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  • Get Ready to Lync Up Your Kinect to the Office

    Thats cool.  I've been looking at Video Kinect as a way to potential bring video conferencing to the big screen at my parents house.  You know, see the grandchildren from out of state.  And having an XBox at the grandparents house would be welcomed news too.  I'm still investigating this.  I use Live Messenger for my small business as well.  However, Lync and Office 365 are potentially very interesting for my business.  I'm particularly interested in the VOIP capabilities.  Until now, Live Messenger has suited my business partners and I perfectly for IM/Video. The challenge I see is balancing business/personal communications.  Do I just run Lync and Live Messenger as needed or do I run both Lync and Live Messenger?

  • Dean Hachamovitch: IE9 - Questions and Answers

    @Charles/Dean, thank you for making this Q&A video.  

    Dean's response to ZippyV's question regarding plugins was insightful.  My personal opinion is that the traditional plugin model (for any browser) is a dead end.

    I should have been more specific with my question regarding touch.  IE9's chrome was the intended target.  So thanks Dean, you did the best he could with a open question like that.  If I had to reframe the question, it would be around usability testing and ui design philosophy.  I could be very wrong, but I don't think the IE9 team does enough testing when it comes to touch.  Now many of the same issues (ex. context menus, scaling) affect the rest of Windows as well.  I just thought with 60% of PC usage centered around web browsing and the coming wave of slates/tablets that IE would be the precursor (similiar to Office Ribbon or Zune UI) of what eventually will need to be done with Windows v.Next and touch.

    The question about webslices rose from the removal (hidden) Feeds icon in the default IE9 Beta chrome.  That suggested to me that Microsoft was backing away from this.  Sure you can move your mouse over content to see if there are webslices to be had.  Though thats not the way I would want to discover content.  It will diminish webslice uptake.  Maybe there is a better way, so I was glad to see Dean churn for a brief moment on the idea of previewing webslices from a pinned site.  I actually think pinned sites are the way to go long term.  Possibly leading to removal of the traditional favorites bar, etc... Instead let the act of pinning a site subscribe the user to related RSS feeds and webslices in one shot.  To do this, pinned site jumplists would need a way to interface with the IE Feed Store/Sync.  An additional user benefit, users wouldn't need a full brower session just to preview updated webslice/rss...providing an enhanced app like experience.  I don't pretend to have thought this through (your job IE team) but I believe there are more ways to leverage pinned sites.

    Re: Bookmarklets:  RoboForm is one of the better ones out there.  Personally, I'd get more out of having accellerators listed in an easy to access icon (on the default IE chrome) instead of being accessed through a context popup menu.

    Thanks again!!

  • Hot Apps: Thumba, Netflix, Sound Recorder, MusixMatch, Fake Caller

    Thanks Laura, MusixMatch looks like a must have.

  • Ask the Experts - Evan Lew

    Three questions:

    - Is there a way to configure an embedded Office document to go fullscreen as opposed to a popup browser window?  I prefer how the vast majority of web content viewers/players work.

    - Are you looking to support playing Slideshow from the embedded PowerPoint viewer?

    - Are you looking to support viewing pen/ink in OneNote web app?

    Btw, I really hope you add XPS and/or PDF viewers to the Office Web App suite.


  • Gigabyte‚Äôs Booktop T1125 Offers Three Form Factors for the Price of One

    I definitely think these docks are where things are going with Convertibles and Slates.  The T1125 looks like it is a pretty lightweight device...and thats great.  At $1299 though, this is a bit pricey in my opinion.  You can get a HP TM2 for $850 today and that includes a wacom stylus.  One other critique about this particular dock station...its not clear it has a HDMI port which is crucial if you want to playback any protected content.  Also, I would have much preferred a dock that lets you seat the device at an angle.

  • Watch What You Shout At the TV - It May Be Able to Hear You

    Love the premise behind this, it really minimizes the need for menu navigation so you can enjoy content and not the menu UI so much.  I might be way off, but I believe they are pretty much using the built-in speech capabilities in Windows 7.  Finally someone has a real voice application and included a voice other than Ana.  The one thing I really wish it did like Kinect though, is detect who is speaking instead of having to say "I am {yourname}" to switch profiles. 

    It also has me thinking how I would sync speech profiles between other media center PCs.  Something for the Live Mesh team?  Frankly with Kinect coming out, Microsoft should be looking at voice profile syncing not only between PCs but also between XBox, PC and Phone.

  • The HP Slate 500 Looks Ready for Business

    Is the windows 7 version installed in the slate the same as the desktop version? Does this allow installation of wpf 4 and silverlight 4 OOB apps in it??

    Yes, desktop version.  Yes to WPF and OOB SL4 apps. 

  • The HP Slate 500 Looks Ready for Business

    I love the form factor and HDMI docking station but for that price you can get a HP TM2t on HP's site for only $30 more.  The biggest downside is that this hardware won't support IE9 accelleration.  Doesn't matter much because I buy consumer devices for all my needs.  Its a real shame that HP won't be releasing a consumer slate based on Windows 7.

  • Office 365: The power to think big and be small, to be big and act fast

    One idea to make Office 365 more compelling...create Lync addon for "Aurora" small business server to enable full voice support.

  • Office 365: The power to think big and be small, to be big and act fast

    @Aaron: Thanks.  Well, they should collaborate with some IPPBX services (like RingCentral) to more fully integrate with Office 365 Small Business.

    There is some discussion going on the Office Live Small Business community forum in regards to this announcement.  Some folks are unhappy with not having a lower cost option than the $6/account/mo.  I can see their point if they are a local community/team organization or micro business.  These folks really don't use OLSB the way it was intended...they are predominantly using it for web and email hosting.  For these customers, Office 365 Small Business is overkill.  Please consider a webhosting only Office 365 option..maybe $20/year and convert email management to Live Admin Center.  For these folks the collaboration features in Live Groups and Live SkyDrive are sufficient.  Keep these customers happy and let them upgrade to Office 365 when they truly need more robust capabilities.