A rapid fire post on the past week having been away from it all in Atlanta.
FAST is being bought by Microsoft – Dylan Fuller, formerly of FAST has a good run down on it. I do think it is interesting that Microsoft bought it rather than Google – it’s an obvious fit for Microsoft in the enterprise search space where it is strong but I thought Google wanted more of this space – is it that they think they can do it themselves? or does it not fit with their “everything in the cloud” philosophy?
Xobni launched its beta. Scott Voigt saved me the trouble of installing it right now by giving me a preview. It looks nice enough and gives you some interesting information about your inbox but it doesn’t aid your productivity. It will be interesting to see if this can evolve into a “Email 2.0” plugin for Outlook, creating a social network through which it prioritises your email. Very early days right now though.
CES happened, the only highlights I heard about were Yahoo Life (integration of the various Yahoo services to give a better user experience – more in a later post); great looking TVs (very thin, bigger..) and Bill Gate’s disappointing keynote looking more at what we know Microsoft is doing rather than anything new. Still it was his last one..
Finally.. Newsgator went free. Finally. The question is whether it is too little too late for them.