Nov 112009

Rupert Murdoch is at it again taking his frustration out at Google, Bing and other search engines.  If the speech at the Beijing conference wasn’t enough, Murdoch has threatened to block search engines from indexing his news websites. Quite a nice way to say Thank you for getting 40-50% of traffic to his site.

Murdoch’s idea is to introduce a subscription based model for his news websites similar to conventional media? Though that means fewer hits to the websites, it would mean a larger revenue since the websites wouldn’t be solely be dependent on advertising for their revenue. Murdoch may be a media mogul but he is misreading the current market scenario by not realizing the huge audience it creates for his conventional media businesses.

Good Luck Mr Murdoch, I anyways liked CNN better.

Nov 062009

As Tech Days drew to a close today, we were treated to a preview of Futuristic technologies being developed currently at Redmond and… you guessed it Windows 7 and Bing. You have to appreciate Microsoft for the way it believes in its products and promotes them. They just threw everything they had on us. It was called a demo extravaganza but it turned out to be a marketing extravaganza. Though I have to admit, it was the first time that I saw bing in action.

Microsoft seems to have realized that a Search engine, no matter how brilliant can never defeat Google. Why would anyone switch from Google for keyword based search which is anyway very good at Google. Hence the strategy of promoting Bing as a decision making engine, which helps you in more ways than just returning the pages that have your queried keywords in them. I feel that both Microsoft and Google are going opposite ways now, and only when we have the benefit of hindsight, we would be able to tell who had the better strategy.

What I mean by opposite way, is that while Google tries to get users to leave its website as soon as possible to see the first result returned, Microsoft wants to engage users to be on their site to make the entire decision there before finally going to the manufacturer site just to buy the product. Now this scenario makes more sense while choosing products to buy, what about other scenarios. What if I searched for source code on the net, or for downloads. How would Visual search help me in doing that.  I decided to try it out though. Some features were quite cool.

One more noticeable question was when the person from Microsoft asked us how many lines of code Windows 7 had. I quipped “You would have Windows open source for us to know that”, to which he laughed and called it a “good” idea. Yeah right, like thats ever going to happen.  He said that NT had 43 million lines of code while Vista had 33 million. Winodws 7 has been written in just 17 million lines of code. Though Wikipedia disagrees and reports drastically different figures, Microsoft would surely know better about their properietary software better than wikipedia does.

The session ended with a demo of photosynth, a tool which analyzes several photos of a location from different angles to form a 3D view of the place. Quite neat I must say.