Microsoft and Sign Patent Agreement


Quote from the press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Inc. The agreement provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio and covers a broad range of products and technology, including coverage for Amazon’s popular e-reading device, Kindle™, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers.”

Wow. Worlds biggest online retailer + Microsoft Marketplace + Windows Phone 7 Series + Zune + Windows Slate + Kindle + Xbox. The blogs all mention patent-dealing to avoid lawsuits – I am thinking market penetration and platform-share. Put on your conspiracy hat. What do you think they are planning to do?

Oh wait, would this also cover Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure?


Siri – The next chapter of the Web

Image representing Siri as depicted in CrunchBase

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Searching is one-dimensional; actions have much more value to us. It is interesting how we are now used to using the Internet in our daily live. Most of our activities focus on engaging with this vast amount of computing power by giving it single-dimensional tasks. We search for an address, maybe for a review of a new mobile phone or any other aspect of our complex live that needs information to proceed.

We as humans are very good in taking the outputs of the internet and combining it into actions and decisions. Putting context to facts and figures enables us to make decisions and actually do something.

No more endless clicking on links and pages to get things done on the Internet. Delegate the work to Siri and relax while Siri takes care of it for you…” (

Siri is about to change this paradigm. By combining existing capabilities with our inquiries on a mobile platform (with strong speech recognition) it can make decisions, take actions on our behalf and answer complex queries in Real Time.

Siri – I would like to have a taxi in 1 hour…”, is an inquiry that shows what I mean. Siri needs to understand where I am, otherwise it could not dispatch a taxi to the right location. It also has to find a way to actually order a taxi.

It all works based on two starting points: (a) the Programmable Web and (b) the Semantic Web.

Remember I wrote about the fact that we are able to monitor the availability of Internet API’s? There are already dozens of API’s available that allow a process such as Siri to reach out and send commands to the web services that have an API and the number is growing fast. Because most services also have a semantic context attached to it, Siri can distinguish between a taxi or a limousine service. When other data on the web also gets a semantic context, not only API’s will be available to Siri – but also storylines, opinions, emotions and priorities.

The creators of Siri have establish an engine that can already talk with dozens of API’s. These include restaurant services, music, movie, taxi, local shopping, weather and airline services. This allows you to ask very complex questions such as: “Siri, I want to see a movie with Clark Gable in about an hour, can you order me the transport and tickets for this?” or “Siri, please order a table for 2 in my favorite Chinese restaurant, next Thursday at 9:00 pm”.

This all is run through an iPhone app with apparently excellent speech recognition and the developers have stated other mobile platforms will follow shortly.Go to for the full story.

I do not know if Siri is going to make it, but they have some serious money behind them as stated in their interview with Robert Scoble. Even if this particular company is not going to make it – I predict this is the next killer app for any platform and a whole new way of utilizing the power of the Internet.

Siri is being described as a ‘Do-Engine’ to explain the difference to a ‘Search-Engine’. More of these applications are emerging as Personal Assistant Apps.

Star Trek comments are allowed, but this is real now and it works.

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Windows Mobile 7 to be unveiled in February 2010?


Yesterday Long Zheng posted a news item on the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Feb 2010).

Apparently he is invited by Microsoft Australia to visit this conference:

During Microsoft’s PDC09 developer event in November last year, it was revealed (to the disappointment of many) that Windows Mobile 7 would only be discussed half-a-year-later at Microsoft MIX10 in March.

However as of today it’s pretty much certain we’ll get to see this make-or-break mobile OS first, a month-ahead of MIX10, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during February 15-18.


It is clear to everybody that Microsoft is losing ground very rapidly in the mobile space to Apple, Nokia and GoogleWindows Mobile 6.5 is nowhere near the appeal that the competition is bringing to the table – something must be done. One could argue that Microsoft is too late to make up for the lost market share – but it would not be the first time that the company is able to show they have the capability to create/conquer a market that seems to be lost to them.

see the full story here….

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Atos Origin achieves ISO 14001 certification for all its data centers and buildings in the Netherlands within 7 months


Atos Origin, today announces that its environmental management system in the Netherlands has been certified to ISO 14001 standard. This means that all 15 office sites, divisions and data centers in the Netherlands have been certified as in compliance with this international standard. Certification was achieved in just seven months. [More…]