“Do you have a personal Catan glory moment?” Why, yes we do—and here it is via Bleep Bloop and College Humor! 30 Rock’s John Lutz, Bleep Bloop’s Jeff Rubin and Pat Cassels, and an audio cameo from Vectorform’s own Frances Calandra make this one for the record books. Our Microsoft Surface adaptation of Mayfair Games’ Settlers of Catan made a big splash with game-lovers around the world, and we were thrilled to see such an enthusiasm from a squad claiming “two thumbs down is a good thing.” We give this one two thumbs up, and we think John might be onto something with Scotch ‘n Settlers!
Lindsay Lamb – April 6, 2011
Last month Microsoft released Internet Explorer 9 at SXSW, and partnered with foursquare to launch Foursquare Playground, an experience designed and developed by Vectorform. Foursquare Playground is a virtual world of check-ins, where buildings grow, avatars drop by in real-time, and the mayor’s portrait hangs on every wall. We were thrilled to see Foursquare Playground as the first featured site during the IE9 keynote where Microsoft exec Ari Bixhorn highlighted Foursquare Playground’s use of the HTML5 geolocation capability, Bing Maps integration, and real-time check-in data.
Administrator – April 5, 2011
“I heard a crack.” We had a few reasons to get excited watching Alex Albrecht, Dan Trachtenberg and Jeff Cannata from The Totally Rad Show unboxing our Surface and playing with our apps. We’ve unboxed so many Surface units we could do it our sleep—that’s right, the power button is on the bottom—but this is a new favorite.
Ever wonder what it takes to keep a multinational company full of artists, engineers, and oddballs moving along at a good pace? It’s a long answer to a short question, but we recently gave Redmond Magazine a small peek behind the curtain for Paul Korzeniowski’s “Will Microsoft Reshape Business Intelligence?”