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Wed, 02 Nov 2005 17:39:48 GMT

Microsoft has announced a new Web 2.0 initiative called And of course, the blogosphere is littered with commentary on how this will or will not change the world. Personally, I find this to be a complete non-announcement. When your press release includes statements like "powered by cutting-edge technologies such as RSS and Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX)", then I tend to yawn. An end user really shouldn't care what technology is under the hood. I mean, did you really think Microsoft was gonna ignore Gmail and not come out with their own AJAX powered Web mail (AJAX mail). Anyhow, here's a short run-down of what's new in Live.boring!

Can you say branding exercise? Anyhow, lots to check out.

Oops! I give up. Microsoft now insists that I'm French (ok, maybe I am) and isn't giving me an option to switch back to English. Goodbye! BTW, they offer a smaller subset of the features to lang="fr" people. Maybe Microsoft should rename this I'm kinda getting tired of this whole beta thing.

Update: I checked out Live Safety Center. That was actually pretty good and could be very useful to the mundane user who doesn't already have Virus protection. In fact, I'm using AVG which is malware that scans for malware. Live Safety Center means I can uninstalled AVG tonight. Now, I don't have to worry about AVG thrashing my harddrive every morning.

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I just don't get it.  Microsoft had the attention of the entire tech community yesterday.  For days, all we'd been hearing is "Microsoft is announcing a revolution on Nov. 1", yadda yadda.

And we get a freaking dynamic portal?

1997 called, it wants its "innovation" back.
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