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Microsoft Start (version 3) is the Web 2.0 application we've all been waiting for. Obviously, it was created by Microsoft. Search Engine and Syndication from one easily configurable screen. In the future, everyone will have this as their home page.
posted by seanyboy (78 comments total)

 
Come on, this is just a response to the MacMouse post below, right? It's certainly as Blue as that one is. I like best that the MacMouse is at the top of the Endgadget feed on the page.
posted by OmieWise at 8:25 AM on August 2, 2005


Isn't this just a slightly ugly version of google.com/ig, which has been round for a month or so ? (sorry to be snarky)
posted by jaksoul at 8:28 AM on August 2, 2005


In the future, everyone will have this as their home page.

Can the Microsofties here please add the "batshitinsane" tag when they post this kind of nonsense? k thx
posted by Rothko at 8:30 AM on August 2, 2005


So the default layout includes boingboing, which today has a headline of "New spray laminates dog turds so they don't squish when you scoop". Nicely done.
posted by smackfu at 8:30 AM on August 2, 2005


seanyboy needs to take a chill-pill
posted by DelusionsofGrandeur at 8:31 AM on August 2, 2005


So the default layout includes boingboing

Sounds like Metafitler.
posted by dios at 8:32 AM on August 2, 2005


It was a response to the iPost, but I think it's a great piece of web software anyway. Also, it is sort of the same as google/ig, but I think it's better. It looks nicer (to me) and it seems to do more in an easier way.

Only being beta-v3, there are a couple of rough edges, but it certainly shows promise.
posted by seanyboy at 8:33 AM on August 2, 2005


I get a text box and a button. And nothing more.

Thanks MS, but I can do it myself. Next time, ask what year it is before you start coding.

*throws hands in air, exasperated, slightly camp*
posted by NinjaPirate at 8:35 AM on August 2, 2005


jaksoul's link was supposed to guide you here

Honestly, I don't get what puts MS Start higher than the google offering. Start certainly is an ugly little beast.
posted by herting at 8:36 AM on August 2, 2005


As I don't know enough about l33t web technology, can someone tell me what the difference between this and the my.yahoo page which has been around for several years? Is there some new feature that I'm not seeing? Does Web 2.0 mean anything other than a label?
posted by dios at 8:37 AM on August 2, 2005


It does the same, but it's smoother. Web 2.0 to me means that it uses AJAX (or something like AJAX).

They both do sort of the same thing, but
Google Maps is web 2.0
and Multimap is web 1.0
posted by seanyboy at 8:41 AM on August 2, 2005


It is not letting me add stock quotes (using FireFox). It seems kind of interesting, but I doubt it will become my home page.
posted by caddis at 8:48 AM on August 2, 2005


Does Web 2.0 mean anything other than a label?

Not really. There's a load of hype about Ajax these days which allows for live updating of objects on your webpage - see the way you can drag boxes about and update your profile instantly and without having to hit submit buttons all the time... that's web 2.0. wooohooo!

So, yeah, it's a wee bit different from my.yahoo at the moment but it really won't be long before this kind of interactivity is the norm.
posted by twistedonion at 8:49 AM on August 2, 2005


I'm using Safari and all I see is a search field. I guess this is how Microsoft software engineers write ECMA-compliant Ajax search engines?
posted by Rothko at 8:57 AM on August 2, 2005


I have no idea what that link is supposed to be. It appears to be a box and button entrypoint to MSN. I assume that this is some IE-only garbage, and therefore worthless.
posted by influx at 8:58 AM on August 2, 2005


Isn't this just a slightly ugly version of google.com/ig, which has been round for a month or so ? (sorry to be snarky)
It's older than Google's IG, they just updated it, and in my opinion it looks better, too bad the search bar uses MSN, if one could change that, then it would be the best offering yet. Google's IG is the worse of the top 3 search engine run user customizable pages. My Yahoo is probably the best.
posted by riffola at 8:59 AM on August 2, 2005


if you look at the source they've had to use a hack to get IE to show pngs properly. Haha!
posted by derbs at 9:00 AM on August 2, 2005


It works fine for me in Firefox (except that the Boingboing links don't have a heading.)
posted by smackfu at 9:01 AM on August 2, 2005


So the default layout includes boingboing
Sounds like Metafitler.


Oh, SNAP! Image hosted by Photobucket.com
posted by keswick at 9:03 AM on August 2, 2005


I assume that this is some IE-only garbage, and therefore worthless.

