Thursday, December 18, 2008
Watch out, Internet Explorer 10


All sorts of problems can happen when you roll-over and carry a digit:

So we're busy preparing the major upgrade from 9.5x and 9.6x - and what's more obvious than calling it Opera 10? What's in a name, or a version number?

Apparently a lot of trouble.

More here: 10 is the one - By Hallvord R. M. Steen

Monday, December 15, 2008
Windows Live Photo Gallery 2009 Refresh!


It has been a busy year. Not long after the Wave2 Windows Live release went out the door we immediately started planning for the next release. And here, before the end of 2008, is the latest refresh to Windows Live: Windows Live Essentials (Beta).

Just at a high level, these are the following changes you'll see in the latest refresh of WLPG (Windows Live Photo Gallery) as compared to the Wave2 2008 version:


Panoramic Stitching:

Publishing to more and more places:

UI Improvements:

People Tagging:

Additional features:

And there's a lot more that happened under the hood, so to say. I'm very proud to work with the engineering team that made this year's worth of work on Windows Live Photo Gallery possible.

Larry Osterman recently talked about Feature Crews ( ) and I have to say that the Photo Gallery feature Dev, Test, and PM members did an excellent job driving the decisions and work to get their features implemented. The product has remained solid for the development cycles, which is hard when your hooking up some major new gears, so to say.

And now we're out with a new refresh! Enjoy! Be sure to get a Live ID, set a profile picture, and publish some photos up to your Skydrive and play around with it. While you're on the new site, note that you can import your contacts from Facebook or LinkedIn to start building your contact list for People Tagging. And man, if you're on Facebook, you should go to our plug-ins page and that the Facebook plug-in for publishing photos to your Facebook account.

Drop by our official team blog ( ) to learn more about the current refresh and to pose any questions + issues.

Friday, December 12, 2008
Performance as a Feature


Although Virtual Earth mapping has the rocking Bird's Eye View for looking at neighborhoods - which for me usually end up being a lot more interesting than the overhead view, especially with the ability to rotate around various angles - RedFin just switched to Google Maps because of the driving need to be able to draw lots of push-pins fast:

"Every millisecond counts" is a "Googley" UX design principle that we remember from Marissa Mayer’s evangelism of speed and that we strongly believe in (see here, here, and here). Users who come to Redfin's site now should see maps load and render just a little bit quicker, which makes us feel a little Googley inside.
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