Bill Gates keynote at CES (that playtable rocks)

You can watch along. I’m sitting in the Bellagio with a bunch of geeks watching on a video feed. Updates to come. Oh, Engadget did a point-by-point of the keynote too (with pictures!) But, Memeorandum is the best place to go to see all the reaction from around the world.

I heard he won’t use any PowerPoint slides tonight. That’ll be interesting to see.

6:45 p.m. Bill just came out. He’s talking about winning the Time’s person of the year with his wife. Noted that in 1982 the PC won that award.
6:47. Notes that last year Microsoft saw 11% growth in Windows PCs.
6:48. Showing a futuristic home of the future screen that you can touch.
6:49. Shows off a cool holographic office screen. Shows images that wrap around you.
6:50. Demonstrates a Tablet PC that is virtually displayed along with the wrap around screen.
6:52. He’s demonstrating the PlayTable (a prototype table — someone just wrote me and said this isn’t the PlayTable. Oh, oh. Still very cool. And, I’ll definitely follow up with that team). He drops his cell phone onto a surface and images fly out of it. Wild. Oh, cool, now that the Table has been demonstrated I can talk about this. It’s no demo. It really works. It’s unbelieveable technology. How does the Tablet work? It has a projector underneath it, projecting onto holographic glass. Under the glass (you can’t see these) are two cameras that triangulate in on the surface of the glass. How does it know that Bill’s cell phone has been laid on the surface of the glass? A barcode on the bottom of Bill’s cell phone.
6:58. Bill is talking about the industry.
7:00. Windows Vista demos start.
Aaron Woodman is on stage talking about Vista. First, fresh user interface.
Live previews of applications. Switching apps is easier. Flip 3D is being shown (shows various Windows you have open in 3D interface).
Sidebar being demoed showing Gadgets. RSS feed reader in Sidebar. Dave Winer will be happy.
7:04. You can search. From the start menu.
7:05. Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs. Very cool.
Built in parental controls. Shows how games rating works for parents.
7:06. Experiences? New Flight Simulator being demoed. Whoa!!! Damn, that’s unbelieveable. You have to see this to believe it. Unbelieveable game experiences are coming.
7:09. Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo. So, if you crop you can go back. If you change color, you can go back.
7:10. Motion video working right next to photos in new Windows media sharing app.
7:11. Windows Media Player. New UI. No long lists anymore. Resizeable icons and info. Very nice.
7:12. Van Toffler, Group President, MTV Networks is onstage. Announcing partnership. 100 CD-quality radiostations. Urge is name. Subscribers will drive the service. He used the word “sucks” on stage. Ahh, customers can tell them it sucks and they’ll listen. Two million tracks available. All you can eat OR download and buy your favorite track.
7:13. Blogging in a music service? Did I just hear that right?
7:18. Justin Timberlake just walked out on stage. Just announced his new album in conjunction with Urge.
7:21. Ttttttttaaaaaaabbbbbbblllllleeeeeeettttttt. Heheh. New Gateway Tablet shown. I’ll take a look at that tomorrow in the booth.
7:22. New passive digitizers talked about. This lets manufacturers build new kinds of devices that don’t require as much expense.
7:23. Windows Mobile. Bill is playing with the new Treo. Verizon is selling it starting tomorrow.
7:26. Messenger buddy list on new Phillips phone. Calls through Internet. Whoa. Through Windows Live Call Services. Gotta learn more about that.
7:27. Talking about TV now. Get ready for HHHHHDDDDDTTTTTTVVVVVV. Heheh. That was a note to Maryam. I wanna buy an HD screen.
7:30. Media Center. 6.5 million sold so far. 130 manufacturers.
7:31. Viiv from Intel is what Bill’s talking about now. Chip level surround sound. Dual core.
Direct TV video on Media Center. Ahh, talking is over, let’s get Joe Belfiore out here. VP of Media Center division. 15 minute tour coming.
7:34. Showing off a cool Media Center screen. You gotta watch this. It’s too hard to describe in ASCII text.
7:36. PC from Averatec. Small and quiet PC that have tuner. For less than $1000 with tuner. $499 without tuner. Sold!
7:37. Showing off new Portable Media Player. New Starz, Vongo service. Lets you buy movies and other media. Subscription!! All movies you want for $9.99 a month.
7:43. Windows Live messenger. Lets you ask for help with TV programming through IM bots. I have to wrap my head around that! “What’s on tonight?” Brings up results in another Window. Very cool.
7:46. Showing off HD-DVD on Windows Vista. Demonstrating interactivity capabilities of HD-DVD. Oh, this is cool! Get to move scenes without leaving movie. Or, get see what actors are on screen in the scenes you’re currently watching. Neat! Patrick just emailed me and said “that looks cool!”
The producer head talking on top of the movie got lots of reactions from audience around me (I’m sitting in a room at the Belagio watching this with about 100 other geeks).
7:50. Digital Cable. Applause!! Yes, we can get digital cable signals straight into Media Center. I’ve been been waiting for this. You can get premium stuff off of digital cable systems now. Will definitely check that out tomorrow.
7:55. XXXXXXXBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOXXXXXXXXXXX
7:56. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).
7:59. Announced that four million Xbox Live subscribers added.
8:01. More games coming.
8:02. HD disks announced? Yes. Later this year. Xbox 360 external HDDVD drive coming.
8:03. There it is again. HDTV. Maryam, you listening?
8:04. Boxing promoter came out. Oh, geez. Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates are gonna play an Xbox boxing game together on stage. The crowd here is eating this stuff up!
8:08. BillG beat SteveB. The replays are pretty gruesome. Knockout! New EA game, Fight Night Round 3, here’s what they were playing. Wow, Xbox Live is immediately pushing out a demo for people who have Xbox 360s to try out. That’s cool.
8:11. It’s over…

Comments

  1. Gates speaks at CES. Attendees doze off. Gates stops speaking, attendees leave to look at cool stuff not made by Microsoft.

