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  • Scoble leaves Microsoft - For reals?

    nanite wrote:
    Now it's time for JohnathonH to leave.  I'm pretty sure that working at Microsoft has turned him into a total bästard.  He'd probably be a nice guy outside of a näzi moderator setting.

    Nah, it's grad school that did that to me. I've mostly checked out of Channel 9 these days - been doing a little thinking about where I want to spend my time. Looks like Robert has been doing the same thing, although to rather more dramatic effect Smiley

  • So... who bought an ​"​Origami&quo​t;?

    Origami was the sexy project codename. Ultra Mobile PCs is the boring official marketing name (actually, I'm not even sure I got the name right, because it's so forgettable...)

  • MSDN Wiki goes live

    jmacdonagh wrote:
    Looks like we can write our own comments on MSDN's documentation

    http://msdnwiki.microsoft.com

    Sweet!

    I've seen this being pushed internally for a year or so - it's great to know that it's finally seeing the light of day.

    And yes, the Channel 9 wiki probably had a measurable influence on it Smiley

  • Vista Beta 2 Public Released

    ChrisChance wrote:
    Vista coulda broken the internet... read here

    Chris Pirillo has a full transcript here. I figure CyberMagellan would be interested in reading the reasons for the slow downloads Smiley

    The transcript also confirms the "legal and privacy issues" that are stopping us from using BitTorrent

  • Vista Beta 2 Public Released

    intelman wrote:
    Why doesn't Microsoft use bitorrent, it is released to the public anyways, it isn't like it is going to spread it faster. You have to get a key through Microsoft anyways. Why don't they let other people pool their bandwidth, it'd save them some money

    Because our lawyers freak out about the legal liability. My personal bet is that we'll use a bittorrent-like approach eventually, but only after jumping through a lot of hoops for the benefit of the lawyers.

    (Yes, this comes up on Channel 9 every time Microsoft ships some big new piece of free software)

  • Vista Beta 2 Public Released

    Cybermagellan wrote:
    This is insane, I'm not even trying to download it...

    Funny there are no MS Employees on this thread...I guess Microsoft is dropping the ball on this too...

    Funny you expect us to be able to do anything about it Smiley

  • Becoming a blue badge. Joining the dark side.

    Congrats Smiley Which group will you be joining?

  • Sandbox terrorized

    I deleted their posts.

  • Vista Beta 2. Anyone seen it out in the wild yet?

    I believe the official announcement hit the newswires a couple of minutes ago, at 9:00 PST (timed to coincide with the start of the WinHEC keynote).

  • FlexGo Scares Me

    W3bbo wrote:
    This whole thing is an overhyped zero-interest loan equal to the value of half your computer's cost which is payed back in installments (hence the hourly rate).

    It would just be easier to give them the zero-interest loan in the first place, but I guess this way you're guranteed income

    No, read the article. It's explicitly NOT a standard regular-payment loan, and it WOULDN'T be easier to give them such a loan. That's been tried, and it doesn't work for everyone:

    In many cases, Microsoft has already worked with local governments and businesses to offer financing programs in which consumers pay a monthly fee for their PC. But one of the things Microsoft said it has learned is that many people in developing countries do not have a steady income. With FlexGo, consumers can scale back their PC use in months that they have less money, rather than having to default on their purchase.