Ballmer at VC Summit

Dan”l Lewin kicked off Microsoft’s Annual Venture Capital Summit at our campus in Mountain View, CA today. Dan’l spoke about the Strategic and Emerging Business Team (SEBT), our Innovation Centers worldwide and our work with Students with programs like Imagine Cup and DreamSpark. The Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program is one that the SEBT launched in…


Skyfire will change your life

One of the most impressive DEMOs I’d seen at DEMO last year was Skyfire’s. For those of us who have had smartphones with limited web browsing capabilities (like Pocket IE with Windows Mobile), Skyfire will forever change the way you use your smartphone. Today Skyfire announced that it has opened up its beta to all…


Do you like apples?

Will: Do you like apples? Clark: Yeah. How do you like them apples? “ai”


The Commercials – let’s call a spade a spade

I’m just as perplexed as anyone else about the commercials. I’ve been following our advertising story closely for the last couple of months right up to our launch on 9/4. But this cartoon nails the way I (and most of my friends seem to) feel:   [courtesy: Penny Arcade!] I don’t get it Things have…


Yammer should enjoy it’s 5 minutes of internet fame

I’ve been perplexed for a few days about TechCrunch50’s winning pick, Yammer. I finally started to use it, and I’m not all that impressed. Clearly, winning at TC50 has done wonders for Yammer, but I don’t think this spike will last long. Yammer is NOT an “enterprise product”. Can we please stop calling it that?…


TechCrunch50 – crème de la crème

This week, TechCrunch reinforced itself as the most powerful tech blog on the planet. TechCrunch50 was everything it was made out to be. Startups, press, speakers – these guys were the crème de la crème of their respective contingents. The TechCrunch50 crew received over 1000 applications from startups wanting to demo their product at the…


Ashton Kutcher doesn’t think the Surface is just blah blah (blah)

Ashton Kutcher launched his new startup, Blah Girls, at TechCrunch50 in San Francisco this week. Ashton walked by the Microsoft lounge several times, in and out of interviews as you can imagine. From Ashton’s most recent blog post, I think he liked the Microsoft Surface we have on display here: “The coolest thing I’ve seen…


TechCrunch50 – Day 0

I’m pretty damned stoked about TechCrunch50. I spent most of today setting up the Microsoft lounge area at the venue. The idea for the lounge started when I was sitting with the Qik team brainstorming ways in which we could partner to do some fun things at the event. In the midst of that, Michael…


Qik announces support for more Windows Mobile devices

The mobile-based video streaming company, Qik, has announced support for even more Windows Mobile devices. Over the last few days, Bhaskar and Jackie announced support for the following devices: AT&T Tilt HTC Touch Dual HTC Touch Diamond HTC Touch Pro HTC TyTN II Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 HTC Mogul HTC Vogue Samsung Omnia Qik’s decision…


Windows Server support for Amazon EC2 – coming soon

At Amazon Web Services’s Startup-Tour here in San Francisco, Jeff Barr just announced the AWS roadmap and it included “support for Windows Server”. Jeff says that Amazon has received “several requests” for Windows Server support for EC2 and while he couldn’t commit to a date, he said it’s definitely on the roadmap. GoGrid and Mosso…