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November 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Microsoft taps Skype for business, will replace Lync

Microsoft says its will offer a version of its Skype voice and video chat software for business customers, phasing out its Lync business software in the first half of next year.

This was a long time coming. It was natural to wonder why Microsoft continued to develop its own business-focused communications tool after shelling out $8.5 billion to buy Skype in the first place. Microsoft linked Lync — itself the successor to Microsoft Office Communicator — and Skype functionality last year.

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March 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM

More people spent more time watching March Madness on the Web Thursday

More than 2.7 million people spent more than an hour each, on average, watching the first day of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship online. CBSSports.com just released stats for its free March Madness on Demand viewer (the high-quality player is built on Microsoft’s Silverlight), which “continues to regularly exceed our most optimistic…

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March 19, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Is March Madness on Demand, powered by Microsoft Silverlight, contributing to nationwide productivity drain?

Watching the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament on the Web at work is great. The on-demand player that CBSsports.com has built for March Madness on Demand, using Microsoft’s Silverlight, is not perfect, but it’s a great way to keep up with the tournament, live, while still “working.”

I think the people behind the player might take a bit of pleasure in facilitating this “borrowing” of work time. There’s a “Boss Button” on the player that brings up a spreadsheet. And the promo video that rolls when you launch the player exclaims something to the effect of, Forget that 2 o’clock meeting. There’s a 2 o’clock tip off.

(Microsoft announced a test version of Silverlight 3 yesterday, by the way.)

But is the tournament, which is now easier than ever to watch at work thanks to the Silverlight app, really the productivity sink it’s rumored to be? Staffing firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas floated an estimate of $3.8 billion in lost productivity for the 2006 tournament, a figure that many people questioned (though many others did not) and Jack Shafer, writing at Slate, picked apart.

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February 4, 2009 at 5:27 AM

Video: German composer uses Microsoft Songsmith to give global recession a musical score

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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Via the Telegraph.

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January 5, 2009 at 10:20 AM

CES: More predictions and a first wave of ‘news’

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.”

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December 1, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Blockbuster to build on Microsoft’s “Live Mesh” — a refresher on the underlying technology

Blockbuster is teaming up with Microsoft to eventually “give customers instant access to any movie on any device with an Internet connection and a screen,” a Blockbuster exec told The Dallas Morning News. The movie rental giant is one of the first big names to announce plans for Microsoft’s “Live Mesh” technology, a part of the company’s broader online services platform for developers.

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November 24, 2008 at 10:46 AM

Microsoft gets exclusive distribution of “The Guild” via Xbox, Zune, MSN

the guild logo.gifMicrosoft 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).

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