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Thanks to a reader comment by Dj, I present to you the full video shown at Mix ‘07 for the Windows Mobile oPhone:


Video: Microsoft's oPhone

Read more about it from last week’s article.

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Windows Mobile, Apple, Humor, General | 28 comments



MSN Does “Customer Service Hall of Shame”

MSN Money has released the results of a reader survey of the companies with the worst customer service. Here are the worst of the worst in their Customer Service Hall of Shame:

 
  “Poor”  ”Fair” “Good” “Excellent”

Bottom 10

Sprint Nextel

40%

28%

25%

7%

Bank of America

30%

25%

32%

13%

Comcast

30%

33%

28%

10%

Time Warner Cable

29%

35%

28%

8%

AT&T

26%

36%

31%

7%

Citibank

24%

34%

35%

8%

Wal-Mart

23%

32%

32%

13%

Verizon

22%

31%

36%

11%

Wells Fargo

21%

27%

38%

14%

DirecTV

20%

29%

33%

17%

Dishonorable mentions

Dell

19%

26%

40%

15%

Circuit City

19%

35%

39%

8%

Best Buy

14%

31%

42%

13%

Home Depot

13%

29%

43%

14%

Sears

12%

33%

45%

10%

Macy’s

10%

30%

47%

13%

I like Time Warner. They screw up so often, I get all sorts of freebies. I’m not paying my cable bill until August! Verizon is awful, with terrible overpriced cell phones and the lowest quality broadband I’ve ever experienced (hence the switch to Time Warner). Dell is another company you can count on to screw up often enough to give you free stuff (thanks for the $35 coupon, I got it last night). And Macy’s… arghh! I bought some plates from them, and they were broken right in the box. What did they do about it? Nothing!

So, don’t knock this list. Real customers are having real terrible experiences with your products. Companies: You should care. We hate you, and only shop because we are forced to by market conditions (deep discounting, no competition). When someone who’s actually decent comes along, or is just good enough, we kick your sorry ass to the curb.
(via M3 Sweatt)

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | MSN, General | no comments

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Yahoo CEO Terry Semel To Speak At Microsoft Advertising Summit To Discuss “New Network”

Hoo boy, this one’s got me wondering. On Wednesday at 11:33, Yahoo Chairman and CEO Terry Semel will keynote Microsoft’s Eight Annual Strategic Account Summit, an advertising schmooze-fest held over the next few days in Seattle. At 11:45, he will be joined onstage by MSN Corporate Vice President and Chief Media Officer Joanne Bradford a session called “The New Network”, followed by a Q&A.

Now, The New Network could just be the topic of discussion, with the two talking about the way the internet and advertising are changing. Or, it could be referring to a joint Yahoo/Microsoft network that will better help the two companies compete against Google. Exciting? Definitely possible. Or it could be nothing. You know I won’t relax until I find out.
(via Mary Jo Foley > Biz of Coding and John Battelle)

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Yahoo | no comments

Microsoft Does Split-Screen Computing

Engadget reports that Microsoft in India has developed software that lets two people use a computer, in split-screen with seperate mice and keyboards. It’s a great idea, seemingly borrowed from videogames, where two players play against or with each other on the same console and the same screen, just splitting the screen in half (or sometimes fourths for four players). Microsoft figures its better than buying a second computer, which can be quite costly in some economies, letting two people use practically the same hardware.

Me and my wife have come to a happy medium thanks to split screens. Our TV, which is large enough that this is manageable, has a split-screen picture-in-picture mode. Sometimes, if I want to play Xbox 360 and she wants to watch TV, we’ll just split it and do both, on the same screen, letting us stay together in bed, both looking at the TV, but doing completely different things. It’s as good a compromise as anyone’ll ever get. If I could split my laptop, that would be just super.

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments

Microsoft Fifth Most Innovative Company

BusinessWeek released a list of the most innovative companies in the world, and Microsoft placed fifth, behind Apple, Google, Toyota and GE. BW cites Microsoft’s 174 patents in the last five years, second only to Toyota in that group, and 11.85% revenue growth from 2001-2006, second only to Apple in the top five.