  2. Gates speaks at CES. Attendees doze off. Gates stops speaking, attendees leave to look at cool stuff not made by Microsoft.

  3. So I’m sitting here reading my feeds. Robert says to look at the CES keynote webcast. So I bring that up on my left screen. This right side monitor still has RSS Bandit up. I see that Robert is commenting on the presentation. All this is real time.

    Wow! The demo ain’t bad, either!

    Suddenly I’m wondering when we’ll see the first virtual conference? Slightly off topic, why is MIX06 so close to SXSW Interactive?

  4. So I’m sitting here reading my feeds. Robert says to look at the CES keynote webcast. So I bring that up on my left screen. This right side monitor still has RSS Bandit up. I see that Robert is commenting on the presentation. All this is real time.

    Wow! The demo ain’t bad, either!

    Suddenly I’m wondering when we’ll see the first virtual conference? Slightly off topic, why is MIX06 so close to SXSW Interactive?

  5. Is Urge available right there in the next version of Windows Media Player? If so what does the MTV relationship mean to the other services who’ve licensed Windows Media for their online stores? Will they get equal billing right there in the player?

  6. Is Urge available right there in the next version of Windows Media Player? If so what does the MTV relationship mean to the other services who’ve licensed Windows Media for their online stores? Will they get equal billing right there in the player?

  7. woooooooohooooooo!

    anyway, great keynote…heads up guys, they’re gonna announce HD DVD add-on for Xbox 360 and the next-gen flight simulator in the keynote!

    wooooooohoooooooo!

  8. woooooooohooooooo!

    anyway, great keynote…heads up guys, they’re gonna announce HD DVD add-on for Xbox 360 and the next-gen flight simulator in the keynote!

    wooooooohoooooooo!

  9. Scoble’s leading engadget in coverage speed :) THOUGH they are doing a more extensive coverage with pics…

  10. Scoble’s leading engadget in coverage speed :) THOUGH they are doing a more extensive coverage with pics…

  11. [...] Bill Gates CES Keynote Some updates from the CES Keynote: Scoble has some here and Engadge are watching here. Im watching too, but no updates from me. too tired. 4AM! i should really get some sleep! :) Ohhh, External HD DVD for the XBox 360! Intersting! Published Thursday, January 05, 2006 4:02 AM by lotas Filed Under: Microsoft Stuff, Gadgets, Games, Blogging [...]

  12. Nice to see HD-DVD for XBox… No BLU-RAY…. :)

    I refreshed Scoble when I saw HDTV is being driven by XBox 360 and thought he really will want one :)

  13. Nice to see HD-DVD for XBox… No BLU-RAY…. :)

    I refreshed Scoble when I saw HDTV is being driven by XBox 360 and thought he really will want one :)

  14. That was very k3wl…:) I knew I loved Microsoft for a reason… I don’t need browser extensions, I don’t need third party music providers or TV, I can have it all RSS in all of my merories, music, tv, meetings, voice, instant messaging. Darn I can even pick a fight with someone and go boxing with them to settle it with the XBox 360…. :) Who wants to send me an XBox 360 and HDTV to Ausralia.

  15. That was very k3wl…:) I knew I loved Microsoft for a reason… I don’t need browser extensions, I don’t need third party music providers or TV, I can have it all RSS in all of my merories, music, tv, meetings, voice, instant messaging. Darn I can even pick a fight with someone and go boxing with them to settle it with the XBox 360…. :) Who wants to send me an XBox 360 and HDTV to Ausralia.

  16. yea it just finished, it was kewl.. the user experince is looking great in vista. The Xbox Ali fight demo was a neat idea. immersive gaming will go forward in a big way.. However there were 2million xbox going up to 4-5 million boxs by June/06..will msft deliver ??

    dang, I missed the first opening part

  17. [...] They have a pretty good summary of Bill Gates’s CES keynote address, too. I watched some of it on a webcast from my office, and also read a few reviews. It was a great presentation, showing off a lot of the cool technology that people have been quietly working on around here. And from the blog coverage I’ve seen (in the hour since Bill walked off the stage), it was very well received. Scoble posted a first-person account, and his nemesis ChrisC hasn’t even bashed it yet! [...]

  18. yea it just finished, it was kewl.. the user experince is looking great in vista. The Xbox Ali fight demo was a neat idea. immersive gaming will go forward in a big way.. However there were 2million xbox going up to 4-5 million boxs by June/06..will msft deliver ??

    dang, I missed the first opening part

  19. Snarky Reality-Check Report (written on the fly, if typos, sorry).

    Oh brother….Vista and Tablet and Media Center rehash. Gates talks the talk, with his toys, but what about ‘act-shun’? Tablet so big, that a ‘pay own way’ Cheeseburgers gathering is the only CES “party”. And passive digitizers is/was a RETREAT, Microsoft spent 3 years saying, no, no, you can’t have that, we said no (and that’s final), and then finally caving after it be obvious the market not running to Active Digitizers, and then to play it up as a net positive, man, parallel universe there in Redmond, honestly. Least Alex kicking it in Italy. ;)

    6.5 million Media Centers? What? I seriously question those figures. Outside of a few extreme geek-heads, never seen these anywhere. That many OEMs, yet maybe 4 actual products? What’s this with swinging around OEM numbers, doesn’t mean anything. Fuzzy accounting.

    Wow, the Vista demo was underwhemling wholesale (and darned brief), maybe I had to be there. Like what? Pointless.

    And new Tablet? Knock, knock. What? Someone hasn’t been paying attention. How come I know more Tablet news (not even half caring anymore) than 95% of Softies? Huh? Gateway is just later to the game, other OEMs, like Acer and HP already had guts punched out.

