Ep 37 of 2010
September 13, 2010
It's been a long time between drinks since Microsoft has had anything to hang it's hat on. The last memorable moment was the launch 12 months ago of Windows 7. And it's been a great success compared to its predecessor Vista. But in that last 12 months, almost all of the major manufacturers and software developers have be releasing new stuff, but good old Microsoft has been a little quiet of late – but maybe that's all about to change.
As Jeff Alexander from Microsoft Australia preempted on last week's Tech Talk Radio, the next generation of controller less games consoles is about to hit the market just in time for Christmas. Microsoft's natal has been reborn as Kinect, and promises a whole new era of gaming in the living room, the likes of which we have never seen before. The Xbox has been widely regarded as the best gaming console on the market, so Kinect has big shoes to fill.
Apple has certainly highlighted the fact that phones are the way to the consumer's wallet, so too has Google's android operating system which can be found on most HTC devices – so now it's Microsoft's turn with the up-coming launch of Phone 7. In a bizarre move last week Microsoft chose to celebrate Windows Phone 7 RTM with funeral parade for BlackBerry and iPhone, with an absence of android. Strange but true, complete with a Thriller dance too.
And the final trick up Microsoft's sleeve is the pending release of the companies new web browser, Internet Explorer 9. IE 9 promises HTML5 support, something which has been controversial in recent times, what with Steve Job's out right refusal to allow flash to be used in his iGadgets. Silverlight will remain a plug in, and is also the applications platform for Windows Phone 7. So the beta of IE 9 will be put on show for those interested this Thursday at a Microsoft breakfast gathering, and of course Tech Talk Radio will be there.
This week on Tech Talk Radio
- Conroy wins bigger communications role in Gillard's front bench shake up
- Australian iPhone and iPad developers welcomed changes Apple made overnight to its App Store approvals process.
- Microsoft sorry for US cloud coverage
- Adam Turner has a look at ACTA or The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and what it means to AFACT and iiNet and
- Optus are getting into traffic monitoring!