Among others you might be interested in: Dell fell 8 spots to 22 as its reputation continues to slump, HP jumped from 42 to 31, Blackberry’s RIM fell from 24 to 34, Nintendo made the list at 39, and even Best Buy showed up at 43.
(via Joystiq)

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Apple, Google | no comments

Windows Live Hotmail Launches

Although this was something that has been imminent for a month, had already happened in other countries, and everyone knew was coming today, it’s still great to note that Windows Live Hotmail has launched. After a long beta process, what was Kahuna, then Live Mail, and now Hotmail, has become Microsoft’s official web-based email software, marking a new generation for the world’s most used email service.

One thing that returns with the launch of Live Hotmail is the Outlook connector, which allows Outlook to connect with Hotmail accounts to use the desktop software with the webmail account. It’s enormously convenient, and something that had been taken away from free Hotmail users, and the return is a wonderful thing for everybody.

Also coming in the next few weeks: Windows Live Mail. Now, don’t freak out, it isn’t another name change (as of just a bunch of weeks ago, Live Hotmail was Live Mail), but rather a new name for the Live desktop email client. Since Live Mail became Live Hotmail, someone must have realized that Windows Live Mail Desktop didn’t need such a crappy name, and it is now called Windows Live Mail. Great move. It is the only free email client that will work with Live Hotmail accounts, and will replace Windows Vista Mail (which is fine, since it has much better features).

Also, all new Hotmail accounts will be on the Live Hotmail system, meaning there is no way to get an old Hotmail account anymore. No one on the old Hotmail is being forced over, and probably will not be for a long time, but new users get introduced to the wonderful new interface Live Hotmail brings.

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Mail, Live, Hotmail, Windows | no comments



Windows Live Spaces Heads On The Road

Windows Live Spaces is doing a road trip, and they’d like you to apply to be a part of it. They’re holding open casting calls, and you can RSVP for an in-person casting call at their website. The road trip is being done along with the Live Earth concert, which Microsoft is a partner with, and they mention they are looking for people comfortable with riding a bike through city streets who care about the planet and can travel between May 28 and July 10.

The person chosen will get $5,000, money for food and lodging, a powerful laptop and digital camera, as well as great seats to the Giants Stadium Live Earth concert. You’ll have to chronicle your journey on Windows Live Spaces.

Naturally, I applied. I’m great for the environment, since I can’t drive and am too broke to afford anything bad for the planet. I don’t even use paper much. So long as my wife can come along, or is okay with not seeing me for a lot of June, I think I can do this. Besides, I want to work for Microsoft, and this seems as good a way as any.

Casting calls are at:

Boston, MA - May 14th 10am-4pm
Hotel Commonweath 617.933.5000
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA  02215

New York, NY - May 15th - 10AM - 4PM
Mr. Youth Headquarters  212.779.8700
@ Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue; 4th Floor
New York NY 10011

Chicago, IL - May 17th - 10AM - 4PM
Mike Ditka’s Chicago: 312-587-8989
100 East Chestnut Street
Chicago IL 60611

Los Angeles, CA - May 18th - 10AM - 4PM
Omni Hotel: 213-617-3300
251 South Oliver Street
Los Angeles CA 90012

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Spaces, Windows, General | no comments

IE7 Pro: Tweak Internet Explorer 7 To Your Hearts Content

IE7 Pro is an amazing add-on for Internet Explorer 7 (and IE6) that lets you change all sorts of crazy stuff in IE. What can you change?

  • Double-click to close tabs
  • Open new tabs from address bar
  • Crash recovery to save all open tabs if the browser dies on you
  • Move IE menu bar above address bar, like it used to be
  • Get rid of search bar
  • Ad blocking (Flash, rich media, ones that fly around the screen, pop-ups/unders
  • Drag and drop to open links, search, save photos
  • Mouse gestures
  • Save web page as image
  • Greasemonkey user script-like functionality

And that’s just a partial list! Check it out at IE7Pro.com and wonder how you ever lived without it. Now, if I could move the tab bar to the side of the browser like in Opera, I might even consider switching browsers.

(via Frank Arrigo > Steve Clayton)

May 7th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Internet Explorer, Applications | 2 comments