The release of Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope was easily the biggest thing out of Redmond this week. For those who haven’t seen it yet, it’s pretty amazing. Imagine Live Maps for space with lots of neat filters. The level of detail is pretty amazing and it’s interesting to see Microsoft’s take on something a little less business focused.
This week there were also some interesting developments in the ongoing saga of Microsoft and Yahoo. While Microsoft has decided that they’re no longer interested in Yahoo, at least publicly, there is a key investor at Yahoo looking to put a new board in place to take another shot at the Microhoo merger.
For any open-source fans, you might be intested that the Mono team has released the first source code of Moonlight. At the moment, you have to build it with your own video codecs and it only supports SilverLight 1.0, but it’s a critical step towards SilverLight support on Linux. Miguel’s blog also proves that Linux developer’s blogs are just as ugly as the Microsoft guys.
Those MIX 08 videos I mentioned last week have already been updated. New versions have been posted with a nifty SilverLight player that plays the slides and a video of the speaker side by side. I personally recommend Scott Hanselman’s session on MVC. It’s informative and pretty funny. Otherwise, I had some other posts set aside that looked promising, but after going through them, they’re all links to other older posts, so rather than just link to a bunch of old posts, I thought it would be more worthwhile to post links to a few useful sites that I use to keep up with what’s going on.
While I couldn’t find a humorous Microsoft story to wrap up with for this week, I did find this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL4hyATkQ74. I’m not entirely sure of what to make of it, but it’s definitely good to know that Ballmer has always been crazy.