IE to remove "Click to Activate"

Great news from the IE Blog: Back in April 2006, we made a change to how Internet Explorer handled embedded controls used on some webpages. Some sites required users to “click to activate” before they could interact with the control. Microsoft has now licensed the technologies from Eolas, removing  the “click to activate” requirement in…

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Exchange 2000 Launch Video

Many years ago, I worked on the Exchange team. We used to have these conferences called, imaginatively, the Microsoft Exchange Conference.  The marketing team created this video to use at the conference. In part because I was playing with Silverlight Streaming, and in part because I’ve always liked this video, here it is:

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Welcomed to California by the weather

In honor of my arrival in Mountain View, the weather has turned ridiculously rainy today. I updated my blog’s header image to reflect the view from my office today. For those of you keeping track, I’m living in Mountain View, CA, home of, among other things, the Googleplex, MozCorp/MoFo, and Microsoft (Silicon Valley Campus). Here’s…

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"No meaningful competition"

In this article about Bill Gates’ transition, we find this gem: For much of Microsoft’s existence, its two biggest money-makers, Windows and Office, have been firmly rooted on the PC desktop, where they enjoyed little meaningful competition. Wow. Someone hasn’t been paying attention for two decades. I’m sure that IBM, Novell, Sun, Apple, Mozilla, Netscape,…

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Razzle-Dazzle

Now, I’ve been reading Jonathan Schwartz’s blog for a while now (he’s CEO of Sun Microsystems), and always appreciated his candor and openness. But this announcement reminds me of this.

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OpenID and the art of solving problems users want solved

Not too long ago, Jan Miksovsky wrote about how confusing OpenID is to users due to the way sites expose it, and the overly  developer-centric focus of the OpenID.net site. He makes a number of interesting points, most of which I agree with. In particular, I think that OpenID while interesting in concept, is attempting…

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Exchange team defines a Program Manager

Regular readers* of this blog will know that I have a thing for definitions of program management (see mine, Chris Pratley’s, and Steven Sinofsky’s). The Exchange team recently put up a recruiting site, called ExchangeYourCareer.com. On it, they have a typically irreverent, but insightful description of the job of PM. I’ve reproduced it below: You…

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The more things change, the more things stay the same

Some years ago Chris Pratley, an Office GPM, wrote an interesting article that talks about some of the mid-90s competition in the word processing space from the point of view of someone working on Microsoft Word. The thing about these comparative reviews is that they tried to evaluate the products each release as if you…

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Sean’s Maxim of the Day

Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side — because it’s well-fertilized with bullsh*t. or, for those with a more intellectual bent: Caveat Emptor. [dedicated to various colleagues who are changing or have changed jobs recently :-)]

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