This week’s High Five is all about technology as a the unstoppable force in shaping market trends. The markets include computers, communication, entertainment, publication, and social networking.
#5: Windows 7 sales exceed Vista sales by 234%
Windows Vista is a Microsoft product failure arguably only eclipsed by Windows Me. The cleansing process has begun with the release of Windows 7, a clear improvement. I successfully upgraded a laptop this week and the process was smooth and error-free.
Link: The Windows Blog
#4: Skype, Founders Settlement in the Works
Skype is a fantastic VOIP (voice over IP) service that was purchased by eBay. The complicated case centered around eBay’s plan to spin off Skype and threatened the service itself. As of the this writing, it is widely being reported that the settlement has been reached and we Skype fans can breath much easier.
#3: Creative’s next big thing is a Zii MediaBook
As someone who is an avid reader and intrigued by e-readers but put off by their price, competition is a great thing. Amazon’s Kindle is under attack from Barnes & Noble and now Creative.
Let the content wars begin!
#2: Best Buy Prepares for the Post-DVD Era
This is a company that just “gets it.” They are not afraid of change. In fact, it seems to me they are addicted to it.
Link: The New York Times
#1: The chat room/forum problem (& an apology to @Technosailor)
Robert Scoble is one of the pioneers of blogging as a corporate communication platform and is as about as authoritative as you can get in that area. This article is a very interesting retelling of the history of forums and chat rooms, with lessons learned and how they apply to the current landscape of social networks. One of the most interesting aspects of this article is watching how his own opinions about services like Twitter and FriendFeed have changed and why he thinks Twitter will not devolve the way chat rooms and forums did.
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