    Urge to purge, tough row with other services out there. Too little, too late. Not compelling. No news of the Starz! gig? Don’t wanta give Sony any spotlights? Or did I miss that? Didn’t see it.

    And now what? Pie-in-sky future home holographic desks with bar-coded items? Does Bill Gates live in the real world? Gee whiz geeky edge-market bang-up job. Won’t fly.

    Whew.

    But you missed the only real news. HD-DVD for the 360 (took them long enough) just as HD-DVD *dies* they kick it up for Xbox 360, oh boy. And with supply issues stuck until 6 months out, it will be forever before it will see the light of day, and then no content, aside from a few old Warner titles. HD-DVD is the losing game (already lost actually), figures Microsoft would hitch it’s saddle to it and play spoiler.

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2006-01-04-xbox360-hd-dvd_x.htm?POE=TECISVA

    PS Jørgen – they run Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, where yah been for the past 4 years? ;)

  20. Snarky Reality-Check Report (written on the fly, if typos, sorry).

    Oh brother….Vista and Tablet and Media Center rehash. Gates talks the talk, with his toys, but what about ‘act-shun’? Tablet so big, that a ‘pay own way’ Cheeseburgers gathering is the only CES “party”. And passive digitizers is/was a RETREAT, Microsoft spent 3 years saying, no, no, you can’t have that, we said no (and that’s final), and then finally caving after it be obvious the market not running to Active Digitizers, and then to play it up as a net positive, man, parallel universe there in Redmond, honestly. Least Alex kicking it in Italy. ;)

    6.5 million Media Centers? What? I seriously question those figures. Outside of a few extreme geek-heads, never seen these anywhere. That many OEMs, yet maybe 4 actual products? What’s this with swinging around OEM numbers, doesn’t mean anything. Fuzzy accounting.

    Wow, the Vista demo was underwhemling wholesale (and darned brief), maybe I had to be there. Like what? Pointless.

    And new Tablet? Knock, knock. What? Someone hasn’t been paying attention. How come I know more Tablet news (not even half caring anymore) than 95% of Softies? Huh? Gateway is just later to the game, other OEMs, like Acer and HP already had guts punched out.

    Urge to purge, tough row with other services out there. Too little, too late. Not compelling. No news of the Starz! gig? Don’t wanta give Sony any spotlights? Or did I miss that? Didn’t see it.

    And now what? Pie-in-sky future home holographic desks with bar-coded items? Does Bill Gates live in the real world? Gee whiz geeky edge-market bang-up job. Won’t fly.

    Whew.

    But you missed the only real news. HD-DVD for the 360 (took them long enough) just as HD-DVD *dies* they kick it up for Xbox 360, oh boy. And with supply issues stuck until 6 months out, it will be forever before it will see the light of day, and then no content, aside from a few old Warner titles. HD-DVD is the losing game (already lost actually), figures Microsoft would hitch it’s saddle to it and play spoiler.

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/2006-01-04-xbox360-hd-dvd_x.htm?POE=TECISVA

    PS Jørgen – they run Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, where yah been for the past 4 years? ;)

  21. actually Scobles, i love the way you were bloggin this event at the time I was also watching w/delay.. so it was kinda freaky to be reading before hearing !!

  22. actually Scobles, i love the way you were bloggin this event at the time I was also watching w/delay.. so it was kinda freaky to be reading before hearing !!

  23. ..PS Jørgen – they run Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, where yah been for the past 4 years? ;)..

    I’m talking about the tall touchscreen, the 3-part tranceparant screen and the veeeery thin tablet.

    I have a Tablet with Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 actually.

  24. ..PS Jørgen – they run Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005, where yah been for the past 4 years? ;)..

    I’m talking about the tall touchscreen, the 3-part tranceparant screen and the veeeery thin tablet.

    I have a Tablet with Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 actually.

  25. I really wish they just did HD DVD from the start and delayed the launch, or revise it with a HD DVD drive and offer existing x360 owners free (or near free) exchange. People don’t want an add on to play movies on the console, they want it in the box.

    It will be interesting to see how this goes, but at the moment, I’m not interested at all. I’d willingly adopt HD DVD if it came with the x360 and I can use it as a player, but as an external add on, I’m just going to hold off buying a HD DVD or Bluray player until one emerges as the dominant standard.

    Too little, too late Microsoft.

  26. I really wish they just did HD DVD from the start and delayed the launch, or revise it with a HD DVD drive and offer existing x360 owners free (or near free) exchange. People don’t want an add on to play movies on the console, they want it in the box.

    It will be interesting to see how this goes, but at the moment, I’m not interested at all. I’d willingly adopt HD DVD if it came with the x360 and I can use it as a player, but as an external add on, I’m just going to hold off buying a HD DVD or Bluray player until one emerges as the dominant standard.

    Too little, too late Microsoft.

  27. The whole idea of the early release is quite apparent. If they had waited longer towards the release of the Nintendo Revolution and not to mention the Playstation3, they would’ve never gotten the mediacoverage and numbers they’ve gotten now. Playstation3′s thing is power and compatibility.
    Revolution’s thing is the controller and backwardscompatibility.
    Xbox360′s thing is its early releasedate and its mediacoverage because of that fact. People can get HD in their livingrooms a half year early.

    Brilliant move.

  28. The whole idea of the early release is quite apparent. If they had waited longer towards the release of the Nintendo Revolution and not to mention the Playstation3, they would’ve never gotten the mediacoverage and numbers they’ve gotten now. Playstation3′s thing is power and compatibility.
    Revolution’s thing is the controller and backwardscompatibility.
    Xbox360′s thing is its early releasedate and its mediacoverage because of that fact. People can get HD in their livingrooms a half year early.

    Brilliant move.

  29. Errps, they kicked HD-DVD news at tail end, it hit the media well before tho. And then Starz later on, hard following this second by second.

