Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 16th Dec 2008 07:02 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Apple Microsoft's first-ever iPhone application is a slick photo viewer with a browsing capability that handles a large number of photos on a mobile device screen. The Seadragon mobile application is free through Apple's application store. It a product of Microsoft's Live Labs division, which focuses on developing Web-based technology and applications. Seadragon incorporates the Deep Zoom feature, which is also integrated into Silverlight 2, Microsoft's multimedia tool. It allows a user to quickly magnify a particular area of a photo, regardless of its size.
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And Apple Allowed it!?!?
by looncraz on Tue 16th Dec 2008 07:42 UTC
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Considering Apple didn't allow Opera in their store, one would expect to be surprised Apple allowed Microsoft products at all...

BUT of course they would! Apple is alive today because of a pact with Microsoft - Apple doesn't allow their software to run on normal x86 computers, and Microsoft allows them to live - and ported Office to MacOS, thereby throwing Apple a bone.

Of course, these days, Apple could get smart and prepare to battle the giant - virtually any action on Microsoft's part could be turned into a valid anti-trust case. Not to mention that the current economic environment would certainly play a positive role...

Oh well, it is still very nice to see competitors working together - now only if Apple would allow directly competing apps ( such as the browser ) it might become rather interesting.

Still, though, I only see a cell-phone as a portable phone w/ a simple calculator, calendar, address book, & alarm clock :-) I guess I'm just old school now, at the ripe old age of 27, heh.

--The loon

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