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Catching Up

The holidays have not been kind to me, or to this blog, and I apologize. Here are all the stories left lying around that aren’t going to get a full post:

Xbox 360: Over 17 Million Sold
Microsoft announced that that through the end of November, it had sold 17.7 million Xbox 360s. With December being the biggest month of the year, that number is definitely over 18 million now, and possibly approaching 19 million. Pretty successful console.

Also announced: 8.1 million copies of Halo 3 sold. Almost 50% of all 360 owners have Halo 3, and the rest probably have Red Ring Of Death consoles.

Virtual Earth Adds KML Support
Virtual Earth, Microsoft’s technology that powers Windows Live Maps and Live Maps-based mashups, now supports KML files in the Virtual Earth Map Control. KML files are the files used by Google Earth/Google Maps for various map data and placemarks, so mashup creators can now use those KML files in their Live Maps mashups, freeing the data for use on both the Google and Microsoft platforms.

Office 2003 SP3 Disables Old File Formats
Service Pack 3 for Office 2003, released a few months ago, disables the opening of some files made by older versions of Office because they can create security risks. Specifically, it disables all files from Corel Draw, Lotus and Quattro, Excel 4.0, dBASE II files, Powerpoint files before PowerPoint 97, and Word files before Word 6.0 for Windows. You can still run them by putting them in a trusted folder, or re-enable them by running a registry file.

Nine New Games For Windows Titles Announced
Microsoft announced at CES nine new games in its Games For Windows program, including the upcoming Lego Indiana Jones game (those Lego games are always fun), Train Simulator 2 (which we’ve discussed before) and a new Tomb Raider game. The full list:

  • Alone in the Dark (Atari)
  • Bionic Commando (Capcom)
  • Conflict: Denied Ops (Eidos Interactive)
  • Empire: Total War (SEGA)
  • LEGO Indiana Jones (LucasArts)
  • Microsoft Train Simulator 2 (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Sins of a Solar Empire (Stardock)
  • Space Siege (SEGA)
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld (Eidos Interactive)

Windows Vista Only 39% Of OS Sales
New data from Microsoft shows that Windows Vista shipped on on 39% of all PCs in 2007. Remove the one month Vista wasn’t available, January, plus the almost 10% of the market that goes to Macs, and you still have half of all PCs shipping with Windows XP, not Vista. Microsoft should have found a way to convince PC manufacturers to stop shipping Vista, but it didn’t, and couldn’t force them given the bad PR it’s had all year. Hopefully in 2008, with Service Pack 1 shipping, MS can stop providing XP to computer makers and only allow them to ship Vista.

January 9th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | XP, Games For Windows, Vista, Office, Applications, Windows, General | no comments



Origami Experience 2.0 Announced

Origami-Experience-2

Microsoft announced version 2 of its Origami Experience software, the software designed to make it easier to use Windows on Ultra Mobile PCs. The old software was cool-looking, centralized, and had a lot of big buttons, while this one is bold, filled with extra information widgets, and lots of coolness, enough to make me jealous of UMPC owners. While the old stuff was about usability, the new goodness is about the centralized dashboard and great-looking touch computing.

Read more at the Origami Project’s blog.

January 9th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | UMPC/Origami, Tablet PC, Vista | no comments

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Video: Bill Gates’ Last Day At Microsoft

At CES Sunday night, Microsoft showed a pretty funny video showing what could happen during Bill Gates last day at work. Here’s the whole clip:


Video: Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip

Featured in the clip:

  • Brian Williams
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Jay Z
  • Bono
  • Stephen Spielberg
  • George Clooney
  • John Stewart
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Barack Obama
  • Al Gore

(via TweakVista)

On10 also interviewed Gates, but you’ll need Silverlight to see it:

January 9th, 2008 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Humor | no comments