Microsoft is creating a camera that will take the blurry out of our bad pics
Blurry photo cleaned up (before and after)
Someone had to invent it – a computer gizmo that takes the blur out of all those pictures. Microsoft labs has done it.
The camera uses a “combination of inexpensive gyroscopes and accelerometers in an energy optimization framework to estimate a blur function from the camera’s acceleration and angular velocity during an exposure.” Got that? Continue reading →
Win7 Mobile is expected in October and pre-launch phones are fast and easy to use
Last week the pundits were counting Microsoft out of the smartphone market. Microsoft has roared to life today with prototypes of the Win7 Samsung phone. The phones are smooth and fast, according to the videos. They are also more intuitive than the widgets in Apple’s iOS. For instance you can take a picture or video and send it to someone without turning the phone on first. That’s cool. For a detailed preview, see ZDNET Microsoft Windows Phone 7 technical preview: A definitive guide
Create Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents free on Windows Live
New Office Live
Without fanfare, Microsoft has released it’s free web version of Office. Hosted on Microsoft Live , all you have to do is login to Windows Live. Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents can be created without purchasing an Office license.
The Office choice is between Messenger and Photos. The ribbon bar is much simpler than Office 2007 or 2010 which is a joy, just File, Home, Insert and View. Most of us can’t find the simplest things any more with office.
The product is a response to Google’s free Office apps that Google says are good enough to keep people from upgrading to Office 2010. Hard to say but Office Live works well. I’m composing this blog on it.
The documents are saved out there in the Cloud on something called SkyDrive. I saved the document and low and behold it told me I had 24.99 GB of space left. I didn’t know I had any. What I couldn’t determine was how to move this document to one of those folders. More experimenting required.
Time for Microsoft to pay the piper for use of i4i patent in Office 2007
From ComputerWorld – Microsoft lost its appeal to the US Court of Appeals in its patent battle with tiny software company i4i. A lower court awarded i4i $240 million for patent infringement against Microsoft. They further ordered Microsoft to stop selling Office 2007 until they removed the technology.
i4i is a Canadian software company that created technology to store Office documents as XML files. The court heard how Microsoft saw the technology but refused to license it from i4i. Emails and other internal documents produced in the trial revealed how Microsoft employees and management willfully stole the technology from i4i. They intended to use it without compensation.
Microsoft can appeal to the Supreme Court but their chances of success get less and less. Microsoft has also had to recently admit they were using open source software without attribution. The blows to Microsoft’ public relations come on the heals of US and EU rulings and settlements that Microsoft acted in a predatory manner in the market.