Xbox 360 launch titles announced

They’ve finally announced the list of titles that will be available for the Xbox 360 launch. I was looking forward to Ghost Recon but as that got delayed; Kameo appears to be the new contender for top title that I’m looking forward to. I keep hearing so many good things about it.   Now I’ve just…


Xbox games in 720p

We’ve announced the initial list of original Xbox games that will be playable on the Xbox 360. Compatible List The cool thing that was announced though, is that the games will be up scaled to 720p utilizing the anti-aliasing capabilities of the Xbox 360. More details and some screen shots of Halo on Bungie’s website….



Thought some of you might be interested in an extremely early shot of  “MediaPad”, before it came Windows Movie Maker. Well here it is. At this early stage we were just basically experimenting with some UI bits and pieces. Fortunately we have program managers and UI designers that help us to keep things sensible and functional….


Benford’s Law

Well I’d never heard of Benford’s Law before but it states that if you look at a bunch of numbers, then 1 appears as the first digit about 30% of the time. For example if you take the area in square kilometres of each country in the world you’ll find that about 30% of them…


And Windows Movie Maker was called?

Mediapad. If you used notepad to edit notes, wouldn’t you use Mediapad to edit media? This was just our internal name until the name Windows Movie Maker was decided upon. Frankly, I’m glad we changed the name. I’ll try to see if I can dig out a screenshot of an early version.


Windows Movie Maker’s first name?

Back in 1999, when we first started writing a video application we didn’t begin by calling it Windows Movie Maker, that name came later. Does anybody know or can guess what its internal name was at the beginning? I’ll give the answer tomorrow – oh the anticipation 🙂


Virtual Earth

Virtual Earth is now live. I’d have to say it’s pretty darn cool. The Channel 9 guys have a video up that has an interview with some of the members of the team and shows off some of the cool stuff.


New Microsoft Pro Photo Website

For the professional photographers out there (and I know a bunch of them use Windows Movie Maker) the new Microsoft Pro Photo Website is now live.


TechEd 2005 Podcasts

You may have already caught this but Microsoft did a whole bunch of Podcasts from TechEd this year and several of them were made with Windows MovieMaker. TechEd Podcasts


Get a Life

A bunch of us from Microsoft went to see the new Star Wars movie the other day. On the drive back to the campus I happened to notice that one of the local churches had a sign near the road which was blank except for the following text “Get a Life” I thought it, a…