Archive for September 12th, 2008

Zune’s Recommendations software gets kudos

From Wired:

“While iTunes serves up a text list of recommended songs within your library and from the iTunes store, adding to the more basic recommendations its MiniStore feature used to make, Zune reinvented the recommendation concept by collapsing artists, albums and fans into the same recommendation engine, more accurately mirroring the way people think about music… It’s undeniable that Zune’s music recommendation interface is far more evolved than Apple’s Genius. What’s less clear is whether that matters, given that so many more people use iTunes.”

Microsoft goodness

All kinds of goodness from Microsoft recently.  I thought I would throw a smattering of links up and perhaps something will catch your attention.

The Zune is getting an upgrade!  The new feature that I am most excited about is being able to get suggestions on the device for other songs that you might like and then being able to stream directly from the Zune marketplace while using WiFi on the device.  Also great about this – all Zunes will get this update  (even the v1 Zune).  Yay!  Music happiness awaits.  (Now if only they would make the Zune Marketplace available in Asia).  I bought my Zune in the US and had to change one of my PC’s regional settings so that I could utilize my Zune Pass.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 is available for download.  So anyone who wants to get a sneak preview of Microsoft’s newest browser, head over there.  IE vs. Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Safari vs. Opera…


Microsoft Research has released Photosynth.  It stitches together your photos of a place; it’s able to tell where the edges are, where buildings and objects line up, and then it puts it all together to create an interactive “photo…”  Hard to explain, go over to the site and see.  Probably one of the most well-received technologies from Microsoft in the past year.

The second commercial in the new Microsoft branding campaign is out now.  I like it.  Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld attempt to get to know a family by living with them.  I can see the gist of where this campaign is going.  Seems like they are trying to show that PCs are for everyone and that they help with good, common everyday activities.  (This is just my speculation).  Anyway, the commercial is funny so it’s worth watching just for that.