    “4 games per console attach rate” – Umm dimwits, people buying GAMES, yet have no console, perhaps you heard about that supply problem, yes? Man, the spin doctors are out in force. :)

  30. Errps, they kicked HD-DVD news at tail end, it hit the media well before tho. And then Starz later on, hard following this second by second.

    “4 games per console attach rate” – Umm dimwits, people buying GAMES, yet have no console, perhaps you heard about that supply problem, yes? Man, the spin doctors are out in force. :)

  31. I disagree wholesale. Early release means nothing long-term…in fact PS3 with Blu-Ray, will mop the 360 floor, if only half of PS2 owners upgrade.

    And the early release Also lead to supply chain probelms and serious quality controls issues, and that’s dominated the media reports, so it all backfired.

  32. I disagree wholesale. Early release means nothing long-term…in fact PS3 with Blu-Ray, will mop the 360 floor, if only half of PS2 owners upgrade.

    And the early release Also lead to supply chain probelms and serious quality controls issues, and that’s dominated the media reports, so it all backfired.

  33. You know, Apple fans do this kind of thing at every one of SJ’s keynotes. You can follow them in near real-time. Somehow, it’s not the same when the person doing it is a PR flack.

    Hey, anyone remember the time when BG signed a keyboard, and it was auctioned off? Some evil empire PR flack bought it for about a grand, beating the previous high bid that was not quite the list price of the keyboard. Gotta save face when the boss is trying to look good, eh?

  34. You know, Apple fans do this kind of thing at every one of SJ’s keynotes. You can follow them in near real-time. Somehow, it’s not the same when the person doing it is a PR flack.

    Hey, anyone remember the time when BG signed a keyboard, and it was auctioned off? Some evil empire PR flack bought it for about a grand, beating the previous high bid that was not quite the list price of the keyboard. Gotta save face when the boss is trying to look good, eh?

  35. Link to replay? I missed the first hour or so and at the end it said there will be a replay available at 11 PST. Will it be on the same site as live?

  36. I think Sony is dead in the water, they put all their eggs in the PS2/3 basket, and look where they end up. Rootkits on CD’s and a playstation nobody really knows much about.

  37. Link to replay? I missed the first hour or so and at the end it said there will be a replay available at 11 PST. Will it be on the same site as live?

  38. I think Sony is dead in the water, they put all their eggs in the PS2/3 basket, and look where they end up. Rootkits on CD’s and a playstation nobody really knows much about.

  39. Thumbnails of the tabs? I see. Once again, MS copies OmniWeb. Real innovative there, guys.

    Does Vista include that knock-off of Delicious Library, too?

  40. Thumbnails of the tabs? I see. Once again, MS copies OmniWeb. Real innovative there, guys.

    Does Vista include that knock-off of Delicious Library, too?

  41. Short and Sweet Wrap-Up

    Tablet PC – More Gates yabbering about his pet toy, all talk no action. I was a heavy beliver 4 years ago, lost my religion however. Want to worship again, but then this thing called ‘reality’ is out there.

    360 – Yeah yeah, whatever. It would help if people could freaking actually BUY them. Money-losing rathole, now with an additional HD-DVD upgrade option needed. The Live strategy will backfire, don’t place all chips on that.

    Media Center with DirectTV – Score one. That’s the one smart move. Tho, with Direct TV PVR, umm why do you really need Media Center? And cable companies themselves doing PVR functionality. Media Center too geek toy.

    Vista – Umm yeah? Rehash. So? Yeah? Oh really, so?

    Mobile – What? Bit player, hitching ride on a Palm device, another division forever treading water.

    VIIV – Ummm, marketing spazzing up Intel, eh? Never mind that Cell chip.

    Portable Media Centers – Oh do be serious. I bet the people that own these are but in the dozens. An iPod this is not.

    Future home tech rot – Yeah yeah, maybe if like Gates, rich beyond dreams, and have time to tinker with all this lucid dreaming. Otherwise pay no heed.

    HD-TV – Taking credit for the HD? Saying 360 the primary thrust spurring HD adoption? What arrogance. No doubt real consumer electronics companies none too happy with Microsoft pissing in their pools and stealing the credit.

    Urge – Starz! – MS-MTV? Content partnerships, the acking of Microsoft means a sure fire death, if go by history. Ironic timing, on the death of MSNBC, they get into content again, songs and movies wise. Blah. DOA.

  42. Short and Sweet Wrap-Up

    Tablet PC – More Gates yabbering about his pet toy, all talk no action. I was a heavy beliver 4 years ago, lost my religion however. Want to worship again, but then this thing called ‘reality’ is out there.

    360 – Yeah yeah, whatever. It would help if people could freaking actually BUY them. Money-losing rathole, now with an additional HD-DVD upgrade option needed. The Live strategy will backfire, don’t place all chips on that.

    Media Center with DirectTV – Score one. That’s the one smart move. Tho, with Direct TV PVR, umm why do you really need Media Center? And cable companies themselves doing PVR functionality. Media Center too geek toy.

    Vista – Umm yeah? Rehash. So? Yeah? Oh really, so?

    Mobile – What? Bit player, hitching ride on a Palm device, another division forever treading water.

    VIIV – Ummm, marketing spazzing up Intel, eh? Never mind that Cell chip.

    Portable Media Centers – Oh do be serious. I bet the people that own these are but in the dozens. An iPod this is not.

    Future home tech rot – Yeah yeah, maybe if like Gates, rich beyond dreams, and have time to tinker with all this lucid dreaming. Otherwise pay no heed.

    HD-TV – Taking credit for the HD? Saying 360 the primary thrust spurring HD adoption? What arrogance. No doubt real consumer electronics companies none too happy with Microsoft pissing in their pools and stealing the credit.

