Microsoft Research ViralSearch: Identifying and Visualizing Viral Content

What does it mean for online content to “go viral”? An analysis of almost a billion information cascades on Twitter news, videos, and photos has produced the first quantitative notion of whether something has indeed gone viral, thereby enabling further research into topic experts, trending topics, and viral-incident metrics. See the original post at…


Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into player preferences and support an online…


Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Now Globally Available

Internet Explorer 10 is available worldwide in 95 languages for download today. We will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting today with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. With this final release, IE10 brings the same leading standards support, with improved performance, security, privacy, reliability that consumers enjoy…


Windows Azure Active Directory Processes 200 Billion Authentications

At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing.  Since the inception of the authentication…


I have 172 IDs and Passwords

Have you ever stopped to count the number of ID’s and passwords you use?  I bet everyone reading this has more than twenty five.  I bet many of you have more than fifty and and if you really count everything, you will likely surpass one hundred. Sound far fetched?  Count them.  I know someone approaching…


FIOS Quantum Now Available - if you can afford it

Verizon is now selling more speed.  There’s just one problem, I can’t justify and afford the upgrade.  I would love to have the 150/65 plan just so I can say I finally have 100Mbps to the internet, but sheesh, not for these prices.  First of all, I don’t really need that speed.  Considering I am…


300 Mbps soon to be available on Verizon FIOS

NEW YORK – May 30, 2012 –  Responding to consumer demand for ultra-high-speed home broadband service, Verizon next month will more than double the speeds of several of its FiOS Internet tiers – and introduce two new tiers with even faster speeds. The new FiOS Internet portfolio will feature download/upload speed tiers of 50/25 and…


Attachments Suck

Check out the flow chart at This is a cute SkyDrive campaign. Very creative. Is this you?  Let’s send a 1GB attachment and see what happens. Evil grin.


Expression Encoder 4 SP2 - now available for download

Expression Encoder is an advanced audio/video-encoding and live-broadcasting application especially suited for generating content that takes full advantage of the rich graphic and interactive capability of Microsoft Silverlight playback scenarios. You can also generate Windows Media video and audio files that are optimized for other web playback scenarios, or appropriate for playback on portable devices….