Outlook.com is a web-based suite of webmail, contacts and calendaring services from Microsoft. One of the world's first webmail services, it was founded in 1996 as Hotmail by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in Mountain View and headquartered in Sunnyvale. Microsoft acquired Hotmail in 1997 for an estimated $400 million and launched it as MSN Hotmail rebranded to Windows Live Hotmail as part of the Windows Live suite of products. Microsoft released the final version of Hotmail in October 2011 and it was replaced by Outlook.com in 2013. Hotmail service was founded by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith, was one of the first webmail services on the Internet along with Four11's RocketMail, it was commercially launched on July 4, 1996, symbolizing "freedom" from ISP-based email and the ability to access a user's inbox from anywhere in the world. The name "Hotmail" was chosen out of many possibilities ending in "-mail" as it included the letters HTML, the markup language used to create web pages; the limit for free storage was 2 MB.
Hotmail was backed by venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. By December 1997, it reported more than 8.5 million subscribers. Hotmail ran under Solaris for mail services and Apache on FreeBSD for web services, before being converted to Microsoft products, using Windows Services for UNIX in the migration path. Hotmail was sold to Microsoft in December 1997 for a reported $400 million, it joined the MSN group of services. Hotmail gained in popularity as it was localized for different markets around the globe, became the world's largest webmail service with more than 30 million active members reported by February 1999. Hotmail ran on a mixture of FreeBSD and Solaris operating systems. A project was started to move Hotmail to Windows 2000. In June 2001, Microsoft claimed. In 2002 Hotmail still ran its infrastructure on UNIX servers, with only the front-end converted to Windows 2000. Development saw the service tied with Microsoft's web authentication scheme, Microsoft Passport, integration with Microsoft's instant messaging and social networking programs, MSN Messenger and MSN Spaces.
In 1999, hackers revealed a security flaw in Hotmail that permitted anybody to log in to any Hotmail account using the password'eh'. At the time it was called "the most widespread security incident in the history of the Web". In 2001, the Hotmail service was compromised again by computer hackers who discovered that anyone could log in to their Hotmail account and pull messages from any other Hotmail account by crafting a URL with the second account's username and a valid message number, it was such a simple attack that by the time the patch was made, dozens of newspapers and hundreds of web sites published exact descriptions allowing tens of thousands of hackers to run rampant across Hotmail. The exploitable vulnerability exposed millions of accounts to tampering between August 7, 2001 and August 31, 2001. In 2004, Google announced Gmail. Featuring greater storage space and interface flexibility, this new competitor spurred a wave of innovation in webmail; the main industry heavyweights – Hotmail and Yahoo!
Mail – introduced upgraded versions of their email services with greater speed and advanced features. Microsoft's new email system was announced on November 1, 2005, under the codename "Kahuna", a beta version was released to a few thousand testers. Other webmail enthusiasts wanting to try the beta version could request an invitation granting access; the new service was built from scratch and emphasized three main concepts of being "faster and safer". New versions of the beta service were rolled out over the development period, by the end of 2006 the number of beta testers had reached the millions; the Hotmail brand was planned to be phased-out when Microsoft announced that the new mail system would be called Windows Live Mail, but the developers soon backtracked after beta-testers were confused with the name change and preferred the well-known Hotmail name, decided on Windows Live Hotmail. After a period of beta testing, it was released to new and existing users in the Netherlands on November 9, 2006, as a pilot market.