    Urge – Starz! – MS-MTV? Content partnerships, the acking of Microsoft means a sure fire death, if go by history. Ironic timing, on the death of MSNBC, they get into content again, songs and movies wise. Blah. DOA.

  43. “URGE”

    Leave it to Microsoft to name the usability cesspool that is Windows Media Player after a bowel movement.

    Oh, and it was great to hear the MTV flack that worked with Microsoft on this hopeless project say he deserves the credit for Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice too.

  44. “URGE”

    Leave it to Microsoft to name the usability cesspool that is Windows Media Player after a bowel movement.

    Oh, and it was great to hear the MTV flack that worked with Microsoft on this hopeless project say he deserves the credit for Milli Vanilli and Vanilla Ice too.

  45. Why can’t MS have a more coherent presentation. Scoble’s transcript is what gives a more sense of direction to the whole presentation.

  46. Why can’t MS have a more coherent presentation. Scoble’s transcript is what gives a more sense of direction to the whole presentation.

  47. Thanks Scoble – super play by play dude! Tell Bill Gates he’s my hero – not for MS but for Global development approaches and efforts which are simply awe inspiring!

  48. Thanks Scoble – super play by play dude! Tell Bill Gates he’s my hero – not for MS but for Global development approaches and efforts which are simply awe inspiring!

  49. I’ve been a boxing fan for almost 20 years, and the Fight Night series is by far the best boxing game I’ve ever played in terms of capturing the boxing experience (BTW, most realistic sporting experience: UFC for Dreamcast). There are 5 titles I am really really looking forwarding to when I get a 360: Halo 3, Elder Scrolls, Kameo, Forza 2, and Fight Night 3. I’m hoping make the special punches a bit more realistic and put in a good 1 punch liver KO, but it’s one of the few 360 games that I’ve seen with the “next gen” look (high def nonewithstanding); I can’t believe this game comes from the people that put out Madden on the 360.

  50. I’ve been a boxing fan for almost 20 years, and the Fight Night series is by far the best boxing game I’ve ever played in terms of capturing the boxing experience (BTW, most realistic sporting experience: UFC for Dreamcast). There are 5 titles I am really really looking forwarding to when I get a 360: Halo 3, Elder Scrolls, Kameo, Forza 2, and Fight Night 3. I’m hoping make the special punches a bit more realistic and put in a good 1 punch liver KO, but it’s one of the few 360 games that I’ve seen with the “next gen” look (high def nonewithstanding); I can’t believe this game comes from the people that put out Madden on the 360.

  51. Nobodys talking about the live messenger demo. the entire keynote was great can’t wait to watch it tomorrow.

  52. Nobodys talking about the live messenger demo. the entire keynote was great can’t wait to watch it tomorrow.

  53. Correction:
    “Announced that four million Xbox Live subscribers added.”
    This was more like 4 million downloads from the marketplace, rather than subscribers.

  54. Correction:
    “Announced that four million Xbox Live subscribers added.”
    This was more like 4 million downloads from the marketplace, rather than subscribers.

  55. Wow, from Fripp in previous post to justin timberlake and mtv in this one.

    I’ll take the frippertronics anyday.

  56. Wow, from Fripp in previous post to justin timberlake and mtv in this one.

    I’ll take the frippertronics anyday.

  57. Wanna know how to make a Microsoft nerd stop talking about how cool Microsoft’s technology is? Ask them when it’s shipping. :-)

  58. Good to hear that Flight Simulator is not dead. It was quite a good simulator (compared to Train Simulator for example).

    BTW. Vista’s website has been updated. So far I am liking the look of Vista. Now to wait for the public beta.

  59. Good to hear that Flight Simulator is not dead. It was quite a good simulator (compared to Train Simulator for example).

    BTW. Vista’s website has been updated. So far I am liking the look of Vista. Now to wait for the public beta.

  60. troyh, thats a good one. I have always wondered why MS hypes its technologies. After all its not a startup trying to get some buzz.
    I prefer the method followed by Google and Apple to an extent.

  61. troyh, thats a good one. I have always wondered why MS hypes its technologies. After all its not a startup trying to get some buzz.
    I prefer the method followed by Google and Apple to an extent.

  62. Met: me too. Apple always has cool PowerPoints. Er, Keynotes. Heheh. Google? We see their first CES keynote on Friday. I’ll bet they get a lot of hype.

  63. Met: me too. Apple always has cool PowerPoints. Er, Keynotes. Heheh. Google? We see their first CES keynote on Friday. I’ll bet they get a lot of hype.

  64. Oh! they all do get a lot of hype. But atleast I get to try out their stuff as soon as they are announced.
    I wish sideshow, etc would be available…right now!!!

    By the time I get to see most of the exciting stuff announced today… MS would have started its hype on the next something. :)

  65. Oh! they all do get a lot of hype. But atleast I get to try out their stuff as soon as they are announced.
    I wish sideshow, etc would be available…right now!!!

    By the time I get to see most of the exciting stuff announced today… MS would have started its hype on the next something. :)

  66. It’s very hard to get interested in the technology when you can’t flipping see it. I presume this is a “You’re on a Mac, ugh! Why would you be interested in MS technology” thing.

    “The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    *sigh*

  67. It’s very hard to get interested in the technology when you can’t flipping see it. I presume this is a “You’re on a Mac, ugh! Why would you be interested in MS technology” thing.

    “The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.”

    *sigh*

  68. Bill Gates CES Keynote

    You want to see the keynote of Bill Gates on CES? No problem, lots of info to be found in the blogosphere. Here is page with thevideosof Bill Gates.Here is a transcript of Scobleor better live blogging of the presentation.Here is a great summary with p…

  69. [...] Then from Scobleizer: “Aaron Woodman is on stage talking about Vista. First, fresh user interface. Live previews of applications. Switching apps is easier. Flip 3D is being shown (shows various Windows you have open in 3D interface). Sidebar being demoed showing Gadgets. RSS feed reader in Sidebar. Dave Winer will be happy.” [...]

