Contents tagged with Live Labs

  • Project Emporia Alpha Preview

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 28 2010, 5:23 AM. Posted in Live Labs.

    Project Emporia filters updates from the Twitter public feed and automatically develops lenses on topics based on the likes/dislike preference of readers, providing suggested insight into what’s happening in Twitter around that topic seen through people’s eyes. There is no login required to browse by topic and filter down by relevance. This allows people who have never used Twitter to search for useful information about topics they are interested in. For example, by choosing the ‘technology’ lens with four stars of relevance, you would see results of what people are talking about from the public Twitter feed and, as a result, what’s happening now in the technology industry. If you chose to broaden the search, you could go to only two stars for additional results around related technology topics to appear. Or you can also simply search by topic removing the relevance filter.

    Project Emporia provides a new, crowd-sourced form of web search by aggregating the relevant tweets with web links around a topic and viewing them as support votes for the links. Type ‘Microsoft’ and filter down by one star relevance in the ‘technology’ lens to get a list of web links about the latest technologies from Microsoft rated highly relevant by the Twitter community. Or change to the ‘business’ lens to get highly rated web links about Microsoft’s businesses.

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  • Windows Live Sync: now on Snow Leopard

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 5 2009, 7:40 AM. Posted in Windows Live, Live Labs.

    We’re happy to announce that Windows Live Sync for Mac now supports Snow Leopard! If you’re a Snow Leopard user, you can get the new Sync software for Snow Leopard here. Thanks so much for your continued interest in Sync, and for your patience while we worked out some stubborn compatibility issues we had with Snow Leopard. If you’re using Sync on a Mac that is not running Snow Leopard, you don’t need to update anything.

    Download (via live sync team blog)

  • Seadragon Goes Mobile

    Posted by vasudev on December 14 2008, 5:38 PM. Posted in Live Labs.


    Want to see giga-pixel images on your iPhone?   Now you can--with Seadragon Mobile.

    Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform.  Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger.  Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen.  You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else's).

    Seadragon Mobile is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

    ............................Check out the demo video at source 

  • Seadragon Ajax

    Posted by vasudev on November 25 2008, 9:14 AM. Posted in Live Labs.

    Seadragon Ajax brings Deep Zoom technology right to your own web page or blog, even if you're not a software developer. You may already be familiar with Deep Zoom technology--it's used in Photosynth and in Silverlight. It enables you to smoothly zoom into extreme close-ups of your images, regardless of the size of the screen or bandwidth of the network you're on.

    Seadragon Ajax makes it easy for you to embed Deep Zoom Images right on your site or blog.  Or, you can download the free Deep Zoom Composer to create a Deep Zoom Image that you can store on your own site.   See how easy it is......................Continue At Source

  • Photosynth Wins Breakthrough Award

    Posted by vasudev on October 17 2008, 9:13 AM. Posted in Live Labs.

     Photosynth has won a Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics magazine. The award honors the 'brightest innovators and innovations' of the year. The magazine's editors contact the nation's leading research institutions and labs, choose 30 to 40 likely candidates, then narrow them down to the ten winners.

    You can see the full list of winners here.

  • Live Mesh Service update: new build available (0.9.3103.14)

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 5 2008, 8:19 PM. Posted in Live Labs.

    We are pleased to announce that our next update is now available. The new build contains a crucial Live Mesh folder synchronization fix – details below. By default your Live Mesh software will automatically update itself within 24 hours of the new build being posted, but you can always right-click the Notifier icon in the system tray and choose to force an immediate update.


    ·         Fixed issue where deleting a Live Mesh folder on one device, or stopping the folder from synchronizing on that device, would cause the folder to stop synchronizing on all devices.

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  • Listas Updated

    Posted by vasudev on January 10 2008, 12:38 AM. Posted in Live Labs.

     We have added a host of new features and improved designs to Listas today.  A fresh home page design and updated community page make finding relevant information even easier.  New community lists like popular tags, recently created lists, and top users are all now available both in Listas and through RSS.  For fellow GTD fans, there are now task lists.  Improvements to printing support, history and version management, and many other additions and refinements round out the update.  You can check out the newly updated Listas technology preview as always at

  • Volta Technology Preview from Microsoft Live Labs

    Posted by vasudev on December 6 2007, 12:22 PM. Posted in Live Labs.

     Volta Technology Preview from Microsoft Live Labs Helps Developers Build Innovative, Multi-Tiered Web Applications with Existing Tools, Technology

    Microsoft is expanding the company’s offerings in the Software + Services space with the release of the Volta technology preview, a developer toolset for creating multi-tier web applications. By utilizing familiar tools and languages such as Visual Studio 2008, C#, Visual Basic and the .NET Framework, coupled with advanced automation processes, Volta allows developers to build multi-tier web applications while still having the freedom to devote their creative energy to the more specialized features of their applications.

    To discuss the release of this new developer toolset and how it can help developers, PressPass spoke with Erik Meijer, principal architect for Volta.

    PressPass: What is Volta and how does it benefit developers today?