This is the conclusion I've reached. Looks like seanboy lost his bet. Apple's mouse is much cooler than this useless piece of trash.
posted by Rothko at 9:04 AM on August 2, 2005


So Web 2.0 is different than Internet 2.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:08 AM on August 2, 2005


I note that "cooler" is relative
posted by NinjaPirate at 9:08 AM on August 2, 2005


Personally, Web 2.0 for me was when I started growing hair in strange places and met The Hun.
posted by Mephistopheles at 9:10 AM on August 2, 2005


Rothko you Donkey: Show me where I made my bet, and some objective measure of how I "lost" it and I'll agree with you. You can't. I didn't make a bet. Ahhhh. I see.

Needless to say I've used start with Firefox and it works fine. I'm guessing that you leet-freaks are using some text based browser in order to belittle Microsoft. Congrats. It worked. Here's a beard and an Open Source "Happiness Drink".
posted by seanyboy at 9:14 AM on August 2, 2005


Apple's mouse is much cooler than this useless piece of trash.

Nah, they're both equally lame.
posted by cmonkey at 9:14 AM on August 2, 2005


oh come now. the kneejerk anti-MS posts in this thread are somewhat pathetic. Yep, this is just like google.com/ig, but the interaction is definitely somewhat smoother. as for "ugly", compared to what? again, very similar to google/ig in it's bare-bones look, although actually a bit cleaner looking. The animation on the start.com page is far smoother on my machine (xp sp1, 900mhz, firefox) than clicking on the "add content" button on google/ig.

ok, so i just clicked on "add a feed" in start.com, and yep... only a very devoted mother could say that's not ugly. lighten up the dropshadow and border, however, and it's good to go. clicking on feed links uses the same godawful visual style too. i also don't understand why the "pin" button exists when you click on an article in a module - clicking it adds a clone of the entire module to your layout (i expected it to pin the article). fair enough... there's definitely some work to be done. i suspect the motivation for this is to show off some of the features built into .Net 2.0. I'm glad they've added Firefox support for the drag/drop stuff at least, that wasn't in beta 1.
posted by dvdgee at 9:17 AM on August 2, 2005


dios: “Does Web 2.0 mean anything other than a label?

web 2.0 is a slightly-annoying alternate label for the slightly-annoyingly named “semantic web”, i.e.: one where there are meaning-driven relationships between things.
Its present form mainly consists of: separating content from presentation (i.a.: CSS), machine-readable formats (XML, etc.), re-mixing of information (RSS, aggregators, googlemap-mashups) and user-created links between information (del.icio.us, trackback), etc.
posted by signal at 9:17 AM on August 2, 2005


'Tis a silly place. ::rides away::
posted by ancientgower at 9:19 AM on August 2, 2005


oh come now. the kneejerk anti-MS posts in this thread are somewhat pathetic.

And the thread title wasn't a kneejerk anti-Apple post?

This could be a great thread about wab 2.0 etc. but unfortunately the post title kinda spoiled that.
posted by twistedonion at 9:22 AM on August 2, 2005


Nice work helping to drag MetaFilter into lame retaliatory FPP's seanyboy.

In the future, I still won't be using anything Microsoft creates.
posted by fenriq at 9:22 AM on August 2, 2005


oh come now. the kneejerk anti-MS posts in this thread are somewhat pathetic.

How is it a kneejerk reaction to not know what the fuck this is even supposed to be when it doesn't do anything in my main browser (Safari), crashes my secondary browser (Firefox), and doesn't do anything in Microsoft's very own browser either (mac IE)?
posted by influx at 9:30 AM on August 2, 2005


You're welcome fenriq. I've never abused The Commons on metafilter before. I feel guilty, but it was hellish fun. Just remember, this one is all about me, me, me!!!!

twistedonion, dvdgee. Ach, you've made me feel bad now. I'm guessing that there will be future web 2.0 threads.
posted by seanyboy at 9:33 AM on August 2, 2005


So....where's the hot chicks? Huh?

I didn't think so.
posted by fungible at 9:34 AM on August 2, 2005


Portals are teh new/old/new hottness.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:35 AM on August 2, 2005


Rothko : "I assume that this is some IE-only garbage, and therefore worthless.

"This is the conclusion I've reached."


Well, y'all reached the wrong conclusion then, because I'm seeing it fine on Firefox.

Following up on what dios said, though, I gather this is the same as the "portal" thing that was all the rage in the late 90's, but coded differently under the hood, and with the ability to drag boxes around?

