WorldWide Telescope technology preview at TED

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On stage at TED2008, Roy Gould and Curtis Wong just presented a preview of the Microsoft technology that made Robert Scoble cry: the WorldWide Telescope, a powerful and collaborative way to view our universe. Look for more on this in coming days; blogger reaction starts now.

Today, Microsoft opened its technology preview site at WorldWideTelescope.org, with a demo created by Benjamin, a 6-year-old child from Toronto. The technology will be available in the spring as a free download, and as Roy Gould just said from stage, it will empower a new generation of stories — and storytellers — about the universe.