44 thoughts on “A few Microsoft things…

  1. WordPress anti-spam is quite effective…

    More than 3 links and it gets dumped in the bin….

    Robert, can you grab my comment and ‘approve’ it :)

    Cheers

  2. WordPress anti-spam is quite effective…

    More than 3 links and it gets dumped in the bin….

    Robert, can you grab my comment and ‘approve’ it :)

    Cheers

  3. The MSN search page doesn’t render well in Opera. mousing over the ‘tabs’ ends up erasing part of the top line of the search box.

    That’s with JScript on. With it off, there is no top line to the search field.

    As for URL, I’d prefer to use “live.com” and bear with the minimal extra info on the page, but it doesn’t render in Opera at all. So I use “msn.com” though it’s a somewhat heavy page, at least the search field is there, and it’s less letters than google.com.

    Of course I use search shorcuts even more often. “g Scoble” searches google for for Scoble’s ego (yup, not hard to find his ego). I set up “m Scoble” to search MSN. Google is still better, but MSN is improving.

  4. The MSN search page doesn’t render well in Opera. mousing over the ‘tabs’ ends up erasing part of the top line of the search box.

    That’s with JScript on. With it off, there is no top line to the search field.

    As for URL, I’d prefer to use “live.com” and bear with the minimal extra info on the page, but it doesn’t render in Opera at all. So I use “msn.com” though it’s a somewhat heavy page, at least the search field is there, and it’s less letters than google.com.

    Of course I use search shorcuts even more often. “g Scoble” searches google for for Scoble’s ego (yup, not hard to find his ego). I set up “m Scoble” to search MSN. Google is still better, but MSN is improving.

  5. Wait, since many sites still link to your old post, (like http://www.news.com or cnet.com) shouldn’t the Google result be the right one? Is there a way to find which page actually has more links to it? Isn’t it possible that the msn search actually has it wrong, because it’s over-weighting ms sites, that actually kept their links up to date? I’ve got to find this out now.

  6. Wait, since many sites still link to your old post, (like http://www.news.com or cnet.com) shouldn’t the Google result be the right one? Is there a way to find which page actually has more links to it? Isn’t it possible that the msn search actually has it wrong, because it’s over-weighting ms sites, that actually kept their links up to date? I’ve got to find this out now.

  7. I just heard today that the official name of Office 12 will be Office 2007. You’d have to think they could come up with a more original name like they did for Windows Vista.

  8. I just heard today that the official name of Office 12 will be Office 2007. You’d have to think they could come up with a more original name like they did for Windows Vista.

  9. Now that green button looks like a pain in the ass :).
    Man, do the page just plain white with ordinary gray button.

    I did not notice any changes in search (except that yours radio site is gone).

  10. Now that green button looks like a pain in the ass :).
    Man, do the page just plain white with ordinary gray button.

    I did not notice any changes in search (except that yours radio site is gone).

  11. On the Office 12 announcement – I’m surprised that they’re replacing Outlook with OneNote in the new Home and Student edition. OneNote is a really great app (especially for students), but what about all of those students with smartphones or Windows Mobile devices? What are they going to sync to, if not Outlook?

  12. On the Office 12 announcement – I’m surprised that they’re replacing Outlook with OneNote in the new Home and Student edition. OneNote is a really great app (especially for students), but what about all of those students with smartphones or Windows Mobile devices? What are they going to sync to, if not Outlook?

  13. Where exactly does MSN Search fit in the online strategy? With the release of Windows Live, I thought MSN Search was going to be rebranded as Windows Live Search–similar to how Virtual Earth became Windows Live Local. Yet with this refresh, Microsoft’s search still has the MSN brand. Was I mistaken?

    Anyhow, it’s a nice refresh. I’d love to hear from the search team what kind of enhancements have been made under the hood.

  14. Where exactly does MSN Search fit in the online strategy? With the release of Windows Live, I thought MSN Search was going to be rebranded as Windows Live Search–similar to how Virtual Earth became Windows Live Local. Yet with this refresh, Microsoft’s search still has the MSN brand. Was I mistaken?

    Anyhow, it’s a nice refresh. I’d love to hear from the search team what kind of enhancements have been made under the hood.

  15. I gotta say that I like the ego search results for my name. I’m 5th out of 1.8 million. And searches in our product category for our application have it in 2nd place.

    – Matt Smith –
    MyHomePoint – Powering the Modern Family
    SwoofWare – It’s only work if somebody makes you do it

  16. I gotta say that I like the ego search results for my name. I’m 5th out of 1.8 million. And searches in our product category for our application have it in 2nd place.

    – Matt Smith –
    MyHomePoint – Powering the Modern Family
    SwoofWare – It’s only work if somebody makes you do it

  17. I don’t like this new MSN Search UI one bit. The results page looks very much like a mis-typed url advertisement landing page.

    The Google search results are probably because of the amount of links to each one of those blogs:

    Google finds only 8,300 links to http://scobleizer.wordpress.com, yet finds 35,100 links to http://scoble.weblogs.com

    Further, the MSN description for your blog is this:

    “By the way, this blog post was published by Robert Scoble on 2/11/2006 and the only place it should appear is at http://scobleizer.wordpress.com — if you are reading this post on some other URL, you ..”

    Doesn’t help much. Google has this (for the new site):

    “Robert Scoble works at Microsoft (title: technical evangelist). Everything here, though, is his personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is …”

    That’s more appopriate if you ask me.

  18. I don’t like this new MSN Search UI one bit. The results page looks very much like a mis-typed url advertisement landing page.

    The Google search results are probably because of the amount of links to each one of those blogs:

    Google finds only 8,300 links to http://scobleizer.wordpress.com, yet finds 35,100 links to http://scoble.weblogs.com

    Further, the MSN description for your blog is this:

    “By the way, this blog post was published by Robert Scoble on 2/11/2006 and the only place it should appear is at http://scobleizer.wordpress.com — if you are reading this post on some other URL, you ..”

    Doesn’t help much. Google has this (for the new site):

    “Robert Scoble works at Microsoft (title: technical evangelist). Everything here, though, is his personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is …”

    That’s more appopriate if you ask me.

  19. Too much wasted, empty vertial space in the new MSN Search page. There shouldn’t need to be a vertical scrollbar–I shouldn’t need to maximize the browser window in order to see what’s on the bottom. (Maybe it was like this before; I don’t know since I don’t use MSN Search.)

  20. Too much wasted, empty vertial space in the new MSN Search page. There shouldn’t need to be a vertical scrollbar–I shouldn’t need to maximize the browser window in order to see what’s on the bottom. (Maybe it was like this before; I don’t know since I don’t use MSN Search.)

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