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May 29, 2008

Windows 7 News

Windows 7 is all over the news lately because of statements by Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and other Microsoft representatives.  The biggest news is that it will have native touch screen capabilities and compatible with existing touch screens.  Microsoft really wants to push that surface computing.  Windows 7 will be based on the Vista kernel.  Will the second time be the charm.  It all depends on the expectations and how Microsoft keeps those promises it makes.  It looks as if they are only showing the things they can confidently add into the operating system.  We'll see.  The articles in Computerworld, Information Week, and CNET are good summaries of what is known to date.

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May 27, 2008

Microsoft Dumps Book Scanning Project

Microsoft last Friday announced that it is closing the book scanning project it started in 2005.  That leaves Google and Amazon with scanning projects.  Microsoft has decided to crawl content rather than to host it.  The company also closed its Live Search Academic project as well.  Who knew it even existed?  Search results from these targeted sites will now be buried appear in general searches.  I often wonder if Microsoft targets Google features as a way of competing with the search leader for no other reason than the fact that Google has that feature.  It's as if Microsoft wants to be Google by duplicating it.  If so, getting out of the book scanning business can be a positive thing. Microsofties can actually concentrate on search and marketing and not spend most of their time and money trying to be MS Google. 

Even the decision to look at a strategic alliance with Yahoo! or the possibility of buying its search business makes more sense than buying a company in which it would eliminate a significant number of redundant jobs merely to acquire that search business.  Microsoft may yet have some imagination yet when it comes to competing in a market that it does not dominate.

More on the book scanning project developments from Library Journal, The Register,and SearchNewz.

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