Development of the beta was finished in April 2007, Windows Live Hotmail was released to new registrations on May 7, 2007, as the 260 million MSN Hotmail accounts worldwide gained access to the new system. The old MSN Hotmail interface was accessible only by users who registered before the Windows Live Hotmail release date and had not chosen to update to the new service; the roll-out to all existing users was completed in October 2007. Windows Live Hotmail was awarded PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award in February 2007, March 2007, February 2011. In 2008 it was announced that the service would be updated with focus on improving the speed, increasing the storage space, better user experience and usability features, that sign-in and email access speeds would be up to 70 percent faster; the classic and full versions of Windows Live Hotmail were combined in the new release. As a result of user feedback, Hotmail was updated so that scrolling works for users who have the reading pane turned off, it was expected that Hotmail team would be moving the advertisement from the top of page to the side, adding more themes, increasing the number of messages on each page and adding the ability to send instant messages from the user's inbox in future release
HTC Max 4G
The HTC MAX 4G was the world first commercial WiMAX phone announced on the HTC website in a November 12, 2008 press release. It is based on Windows Mobile 6.1. The phone is developed by the High Tech Computer Corporation of Taiwan and is similar in looks to released HTC Touch HD, it is the first phone from the HTC Touch Family to incorporate WiMAX technology. The phone was only offered for the Russian market for the Yota network, operated in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa and Krasnodar; the phone was expected to be released in April 2009 in the UKThe phone uses a widescreen WVGA 480x800 display. And is marketed as an entertainment phone, it is capable of VoIP communication over the WiMAX network. Recommended retail price was 25900 rubles, according to Yota's official website
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is a media player and media library application developed by Microsoft, used for playing audio and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. Editions of Windows Media Player were released for classic Mac OS, Mac OS X and Solaris but development of these has since been discontinued. In addition to being a media player, Windows Media Player includes the ability to rip music from and copy music to compact discs, burn recordable discs in Audio CD format or as data discs with playlists such as an MP3 CD, synchronize content with a digital audio player or other mobile devices, enable users to purchase or rent music from a number of online music stores. Windows Media Player replaced an earlier application called Media Player, adding features beyond simple video or audio playback. Windows Media Player 11 is available for Windows XP and included in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
The default file formats are Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio, Advanced Systems Format, its own XML based playlist format called Windows Playlist. The player is able to utilize a digital rights management service in the form of Windows Media DRM. Windows Media Player 12 is the most recent version of Windows Media Player, it was released on October 22, 2009 along with Windows 7 and has not been made available for previous versions of Windows or has it been updated since for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. These versions of Windows instead use Groove Music and Microsoft Movies & TV as the default playback applications for most media. Windows RT does not run Windows Media Player; the first version of Windows Media Player appeared in 1991, when Windows 3.0 with Multimedia Extensions was released. Called Media Player, this component was included with "Multimedia PC"-compatible machines but not available for retail sale, it was capable of playing.mmm animation files, could be extended to support other formats.
It used MCI to handle media files. Being a component of Windows, Media Player shows the same version number as that of the version Windows with which it was included. Microsoft continually produced new programs to play media files. In November of the following year, Video for Windows was introduced with the ability to play digital video files in an AVI container format, with codec support for RLE and Video1, support for playing uncompressed files. Indeo 3.2 was added in a release. Video for Windows was first available as a free add-on to Windows 3.1, integrated into Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0. In 1995, Microsoft released ActiveMovie with DirectX Media SDK. ActiveMovie incorporates a new way of dealing with media files, adds support for streaming media. In 1996, ActiveMovie was renamed DirectShow. However, Media Player continued to come with Windows until Windows XP, in which it was renamed Windows Media Player v5.1. In 1999, Windows Media Player's versioning broke away from that of Windows itself.
Windows Media Player 6.4 came as an out-of-band update for Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 that co-existed with Media Player and became a built-in component of Windows 2000, Windows ME and Windows XP with an mplayer2.exe stub allowing to use this built-in instead of newer versions. Windows Media Player 7.0 and its successors came in the same fashion, replacing each other but leaving Media Player and Windows Media Player 6.4 intact. Windows XP is the only operating system to have three different versions of Windows Media Player side by side. All versions branded. Windows Media Player version 7 was a large revamp, with a new user interface and increased functionality. Windows Vista, dropped older versions of Windows Media Player in favor of v11. Beginning with Windows Vista, Windows Media Player supports the Media Foundation framework besides DirectShow. Windows Media Player 12 was released with Windows 7, it added new features. With Windows 8, the player did not receive an upgrade. On April 16, 2012, Microsoft announced that Windows Media Player would not be included in Windows RT, the line of Windows designed to run on ARM based devices.
Windows Media Player supports playback of audio and pictures, along with fast forward, file markers and variable playback speed. It supports streaming playback with multicast streams and progressive downloads. Items in a playlist can be skipped over temporarily at playback time without removing them from the playlist. Full keyboard-based operation is possible in the player. Windows Media Player supports full media management, via the integrated media library introduced first in version 7, which offers cataloguing and searching of media and viewing media metadata. Media can be arranged according to album, genre, date et al. Windows Media Player 9 Series introduced Quick Access Panel to browse and navigate the entire library through a menu; the Quick Access Panel was added to the mini mode in version 10 but was removed in version 11. WMP 9 Series introduced ratings and Auto Ratings. Windows Media Player 10 introduced support for aggregating pictures, Recorded TV shows, other media into the library.
Microsoft Silverlight is a deprecated application framework for writing and running rich Internet applications, similar to Adobe Flash. A plugin for Silverlight is still available for some browsers. While early versions of Silverlight focused on streaming media versions supported multimedia and animation and gave developers support for CLI languages and development tools. Silverlight was one of the two application development platforms for Windows Phone, but web pages that use Silverlight did not run on the Windows Phone or Windows Mobile versions of Internet Explorer, as there was no Silverlight plugin for Internet Explorer on those platforms. From the initial launch in 2007, reviewers compared the product to Adobe's Flash. According to statowl.com, Microsoft Silverlight had a penetration of 64.2% in May 2011. Usage on July 2010 was 53.6%, whereas as of May 2011 market leader Adobe Flash was installed on 95.3% of browsers, Java was supported on 76.5% of browsers. Support of these plugins is not mutually exclusive.
