Microsoft moving towards opensource? – Yes

As I first blogged back in August – Microsoft moving towards opensource? Now we know .. and the answer is yes.. at least a bit anyway! In a press conference this morning, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and chief software architect Ray Ozzie announced a new initiative designed to open up its products and foster better interoperability with competing products and technologies. “These steps are designed to further increase the openness of our products and to drive great interoperability and choice for our partners and our competitors,” Ballmer said during the call. Via arstechnica.com

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Business week talks about social media, business, and why you should pay attention

Businessweek.com is running a nice article regarding social media and your customer Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they’re simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they’re going to shake up just about every business—including yours. It doesn’t matter whether you’re shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They’re a prerequisite. (And yes, that goes for us, too.) catch the rest here – social media and your customer

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A new and emerging genera in blogging – “Live Blogging”

A new and emerging genera in blogging – “Live Blogging” Live logging is basically the blogging of a live event in real time – I have seen them done for sporting events, press conference event, and just about everything in-between. Coveritlive – http://coveritlive.com makes it a snap. CoveritLive’s web based software takes your next live blog to a new level. Your commentary publishes in real time like an instant message. Our ‘one-click’ publishing lets you drop polls, videos, pictures, ads and audio clips as soon as they come to mind. Comments and questions from your readers instantly appear but you control what gets published. Try our software for your next live blog. Your readers will love it. doing for text what Ustream does for video.

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New inputs to interact with 3D virtual environments

Its about time I read this on a big traffic blog – http://www.news.com/8301-13772_3-9873205-52.html?tag=tb I have said in past posts direct input is to 3D environments what the mouse is to flat ones. Which is basically the point of Mitch Kapor in this article – http://www.news.com/8301-13772_3-9873205-52.html?tag=tb — We are using surface devices with Edusim now of course … but as other more natural forms of input emerge I can see this having an impact in immersive education as well. Past posts on direct manipulation in 3D virtual environments

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Microsoft about to go immersive with surfaces?

A quick observation – having read Scoble here – http://scobleizer.com/2008/02/14/microsoft-researchers-make-me-cry/ (and techcrunch here – http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/02/14/microsoft-will-launch-something-that-made-scoble-cry-i-want-to-see-scoble-cry/) and reading responses in the blogosphere: I’ve noticed a trend at Microsoft: that the coolest stuff is done by small teams without a ton of resources. Down the hall from Wong and Fay was researcher Andy Wilson. When I walked into his lab he was working on another cool surface computing technology for Microsoft’s upcoming Tech Fest (which happens March 4). He, and another researcher, were playing with a cool round screen. You might know of Andy’s work: it was his research and demos that convinced Microsoft to build the Surface device which you touch with your hands. Blogosphere analysis says that it has to do with Photosynth – creating 3D environments by stitching together pictures of the same object from different angles (in a…

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Immersive Ed with Edusim – Opensim – Greenbush Island – Greenbush Teen Island

(1) Continuing to build out Edusim (2) Building out KEEB Building in Secondlife for the employment fair March 4th (3) Teen grid is there – passed initiative off the the science center to develop (4) Greenbush Grid: Opensim is running internally – plan to deploy a pilot outside the firewall soon. Our Immersive ed. tools will range from (1) Secondlife main grid – broader teacher virtual collaborations/presentation & global immersive content (2) Teen grid – MS/HS virtual content/classes & collaborations with other students globally (3) Edusim – 3D virtual & immersive content on the interactive whiteboard (4) Greenbush Grid – tighly controlled (by us) – any age (kinda want to see the 3-4-5 graders in this) – virtual & immersive platform. Not accessible globally but still a powerful immersive tool. More Virtual Environments News as I have it

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