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INTERFACE: Microsoft's ZenZui aims to change the way people use Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 27.03.07 - 11:13:39 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8276x
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Microsoft yesterday announced the launch of ZenZui, an independent company with the mission of transforming the way people engage, consume and interact with Web content through a revolutionary mobile user experience and information ecosystem. ZenZui's Zooming User Interface, a technology patented by Microsoft, was initially developed by the Microsoft Research lab in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft's IP Ventures helps startups and growing companies speed their time to market through access to Microsoft innovations. ZenZui worked with IP Ventures to acquire the technology and assistance in securing venture capital funding to help launch its company.

ZenZui's core technology brings advanced information visualization techniques out of the research lab and onto mobile phones and into the hands of mobile device operators, marketers and consumers. ZenZui's high-frame rate Zooming User Interface employs up to 36 individual "tiles" that are selected and customized by users to reflect their interests and lifestyle with relevant content, interactive communications and fresh data. From the connected communities of social networks and the immediacy of pop culture to the have-to-know sports and weather info, this modular tile interface lets users sync, surf and share digital content quickly, easily and in a distinctly new way.

"ZenZui is a perfect example of how entrepreneurs are capturing the value of licensed Microsoft intellectual property and generating valuable business opportunities," said Dan'l Lewin, corporate vice president of Strategic and Emerging Business Development at Microsoft. "Our IP Ventures program opens the door for businesses of all sizes to access the work of world-class research teams, then use that access and innovation to rapidly bring new products to market."

"This innovative technology developed with the help of Microsoft Research has provided a strong foundation from which ZenZui has developed a unique user experience," said Eric Hertz, chief executive officer of ZenZui. "ZenZui's compelling platform is already creating excitement among carriers, content providers, interactive agencies and major marketers."

Companies onboard for the initial trial include Kayak.com, OTOlabs, Avenue A, Razorfish and Traffic.com Inc.

The ZenZui interface isn't available yet for download nor is it announced so far, how it will be distributed later.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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