Good morning.

Looks like there's yet another Microsoft promo video/ad today, this one called The Future of Technology, and it's pushing Windows 7 and Windows Live again, and has a nice message. At some point, however, I have to wonder if all this promotion doesn't suggest a bit of desperation. We get it. Windows 7 is great.

Thanks to Eric B. for the link.

Update: The anti-Microsoft brigade is, of course, going after this video with the same strenuous type of attack it always uses. I'm curious, did this guy really not understand the video was a homage? Really?

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Don Reisinger says that Microsoft should buy Facebook. I completely agree. But I also know the company well enough know to know that if they buy any company, it will be an AOL (loser) and not a Facebook (winner). Buying Facebook immediately should be a priority for Microsoft, and it will put it on near-equal footing with Google online almost instantly. Why isn't this happening? (And, no, antitrust is not the reason: In fact antitrust concerns around Google is the number one reason for this deal to be pushed through.)

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Hulu Plus is launching today for $7.99 per month, $2 off the previous price during the preview. It's a decent service, and the video quality is great, often with subtitles. I just don't get why anyone would pay for an ad-supported video service. It seems like the point of paying (cough, Netflix) is that you don't get ads.

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Microsoft has delivered the 7th platform preview release of Internet Explorer 9, and this time around there's some impressive news to share: IE 9 now scores 234.6 ms on SunSpider, making it the fastest-performing browser in the world. Fun bit of trivia: This release comes one year to the day when IE 9 was first officially announced at PDC'09.