I changed my server’s time zones this morning, so my posts are all messed up on my blog right now. Sorry about that.
TechnoLawyer Blog: Microsoft OneNote more multifaceted than I thought. Yeah, OneNote is one of my favorite applications too. It’s one of those things that you learn new ways to use it even years after you first start using it. Chris Pratley’s blog is one I praise often (I talked about it at the Google conference last week). He’s one of the geeks who runs the OneNote team.
I’ve been talking to coworkers about what I learned in Silicon Valley last week and I swear that venture capitalist Rick Segal is listening in. Particularly his second observation. That’s going to be the hardest for Microsoft to compete with because of how we setup our business units internally (and because we hire lots of entrepreneurial people from other companies that think deeply about how to build businesses). We don’t grok Google’s ability to ship stuff that won’t make them any money (or why they’d do that). Like Orkut, or even Google’s Maps (they don’t yet have any advertising on them). Microsoft is up against a brilliant Google strategy — one that’s aimed at disrupting all sorts of things that came before and one that’s aimed at our weaknesses (and at others too, all at the same time). Internally here at Microsoft each team has its own business interests to look after and considers itself accountable to shareholders to show same. We’re very decentralized. Google looks at its business holistically, not part by part like Microsoft does – it is very centralized compared to how Microsoft is run. Google tells its engineers to go and come up with cool services without thinking about monetization strategies — they say they’ll figure that out later. That’s disruptive.
Ahh, the local newspaper wrote about this weekend’s Mind Camp. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares to FooCamp and BarCamp and the other geek events I’ve been to.
The Seattle software industry is a lot different than the one down in the San Francisco area. But because of Boeing/Starbucks/Amazon/Microsoft’s influence there’s quite a few interesting geeks up here. Plus Kirkland has five or six video game companies and Nintendo is here too. I’ll be at Mind Camp, my ticket is on the counter.
Phil, over on the “Platformwars” blog says that he left a comment here and now it’s gone. I don’t knowingly delete comments. I wonder if any other comments are disappearing?
Anyway, his post is in reaction to the business author who said I should be fired. His point was very interesting. Says that author did that to ingratiate himself with bosses who wouldn’t put up with someone saying a bad word about their companies. Most companies are like that. Heck, when we interviewed Mark Cuban for our book he came out and said he would never allow that kind of blogging.
Is having a boss who is willing to put up with some criticism important? Yes. It buys me a LOT of loyalty to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer (and Sanjay and Vic and Eric and Steve and Jeff).
One other thing, Phil, can you put your name and your email address on your blog? I wanted to write you but couldn’t. Also, since you’re using Blogger can you make it possible to leave a comment without being a Blogger subscriber?
Yikes. Sometimes I just do something very stupid. Hey, keep it quiet Goebbels, I know you think I’m stupid on every post. But, this time I overdid myself. I saw BlogTronix on the weekend and linked to another company. I’m very impressed with BlogTronix’ stuff. It lets you do a site much like Channel 9 with video, audio, blogs, wikis, and more.
Anyway, here’s my fixed post.
I’m going to make a real effort not to link to anything that’s already on Memeorandum. Why? Because that way new things will show up on Memeorandum. Sorry, Shelley Powers, that means I won’t link to you today either. (Which is a bummer, cause she made some good points about Memeorandum’s bias).
But, yesterday at the Blog Business Summit I saw two things that really are interesting. Here’s why. When I go to companies to speak, they keep asking me “how do I do something similar to Channel 9.” That isn’t easy. We had two developers working on that for quite a while. They started with Community Server from Telligent (Microsoft’s employee blogs are run on top of Community Server — we have more than 2,000 now and a TON of traffic, so it holds up very well. The new Xbox.com forums are built on top of Community Server as well). Our tech team on Channel 9 (Charles, Brin, Adam, and Jeff) mashed in video components and a Wiki and other stuff and then hacked the heck out of it to make it Channel 9. I’ve been hoping that a company would come out with a set of tools/service that would make it possible to do a Channel 9 style site.
BlogTronix is the answer. It’s awesome. Has all that and more (and has security built in so you can blog both internally and externally very easily). I’m going to get a test blog there and will write more after I actually can try it out.
Update: I totally messed this post up, so here’s the fixed post.