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Let Visitors Send IMs From Your Website

LiveSide details a service coming called Messenger Presence, which will allow users on your website/blog to send you messages from a Messenger window. They’ll be able to see when you’re online, send you anonymous messages, and even hold two-way IM conversations all from the web browser. If the service features your Live Messenger status messages, it can present a serious challenge to Twitter, if you ask me.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Messenger, Windows, Blogs | one comment

Compete Says Microsoft Search Share Dipped released its latest market share numbers, showing that Windows Live Search’s market share dropped for the second straight month. If the slide continues, Microsoft will erase all the market share gained under the Live Search promotion, but at current they are still one percentage point higher than May’s numbers.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Live, Windows, Search | 2 comments

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New Microsoft Lifecams

Microsoft announced two new webcams in their Lifecam series.

The Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 is $59.99, has a 640×480 resolution VGA resolution, takes 1.3 megapixel (1280×960) photos, has a built-in uni-directional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation, can pan, tilt and zoom, has automatic face tracking, clips onto most laptops, and can swivel up and down while attached. It has a button to initiate a Windows Live Call, a LifeCam Dasboard, and one-touch blogging of photos to Windows Live Spaces.

The Microsoft LifeCam VX-7000 is $99.99, and it does high definition video at 2 megapixels, photos at 7.6 megapixels, a wide-angle lens, automatic adjustment in low-light conditions, and a built-in unidirectional microphone with acoustic noise cancellation. It also has a Windows Live Call button, the LifeCam Dashboard, and one-touch blogging of photos to Windows Live Spaces.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | one comment

Wii Pulls Ahead of Xbox 360 In Total Sales

The latest numbers from the NPD Group are out, and Nintendo’s Wii has finally overtaken the Xbox 360 in total sales, with the Wii having sold 9 million consoles, compared to Microsoft’s 8.9 million. Sony’s PlayStation 3 lags behind, with 3.7 million units. Microsoft’s one year head start evaporated after 10 months, but if you look at the battle as being a Microsoft vs. Sony one, then maybe those numbers aren’t so bad.

By the by, the Halo 3 version of the Xbox 360 goes on sale today:

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Nintendo, Sony, Xbox 360, Xbox | no comments

Windows Update Controversy Unfolds

Looks like there was a bit of a controversy over the last few days over Windows Update, with some people discovering that even if you tell Update not to install updates, just notify you of them, it definitely installs something without your permission. Turns out the thing it installs are nothing to be concerned about; they’re updates for Windows Update. Yeah, Update updates update without permission to update, but Update doesn’t update the updates you asked it to ask before it updates. Got it?

This also gave Joe Wilcox the opportunity to give some insight into how Microsoft uses blogs in its PR machine these days. Nice stuff.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Windows | no comments

Office 2007 May Be Bigger Seller Than Vista

Mary Jo Foley writes that Office 2007 may be outselling Windows Vista, with a rumored 70 million copies of Office having been sold, compared to the officially reported 60 million of Vista. Also, reports are the 80% of Vista copies come with new computers (guess I added two copies to the 20% side), while Office is flying off the shelves at retail.

Also, the NPD has a look at Office and Vista sales, including that a lot of people are downloading the trial version of Office from Microsoft, then buying a product key direct from Microsoft. This makes Microsoft one of the biggest retailer of its own product.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Vista, Office, Windows, Applications | no comments

Microsoft Sued Over Playlist Patent

Another one of those patent companies (that does nothing but sue companies that produce useful products over patents it owns and uses for nothing) has sued Microsoft and 18 other companies over the playlist functionality in media players like Windows Media Player. Premier International Associates just wrapped up a settlement on a suit with Apple (probably with a clause that relates to the new Microsoft suit), and they’ve moved onto bigger prey.

Interestingly, manyof the other defendents are computer makers, being sued for shipping computers with Media Player. Why exactly would they be responsible for anything in Windows? Shouldn’t they only be responsible for products created and sold by themselves?

I’ve been gone for three days and am catching up, so expect a bunch of quick, short posts.

September 16th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Media Player, Law, Applications | no comments