Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth

This is so cool! We saw a live demo of Photosynth last week in the US and I must say I’ve really been waiting for the moment to blog about this. I thought it was awesome.

“Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space”

Photosynth is a result of the recent acquisition of Seadragon and the works of the Microsoft Live Labs team. Seadragon had developed technology that can quickly display large images on computers and handheld devices.

For the moment you can’t test Photosynth yourself, but there are 2 cool videos available on the Microsoft Download Center that give you a pretty good idea of how cool Photosynth really is. Since we talk about using pictures available on the web, imagine what this can do to websearching in general.

[Update] Check out some of the screenshots you can find here! I’ve added one so you get a taste of it… but make sure you take a look at the videos as well!

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[Update 2] I just found the Photosynth website.

Vista, Office 2007, IE7 and some lobster

Last wednesday – June 28th – my colleagues from DPE organised a blogger meeting to present some Microsoft beta products, namely Windows Vista beta 2, Microsoft Office beta 2 and Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 (beta 3 was launched only 2 days later). Apart from Tom Mertens and David Boschmans who organised the ‘event’, there were some more Microsoft colleagues present: Jurgen Van Duvel, Arlindo Alves, Yves Kerwyn, Patrick Viaene, Eva Van Laere and myself.

Most people invited were also present at the Windows Live Session with Phil Holden a couple of months ago, so it was nice to meet again. As usual I don’t put my own comments of the event up here – I liked it – but I try to give an overview of all related posts I can find.

Online coverage:

Flickr sets:

Podcast:

On Digg:

As usual this post might get some updates the next coming days when I find more posts related to this meeting.

Try if before you buy it

My Microsoft colleagues at Corp. announced that more then 2.5 million people are already using the Office 2007 beta since it was released last month. I think that’s awesome. I’m using the Office 2007 beta 2 for quite a while now and I think it’s definitely worth a try. The ‘Ribbon’, blogging from Word, new conditional formatting in Exel, better Outlook/Onenote integration… and one of my favorites, the integration of tasks & follow ups in Outlook (finally!).

They also announced this new ‘Try it before you buy it’ program so you can testdrive Office 2007 online, so without having to download and install it first. You can download the full beta here.