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Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 First Look

Today, Microsoft announced a "private preview" of Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007, which Microsoft deems a "complete event management solution" and they also announced the core feature-set for Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007. This month, a "private preview" of Microsoft...

Microsoft Surface - Cool!

Microsoft dropped a bombshell with their new Microsoft Surface touchscreen computer that is a touchscreen coffee table with "eyes" that can see what is placed on it blending the virtual and real worlds together. Microsoft thinks this technology developed under...

Windows Vista USB Audio Driver Problem Fixed

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is my latest desktop machine at work and some USB audio devices have given me nothing but problems. While most USB audio devices have installed just fine, since they use the standard Microsoft USB audio class,...

Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Optimized IP Devices

Today, Microsoft is announcing several products that are optimized to work with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. As part of today's announcement, Microsoft has launched a unified communications qualification program – including 15 phones and devices which are on the...

Windows Live Messenger Now works with Xbox LIVE

Beginning today, Xbox LIVE, the most popular online gaming network now works with Windows Live Messenger on the Xbox 360. We knew this was coming, but this is exciting news nonetheless. Now you can VoIP or IM your XBox...

Microsoft plays nice with Apple iPod - no more corruption

The Windows Vista team has been working very closely with Apple to fix a problem whereby iPod's data becomes corrupt when you eject your iPod. Wow, Microsoft working closely with their arch rival to fix a bug? Considering Microsoft...

Microsoft tells me "Yoohoo. I'll make you famous"

Microsoft's PR rep recently emailed me with the following: Subject: Tom , Didn't Realize You Had 'Gone Hollywood' I just heard a commercial for a new blockbuster movie coming out this spring called "Breaking VoIP Barriers" — Produced by Microsoft...

Yahoo Messenger for the Web launches

Yahoo just launched Yahoo Messenger for the Web, an IM client that has no downloading - zilch - nada. Launch any browser (PC, mobile phone, etc.), and sign in using your Yahoo account and voila - instant access to over...

Communications Developer Conference coming soon

TMC’s Communications Developer Conference, is just around the corner - May 14-17, 2007, and is well-known as the premier event for developers of IP Communications technologies. The conference was previously known as the VoIP Developer Conference for the first three...

Remote Desktop slow problem solved

Remote Desktop 6.0, the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop client, which comes pre-installed with Vista was slower than molasses when I tried connecting to some Windows 2003 servers. In particular, I was trying to manage a Windows 2003 R2...

Googlemania = Future Breakup?

Google has been on a buying spree, recently picking up DoubleClick, YouTube, and Trendalyzer. They've also acquired in the past Picasa, Keyhole, Tonic Systems (a new Powerpoint competitor), and a plethora of other companies. Google is just about the most...

Microsoft Silverlight takes on Adobe Flash

Scobleizer talks about Microsoft throwing down the multi-media gauntlet with a new software called Silverlight that aims to take on Adobe Flash, the predominant video media format on YouTube and other websites due to its better cross-platform support. Microsoft's Silverlight...

Skype for Business Redux

According to ComputerWorld UK, Skype is testing an enterprise version of its VoIP service and has asked businesses with more than 1,000 employees if they're interested in getting in early. This isn't the first time Skype has tried to crack...

Apple delays Leopard blames iPhone

Apple just released an intriguing statement involving the Apple iPhone and Leopard - their next operating system. In a statement, Apple said, "We can't wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and...

100 million iPods sold

Wow, 100 million iPods sold. That's 100 million hard drives. That's more hard drives sold for the iPod than some countries have PC hard drives. Apple is a rare tech company that has successfully diversified itself between two totally separate...

Microsoft OCS 2007 vs. Microsoft Response Point

David Berlind over at ZDNet and I have been having some back and forth conversation regarding Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 (OCS 2007) and Microsoft Response Point. I wrote about OCS 2007 here, here, and here and Response Point I...

Office Communications Server 2007 Public Beta Launches

Recently I stated that Microsoft would launch the public beta of Office Communications Server 2007 later this month. Well, Microsoft gave me a heads up on the launching of their public beta of Office Communications Server 2007 which is available...

Microsoft Response Point - VoIP for Business

Today at the second annual Microsoft Small Business Summit, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a small-business Internet protocol (IP) phone system, code-named “Response Point,” designed for ease of use and manageability. The new system comes in an easy-to-install box, supports both voice...

Tello bites the dust

Tello, a Pulver-backed startup, apparently has packed it in. I covered Tello pretty in-depth last year (Jan 2006) in a skeptical article titled Tello, a near term solution? Apparently, it was very "near term" as it only lasted a little...

Cisco acquires WebEx

Cisco has acquired WebEx for approximately $3.2 billion, according to the Cisco website. WebEx is one of the most well-known companies in the hosted on-demand collaboration application space. Although WebEx is very well-known (who hasn't used it?), in my opinion...

Microsoft - Tellme - What does it mean?

Microsoft has acquired Tellme Networks, a hosted provider of speech-recognition solutions. I had dinner with some Microsoft reps last night at Tao Restaurant in NYC and asked about the pending Tellme deal, but their lips were sealed and they wouldn't...

Microsoft Public Beta of Office Communications Server 2007

Microsoft will open the public beta of its VoIP and unified communications server, Office Communications Server 2007, as well as its unified communications client, Office Communicator 2007, later this month. I wrote a detailed article on Office Communications Server 2007...

Marc hates Microsoft Vista

Marc Robins is having a hell of a time with Microsoft Windows Vista. Marc has encountered several problems -  Everything from printer drivers to Second Life not working and Internet Explorer crashing. Vista performance issues also seem to be happening...

Xbox 360 Goes 512 -- Size Matters

At the Game Developers Conference 2007, Microsoft announced it will be launching a 512MB memory unit for the Xbox 360 -- eight times the orginal 64MB unit! It's also increasing the official size limit of Xbox LIVE Arcade games from 50MB to 150MB. With 512MB, Xbox...

Is a Zune Phone Really a Surprise?

Some surprises just don't seem like surprises, do they? If we are all waiting for the iPhone (well, maybe not all), then why shouldn't Microsoft follow Apple's lead and launch a ZunePhone? And why shouldn't Microsoft take the same route as...
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