  70. So since HD-DVD *requires* you to use Windows – Based software and Windows Media, and we all know how well that works on !Windows..

    Outside of Redmond – created and approved platforms, how is anyone supposed to use HD-DVD. Forgive me, but I don’t see BallmerGates allowing Linux or OS X to have the same HD-DVD experience as Windows.

    I mean, just look at the example of WiMP:Mac.

  71. So since HD-DVD *requires* you to use Windows – Based software and Windows Media, and we all know how well that works on !Windows..

    Outside of Redmond – created and approved platforms, how is anyone supposed to use HD-DVD. Forgive me, but I don’t see BallmerGates allowing Linux or OS X to have the same HD-DVD experience as Windows.

    I mean, just look at the example of WiMP:Mac.

  72. Gates / Microsoft CES 2006 Keynote – Thoughts & Impressions

    Well, I stayed up last night here in the UK to watch the Bill Gates / Microsoft Keynote presentation which kicked of CES 2006. It started at around 2.45am our time. I always enjoy Bill’s keynote talks; just as I enjoy Steve Job’s present…

  73. Gates Keynote at CES 2006

    Lots of coverage. Check out Nathan, Todd Bishop, Joe Wilcox, Robert Scoble and a pair of press releases.

    A couple of articles:

    Gates takes wraps off Windows Vista:

    Chairman Bill Gates took…

  74. [...] The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and specifically Bill Gates’ keynote speech seems to be filling my feed reader at the moment with Joe Wilcox providing a lengthy post over on Microsoft Monitor and Robert Scoble blogging the keynote turn-by-turn to name just two, so I thought I’d provide a quick summary of what I found interesting. Oh and Engadget covered it live, too and they have lots of pictures too. [...]

  75. I do love how half of what you see in a Bill Gates keynote is pie in the sky baloney, and all of what you see in a Steve Jobs keynote is product you either can buy that day, or will be able to buy within a timeframe that isn’t “when donkeys fly”

  76. I do love how half of what you see in a Bill Gates keynote is pie in the sky baloney, and all of what you see in a Steve Jobs keynote is product you either can buy that day, or will be able to buy within a timeframe that isn’t “when donkeys fly”

  77. The mainstream media pick-up, day after, is all Urge and the Gates sound-off that IBM is the greatest competitor (anti-Google hype), boy that’s pretty flat, but then the rest of Keynote stuff is too esoteric and reshashed, and Vista is too far off. Not a great kick-up. Don’t the marketing bunnies know how to plant themes anymore?

  78. The mainstream media pick-up, day after, is all Urge and the Gates sound-off that IBM is the greatest competitor (anti-Google hype), boy that’s pretty flat, but then the rest of Keynote stuff is too esoteric and reshashed, and Vista is too far off. Not a great kick-up. Don’t the marketing bunnies know how to plant themes anymore?

  79. Not to piss in the pool, but meanwhile back in the real world….

    http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/420769/30/0/threaded

    We have analysed some 100 malware WMF files and they can do almost anything. We saw download trojans, adware and spyware apps, backdoors, lots of bots (zombie programs), as well as password-spying programs which are looking for PINs and TANs for online banking attacks. I expect that some 1,000 websites are already compromised.

    One of the malware apps we have discovered at 2005-12-29 (some days ago!) already had a build-in infection counter at a (hidden) website and we saw the number 233,000. This means, a few days back, some 100,000 PCs seems to be compromised already. Today, the website is still working, and has delivered more than 1,000,000 malware installation files already. With 1+ million PCs under your control, you can do almost everything!

  80. Not to piss in the pool, but meanwhile back in the real world….

    http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/420769/30/0/threaded

    We have analysed some 100 malware WMF files and they can do almost anything. We saw download trojans, adware and spyware apps, backdoors, lots of bots (zombie programs), as well as password-spying programs which are looking for PINs and TANs for online banking attacks. I expect that some 1,000 websites are already compromised.

    One of the malware apps we have discovered at 2005-12-29 (some days ago!) already had a build-in infection counter at a (hidden) website and we saw the number 233,000. This means, a few days back, some 100,000 PCs seems to be compromised already. Today, the website is still working, and has delivered more than 1,000,000 malware installation files already. With 1+ million PCs under your control, you can do almost everything!

  81. John.C.Welsh,
    As a consumer I am frustrated that these techs are not available for use now.
    But as an engineer, I love to see the technologies of tomorrow. I admire MS for trying a few things.

    But I hate it when all that is mixed with market speak, thats all. After all the person within me who understands it is an engineer not a consumer. (MS should sell in a different way the future)

  82. John.C.Welsh,
    As a consumer I am frustrated that these techs are not available for use now.
    But as an engineer, I love to see the technologies of tomorrow. I admire MS for trying a few things.

    But I hate it when all that is mixed with market speak, thats all. After all the person within me who understands it is an engineer not a consumer. (MS should sell in a different way the future)

  83. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).

    And what is the attach rate if you take out bait and switch tactics of Best Buy?

    Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs.

    Firefox 3 years ago called and they want their tabbed browsing back.

    Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo.

    Wow, that’s, uh, impressive. It saves the original photo!!111one!!!

  84. Xbox 360 launch stats. 30 countries. 4.5 to 5.5 will be sold by end of June. 4 games per console attach rate (that means Xbox 360 is selling two more games than any other console per console sold).

    And what is the attach rate if you take out bait and switch tactics of Best Buy?

    Tabbed browsing with a twist. MSN Search done, brings up new tabs by clicking on links which opens new tabs. Then shows off quick tabs. Shows thumbnail of different tabs.

    Firefox 3 years ago called and they want their tabbed browsing back.

    Photo experiences. It shows that it always save the original photo.

    Wow, that’s, uh, impressive. It saves the original photo!!111one!!!

