Compared with Google's ditu.google.cn and Sogou's (搜狗) map.sogou.com, the site seems about the same, if a little faster--though traffic may still be low. What Google and Microsoft have in common is that the maps contain listings for restaurants, banks, and other locations rendered as icons on the map. Sogou has no such advantage, but sometimes it resolves addresses better than Google.
Microsoft's decision to allow Home versions of Vista to run inside virtual machines may have far-reaching benefits in the coming years.
The initial market for such virtual Vista machines is likely to be among Mac users looking to run Windows or within the ranks of hard-core PC enthusiasts. But the move could also benefit the average PC user who just wants a machine that's easier to use, says Woody Hobbs, CEO of Phoenix Technologies, a leading maker of the BIOS (basic input/output system) software that loads before a PC boots up.
That Microsoft has its sights set on the virtualization market dominated today by VMware is nothing new. However, the announcements Microsoft made on Monday show that the company is putting a tremendous amount of resources toward moving from vision to reality, analyst say.
Microsoft's approach of having a data center that can respond dynamically to business needs, while still years off, is compelling, said Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett. Virtualization is a key component that can take the Dynamic Systems Initiative of a few years ago and make it approach reality.
Now, Microsoft is far from alone in this … Read more
Most people expect some flip-flopping in an election year, but not usually from their software vendor.
Nonetheless, Microsoft on Monday changed its mind again, saying it will allow users to run Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium as guest operating systems on a virtual machine. The news is especially welcome for Mac users who want to run the latest Windows version without having to pay an arm and a leg. Until now, Mac users and others wanting to run Vista virtually have had to fork over for the most expensive Business and Ultimate versions.
Microsoft had briefed reporters in … Read more
There are all kinds of virtual worlds these days: Those for kids, for adults, centered around fantasy battles, and even those centered on space.
But no one has a better hold on space than NASA, and that agency is now considering creating its own virtual world, according to the BBC.
"The virtual world would be aimed at students and would 'simulate real NASA engineering and science missions,'" the BBC wrote, adding that the space agency has put out requests for vendors interested in producing the virtual world.
The idea behind the so-called massively multiplayer online game would be … Read more
SWsoft, which is in the process of renaming itself Parallels, released its first beta version of the server virtualization software Wednesday. SWsoft itself has chiefly focused on commercializing higher-level virtualization software called Virtuozzo that lets a single version of an operating system be subdivided into semi-independent containers. However, the company's Parallels division has come to prominence by letting a single computer--most notably an Intel-based Apple machine--run Windows.
That Parallels technology is now available as a hypervisor … Read more
Anyone who has been following the political news over the past couple of weeks knows that polls and surveys need to be treated with, shall we say, a certain degree of skepticism. Nonetheless, I find it's often useful to try to square numerical results with my own empirical observations about what's going on out in the marketplace. I don't find surveys and most quantitative forecasts especially useful for picking up on the "next big thing." However, once a trend has gotten under way and people are generally familiar with its basics, surveys can help to … Read more
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is doing his part to take away the stigma of being a geek.
In a fireside chat in the virtual world Second Life, Newsom responded to a question from Philip Rosedale, CEO of Second Life publisher Linden Lab, about virtual worlds not just attracting geeks.
The mayor laughed and offered a wonderful response: "Why are you so sensitive about geeks? It's all good," Newsom said. "We're all geeks."
On the heels of banking scandals in the virtual world Second Life, its publisher Linden Lab announced Tuesday that it is effectively banning in-world banks.
"As of January 22, 2008, it will be prohibited to offer interest of any direct return on an investment (whether in Linden dollars or other currency) from any object, such as an ATM, located in Second Life, without proof of an applicable government registration statement or financial institution charter," Linden Lab wrote on its blog Tuesday. "We're implementing this policy after reviewing resident complaints, banking activities and the law, and we'… Read more
A group of video game giants that changed the way people play in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s were honored with technology and engineering Emmy Awards during a ceremony Monday night in Las Vegas amid the Consumer Electronics Show, according to Sony Online Entertainment.
The awards were handed out in two categories. The first was development of massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The winners were Sony Online Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, and AOL/Time Warner for EverQuest, World of Warcraft, and Neverwinter Nights, respectively.
In the user-generated content and game modification category, Electronic Arts, Id Software, and Linden Lab were honored … Read more