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Courier - The new Microsoft Tablet PC

A few days ago I commented in this blog the progress of Apple regarding Tablets, Well, it seems that Microsoft is not lagging behind and is working on a product similar to Apple.

Gizmodo.com publicaba hace un par de días que Microsoft está desarrollando un dispositivo tipoTablet PC, que funciona de forma muy parecida al nuevo tablet de Apple. La principal diferencia entre ambos (aparte del obvio hecho que uno es un Mac y el otro es un PC) es que el de Microsoft tiene forma de libro y puede plegarse, mientras que el de Apple es un iPhone tamaño XL. También difieren en que el de Microsoft funciona con un lápiz parecido al de las Palm, mientras que el de Apple funciona con los dedos… aunque el de Microsoft también dispone de algunas funciones realizadas con los dedos, que curiosamente son idénticas a las que utiliza el iPhone.

In the video I show below these lines may be some features that presents this new device.

As indicated in Gizmodo, the Tablet PC that we see in the video is the latest prototype of the product and has been named the "Courier". The device has a camera, direct Internet connection or via wifi's open, and everything you expect from a PC, but for now, there is no technical data about it.

So if we already had on tenterhooks waiting for the Apple Tablet, now we have more emotions over and begin again the struggle between Microsoft and Apple for this type of product. Interestingly, no doubt. That desire I have to put on the market!

goodbye SIMO

Ifema confirmed yesterday the cancellation of SIMO 2008.

According to statements by its CEO Santiago Quiroga to EFE, it was for economic reasons because the absence of large companies threatened the profitability of this contest.

The director did not comment on the reasons leading to large companies to stay away from SIMO, but I think basically are two:

  1. In times of crisis is an unnecessary frivolity make the entire assembly representing attendance at SIMO (compared to the result obtained)
  2. The fair model in the digital age is beginning to become obsolete, especially when we talk about a fair dedicated to technology and the Internet.

Recent years and was quite worth going to SIMO and see how fewer companies came to the fair as exhibitors, and on the other hand, see how large corporations completely dominated spaces, encouraging small businesses cease to attend. The public, at the low range of exhibitors and the few innovations, also decided not to be seen by the Campo de las Naciones.

Actually, it is a negative feedback process caused by a purely financial approach of the contest. From the direction of SIMO have avoided until the last moment (just missing one month to celebrate SIMO 2008) that without exhibitors, there is no public and no audience, there are even fewer exhibitors ... although HP or Microsoft fill the space empties .

My experience as a speaker goes back to the SIMO 2000, it lasted 4 years and was with SoloStocks.com. Lo cierto es que si bien desplazarnos a Madrid, montar el estand y dejar un equipo en Madrid durante una semana resultaba bastante caro, lo peor no era esto, sino que además debías dejarte tomar el pelo con el coste abusivo que tenían todos los servicios contratados en la feria. Recuerdo una ADSL por la que nos cobraban más de 100 euros por una semana de uso, y también recuerdo haber contratado un espacio y luego llegar allí y descubrir que por falta de expositores habían cerrado mi zona y me habían ubicado en otro lado, sin mi consentimiento previo y siendo esa ubicación peor que la anterior. Todo un ejemplo de mala gestión ferial.

While the Internet was taking off, it made sense to be "physically present" in this contest, to let us know and also for users of the website they saw that behind a dotcoms were people. So investment worthwhile. But once you reach certain online popularity, he ceased to be justified SIMO attend as an exhibitor, and we move to Madrid just to see how things were going. The last 2 years, and that deserved my effort.

So: goodbye SIMO, maybe someday know reinvent yourself again.

Further information about the closure of SIMO:

Discover the 3 reasons why Microsoft enters the market of ads search engine

Microsoft announced last week that it had developed its own set of text ads on search results MSN Search. According to Microsoft this system is much better than its rivals Google and Yahoo as it will serve ads based on gender, age and location of the user.

There are three clear reasons why Microsoft is conducting this movement:

  1. For Microsoft, Google is becoming a real threat. Thanks to the revenue that Google is getting its adwords, they are funding many initiatives in the field of programming with free software and applications that have little to do with Windows and compete directly with Microsoft products, such as Gmail vs. Hotmail.
  2. It is obvious that the market for text ads included in search results is a great source of income. Google is a living example, has announced a net profit of 342.8 million dollars during the second quarter 2005.
  3. In a way, for some years, MSN has been forced to share revenue with YahooOne of its main competitors. Until now, the ads MSN offers on its website are offered by Overture, a company that since March 2003 belongs to Yahoo, so Yahoo gets a commission for each sale of MSN.

According to Microsoft the service they offer will be much more attractive than Google and Yahoo for advertisers because it will provide segmentation by gender, age, location, user, time display ads and other parameters that Microsoft knows about its users.

Microsoft has been latecomers to the world of search engines, but it looks like it is doing completely, but step by step and not risking.

MSN Bot

El primer movimiento fue en verano 2003 momento en que lanzó su recién programada araña MSN Bot a escanear toda la red, cuando en sus portales aún utilizaba el buscador Inktomi (propiedad de Yahoo desde ese mismo año y por el que Yahoo pagó 235 millones de dólares). Durante 2003 Yahoo ingresó gracias a MSN 5,3 millones de dólares por el uso de su buscador.

A mediados del 2004 Microsoft lanzó la versión beta de su propio motor de búsqueda y a finales del 2004 dejó de utilizar definitivamente Inktomi, para pasar a ofrecer sus propios resultados de búsqueda. Desde entonces lucha por posicionarse entre los mejores portales de búsqueda. Aunque el mejor activo de MSN Search no es su algoritmo de ordenación de resultados (como lo es en el caso de Google) sino el hecho de que muchos de los usuarios de Windows no saben cómo cambiar la página de inicio de sus navegadores de Internet, ni tampoco cómo cambiar el motor de búsqueda que el MS Explorer lleva instalado por defecto. Así que no es de extrañar que MSN sea la web número dos del mundo en tráfico (la uno es Yahoo, la dos MSN y la tres Google).

After getting your own search engine, the next logical step is to exploit Microsoft itself the economic potential offered by search engines and that Microsoft has failed to see until Google and Yahoo have been presented every year positive economic results.

It seems that the first sites of Microsoft in testing this new ad system will MSN MSN Singapore and France. Then, it will spread to other countries.

We will be watching when this occurs, to perform segmentation and analysis of acceptance and subsequent expansion of the MSN network of advertisers.

Links:

Alexa Ranks (http://www.alexa.com/site/ds/top_sites?ts_mode=global&lang=none )
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