  85. What good does demoing stuff that won’t be available for *years* if at all do? You think half those gadgets are going to be within reach of the typical consumer? Who’s going to pay for the massive infrastructure upgrade Bill’s Vision requires to get this done in 4-5 years? Bill?

    What did this demo show me that “THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE” demos in the 30s didn’t? They’re both as far-fetched. Show me what I can do *today* or *this year*. Give me products that WILL be out within a plannable schedule, not BS that I may as well read chicken livers for.

  86. What good does demoing stuff that won’t be available for *years* if at all do? You think half those gadgets are going to be within reach of the typical consumer? Who’s going to pay for the massive infrastructure upgrade Bill’s Vision requires to get this done in 4-5 years? Bill?

    What did this demo show me that “THE WORLD OF THE FUTURE” demos in the 30s didn’t? They’re both as far-fetched. Show me what I can do *today* or *this year*. Give me products that WILL be out within a plannable schedule, not BS that I may as well read chicken livers for.

  87. [...] Die mit Spannung erwartete Keynote von Bill Gates auf der CES brachte zwar keinen absoluten Erkenntnisse, an den meisten der Entwicklungen bastelt Microsoft schon eine ganze Zeit. Einen deutlichen Schwerpunkt legte Gates jedoch – wie sollte es anders sein auf der wichtigsten CE Messe – auf Home Entertainment Themen, ausgehend vom Dienst Windows Live, der Windows Media Center Edition und der XBox 360. Die ganze Keynote wurde von Herrn Goeldi, der Live vor Ort ist, bereits <a href=”http://konvergenz.kaywa.com/allgemeines/live-von-der-ces-die-bill-gates-keynote.html” target=”_blank”>sch&ouml;n zusammengefasst</a>. <br />An dieser Stelle sei nur noch einmal der Part hervorgehoben,der sich mit den neuen Video und TV Features besch&auml;ftigt: Die IP Edition MSTV wird ja bereits verkauft. Nun sind auch aus erste Ergebnisse der Partnerschaft mit Alcatel zu sehen. Vor etwas mehr als einem Jahr habe ich Alcatels Amigo-TV Projekt erstmals im ReNA Labor in Antwerpen sehen k&ouml;nnen – jetzt k&uuml;ndigt Microsoft eine Einbindung neuer, umfassender Instant Messaging Funktionen basierend auf dem Windows Live Dienst an. Die lustigen Emoticons, mit denen Alcatel damals gearbeitet hatte sind bei PC basierten Instant Messengern sowieso schon lange Standard. Und ein qualitativ hochwertiger Voicechat ist seit Skype auch kein gro&szlig;es Kunsst&uuml;ck mehr. Das Indiz f&uuml;r die neue Marschroute kam f&uuml;r mich versteckt. Gates spricht wie ganz selbstverst&auml;ndlich in diesem Teil der Pr&auml;sentation von &quot;Tail Video&quot;. Keine langen Umschweife oder Erkl&auml;rungen. In Redmond scheint man mit der Entwicklung hin zum <em>Narrowcasting </em>schon wie ganz normal umzugehen.<br /><blockquote><div>It’s important to note that it completely blows open any of the limitations that channels used to create. We talk about tail video, things like a physics lecture or a high school sports game that never would have made it into that broadcast world now can be sourced in and if it’s something you’re interested in easy for you to navigate and find. And that’s one seamless experience, not your normal TV here and your Internet TV over there, taking that remote control and having that just work that way.</div></blockquote><div>Auch die &quot;seamless experience&quot;, die ja h&auml;ufig noch als Barriere einer nutzerorientierten Konvergenz gehandelt wird (die alte &quot;lean back&quot;, &quot;lean forward&quot;-Leier) scheint f&uuml;r Microsoft, zumindest von der Vision her, als abgemacht zu gelten. Nat&uuml;rlich ist ein konkreter Nutzwert dieser Aussage zun&auml;chst einmal gering, gerade im schrubellig-amerikanischen Begeisterungsblahblah (<em>&quot;…taking that remote control and having that just work that way.&quot;</em>). Das das im Endergebnis erstmal alles nicht so sch&ouml;n laufen wird, wie vorgestellt ist wohl allen klar. Vor allem, wenn es an die Interoperabilit&auml;t der verschiedenen Gadgets geht, liegen die Schwierigkeiten nat&uuml;rlich wieder im Detail. Aber darum geht es hier auch nicht. Es geht um die Leitlinien und die Positionierung des gr&ouml;&szlig;ten Softwareherstellers im neuen Marktgeschehen. Die &uuml;bliche <a target=”_blank” href=”http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/01/04/bill-gates-keynote-at-ces-just-started/”>Geekparade</a>, wie sie andere hier erkennen m&ouml;gen, sehe ich zwar auch. Und nat&uuml;rlich geht es im Gro&szlig;en darum, die neue Medientechnologien zu vereinfachen, l&ouml;sungs- und nutzerorientierter zu gestalten. Dabei wird jedoch h&auml;ufig verkannt, dass so eine Entwicklung nicht von heute auf morgen stattfinden kann, sie ist die gro&szlig;e Aufgabe der High-Tech Industrien f&uuml;r die n&auml;chsten 10/20 Jahre.<br /> In erster Linie verkauft ein Softwarehersteller seine Podukte nunmal &uuml;ber Features, die einem unbescholtenen Massenmarkt als erstes bekannt gemacht werden wollen. Und die Marke darf dabei nat&uuml;rlich auch nicht zu kurz kommen. Die Entwicklung hin zur alles integrierenden, vereinfachenden Nutzeroberfl&auml;che mu&szlig; dann schrittweise erfolgen, gleichzeitig hat sowas noch nie geklappt. Au&szlig;erdem, das Gute ist: die Funktionen werden Standard. Jeder wird doch selbst entscheiden k&ouml;nnen, ob er sich zus&auml;tzliche Information zum Film von seiner HD-DVD (oder Blu-Ray Disc) anzeigen l&auml;sst, oder sich das Programm durch einen intelligenten Assistenten – ob als Avatar oder Dialogbox – zusammenstellen l&auml;sst. <em>&quot;Maybe robots want digital lifestyles, but human beings don’t. Human beings want lives. This digital lifestyle, as Gates envisions it, is just another big pile of software features that we have to sort through and make sense of.&quot;. </em>Gibt es eine Alternative dazu? Die Funktionen einfach nicht anzubieten, obwohl sie exisitieren? Dann haben die CE Hersteller die&nbsp; bevorstehende Schlacht bereits gewonnen. Wenn wir nur leben und keinen Lebensstil wollen, k&ouml;nnen wir auch gleich in den Wald ziehen und uns mit Holzhacken vergn&uuml;gen. Wenngleich ich diesem Lebenskonzept den Stil keineswegs aberkennen m&ouml;chte. Vielleicht steuern wir auch wirklich auf einen <em>Digital Divide</em> zu, der auch die entwickelten Mediengesellschaften zunehmend spalten wird. Das sch&ouml;ne daran ist aber nach wie vor, dass man sich entscheiden kann. Man kann seine Verkaufsentscheidung immer noch weitestgehend selbstbestimmt f&auml;llen, oder abschalten wenn einem ein Programm nicht passt. Mich freut daran aber vor allem, dass ich es nicht mehr unbedingt selbst tun muss. Und das ist f&uuml;r mich die bedeutendere Vereinfachung.<br /></div> [...]