Not all Web sites require a browser plugin. Silverlight was used to provide video streaming for the NBC coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the 2008 conventions for both major United States political parties. Silverlight was used by Amazon Video and Netflix for their instant video streaming services, but Netflix said in its Tech Blog in 2013 that, since Microsoft had announced Silverlight's end-of-life, they would be moving to HTML5 video. Industry observers were announcing the death of Silverlight as early as 2011, Internally proponents of the technology thought Extensible Application Markup Language as a concept was a bad idea from the start. In 2012 Microsoft deprecated Silverlight for HTML5 in Windows 8, - but as late as the beginning of 2015 it was not clear what Microsoft's official position was on the future for Silverlight as a technology. In July of 2015 a Microsoft blog post clarified matters: "...we encourage companies that are using Silverlight for media to begin the transition to DASH/MSE/CENC/EME based designs".
Microsoft has set the overall support end date for Silverlight 5 to be October 2021. Support for IE7-8 was removed between 2014-2016, depending on the OS. Support for IE9-11 will last until late 2021, depending on the OS, "or though the support lifecycle of the underlying browsers, whichever is shorter." There is no Silverlight plugin available for Microsoft Edge.. It is no longer supported by Google Chrome since September 2015, by Firefox since March 2017; as of February 2018, fewer than 0.1% sites used Silverlight, 5.3% used Adobe Flash, 2.4% used Java. Silverlight provides a retained mode graphics system similar to Windows Presentation Foundation, integrates multimedia, graphics and interactivity into a single run-time environment. In Silverlight applications, user interfaces are declared in Extensible Application Markup Language and programmed using a subset of the. NET Framework. XAML can be used for marking up the vector animations. Silverlight can be used to create Windows Sidebar gadgets for Windows Vista.
Silverlight supports H.264 video, Advanced Audio Coding, Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio, MPEG Layer III media content across all supported browsers without requiring Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Player ActiveX control, or Windows Media browser plug-ins. Because Windows Media Video 9 is an implementation of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers VC-1 standard, Silverlight supports VC-1 video. According to the end user license agreement VC-1 and H.264 are only licensed for the "personal and non-commercial use of a consumer". Silverlight makes it possible to dynamically load Extensible Markup Language content that can be manipulated through a Document Object Model interface, a technique, consistent with conventional Ajax techniques. Silverlight exposes a Downloader object which can be used to download content, like scripts, media assets, or other data, as may be required by the application. With version 2, the programming logic can be written in any. NET language, including some derivatives of common dynamic programming languages like IronRuby and IronPython.
A free software implementation named Moonlight, developed by Novell in cooperation with Microsoft, was released to bring Silverlight versions 1 and 2 functionality to Linux, FreeBSD, other open source platforms, although some Linux distributions did not include it, citing redistribution and patent concerns. However, in May 2012, Moonlight was abandoned because of its lack of popularity. Over the course of about five years Microsoft released five versions with varying platform support: The first version was released in 2007, it is compatible with versions of Internet Explorer web browser on Microsoft Windows operating systems, with Safari on Apple macOS, with mobile devices using the Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms. Cross platform Mozilla Firefox support for Silverlight was removed in Firefox 52 released in March 2017 when Mozilla removed support for NPAPI plugins, bringing it in-line with the removal of NPAPI plugin support in Google Chrome. Silverlight requires an x86 processor with Streaming SIMD Extensions support.
Supported processors include the Intel Pentium III and up, the AMD Athlon XP and up, newer AMD Durons. The following table presents an availability and compatibility matrix of Silverlight versions for various operating systems and web browsers. Support for Opera was promised since M
Zooming user interface
In computing, a zooming user interface or zoomable user interface is a graphical environment where users can change the scale of the viewed area in order to see more detail or less, browse through different documents. A ZUI is a type of graphical user interface. Information elements appear directly on an infinite virtual desktop, instead of in windows. Users can zoom into objects of interest. For example, as you zoom into a text object it may be represented as a small dot a thumbnail of a page of text a full-sized page and a magnified view of the page. ZUIs use zooming as the main metaphor for browsing through multivariate information. Objects present inside a zoomed page can in turn be zoomed themselves to reveal further detail, allowing for recursive nesting and an arbitrary level of zoom; when the level of detail present in the resized object is changed to fit the relevant information into the current size, instead of being a proportional view of the whole object, it's called semantic zooming.
