Mix Messenger by David Guetta

Can you imagine a dance tune made from the Windows Live Messenger notification sounds? Well don’t worry, imagine no more! 

The guys over at MSN France have managed to persuade David Guetta to produce such a mix to promote Windows Live Messenger. I’m not sure if it’s to everyone’s taste, but hey at least check it out. The official Mix Messenger page can be found here or you can dirrectly download the sound track here.

Via: Ed Dunhill

Tech-Ed 2007 Keynote Opening with Back To The Future Spoof/Parody

Microsoft executive Bob Muglia’s appearance at the company’s Tech-Ed 2007 conference this week began with an elaborate video starring actor Christopher Lloyd in his role as Doc Brown from the “Back to the Future” series, taking Muglia back in time to save him from a disastrous keynote address.

 The video is now available online, and you can watch it here!

Via: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Microsoft WhyWillYouWorkHere.com

I was just reading my feeds and noticed (thanks Dare) that Microsoft have a new recruiting website called WhyWillYouWorkHere.com, in which they feature a video containing various comments from various Microsoft employees (one of course being Dare ;)) about working at Microsoft, more explicitly with the Microsoft Online Business Group (i.e. Windows Live and MSN).

MSN and Windows Live deliver the most popular services online. Favorites like Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger, and important new services for search, security, community, and mobility. Imagine the impact you can have when more than 400 million people rely on your work every month. That’s a lot to think about. But there’s much, much more. Explore this site and see why Microsoft is the right place for people who believe in an online future.

Microsoft Academic Insight Event June 2007

Hey Computer Science tutors, I’ve just noticed that Academic Connection (part of the The Microsoft UK Academic Team) and DevelopMentor have parterned up to invite you all to join them at the Microsoft Academic Insight Event June 2007, for two days of technical education and discussion, designed to help you better understand and teach Microsoft .NET 3.0 and ASP.NET 2.0.

And guess what The Academic Insight Conference is now a 100% fully subsidised event!

But you had better hurry up and register as I’m sure places will go fast, especially considering all training, equipment, meals, refreshments and accommodation are included in this 100% fully subsidsed conference. And as well as that all attendees will also receive a training manual and DVD plus an Academic Resource Kit containing books, software and teaching resources.

So yeah if you’re an academic or a teacher/tutor based in UK Higher Education, who teaches computer science, ICT or technology, check it out here or register here.

HTC Announces HTC Touch the new Touch Screen Experience

HTC has announced the global launch of the HTC Touch, a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that features intuitive touchscreen navigation (very much like the new iPhone). The new HTC-designed homescreen provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

Leveraging the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the HTC Touch includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. Users can surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live. Other HTC Touch details include:

  • Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
  • Weight: 112g with battery
  • 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
  • 2.8″ LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
  • Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
  • Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
  • Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
  • Windows Mobile 6 Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
  • Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Choice of two colors at launch – elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green

The HTC Touch is now available in the United Kingdom and will be released later this month in Asia and throughout Europe. The North and Latin American version of the HTC Touch will be available in the second half of 2007.

Live Earth Goes Live on MSN in the UK

With the eagerly awaited Live Earth concerts only weeks away, MSN, the events’ exclusive online media partner today launches its Live Earth UK website at http://liveearth.uk.msn.com. The site is packed full of information on the artists, events and wider green issues to give people all the information they need in the run up to this monumental worldwide music event.

In addition there will be links to interactive maps available via Microsoft’s Virtual Earth, enabling people to see bird’s-eye, aerial, and satellite views of concert cities and venues.

Visitors to the site will find in-depth editorial coverage about climate change – the underlying goal of Live Earth along with details of how they can make a difference. In addition, a number of NGO organizations, including Friends of the Earth, The Environment Agency, Energy Saving Trust , Stop Climate Chaos, The Climate Group and Climate Impact Programme have teamed with MSN to provide insightful content on a variety of climate change subjects for the MSN Live Earth site.

As the event draws closer the site will feature a video player with DVD-style navigation, giving people the opportunity to watch clips about Live Earth and the host countries, as well as view artist videos. Visitors will also have the ability to create their own play lists to listen to and share with friends.  On 7th July, the player will allow music fans to easily switch between live footage of the concerts, plus celebrity and artist interviews.

Peter Bale, Executive Producer, Microsoft Online Services Group UK, says, As the exclusive online media partner for Live Earth, we are able to give our 465 million monthly users around the world an exciting, interactive experience that no other media can offer that will not only entertain but also educate about climate change and what steps individuals can take.

 Live Earth is about engaging a global audience with tools to tackle the climate crisis, and MSN plays an instrumental role in helping Live Earth reach its unprecedented audience, said Kevin Wall, Live Earth founder and producer. LiveEarth.MSN.com is the only place where people can join our movement anywhere, anytime. 

MSN works with leading experts devoted to environmental causes around the world including The Alliance for Climate Protection (http://www.allianceforclimateprotection.org), Conservation International (http://www.conservation.org) and Environmental Defense.

Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth partners with BBC

Today, the Microsoft Live Labs team is announcing a collaboration with the BBC to launch three dimensional photographic representations of historic sites throughout the UK.

The online 3-D viewing experience will be available in conjunction with the BBC’s new series How We Built Britain (http://www.bbc.co.uk/britain) which airs now and runs until mid-July.

The time-limited technical trial uses Microsoft’s Photosynth 3D imaging technology to allow viewers to explore Photosynth representations of Ely Cathedral, Burghley House, the Scottish Parliament buildings, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Trafalgar Square and London Bridge 

On selected dates throughout the television series, the BBC will have units on location at each of these historic sites to collect images from tourists who wish to participate. The photosynths will then be updated during the series with a selection of the images submitted by visitors to the locations. Historical and viewer submitted images will be integrated into the photosynths to contrast how people interacted with the locations in both the past and present.

Viewers and tourists from around the globe will be able to explore the Photosynth representations at http://labs.live.com/photosynth/bbc/.  By clicking and dragging their mouse, visitors to the site can explore each building, zooming in to see the smallest decorative detail, or zooming out and panning 360° to place the building in a wider context.

Photosynth is an extremely immersive experience where one can find oneself spending hours walking in the footsteps of the photographer and exploring minute details of the 3-D environment, said Adam Sheppard, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs. This opportunity with the BBC allowed us to test the limits of the Photosynth technology by integrating photographs from decades ago of the United Kingdom’s historic sites along with those of the general public today. We’re eager to see how people tell their stories with this new interactive medium.

To submit a photograph to How We Built Britain, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/britain/buses/ for a series schedule and further information.

Microsoft Adds In-Copyright Books & New Features To Live Search Books

Microsoft has announced that they have added in-copyright books to Windows Live Search Books as well as carrying the successful two-pane interface of Windows Live Search Academic over to Live Search Books. Microsoft says that this unique two-pane interface makes it easy to scan and preview search results. The preview pane includes a cover image, summary of the book and table of contents previews (where available), and a new hit density map that makes it easy to see where your search results fall in a given title.

Microsoft says it has permission to scan and display books from a wide range of publishers. And have paid particular attention to ensuring that they are only including books in their index that their publishing partners have given them permission to include, so Microsoft’s customers and partners can feel secure in their stance on copyright protection.

Here are just a few of our launch partners: Academic Resources Corporation, Amherst Media, Bearport Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Edward Elgar Publishing, Harrison House Publishers, Harvard University Press, Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services, Institute for International Economics, John Wiley & Sons Publishing, Lerner Publishing Group, MBI Publishing Company, McGraw-Hill Companies, Microsoft Corporation, MIT Press, OECD, Osprey Publishing, Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, PREP Publishing, Rodale, Rutgers University Press, Simon & Schuster, Springer, SUNY Press, Taylor & Francis Group, The Perseus Books Group, The World Bank, University of Massachusetts Press, Wheatmark, Wilderness Press, World Health Organization, World Scientific Publishing Company, World Wisdom, Yale University Press.

With many more not named here—and many more whose books will be incorporated as Microsoft update the index going forward.

Publishers who are interested in submitting content can find out more about the program at publisher.live.com.

The Apple II – 30 Years Ago Today!

Today marks a very special day for Apple Inc, as today is the 3oth Anniversary of the Apple II, the first ever personal computer to go on sale. 30 Years ago hey, that’s some time ago, I bet it wasn’t predicted that the Apple Brand would be where it was today in the year 2007.

The Apple II (sometimes written as Apple ][ or Apple //) was the first popular microcomputer manufactured by Apple. Its direct ancestor was the Apple I, a limited production circuit board computer for electronics hobbyists which pioneered many features that made the Apple II a commercial success. Introduced at the West Coast Computer Faire in 1977, the Apple II was one of the very first and most successful personal computers. A number of different models were sold, and the most popular model was manufactured with relatively minor changes into the 1990s. By the end of its production in 1993, somewhere between five and six million Apple II series computers (including approximately 1.25 million Apple IIGS models) had been produced.

Microsofts Online Service Group appoints two new directors

Microsoft’s Online Service Group (OSG) has recently appointed Cynthia Crossley as director of search and Jonathan Hulse as its new director of Windows Live after Phil Holden moved to the Mobile Group (still within OSG) where he will be helping out on Microsoft’s mobile marketing efforts, as well as focusing on their Mobile Live Services, Mobile Search and MSN Mobile.  

Cynthia Crossley has been at the company for ten years, having most recently been director for the Microsoft Windows Business Group. While Jonathan Hulse had been head of marketing for Microsoft’s consumer productivity and experiences group, Western Europe.

“We’re continuing to innovate and invest in developing the best possible search user experience to complement our current differentiators in Image Search and Live Search Maps,” said Crossley.

“It’s a very exciting time to join OSG as we move into a new phase for the search market.”

“The Windows Live portfolio is a powerful proposition offering unique breadth of integrated online consumer services which attract millions of users every day in the UK,” said Hulse.

“I’m very much looking forward to introducing new product developments, delivering innovative user experience and simplifying the essential role Windows Live services will play within our live,” he added.