Jamie Thomson

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Is a Microsoft 3D virtual world closer than we think?

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I have remarked in the past about the possibility of Microsoft producing a virtual world along the lines of Second Life or World of Warcraft. Now, here’s some quotes for you:
 
"Microsoft and Google are taking a different approach [from that of Second Life] to the virtual world with their Virtual Earth and Google Earth products. First they are building the real world, and step by step they are coming closer to a fully immersive environment" – Matt Baron. Excerpted from a comment on Robert Scoble’s blog. Matt works for www.3dvia.com, the company that enables individuals to build 3D models on http://maps.live.com
 
"We have a big release coming up this Fall " – Mark Brown, Virtual Earth evengelist (http://blogs.msdn.com/markbrown/archive/2008/07/05/virtual-earth-at-pdc.aspx)
 
"[Dan Schiappa] explained that Microsoft is heavily involved in gaming as a virtual space, but also continuing to get involved more heavily in traditional virtual worlds. “Hopefully next year you’ll know why I’m here,” he said. " – excerpted from a blog entry on http://www.virtualworldsnews.com in October 2007. Schiappa is General Manager in Microsoft’s Strategy Entertainment and Devices Division.
 
"Microsoft E&D GM Daniel Schiappa has hinted that a PlayStation Home-like virtual world will be coming to Xbox 360 within the next year." – http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=173714
So:
  1. In Fall (I call it Autumn) 2007 a Microsoft exec said to expect big things in about a year or so.
  2. There’s a big Virtual Earth release coming up in fall 2008 so says a Virtual Earth evangelist.
  3. Someone involved with building 3D models in Virtual Earth has come out and said that Microsoft are building a virtual world using Virtual Earth.
Throw Photosynth, Silverlight and Deepzoom into the mix and this could be very very interesting indeed.
 
What do you think? Is there going to be some big news about a Microsoft virtual world coming up this Autumn or not? You be the judge, I’m just speculating…
 
-Jamie
 
 
 
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Written by Jamiet

July 8, 2008 at 12:49 pm

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