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PS3 Wins Digital Life Best Of Show; Vista Tops Software

The third annual Digital Life show ended yesterday in New York (full coverage here) and Sony won the Best Of Show honors for the Playstation 3. While I didn’t find the PS3 impressive, I could see the excitement on the faces of the ten-year-olds that overpopulate the DL show floor when they spotted the Sony booth. They also took tops for Gaming Hardware and Best Booth, while Microsoft won in the Software category for Windows Vista.

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments



Counting Down To The Zune In Vista’s Sidebar

Zune countdown Gadget.pngSure, the Zune will hit stores before Windows Vista does, but that doesn’t mean those running pre-release Vista versions can’t join in anticipation of Microsoft’s big gamble. There is now a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget that counts down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the Zune lands on November 14. Get it, and gear up for the day you will… uh… read the news about first-day Zune sales.
(via Gizmodo)

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Zune, Windows Media, Vista, Windows, General | no comments

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Office Live To Release New Services Adding Collaboration To Office 2007

InfoWorld reports that Microsoft is planning on adding some collaboration features to the Office Live website, in order to fulfill a need for small businesses that can’t buy the expensive Enterprise edition of Office 2007. The features will tie into the Small Business edition of Office 2007, bringing lesser, but still effective, collaboration to small businesses. We can only hope that Microsoft plans on bringing this service to all of the “cheaper” editions of Office 2007, since Google already offers word processing and spreadsheet collaboration for free via its Docs & Spreadsheets.

Office Live will for example host some of the capabilities of Microsoft’s Office SharePoint collaboration server, that will enable small businesses to share documents with business associates, Capossela said. Office SharePoint Server 2007 helps organizations gain better control and insight over their content, streamline their business processes, and access and share information, according to Microsoft.

The current focus of Office Live is on small businesses, the segment that is likely to find these services more valuable, but Microsoft is also adding Office Live services that will help students and home users share information with others, Capossela said.

(via Download Squad)

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Office Live, Office, Windows, Applications, General | 2 comments

Dead Rising Just Forty Bucks

Best Buy currently features Dead Rising, the surprise Xbox 360 hit of the year, for just forty dollars. Whether you’ve been waiting for the right price to ge tthe game everyone’s talkign about, or are looking for a gift for a 360 owner, now is the time to pounce.

Am I the only one convinced that the new $60 games price point (and the lack of price drops) is really hurting game sales? The industry is taking a turn towards previously used games, one accelerated by the higher retail prices, and there are only so many people you can have not buying new games before you stop having anything decent on the used games shelf.
(via Joystiq)

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Xbox 360, Xbox, General | one comment

Apple Not Afraid Of Zune

Steve Jobs says he isn’t afraid of the Zune from Microsoft. The reasons:

  • Wifi song transfer “takes forever”
  • The iPod won’t lose its cachet, because you will always “want to kiss your lover’s lips”

The Zune will more likely live or die based on the effectiveness of Microsoft’s marketing, which must convey that the device is significantly better than the iPod. So far, we haven’t seen them put in any effort at all, relying on blogs to carry most of the hype. That won’t sway a hundred million users, so they’d better get started. As long as Jobs is his regular persuasive self, and practically no one is persuading in favor of the Zune, it just won’t sell.

That’s why I wouldn’t be afraid of the Zune yet.
(Found on Findory)

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Zune, Windows Media, General | no comments

Windows Vista Picture Clearing Up

Two stories that have been making the rounds over the weekend:

First, there was some misunderstanding that Vista’s licensing terms have been changed to make them more restrictive and remove rights away from the user. The important area:

The first user of the software may reassign the license to another device one time. If you reassign the license, that other device becomes the “licensed device”

In XP, the same area read:

You may move the Software to a different Workstation Computer. After the transfer, you must completely remove the Software from the former Workstation Computer.

As Paul Thurrott explains, the licensing terms are actually almost identical. If you install Vista on one device, you must reassign it to a new device in order to move it. That has not changed from XP at all. Paul explains a lot of the FUD getting around, especially regarding Vista getting messed up by hardware upgrades, a myth that has been making the rounds for over six years, as well as installing Vista as a virtual machine.

Not that his explanation made any difference to readers of TechWeb, Boing Boing, Engadget, Slashdot or Todd Bishop and Ed Bott’s blogs, since none of them issued a correction, at least yet.

Also, Microsoft has announced that it will be making some changes to all versions of Vista to satisfy regulators, especially those in Europe (who have lately fallen on the side of MS’s competitors). To avoid huge problems (and fines), Microsoft is granting security vendors APIs to interface with the Windows kernel. The security companies complained that Microsoft was locking them out, but the idea was that no one (including Microsoft) could get it, which would make it enormously secure. The APIs should be safe, but if they are somehow compromised, the rest of the OS could follow.

Additionally, security suites will be able to replace Windows Security Center with their own security dashboards, so long as the other company’s dashboard is providing comparable functionality. Hopefully, this means that when those products expire, Windows’ own security controls will spring back into action, not letting an expired, falling-apart product remain in control. Also, South Korea will only get Vista Home Basic and Business at launch, with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate not arriving until Vista Service Pack 1, which will be in late 2007.

As for search, users upgrading from XP to Vista will be asked, every single time they run Internet Explorer 7, what they would like their default search engine to be. They will be asked if they want to stick with their old default (whatever it was), or to choose from a long list of popular and unpopular search providers. This is a compromise between the wishes of many search engines, including Google and Yahoo. Users installing a full version bought in stores will have Windows Live Search preselected.

October 16th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Vista, Windows, General | no comments