
Thanks goes to The Red Consultancy for sending me this in, The Red Consultancy is a leading PR (Public Releations) Company that has worked with Microsoft since 1995 and has offices in London, New York and San Francisco.
Santa and his helpers have been busy this year trying to keep up with today’s high tech kids. Building on the success of last year’s new Hotmail account that allowed kids to email Santa instead of mailing a letter, the big guy has created his own website and blog so he can keep in touch with all the good little boys and girls across Canada.
Children visiting http://www.asksanta.ca/ can connect to Santa’s website where they can email their wish lists, play games or download colouring sheets.
Santa has even included a recipe or two for his favourite cookies!
Kids can also link to Santa’s blog on Windows Live Spaces to get their bedtime updates from the man in red.
Via: Mountain News
Far Eastone Telecommunications in Taiwan has begun offering MSN/Windows Live Messenger to users of i-mode mobile phones, one of just a handful of companies offering the service globally.
The launch of the service also makes Far Eastone the first company in Taiwan to offer MSN/Windows Live Messenger, the Taiwanese company said Wednesday. Users will be able to send instant messages over their mobile phones via the service.
According to company, Far Eastone subscribers using i-mode capable handsets, including the Sharp GX-21 and GX-31, as well as the Sony Ericsson K750i, will all be eligible to sign up for the service immediately.
And to help attract new users, Far Eastone is also offering MSN/Windows Live Messenger free for the first month for users who sign up between now and the end of 2006, while the second month is only NT$60 (US$1.83). It is also offering users of the new service a chance to win a new Sony Ericsson K610im i-mode capable handset.
Via: PC World