Some consider the ZUI paradigm as a flexible and realistic successor to the traditional windowing GUI, being a Post-WIMP interface. Ivan Sutherland presented the first program for zooming through and creating graphical structures with constraints and instancing, on a CRT in his Sketchpad program in 1962. A more general interface was done by the Architecture Machine Group in the 1970s at MIT. Hand tracking, touchscreen and voice control was employed to control an infinite plane of projects, contacts and interactive programs. One of the instances of this project was called Spatial Dataland. Another GUI environment of the 70's which used the zooming idea was Smalltalk at Xerox Parc, which had infinite "desktops", that could be zoomed in upon from a birds eye view after the user had recognized a miniature of the window setup for the project; the longest running effort to create a ZUI has been the Pad++ project started by Ken Perlin, Jim Hollan, Ben Bederson at New York University and continued at the University of New Mexico under Hollan's direction.
After Pad++, Bederson developed Jazz Piccolo, now Piccolo2D at the University of Maryland, College Park, maintained in Java and C#. More recent ZUI efforts include Archy by the late Jef Raskin, ZVTM developed at INRIA, the simple ZUI of the Squeak Smalltalk programming environment and language; the term ZUI itself was coined by Franklin Servan-Schreiber and Tom Grauman while they worked together at the Sony Research Laboratories. They were developing the first Zooming User Interface library based on Java 1.0, in partnership with Prof. Ben Bederson, University of New Mexico, Prof. Ken Perlin, New York University. GeoPhoenix, a Cambridge, MA, startup associated with the MIT Media Lab, founded by Julian Orbanes, Adriana Guzman, Max Riesenhuber, released the first mass-marketed commercial Zoomspace in 2002-3 on the Sony CLIÉ PDA handheld, with Ken Miura of Sony In 2006, Hillcrest Labs introduced the HoME television navigation system, the first graphical, zooming interface for television. In 2007, Microsoft's Live Labs has released a zooming UI for web browsing called Microsoft Live Labs Deepfish for the Windows Mobile 5 platform.
Apple's iPhone uses a stylized form of ZUI, in which panning and zooming are performed through a touch interface. A more realised ZUI is present in the iOS home screen, with zooming from the homescreen into folders and in to apps; the photo app zooms out to collections, to years. And in the calendar app with day and year views, it is not a full ZUI implementation since these operations are applied to bounded spaces and have a limited range of zooming and panning. Franklin Servan-Schreiber founded Zoomorama, based on work he did at the Sony Research Laboratories in the mid-nineties; the Zooming Browser for Collage of High Resolution Images was released in Alpha in October 2007. Zoomorama's browser is all Flash based. Development of this project was stopped in 2010. In 2017, bigpictu.re offers an infinite notepad as a web-application based on one of the first ZUI open-source libraries. Zircle UI offers an Open Source UI Library that uses zoomable navigation and circular shapes.. 2012 Economist article discusses the ZUI
Samsung i607 BlackJack
The Samsung BlackJack, or Samsung SGH-i607, is a smartphone, available through AT&T in the United States and Telstra in Australia. Specifications from the Samsung website: Screen resolution: 320 x 240 px, 2.25 inches Input method: QWERTY keypad Operating System: Windows Mobile 5.0 Processor: 220 MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 1710 Storage: External microSD slot Flash Memory: 64 MB RAM, 128 MB ROM Modes: Quad-band GSM Data connection: 3G and 2G Bluetooth 2.0 1.3 megapixel camera that can take photographs and videos Picture resolutions: 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 176 x 144 Video resolutions: 320 x 240, 176 x 144 2X digital zoom Self timer Brightness level adjustment Plays MP3, WMV, MP4 and 3GP media formats Battery: Removable 3.7 Volt Lithium-ion, 1,200 mAh, up to 5.5 hours of talk time and up to 11 days of standby Size: 4.45×2.32×0.4 inches Weight: 3.5 ounces In January 2007 Research In Motion, creators of the BlackBerry handhelds, filed suit in United States federal court claiming the BlackJack trademark was too similar to the BlackBerry mark.
They alleged that Samsung had named their smartphone with a word beginning with "Black" just to mislead the customers that would come to the cellphone stores with the intention to purchase a BlackBerry. A month the two parties settled out of court. In January 2008, Rogers Wireless and Fido Solutions released the Blackjack II in Canada under the name Jack. For handsets manufactured between November 2006 and February 2007, there is a known defect in the antenna assembly, causing a large number of dropped calls; the successor to the BlackJack was the Samsung BlackJack II. It was available in the U. S. for AT&T and in Canada for Rogers. Award Winner from CTIA. "Best hardware from Smartphone/PDA category." Winner of comparison review from ` RIM BlackBerry 8800' by Cnet. Official Samsung Blackjack site Phone information on Samsung website Phone information on Phonescoop Reviews: MobileTechReview, CNET, PC Magazine Samsung "Jack" featured in PCWorld.ca's round-up of 3 Weeks Review of Newest Samsung Galaxy S8|date=Nov 2019 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} Samsung Blackjack support