Microsoft will roll out their most prominent system update for their flagship gaming console, XBox 360. The biggest change will be the console’s User Interface. This event officially called “The New XBox experience” will also introduce several other new features – “most notably an avatar system to represent users online and the addition of streaming video content from Netflix, similar to that offered by the Roku Netflix settop box.”
Even though Microsoft had gone as far as a ‘hostile takeover’ for Yahoo a few months back, things have changed. Steve Ballmer says, “We have moved on”. Yahoo still is the world’s most popular internet portal and is officially the world’s most heavily trafficked website (not Google). But, what can I say Jerry…dude, this is what happens when you throw away 45 billion dollars. Better luck next time.
Steve Ballmer confirmed that Microsoft will release Windows Mobile 6.5 in 2009. As of now, Windows Mobile (all versions) has a world-wide market share of 13% and Microsoft licenses it to four out of five of the largest mobile phone manufacturers, Nokia being the other. With iPhone around and Google launching G1 successfully, Microsoft hardly has any choice other than making major changes to Windows Mobile as early as possible.
The world’s largest software maker announced their plans to promote and support new start-ups earning less than $1 million, to help them go to the next level. This innovative new program is called BizSpark.
Finally Microsoft is coming up with a web-based version of their flagship product, Microsoft Office. This version of Office will have Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote and will be available to all users through Office Live Services. This is first time ever users can actually perform some basic editing functions. As per Microsoft, users can now “access, create, edit, share and collaborate” their documents.
Bill Gates enters again into the super-competitive world of technology business. Just 4 months after moving out of Microsoft Mr. Gates seems to have another idea. Whether this will be Microsoft 2.0 or something else is currently unknown.
It is known to all that the once de facto web browser Internet Explorer, is no longer the one. With the unbeatable success of Firefox 3 in 2008, the launch of Safari for Windows last year (2007), the introduction of Google Chrome recently, all added fuel to the fire in IE’s ‘career’. If you count me, honestly I could not find any one who actually supported IE in any area.