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The Live Mesh Team have released there next update of Live Mesh for the Mac.

There are a number of new features and fixes which includeimage

Features

  • New Media Viewer on the Live Desktop.
  • Live Mesh News will now display the date (as well as time) for all news items, even older ones.

Fixes

  • Improved the Live Desktop quota calculation.
  • Optimized MOE CPU/memory use.
  • Fixed Mac client startup errors that caused client to shut down shortly after launching.
  • Mac passwords containing extended characters now work properly.
  • Device status (online/offline) now properly displayed on the Live Desktop, in the notifier, and in the Mesh bar.
  • News now correctly displays the year.

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What is Kumo?

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You may or may not have heard but Microsoft is now testing a new search engine codenamed “Kumo”. An email was sent to all Microsoft employees yesterday detailing how they can assist and provide feedback

From: Satya Nadella

Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 4:18 PM

To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)

Subject: Announcement: Internal Search Test Experience

The Search team needs you. We’ve been working hard to improve our search service and want to share the progress we are making with you. We are launching a new test program called kumo.com for employees to try and provide feedback. Kumo.com exists only inside the corporate network, and in order to get enough feedback we will be redirecting internal live.com traffic over to the test site in the coming days. Kumo is the codename we have chosen for the internal test.

In spite of the progress made by search engines, 40 percent of queries go unanswered; half of queries are about searchers returning to previous tasks; and 46 percent of search sessions are longer than 20 minutes. These and many other learnings suggest that customers often don’t find what they need from search today.

We believe we can provide a better and more useful search experience that helps you not just search but accomplish tasks. During the test, features will vary by country, but you’ll see results organized in a way that saves you more time. An explorer pane on the left side of results pages will give you access to tools that help you with your tasks. Other features like single session history and hover preview help accomplish more in search sessions.

Your Next Search…

To get started, visit kumo.com or click one of the samples below to see how it’s possible to find the right results more easily:

As employees, you are some of our most informed users and our toughest critics, and we highly value your input and feedback to help us build a better service. You have been an important voice in our efforts, and the feedback you’ve sent us since the company meeting has been amazing.

When you visit kumo.com, at the bottom right corner of the each page you’ll see a feedback badge. We ask that each time you use the test site, click the feedback badge and take a moment to answer four quick and simple questions. Feel free to reach out to give us extra feedback directly on our blog and by mailing (an internal alias). For answers to common questions make sure to see our FAQ.

We are committed to rapid innovation and improvement. Please give the test site a try, rate the results and let us know what you think.

– Satya

I really do think Microsoft are throwing good money after bad when it comes to a search engine, they are so far behind Google I am not sure if they could ever make up the lost ground.

There is one big issue though that continues to fuel Microsoft’s desire to continue investment in a search engine and that is, they have no choice, they have to continue to take an active role in improving there product as the future of computing appears to lie in the “cloud” and you need to have a good browser and a great search engine.

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Over at the Microsoft Online Blog they have posted about the recent uptake of the online services by GlaxoSmithKline and the dynamics behind the move to online services.

If you are interested you can sign up for a free trial here and experience the full impact of Microsoft’s online services

 

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Microsoft Corp. officially launched its Business Productivity Online Suite outside of the U.S. today, headlined by a deal with GlaxoSmithKline PLC as its first major customer for the hosted communications software suite.

Microsoft’s big push into hosted services took a major step forward today with announcements of availability to a number of countries and it’s first big company GlaxoSmithKline PLC to adopt these services.

Whilst the online suite was rolled out to the US in November it has now become available for trial in 19 countries around the world

Costs at this stage are not clear but ComputerWorld are reporting a $15 cost per head, per month for the four application suite.

This should see Microsoft and Google once again butt heads as they vie for the online services market.

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