    Meijer: Volta is a toolset created by Microsoft Live Labs that allows developers to build multi-tier web applications using established languages, libraries, development tools and the .NET Framework. Volta offers a specialized facility for partitioning functionality across client and server via declarative tier-splitting. Volta extends the .NET Framework to distributed Software + Services applications, allowing developers to use existing and familiar tools and techniques. Additionally, Volta’s design allows developers to delay some decisions until later in the development process – making it faster and cheaper to adjust architectures to accommodate evolving requirements.

    PressPass: What is the overall goal of Volta?

    Meijer: Volta is a toolset that simplifies designing, building and debugging distributed, multi-tier applications using existing .NET compilers, tools and libraries. Volta achieves this goal by a technique called declarative tier-splitting. The programmer inserts explicit declarations into the source code, stating the tiers on which certain classes and methods should run. Basically, Volta automatically inserts low-level communication and serialization code and moves the annotated code to the appropriate tiers. By releasing Volta as an experimental toolset, we hope to validate the overall goal and approach, as well as collect feedback that will be helpful in driving further development.

    PressPass: What makes Volta unique compared to the other web development applications and tools that are available today?

    Meijer: Unlike other approaches, Volta starts with a client-side perspective. That is, once developers are satisfied with an application’s functionality and fully understand the internal object interactions, they “decorate” the code with declarative attributes, or annotations, to indicate the parts of the application that should run on other tiers. The Volta runtime utilizes as many existing web technologies as possible, such as the CLR, ASP.NET, and standards-based web browsers, making it possible for developers to work with Volta in a way that they are already comfortable.

    In addition, Volta is deeply integrated with Visual Studio 2008 – including the debuggers. Developers are able to seamlessly step from one tier to another through code, set breakpoints on any tier and trace flows of control across distributed systems. Additionally, Volta enables new end-to-end profiling and testing for higher levels of application performance, robustness and reliability by maintaining a single programming model across multiple tiers.

    PressPass: How does Volta make it easier to build a web application?

    Meijer: Volta dramatically reduces the amount of "new stuff" developers must learn because it extends the libraries, tools and techniques that they are already used to in .NET to new distributed, web-based, Software + Services scenarios. Moreover, Volta allows developers to delay irreversible decisions until the last responsible moment, greatly increasing the agility of development in intermediate phases where change is often rapid. Since developers initially create easy-to-manage, single-tier client applications, and then incrementally distribute parts to other tiers through a "refactoring" technique they are already familiar with, they can apply familiar skills to new problems – reducing development cost and risk.

    PressPass: What are the use-case scenarios for Volta?

    Meijer: Volta caters to client-server applications, including Ajax-style web applications. By enabling developers to prototype and refine their designs through refactoring, Volta is particularly suitable for scenarios where developers cannot, or should not, partition functionality between the client and server up front. In addition, Volta offers the same programming model on the browser and the server, helping developers control the complexities and idiosyncrasies of these different realms.

    PressPass: As a Microsoft Live Labs technology experiment, how does Volta fit into Microsoft’s overall web-development strategy?

    Meijer: Microsoft Live Labs is dedicated to developing innovative, Internet-centric technologies to improve and accelerate the evolution of Microsoft’s Internet products and services. Releasing Volta as an technology preview allows us to gather early feedback from both customers and partners alike; this feedback will influence future development of Volta. Since Volta’s declarative tier-splitting works purely on the Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL) level, it can be applied to any .NET application, written in any programming language and libraries supported by .NET. This includes rich traditional client applications running under the standard .NET Framework.

    PressPass: How does Volta promote innovation in Microsoft’s Software + Services efforts?

    Meijer: Volta makes it easier to interface with existing web services from familiar .NET programming languages and libraries. By automating some deployment aspects, Volta makes it considerably easier and faster for developers to create multi-tier applications, freeing them up from repetitive, low-level communication software, so they can devote their time and creative energy to more in depth aspects of their designs.

    PressPass: Is Volta part of a Microsoft product roadmap?

    Meijer: Volta is an experiment that enables Microsoft to explore new ways of developing distributed applications. Currently there is no plan to fit Volta into a larger product roadmap. Instead, we want feedback from our partners and customers to influence other Live Labs technologies and concepts.

  • Listas - All your lists in one place

    Posted by vasudev on October 18 2007, 7:51 PM. Posted in .NET, Live Labs.

     At Live Labs, we are always experimenting with new ideas that we think will be useful.  Today we are releasing our latest technology preview:

    Listas (

    Listas is a tool for the creation, management and sharing of lists, notes, favorites, and more. It allows you to quickly and easily edit lists, share them with others for reading or wiki-style editing, and discover the public lists of other users.  We encourage you to try using it for meeting notes, bookmarks, shopping lists, to plan a night out, or whatever other creative ways you can think of.

    In the Listas Community Section, you will find a number of highlights of the most popular and random items from around the community of public lists such as the most used tags, the hottest lists, and prolific contributors.   You can even add others’ lists (or any RSS feed) to your own Listas so you are always up to date.

    You can even create lists from all the things you find on the web, like search results, wish lists, videos, or all or part of virtually any page with the Listas Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

    You can also watch a Demo of the same from Raj of Live Labs, courtesy 10.