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  • Blog Post: Vimeo arrives on Windows Phone

    Another app I’ve been waiting for hit the marketplace this week – the official Vimeo application. You can watch, upload, and manage videos using the app and it’s designed with the elegance you would expect from Vimeo. Got a Windows Phone? Get Vimeo now Tweet
  • Blog Post: Do you need a digital will?

    You’ve probably heard the phrase “digital memories” many times and like me, you likely think of this as digital photos and perhaps emails or other personal information that reside on a computer somewhere. Ask most people and I think they’d generally think this meant photos. I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Cliplets gets animated GIF support

    I’m a big fan of Cliplets from Microsoft Research – a small, free application you can download to create "cinemagraphs”. When I show people the mini movies that Cliplets creates they often ask if it’s an animated GIF. The answer until now has been no but during a chance meet with...
  • Blog Post: Halo 4 soundtrack remix contest

    Halo 4 is just around the corner and I have to confess to being almost as excited about the soundtrack as the game. With Neil Davidge at the helm of the audio accompaniment to the game, it promises to be epic and will be available on October 22nd. And now you have the chance to create your own bit...
  • Blog Post: IE9 – I’m in

    Installed and speeding along. Definitely feels zippier than the last beta. Go grab it if you haven’t already. I like this browser....a lot. It's been worth the wait and from the sound of Twitter, it seems like the IE folks are blowing off some well earned steam at SXSW. See the IE9 tweets...
  • Blog Post: LinkedIn app for Windows Phone arrives

    LinkedIn has landed in the Windows Phone Marketplace and while Windows Phone includes the service as one of the core accounts you can add, this app delivers an additional level of integration with your account. Free to download and stay tuned as a favorite app of mine will soon join it. [update...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft download from The Garage: Mouse without Borders

    I’ve mentioned The Garage a number of times here on Next and Jay Greene also wrote a story recently about some Garage projects recently for Cnet. Today it gives me great pleasure to announce a free download resulting from a Garage project. To recap quickly, The Garage is both a physical space...
  • Blog Post: The Lab of Things

    Whenever talk turns to the Internet of Things, energy management and home automation solutions usually come immediately to mind – like the services offered by utility providers or products sold at your local big-box home improvement store. While at Faculty Summit this week I learned that some...
  • Blog Post: Twitter for Windows 8

    Twitter for Windows 8 is here. Announced today on the Twitter blog the app has some pretty sweet features – I’ve been using for a few days and really like snap view in particular. Live tiles and notifications are also part of the experience and there is integration with the search charm....
  • Blog Post: Are Physibles the next download revolution?

    Back in my house in the UK, I had a this very cool (literally) Siemens refrigerator – beautifully engineered except from one part in the salad box which would break with frustrating regularity. It was really user error but each time this part broke, I lamented the fact that I had to go to the Siemens...
  • Blog Post: Behind the scenes of Fresh Paint on Windows 8

      A few weeks ago I got the chance to chat with Ira Snyder, General Manager of Fresh Paint . If you've not yet had the chance to try Fresh Paint, the new painting app for Windows 8, it’s available for free in the Windows Store and has over a 4 star rating...
  • Blog Post: Skype on Windows Phone: beta is now ready for download

    The wait for Skype on Windows Phone is over. Just a few moments ago, we announced the Skype for Windows Phone Beta app. Skype is now available on almost all of the leading mobile smartphone OS’es. The final version of the app will be available in April, but you can grab the beta right now (Zune...
  • Blog Post: Kids get coding with Kodu

    FUSE Labs live in the office next to me and the rate that they’re pushing out work right now, I’m starting to think they do actually live there. Today they announced full availability of Kodu Game Lab for the PC and announced the launch of the nationwide (US) Microsoft Kodu Cup 2011 competition...
  • Blog Post: From Photoshop to Photosynth

    Photosynth is one of my favorite technologies of the last few years – enabling images to be mashed together to create a 3D scene from a collection of photographs. Not only that, you have the ability to zoom in and out of the 3D space, seeing the detail in each frame in a smooth, seamless way. If...
  • Blog Post: BLINK from Microsoft Research gets you the perfect Windows Phone photo

    Have you ever been frustrated that you missed the perfect shot when taking photos using your Smartphone? BLINK , a new Windows Phone 8 application from Microsoft Research aims to fix that issue. BLINK captures a burst of images with a single click and then allows you to select the perfect image from...
  • Blog Post: No More Missing Attachments in Outlook

    We’ve all had that moment in email – when you hit send and realize the attachment you meant to add wasn’t actually attached. No more, thanks to the work of Bhavesh Chauhan, a Microsoft engineer, and The Garage. I’ve mentioned The Garage a few times here on NEXT – a grass...
  • Blog Post: Bing translator app for Windows Phone gets a big update

    I’ve been playing with the new version of the Bing translator app for a few weeks and there is a lot to like. It provides image to text translation, voice translation and text entry translation. I used it yesterday in a French restaurant to translate parts of the menu I didn’t understand...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group gives you Mayhem

    At Microsoft Research TechFest earlier this year I saw a demo of Mayhem but we never covered it here on NEXT. I was reminded of it when I saw on{X} from our Bing team earlier this week and decided it was time for some Mayhem love. Mayhem is an open source Windows application that lets pretty much...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Star Wars app for Windows Phone

    I’m not sure how this one slipped past me last week but what’s not to like about having your tweets displayed in Star Wars opening credit style? That’s precisely what the Kinect Star Wars for Windows Phone enables. This free application from Microsoft Studios opens with the note...
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