Microsoft Research Collaborates With Wikipedia to Enhance Multilingual Content

Microsoft Research today announced the launch of the beta version of WikiBhasha, a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia. The WikiBhasha tool enables contributors to Wikipedia to find content from other Wikipedia articles, translate the content into other languages, and then either compose new articles or enhance existing articles in multilingual Wikipedias.

The WikiBhasha beta is available as an open source MediaWiki extension, under the Apache License 2.0 at, and as a user gadget in Wikipedia. The tool is also available as an installable bookmarklet at, which is hosted on the Windows Azure platform from Microsoft Corp. The name WikiBhasha derives from the well-known term “wiki,” denoting collaboration, and “bhasha,” which means “language” in Hindi and Sanskrit.

The new Google Search Appliance - a bridge to the cloud

In the last year, businesses have started using cloud-based applications from Google and other technology providers at an accelerated rate. While many organizations still have information that resides in on-premise systems, more and more important business information today is living in the cloud, in collaborative tools like Google Apps—now used by more than 3 million businesses—and services like Twitter. Starting today, Cloud Connect for the Google Search Appliance lets workers search across both on-premise and cloud-based content from a single search box, delivering more comprehensive results and improving productivity. We’ve also added a few other handy features that make it easier to collaborate and find information faster.

1985: Introducing Windows 1.0

Who remembers when Microsoft launched its first attempt at implementing a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform? Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, payed homage to the very first version of Windows by creating a blog post showcasing the original news release for the operating system.

Intel, Microsoft, and the curious case of the iPad

Brooke Crothers: "That tablet thing? Yeah, we'll get back to you on that." That's a crude but fairly accurate encapsulation of the attitude Microsoft, Intel, and Advanced Micro Devices have toward the iPad and the tablet market in general.

Why the cavalier attitude? Before I defer to the opinion of an IDC analyst I interviewed (below), here's one pretty obvious reason I'll put forward. All three companies look at their revenue streams--traditional PC hardware and software on laptops, desktops, and servers--and come to the conclusion that the tablet is a marginal market. A deceptively accurate conclusion, because at this point in time--and even 12 months out--the tablet is marginal compared with the gargantuan laptop, desktop, and server markets...

How Do Browsers Scale?

Benchmarking browsers is a somewhat silly exercise, since scores cannot be replicated on a variety of hardware, and it is not uncommon for even the same system to fail to replicate benchmarks scores, especially in JavaScript tests in two succeeding runs. The guys over at ConceivablyTech have an interesting approach, running browsers through multiple tests on different sets of hardware (including an Android smartphone), and showing the scaling differences between browsers when you are using a dual-core netbook on the low-end and a six-core desktop on the high-end. They also tested HTML5 on Firefox mobile and found the browser has better HTML5 support than the current Firefox 4 Beta 6.

Google starting to threaten Microsoft's market cap

After blowing out Wall Street's third-quarter expectations Thursday, Google saw its stock skyrocket $60.52, or 11 percent, to $601.45 per share today -- still rising in after-hours trading.

Perhaps more notable to Microsoft followers, however, is that the Internet giant's market valuation is now above $191 billion (and it was at $188 billion last night). As Matt Rosoff of Silicon Alley Insider notes, that's getting within striking distance -- by 16 percent -- of Microsoft's market capitalization, which was $221 billion after the bell today...

From NERD to One to Watch

Microsoft's renowned social media researcher danah boyd (yes, the lower case is intentional) is in t