Which means, for regular users, it's a portal with the ability to drag boxes around without hitting submit?

There's gotta be more to it than that. (Of course, that's what I thought when I heard about the concept behind pets.com, and I was wrong). What am I missing that will make this (start.com OR google.ig) everyone's homepage in the future? In layman's terms, if possible, assuming that, as now, most people will be laymen in the future.
posted by Bugbread at 9:37 AM on August 2, 2005


influx: ms managed to create something that works in firefox/win and crashes firefox/mac??

ahahahahaha, ok, you win. i've never seen that one happen before. i'm stunned.
posted by dvdgee at 9:39 AM on August 2, 2005


As for Start... nicely done. Microsoft is learning something from Google. If it weren't for the flamebait approach this would be worth posting, seanyboy.

Doesn't work in Safari, BTW.
posted by stiggywigget at 9:39 AM on August 2, 2005


Wow. No WMD and Bush is still gonna go to war. I can't fucking believe this. If he wins a second term, I'm moving to Englandia.
posted by gramschmidt at 9:40 AM on August 2, 2005


gramschmidt : "Wow. No WMD and Bush is still gonna go to war. I can't fucking believe this. If he wins a second term, I'm moving to Englandia."

You're too generous. I think it should be "Holy fuck, gramschmidt, have you turned on the TV? A plane crashed into the World Trade Center!!"
posted by Bugbread at 9:51 AM on August 2, 2005


Uhm, I think Ajax/ XMLHttpRequest is a wonderful thing and can be used to solve lots of HCI problems on the web. That being said, you don't have to use it for everything. Even the fucking footer links pop up a box and make you watch while it loads, as opposed to navigating me to a page (like I'd expect) that I can bookmark. A-fucking-duh. I was just asking my dad (during a Mac v. Windows conversation this weekend), "I know Apple tries to hire the world's best designers, but where the hell do the second-best people go? Because they're not in Redmond."
posted by yerfatma at 9:52 AM on August 2, 2005


In the future, everyone will have this as their home page.

Nothing will ever replace the absolutely speedy and calming utility of about:blank as my home page.
posted by Suck Poppet at 9:56 AM on August 2, 2005


A question for the savvy people here: how in the hail does it know which city I live in? I took a look at the "Settings" page and my city is right there. It doesn't worry me, but I'd like to know how it's done.
posted by Termite at 10:00 AM on August 2, 2005


Question: If Microsoft is so rich and spends millions of dollars on development, why don’t they hire any graphic designers? Why do they always ask somebody’s out of work brother with a copy of digital darkroom 1.1 to do their design work?
posted by signal at 10:00 AM on August 2, 2005


Termite: It uses D.N.A. from your keyboard.
posted by seanyboy at 10:01 AM on August 2, 2005


Suck Poppet : "Nothing will ever replace the absolutely speedy and calming utility of about:blank as my home page."

It's the love that never dies. Sure, I've had my infidelities: Mefi was my home page for a while, I had a fling with a portal, and even a dalliance with a local html file that had all my bookmarks directly on it as big pushable buttons. But those liasons never lasted, and my true love is for my beautiful wife, about:blank.

Termite : "A question for the savvy people here: how in the hail does it know which city I live in? I took a look at the 'Settings' page and my city is right there."

A few guesses. First, when I look at it, it shows Redmond, WA, even though I live half the planet away. So, I guess, there is a possibility that it shows Redmond, WA for everybody, and you just happen to live there.

Silliness aside, I'd assume it uses your IP address to determine your ISP (and what part of the ISP). Many ISPs sort IP addresses by region, so if your IP address is part of the "AOL - San Diego" block, it would know that, since you're using that IP address, you're probably in San Diego.
posted by Bugbread at 10:10 AM on August 2, 2005


about:blank is where it's at, as they say.

The Microsoft portal is cool, I guess. Not any cooler (or less cool) than Yahoo's or Google's. I'll say this: neither this thread nor the Mighty Mouse thread was really necessary.
posted by danb at 10:17 AM on August 2, 2005


danb-

I have a better solution: From now on August 2nd is Operating System Hateration day. So get it on, you'll have to wait a year starting tomorrow.

