As expected, Microsoft took the wraps off its overhauled search engine this morning, introducing a new brand name, Bing. The Wall Street Journal reported online that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was demonstrating Bing at the Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, Calif. Here’s Microsoft’s release on the introduction. The Journal’s report said the…More
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It looks like Microsoft’s long-awaited revamp of Live Search is about to unfurl. Last week, word leaked out that the company would be unveiling its updated search engine, code-named Kumo, at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference, which takes place this week in Carlsbad, Calif. Steve Ballmer is on the roster of…More
A nugget from the BBC’s blanket coverage of the G20 summit and President Obama’s first visit to the U.K.: “The BBC’s Peter Hunt says: President Obama has given the Queen an Ipod during their private meeting at Buckingham Palace. It contains footage of her state visit to the US in May 2007. The Queen has…More
A German composer, Johannes Kreidler, has found another interesting use for Microsoft’s new Songsmith musical accompaniment software. His composition, Charts Music, derives melodies from stock-price charts of Lehman Brothers, Bank of America, GM and other major global companies and market indexes, as well as unemployment rates and other indicators. The melodies are plugged into Songsmith to create short, unsettling songs for each chart. Kreidler doesn’t limit himself to traditional financial indicators. He also includes charts of Iraq War deaths and growth in the porn industry. [Update, 6:05 a.m.: Kreidler explains more about the how and why of his composition after the jump.]
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A few more CES previews and predictions out today. “[D]efinitely underwhelming” is Kara Swisher’s outlook on “the annual egregious gadgetfest in Las Vegas,” as well as Macworld in San Francisco.
Mini-Microsoft turns attention away from the layoff scuttlebutt to note that the company has a heap of negatives piling up. “No where to go but up? Opportunity certainly abounds.”More
Desirai Labrada and John Henry met in December 2004 on Xbox Live. They were playing “Halo 2,” the blockbuster second installment of the game series from Kirkland-based Bungie and Microsoft that helped fuel growth of Microsoft’s video game business. She was in New York, he was in Florida. They logged on daily to play together, blasting away as love blossomed.
Now, they’re planning a “Halo”-themed wedding for a gaming show in January. And their school — Full Sail University, an entertainment-focused institution near Orlando — sent out a press release to announce it. (Engagement photo of Labrada and Henry distributed by Full Sail University.)More
Microsoft is adding to its stable of independent and original online video with a deal to distribute “The Guild,” a popular Web-only show about a band of online gamers. Its second season will be available exclusively on Xbox Live, MSN and Zune, according to The Hollywood Reporter (via Reuters).More
As expected, Microsoft announced the release of Silverlight 2, its platform for online media and rich Internet application development. It will be available for download here Tuesday morning. As part of the announcement this morning, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie said “one in four consumers worldwide has access to a computer with Silverlight already installed.”More
Microsoft, New York University and several other New York-area schools are launching an initiative to study how video games can be applied to education. The Games For Learning Institute will “focus on evaluating computer games as potential learning tools for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at the middle-school years (grades 6-8).”More
LOS ANGELES — Microsoft is spending a major chunk of its press conference at the video game industry’s big annual conference here describing new television and video distribution deals for the Xbox Live network, which has more than 12 million members.
The company is distributing television shows from NBC, movies from Universal Studios, and in probably the biggest piece of news: adding a huge library of movies through Netflix.
Speculation about whether Microsoft would do a deal with Netflix has swirled since at least March of last year, when Reed Hastings, founder, chairman and chief executive of the DVD-by-mail video-rental service, joined Microsoft’s board of directors.
The details of the partnership and how Xbox Live subscribers will get access to the Netflix library weren’t fully fleshed out. I’ll update when I learn more.
See this post for more from Microsoft’s E3 press conference.
Update, 12:59 p.m.: The partnership will allow consumers to “instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system,” according to a more detailed statement from Microsoft.More