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Microsoft gets IT

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Microsoft, the object of hatred for a large geek pop (and wannabes), is actually far from over. They are as fierce competitor as one can be. Latest evidence – Microsoft creating a YouTube channel for promotion of Vista and Live brands. Significance of YouTube here is that YouTube belongs to its “enemy” Google. That’s atypical for an “an underdog beats the incumbent” story, so it very well might not be one.

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Written by Brajesh

January 1, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Tafiti

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Tafiti, Microsoft’s experimental search site built on Silverlight: pretty pretty, and beautiful tree visualization of search results. (As a programmer, I’ve experimented with tree visualization of search results in the past, but, personally I don’t find them very useful.)

However, Tafiti seems to be just too pretty to be used regularly, too intimidating. It doesn’t have that comfortable workhorse feel of Google search or even Microsoft’s Live search for that matter.

Written by Brajesh

August 22, 2007 at 9:05 am

Posted in Coding, Design, Microsoft

Butterfly Effect

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Skype Blog on Skype’s outage over last week (blaming re-boots after regular Tuesday Windows updates):

“The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.”

Too far-fetched to be true!

[Update] : Skype blog clarifies the Mircosoft connection, and that they don’t blame Microsoft for the catastrophe.

Written by Brajesh

August 20, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Posted in Microsoft, P2P, Windows, WTF

Inline Seach: Cool IE Add-On

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I hate modal “Find” of IE, which MS chose not to change even in IE7. So here is one cool add-on by IEForge for Firefox-like inline search functionality in IE.

Written by Brajesh

February 23, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Posted in Firefox, Microsoft, Search

MSDN Down

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Is MSDN DDoS‘d? It has been down for at least last 2 hours.

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Written by Brajesh

February 14, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Posted in Coding, Microsoft

Firefox Gaining Market Share

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Firefox has been gaining browser market share really fast, it seems. January statistics are 31% for Firefox compared to 42.3% for IE6 and 13.3% for IE7. Even though Firefox has its share of issues/bugs (features 🙂 ), and I like IE7’s beautiful rendering of fonts, I would love to see Firefox gaining some more market and mind share.

Written by Brajesh

February 5, 2007 at 6:55 am

Clearification

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Clearification – this viral marketing campaign for Windows Vista is very well executed creative marketing stuff coming out of Microsoft. It’s a clever 6 part video series. Not sure, it’s doing any good to Vista, or is viral at all, but I rate it pretty high on creativity scale.

“Time is the fourth dimension…for now”

Written by Brajesh

February 4, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Posted in advertising, Microsoft