I hate:
-Mac
-Linux
-OS/2
-AIX
-PalmOS
-Windows CE
-Lucent Inferno
posted by selfnoise at 10:21 AM on August 2, 2005


Doesn't work in Safari. Doesn't work in Opera.
posted by cheerleaders_to_your_funeral at 10:25 AM on August 2, 2005


OK so on Safari it shows just a search box, and on Deer Park Alpha and Opera, it just has "start..." in the middle of the page with nowhere to click. Obviously this is another great example of standards-compliant web design by Microsoft.
posted by gyc at 10:30 AM on August 2, 2005


Termite: there are services out there that map ip address to physical locations this service, for example will do the trick
posted by maulik at 10:31 AM on August 2, 2005


In the future, everyone will have this as their home page.
In the future, seanyboy will still be trying to live down this post.
posted by runningdogofcapitalism at 10:43 AM on August 2, 2005


Bloglines serves as an excellent customisable start page for me.
posted by nthdegx at 10:54 AM on August 2, 2005


there are services out there that map ip address to physical locations

Either that, or is there a setting in Windows for your location? (There is on Macs, I know.) And I know IE likes to give to websites all the information they want about your computer hardware, settings, bank account numbers, etc. Perhaps this is how "Start" figures it out. (And perhaps this is why it doesn't work in Safari or some configurations of Firefox.)

Really, I've never been sold on the whole RSS thing. Like, if I want to read what's new on MeFi, I'll just hit the button for MeFi. Is there really a need for me to see abbreviated links all on one page? How lazy are we getting as a culture?
posted by fungible at 11:17 AM on August 2, 2005


fungible : "I know IE likes to give to websites all the information they want about your computer hardware, settings, bank account numbers, etc."

I think you're misusing the word "know". You think IE likes to give websites all the information they want about your computer, but in reality they only give certain information (far far too much for my tastes, but certainly not everything), and location isn't one of them.
posted by Bugbread at 11:30 AM on August 2, 2005


seanyboy and dios, if you hate Metafilter's FPPs so much, why do you bother posting? Why do you hate MeFi?
posted by Dantien at 11:45 AM on August 2, 2005


Came across this a few days ago. I actually like it quite a bit; much more than google's start page. Still needs work (the drop shadows for the pop-ups are extremely ugly), but if the blog posts are to be believed- 50/50 chance- it's going to get better.

It's replaced "blank page" as my Firefox homepage (teh irony, teh irony). Excepting a handful of things, everything I've got customized seems to work close to perfect with it. Neener.
posted by kryptondog at 11:46 AM on August 2, 2005


I've never been sold on the whole RSS thing.

Yes, THANK you. It's gratifying to realize I'm not the only one.
posted by gramschmidt at 11:50 AM on August 2, 2005


Not sure why everyone's saying IE-only. Works fine in Firefox for me. Which doesn't mean I'll be using it, although I appreciate the link to Google's new personalized homepage. I like things were I can use the same old username I already was.
posted by mdbell79 at 12:01 PM on August 2, 2005


Paging jessamyn. . . clean-up on aisle 2!
posted by spock at 12:05 PM on August 2, 2005


mdbell79 - I think they may be using some mac browsers with some W3C compatibility issues. This seems to be some kind of smallscale tech demo so they probably didn;t put in all the hacks and tweaks you need to get CSS/DHTML to work with them.
posted by Artw at 12:09 PM on August 2, 2005


In the future, everyone will have this as their home page.

... because it will ship as the default in IE and nobody will be bothered to change it.
posted by mazola at 12:16 PM on August 2, 2005


Yes, THANK you. It's gratifying to realize I'm not the only one.

Podcasting is the one that's completely passed me by.
posted by Artw at 12:23 PM on August 2, 2005


"I've never been sold on the whole RSS thing."

"gramschmidt : "Yes, THANK you. It's gratifying to realize I'm not the only one."

Me too.

Artw : "Podcasting is the one that's completely passed me by."

I thought the same until I read a link from somewhere within here about NPR providing podcasts of Morning Becomes Eclectic. I used to listen to that in high school every morning (or, at least, I think it was every morning), but now I don't live in the US, so I can't listen. I also can't stream audio at work, and really want to listen to it on the train. With a podcast, I subscribe once and the file is automatically loaded daily (or, er, however often it's published) into my mp3 player, so it's like having NPR start every day right when I want it to, and able to be paused if necessary, but without the trouble of downloading it manually every day. So now I'm looking forward to going home and subscribing to my first podcast.

