Few years ago I bought my first and only Windows Mobile device because I wanted to write some apps on it. Mostly for my personal use but since I was also working in a company in which we were specializing in .NET applications maybe something for business too.
It was way before any normal, real touch devices like the iPhone was introduced. I didn’t like the experience of poking some small x’es with a stylus and the way that the phone worked and was organized. I never wrote any real app on that thing.
Now, after few years of iPhone Microsoft is introducing their new platform - Windows Phone 7.
Kilka godzin temu wróciłem z przedpremierowego pokazu filmu “The Social Network” David’a Fincher’a - filmu, który ponoć ma spróbować przedstawić historię powstania Facebook’a. Spróbować, ponieważ powstał na podstawie książki “The Accidental Billionaries” Ben’a Mezrich’a (autora, który zaczyna lubować się w historiach wybitnych studentów - inna jego książka została zekranizowania pt. “21”) - a jak się robi np. film na podstawie książki na podstawie życia, to można już tylko próbować. No a ponoć, ponieważ jak się człowiek zastanowi, to tak naprawdę film wcale nie opowiada historii powstania Facebook’a, a bardziej historię grupy znajomych/przyjaciół, którzy - tak się złożyło - stworzyli Facebook’a.
I know, I know - it’s just a prototype, but it leaked and that’s also something which would probably be a final product if HP would buy Palm. The HP Slate prototype video leaked - running Windows 7 and everything and I have to say - if that’s your killer than we have nothing to worry about.
Many companies has R&D departments that makes really interesting stuff. Microsoft has their own labs. Part of those labs decided that people don’t like to just sit in front of their TVs (or at least have that option) - instead they have huge apartments and would love to jump like retards in front of their console. They created a problem (in their heads - people don’t like controllers) and solved it.. kind of.
Other part of research team at Microsoft found another problem - when you use Google Street View there’s nothing more annoying than not being able to see 10GPix, crisp pictures. And I have to admit - if you have good internet connection - there’s no such thing as too good picture quality. Solution - Microsoft Research Street Slide View. At first I thought that they will use one of their older technologies (Photosynth) which creates 3d environments using and connecting many pictures - I have to admit - that would be cool and interesting (at least if they would use their own pictures - and not pictures taken by users on flickr or any other photo sharing site). But that would be too cool and too simple for Microsoft. So as a solution to crappy picture quality while zooming in Microsoft will give you an option to zoom out - giving you super small (but crisp) pictures of one side of the street. Oh - and since it leaves a lot of browser space on upper and lower part of this panorama - they will also give you ads. No more this fancy 3d panoramas, no more problems of low quality pictures while zoomed in - instead you can watch one side of the street and some really cool ads - problem solved!
Seriously Microsoft? You worked for months and came up with a step back idea and more advertising? I would more likely prefer to jump in front of my TV - at least I see potential (not for gaming of course) in that technology.