Microsoft Technologies Available for Licensing

Back in May of 2005, I created a blog entry that listed the 20 technologies that Microsoft licenses. I now see that Microsoft licenses 47 technologies (as of December 2008), which I think is pretty cool. Think about it: you can license Microsoft technologies (Microsoft Intellectual Property Licensing) that Microsoft is willing, and wanting, to…

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The Cluetrain Manifesto

OK, the book is 8 years old now, but still has some very good marketing tips. Specifically, regarding how to connect with your customer. Since I focus on consumer products (Windows Live), these ring especially true to me.  I like the following tips from the book: Companies must communicate “conversationally” with their markets in a…

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Transparency

Every once in a while I like to summarize my skills so I can remind myself of my strengths and weaknesses. Then I can go work on improving those weaknesses. In the spirit of being open and letting the world know about this one Microsoft employee named Brian Groth, here goes:  Leadership: I have good…

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Windows Live Announced

We just announced the next generation of Windows Live. You can read about it at the Windows Live Wire blog. I just spent two days with the press and some analysts explaining the new products and hope to see articles in UK and European newspapers soon. Here’s a good video that highlights some of the…

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Live Mesh in the real world

I took this photo with my phone yesterday while out walking the dog (Milo) and when I got home, it was already on my PC. I then used Windows Live Photo Gallery to auto-correct a few things like color, light, and straighten the photo and I gave the file a name instead of something like…

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Manhole Covers, Part 2

A couple of years ago I wrote up “Why is a manhole cover round?” and got a few good comments on it. Now that I live in London, I see how American that question really is. Notice these two that I saw when walking through Wandsworth the other day. I still think a round cover…

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Explore Windows Live

As I noted in my last blog post, there are new versions of the Windows Live clients available for download. Related, if you haven’t already seen it, check out http://www.windowslive.com/Experience to learn more about the products. My favorite is Messenger for video-to-video chats, but Mail, Photo Gallery and Writer are great too. I use Mail…

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New Windows Live products to download

If you didn’t already see it, you can now get the latest versions of the products I work with at http://download.live.com/ The seven products, and a short description for them are:  Chatting and e-mail: Messenger and Mail share a single contact list and work together. Plus, your calendar and multiple e-mail accounts are all in…

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I finally got my patent!

Suppose you are in a cafe and of course you have a laptop with you. All of the sudden, a little box pops up and says “Brian Groth is nearby and you have a meeting next week. Click here to see more details.” Microsoft and I recently got patent number 455041200 that explains how this…

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Messenger TV – my latest project

For the last few months I have been creating something we call Messenger TV. Today, John Mangelaars (the Vice President I report up to) announced it in London on CNN and CNBC. It is available in 20 countries (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia,…

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