Not an amazing-astoundo invention, but one that I can finally see the advantage of.
posted by Bugbread at 12:34 PM on August 2, 2005


What runningdogofcapitalism said. Definitely an August 2nd FPP.
posted by soyjoy at 1:08 PM on August 2, 2005


Bah, it's like msn.com before they had ads, with a bit of ajax to boot (google.com/ig ripoff indeed!).

No way they'll ever will me back. However, it would be a big step up if they used that as the default homepage for Internet Explorer instead of msn.com
posted by furtive at 2:31 PM on August 2, 2005


Re podcasting: Not an amazing-astoundo invention, but one that I can finally see the advantage of.

Certainly, there seem to be nice ways to use podcasting to shave a couple of steps off of downloading an audio file to your box and then uploading it to your mp3 player, but that's essentially all "podcasting" is. Yep, it turns a 10 second process into a five second process that I don't even have to initiate. Great. I'm not a coder, but with minimal research I could write a script to go to a certain website at a certain time (every day even!) and download a certain file and insert that file into whatever program I'm using to upload audio files to my mp3 player and then upload it when I connect the two.

Hooray! I've invented scheduled file transfer! I want a Wired article!

This is not revolutionary.

I fully admit that the main reason I get irritated by concepts like podcasting and RSS feeds is the bizarre, undue attention given to them by dullards with no legitimate understanding of the technology.

Remember the iPod's revolutionary "shuffle" feature? Remember the dumbest fucking article ever published in the New York Times?
The popularity of the listening mode led Apple's product design team to add Shuffle to the main menu on the fourth-generation iPod, which was introduced on July 19. Now, instead of having to scroll down into Settings to turn Shuffle on or off, users have it at their fingertips.
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posted by gramschmidt at 2:53 PM on August 2, 2005


gramschmidt: Right there with you. Right there. With you.
posted by Bugbread at 2:58 PM on August 2, 2005


"I hate:
-Mac
-Linux
-OS/2
-AIX
-PalmOS
-Windows CE
-Lucent Inferno"


BeOS user, huh? Yeah, it's nice. Shame about the abysmal driver support, though.
posted by majick at 5:19 PM on August 2, 2005


"Not sure why everyone's saying IE-only."

Probably because it looks like a blank white page with an input field and a submit button using Safari (and apparently all KHTML browsers; it's probably broken on Konqueror, too).
posted by majick at 5:24 PM on August 2, 2005


It's nice to see M$ imitating Google... and Yahoo... and Excite... and Netscape... and PRETTY MUCH EVERY FUCKING "PORTAL" COMPANY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE INTERNET.

Seriously, Microsoft has to be the most wildly overvalued company in history.
posted by clevershark at 5:54 PM on August 2, 2005


WTF? seriously, an input box and a search button? This is innovation? Am I missing something here?
posted by Merlin at 6:55 PM on August 2, 2005


Aha!! I went back to it again and on the 4th reload I got some other useless crap too. I do not need to see this (or any other portal) every time I open a new browser window thanks. about:blank is all I need.
posted by Merlin at 6:59 PM on August 2, 2005


Sorry, but I couldn't help but think: "Google did it! Episode 42127.
posted by formless at 7:35 PM on August 2, 2005


Merlin: You're supposed to imagine some features similar to google/ig, except, you know, invisible.
posted by majick at 10:52 PM on August 2, 2005


I'll never get my minute back, will I? What an unbelievably stupid post. Ugh.
posted by hypersloth at 11:01 PM on August 2, 2005


I'm befuddled as to why Start's default stock quotes are

GOOG
MSFT
YHOO

With Google at 10x the other two (and Yahoo beating MS), that direct comparison just looks silly on MS's part. Or did I miss something and everyone else's defaults are different?
posted by superfem at 1:04 AM on August 3, 2005


superfem, one company's stock price being numerically higher than another doesn't necessarily mean that it one is winning or anything of that sort. it's really only the delta that matters (or multiplying by number of outstanding shares for the market-cap).

The MSFT stock has split many many times over the past quarter century. I can't even imagine how high the price would be if it was never split.
posted by elafint at 7:03 AM on August 3, 2005


superfem : "With Google at 10x the other two (and Yahoo beating MS), that direct comparison just looks silly on MS's part."

I suppose it might to some, but I don't see it. A company with 10 stocks, each worth $1000, does not look to be more impressive than a company with 1,000,000 stocks, each worth $10. Google being 10x Yahoo or MS doesn't mean a lot unless you know the total number of stocks.
posted by Bugbread at 11:43 AM on August 3, 2005


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