Although the year isn’t over yet, TIME Magazine has already put out their list of the best websites of 2009. Among the obvious choices on the list (Twitter, YouTube, Hulu, Wikipedia), there are also some rarer gems like musical mood site Musicovery, streaming music up-and-comer Spotify, and online finance manager Mint. A couple of Microsoft properties made the cut, too, and we couldn’t agree more with the choices. WorldWide Telescope and Photosynth are listed, both of which are products originally developed by Microsoft Research.
You may remember hearing about WorldWide Telescope (WWT) when it launched back in May 2008 thanks to a little hype from Robert Scoble, but since that time the once Windows-only desktop software has been updated with new features, went 3D, was integrated into Virtual Earth, and finally came to the web for everyone to use thanks to Silverlight technology.
Photosynth has also seen a number of improvements since its launch in March of this year. It was integrated into Virtual Earth, Live Maps, and Windows Live Photo Gallery, arrived on the iPhone and Facebook, and someone even figured out how to navigate synths using gestures. Cool! If you haven’t tried out Photosynth yourself just yet, you can learn how to do it here.