Kumble and Ballmer

Courtesy: DNA/Dhananjay Khadilkar
Speaking about India, the Microsoft chief predicted a ‘personalised television’ revolution, which would move ahead of cable television viewership in coming years.

While Ballmer was at his flamboyant best, Anil Kumble’s poise and computer knowledge came in for a lot of praise. The record breaking leg-spinner, known for his unerring line and length, was sharp and precise while showcasing his company’s new software Matchcast.

Kumble, who is the director of Stump Vision, a cricketing software company, said that Matchcast was developed using Windows Vista, Windows Presentation Foundation and Office 2007. To be launched in January 2007, Matchcast allows the user to watch a cricket match live and have access to relevant data at the same time. Kumble also demonstrated a product that allows the user to maintain a scorebook of cricket matches.

I did take a peek at Matchcast. It is pretty cool. I liked the analysis section; it has all the usual stuff - the Manhattan, the wagon-wheel, the line-length chart etc. It would be interesting to see how they market it. People who watch cricket on www.willow.tv would tell you how cool the interactive scorecard feature is. It seems like Matchcast would add to that experience.

A few ScreenShots from Matchcast:



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