Today Microsoft took the beta tag off from Photosynth and graduated this little boy to a production ready state.
First thing that I notice is that they are using Flash for their video reel - sad but I've commented on this subject already... specially when they are targeting Windows users with this service.
This new arrival, coming from the Live Labs side of town, is really a remarkable piece of art service that takes a number of photos and stitches them together to form new bigger, multi dimensional, hi-def one, representing the pictured horizon.
Funny though, when I got to their site using Firefox on my mac, I was hit with the following message (underline mine to support message):
Unfortunately, we're not cool enough to run on your OS yet. We really wish we had a version of Photosynth that worked cross platform, but for now it only runs on Windows.
Trust us, as soon as we have a Mac version ready, it will be up and available on our site.
In a way I expected that such a graphic consuming service will be native to windows initially... heck, it should be one of those things that makes the Windows client surpass other clients like Mac. WPF for sure is one of those.
But got to be honest here, it's also cool that lately, Microsoft has been focusing on adding support for the Mac on some of their most innovative web and desktop products; we have Silverlight, Office and Mesh, as an example.
I'd guess it is part of their commitment of been a good citizen in this cross-platform world we are living now; but probably more, I see it as part of the core foundation for a truly robust cloud architecture.
I wonder what else will PDC will bring us, Mac users, later this year.
Anyway, while we wait, if you happen to have Windows installed on Boot Camp or in a second PC (neither VMWare nor Parallels are supported yet) check out the following synths by NatGeo, they are amazing!