Chris Pendleton pointed this one out to me. Fresh Logic Studios took the Virtual Earth map control and MSN Local Search API and created their own interface into mapping business listings. I like this one better than the Local.Live.Com interface.
Michael Connolly, a product unit manager on MSN Spaces, adds onto the China discussion with a post titled “Running a Service in China.” Here’s a quote from his post: “In China, there is a unique issue for our entire industry: there are certain aspects of speech in China that are regulated by the government. We’ve made a choice to run a service in China, and to do that, we need to adhere to local regulations and laws. “
I’m speaking at SXSW and I’m helping out on the Mix 06 team.
My first question is “will Bill Gates let us put a back channel up during his keynote?”
So, why do another Web conference?
Well, my trip through Europe punctuated why. I kept meeting businesspeople who had bet their businesses on Microsoft’s Web technologies. From Reuters to L’Oreal to Heineken to dozens of other CTO’s and CEOs that I met who told me they are using Microsoft technologies and wanted a way to learn only about those (since most of the other events are heavily LAMP-focused).
Does anyone else find it ironic that the Microsoft conference is the one with both a blog and an RSS button? Next thing you know Microsoft will be adding tags, making deals with Firefox and getting along with the Web Standards Project, and figuring out how to do great maps and great search. Hmmm.
Anyway, what Web conference are you going to in March? Hope to see you there.
Yet another example of how blogs can be used to answer concerns raised in the community. Here the MSN Search Blog answers privacy concerns raised by O’Reilly and BoingBoing.
Nice to see that MSN Spaces now supports the MetaWeblogAPI, thanks to Dare Obasanjo for posting that on his blog. Why is that a big deal? Because now developers can build things that can write to MSN Spaces. I’ll have to see if Maryam can use Flock with her MSN Spaces-based blog, for instance.