Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pivot from Microsoft

Microsoft has a labs site, just like every major software firm in the world.  One of their latest additions is Pivot.  Pivot is an interesting concept.  If it takes off, it could help users browse large amounts of data very quickly.  It uses a visual interface system that links groups of data on how they are related.  These groups of data are called Collections.  Each Collection groups, or links, large amounts of single items on the internet.  It does this in a way that we can view them, either as individual bits of information, or as larger amounts.  Microsoft says that Pivot will allow us to see hidden patterns in our data, and maybe even take us to places we didn't even think of.  Could be. 

It is very interesting, and at least fun to play with at first.  Check out the Pivot site for a video of what it looks like.  Pivot Video

Whether or not Pivot will change the way we interface with the internet is too hard to tell at this moment.  I do know that it will be fun to try.  But what do you do with the data once you see it?  How do I get the data out of Pivot and put it in the application I'm using?  It is too early to tell where this product will go.  it may never make it out of the labs.  I will keep my eye on it.

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