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Some Hopelessly Out-Of-Date Stuff

So, I’ve had a lot of tabs pile up in the last few weeks, when I really couldn’t blog them. Here’s some stuff that, at this point, wouldn’t make sense devoting a full post to:

Microsoft Cancels PDC
Microsoft announced it was canceling this year’s Professional Developer Conference, scheduled for October 2-5. Microsoft has not yet announced when it will be rescheduled for. Since the PDC normally focuses on previews of major new technologies, it makes sense to not hold it so soon after shipping so many major products. Plus, maybe Microsoft is taking Apple’s advice and not holding events announcing things before they’re ready.

Which brings us to…

Is The Steve Jobs Method A Mistake To Emulate?
Robert McLaws asks if Apple’s strategy of not announcing things, for the most part, until they are done would be a mistake for Microsoft. As he points out, as part of combating open source software, Microsoft decided to open up the development process to huge amounts of user feedback, which kind of takes the surprise out of releases, but helps the products get better. While Microsoft hid the exciting truth of Office 2007 for a while, it did extensive public beta testing, which greatly improved the product by ensuring that a small number of annoying features were fixed.

Can you imagine if Vista had been held out of the public eye the last year before release? If Bill Gates got up at CES, demoed Vista, and said, “And it’s available right now”? While it would have been a cool moment, it would have been ruined by Vista shipping with a broken Network Center, something fixed after extensive user feedback. On a Mac, it would have been fixed two years later, when the next “big cat” service pack was released.

Microsoft Partners With Facebook For Mashup
Microsoft announced it was participating with Facebook’s new developer features, with Microsoft distributing a Facebook Developer Toolkit. The toolkit wraps the Facebook API in a managed component, allowing drag-and-drop addition of Facebook features in Visual C# Express , Visual Basic Express and Visual Web Developer, with source code, sample applications and documentation. Read more at Miel’s blog.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft added Facebook support to Popfly, its super-easy mashup creation tool. That means we finally have the full version of Flitterbook, the screensaver that mashes together Facebook, Twitter and Flickr data, that I detailed a little while back.

Speaking of Facebook, check out this hilarious fake infomercial:

Watch it till the end, it only keeps getting funnier.

Gates and Jobs Share Stage At D
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs sat next to each other at Walt Mossberg’s All Things Digital conference, and the joint interview was funny and mostly civil. Check out a recap at C|Net, complete with video highlights.

June 5th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | no comments

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