  88. The future of computing

    A little while ago, in the second half of December last year, I was having a fairly engaged discussion about the future of computer. The sort of discussion which might be reported in the papers as a “full and frank disclosure of views”.
    In…

  89. [...] Auch die “seamless experience”, die ja häufig noch als Barriere einer nutzerorientierten Konvergenz gehandelt wird (zb. über die alte “lean back”, “lean forward”-Leier) scheint für Microsoft, zumindest von der Vision her, als abgemacht zu gelten. Natürlich ist ein konkreter Nutzwert dieser Aussage zunächst einmal gering, gerade im schrubellig-amerikanischen Begeisterungsblahblah (“…taking that remote control and having that just work that way.”). Das das im Endergebnis erstmal alles nicht so schön laufen wird, wie vorgestellt ist wohl allen klar. Vor allem, wenn es an die Interoperabilität der verschiedenen Gadgets geht, liegen die Schwierigkeiten natürlich wieder im Detail. Aber darum geht es hier auch nicht. Es geht um die Leitlinien und die Positionierung des größten Softwareherstellers im neuen Marktgeschehen. Die übliche Geekparade, wie sie andere hier erkennen mögen, sehe ich zwar auch. Und natürlich geht es im Großen darum, die neue Medientechnologien zu vereinfachen, lösungs- und nutzerorientierter zu gestalten. Dabei wird jedoch häufig verkannt, dass so eine Entwicklung nicht von heute auf morgen stattfinden kann, sie ist die große Aufgabe der High-Tech Industrien für die nächsten 10/20 Jahre. In erster Linie verkauft ein Softwarehersteller seine Podukte nunmal über Features, die einem unbescholtenen Massenmarkt als erstes bekannt gemacht werden wollen. Und die Marke darf dabei natürlich auch nicht zu kurz kommen. Die Entwicklung hin zur alles integrierenden, vereinfachenden Nutzeroberfläche muß dann schrittweise erfolgen, gleichzeitig hat sowas noch nie geklappt. Außerdem, das Gute ist: die Funktionen werden Standard. Jeder wird doch selbst entscheiden können, ob er sich zusätzliche Information zum Film von seiner HD-DVD (oder Blu-Ray Disc) anzeigen lässt, oder sich das Programm durch einen intelligenten Assistenten – ob als Avatar oder Dialogbox – zusammenstellen lässt. “Maybe robots want digital lifestyles, but human beings don’t. Human beings want lives. This digital lifestyle, as Gates envisions it, is just another big pile of software features that we have to sort through and make sense of.”, meint Nicholas Carr. Gibt es eine Alternative dazu? Die Funktionen einfach nicht anzubieten, obwohl sie exisitieren? Dann haben die CE Hersteller die bevorstehende Schlacht bereits gewonnen. Wenn wir nur leben und keinen Lebensstil wollen, können wir auch gleich in den Wald ziehen und uns mit Holzhacken vergnügen. Wenngleich ich diesem Lebenskonzept den Stil keineswegs aberkennen möchte. Vielleicht steuern wir auch wirklich auf einen Digital Divide zu, der auch die entwickelten Mediengesellschaften zunehmend spalten wird. Das schöne daran ist aber nach wie vor, dass man sich entscheiden kann. Man kann seine Verkaufsentscheidung immer noch weitestgehend selbstbestimmt fällen, oder abschalten wenn einem ein Programm nicht passt. Mich freut daran aber vor allem, dass ich es nicht mehr unbedingt selbst tun muss. Und das ist für mich die bedeutendere Vereinfachung. Die aktuelle Situation nach den Ankündigungen der CES stellt dieser Artikel der NYT auch gut dar. “At one level it’s clear that the dam has broken,” said Paul Otellini, chief executive of Intel. “There’s an inevitable move to use the Internet as a distribution medium, and that’s not going to stop.” [...]

  90. 04 award bet

    Using programming languages and markup languages (such as HTML) require some of the same skills, but using markup languages is generally

  91. [...] address in 2006, when he placed a cell phone containing digital photos on a tabletop device and all the pictures “flew out of it” and could be manipulated by touch and gestures. Microsoft has shown similar surface-computing-type demos at a handful of other conferences and [...]