Microsoft–Research In Motion (RIM) Partnership

3 05 2011

Moments ago, Steve Ballmer announced a new partnership between Microsoft and RIM at the Research In Motion conference. As a part of the partnership, Bing Search and Maps will be the default on BlackBerry OS. Ballmer also said Microsoft would invest in Blackberry services.


Live 2.0 details leaked

22 09 2007

Microsoft encourages its employees to blog. In fact it has a dedicated blog to each of its products at to encourage more interaction between creators and end users. But what happens when the details of a product is leaked far ahead of schedule?

Thats excatly what happened when the details of Live Search 2.0 ahead of the next week Searchification event of unveiling its details officialy to reports. Windows Live program manager Akram Hussein in his personal blog demonstrated how the new Live Search handles searches for digital cameras, showing not just product details, but also reviews. Also a search for “Brad Pitt” shows his popularity rating. Much of the changes of the new look and feel has bee gradually appearing on the site.

The blog has ever since been pulled down and Akram Hussein has posted an apology saying that the screenshots were from a test version of the new Live and not the final verion. But some guys have managed to get the screenshots here.

Microsoft and Google: Comparison by an ex-employee

27 06 2007

The following has been making the rounds on just about every internal email list I belong to in Microsoft. Here it is to share a little insight with the rest of the world. Microsoft is an amazingly transparent company. Google is not. Any peek is a good peek. Read the original post here:

Enable Vista Readyboost For Any Pendrive

8 05 2007

Disappointed that your pendrive does not support Readyboost on Windows Vista? Ok… a bit of basics first for those who dont know what is Readyboost. Readyboost is a technology in Windows Vista that enables the system to speed up by plugging in a USB pen drive instead of adding a RAM module. In this way you dont have to spend much on costly RAMs. But remember that you need a pen drive with good data transfer rate or else this would only slow down Vista.

Ok time to get our hands dirty. Follow the steps and dont forget to back up the registry before starting…

1. Plug in the device. Windows Vista
2. Open the Readyboost tab on the device properties.
3. Select “Do not retest this device”
4. Unplug the device
5. Open regedit (start->run->regedit)
6. Expand – HKLM (Local Machine)->SOFTWARE->Microsoft->Windows NT->CurrentVersion->EMDgmt
7. Find your device.
8. Change Device Status to 2
9. Change ReadSpeedKBs to 1000
10. Change WriteSpeedKBs to 1000
11. Plug in the device.
12. Enable Readyboost!!!!

You may need to take out the device and plug it back in once more for readyboost to show up under properties. Thats all and you are done.

Microsoft plans to buy out Yahoo… MicroHoo anyone?

4 05 2007

Microsoft Corp. has intensified its pursuit of a deal to take over Yahoo Inc., asking the company to re-enter formal talks, the New York Post reported on its Web site on Friday. While the two companies have held informal deal talks over the years, the latest approach signals a new urgency on Microsoft’s part, the paper said, citing unnamed sources. The approach follows an offer Microsoft made to buy Yahoo a few months ago, the Post reported, but Yahoo spurned the advances. The Post said Wall Street sources put a roughly $50 billion price tag on Yahoo.

Silverlight Airlines Demo

4 05 2007

Not quite impressed by Silverlight or not completely aware of its potential. Well do check out this sample application showcased at Mix 07. Watch it in action here:

Also do check out the other sample demos at Silverlight Website

Microsoft Hints Plans For Internet Explorer 8

4 05 2007

 October saw the release of the Internet Explorer 7, the much awaited tabbed browser from Microsoft. It seems the company has already started its plans for Internet Explorer 8. At the Mix 07 conference the company stated that- “Microsoft will continue to prioritize security and ease of use in the forthcoming Internet Explorer 8 and will seek to improve Web development with current standards compatibility.”

IE platform architect Chris Wilson said that Microsoft intends to create a follow-on version, IE 8, within two years of IE 7’s release. The priorities Microsoft set for IE 7, Wilson said, are the same for IE 8: strong security, ease of use and Web development improvements. Microsoft will invest more in layout and adhering to the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 2.1 specifications apart from making its browser object model more interoperable to make it easier to work with other browsers and allow more flexible programming patterns. In addition, he said the Ajax Web programming style needs more client-side application programming interfaces to allow developers to create more powerful applications. He also noted that because previous versions of Internet Explorer strayed from standards, new versions of Internet Explorer, such as IE 7, have caused some Web sites to not work for end users. “Web development compatibility is really crucial for building applications and…for us to deploy browsers (but) it has to be an evolutionary step,” he said, noting that half a billion people use some version of Internet Explorer. “If we say, ‘Here is your new browser–it’s standards compatible,’ we actually disrupt the existing ecosystem and it doesn’t actually make it better for anyone.”