Ray Ozzie's day in the Mesh

Later today Microsoft will bring out the Mesh. They are being pretty cagey about the details (I learn more at an 8 a.m. meeting, and from what it sounds like they will embargo everything until around 9 p.m. Pacific Time tonight.

So, what is it? Well, there certainly is lots of speculation on blogs. I’ll stay out of that business until I get a look for myself.

One thing I’ve heard is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s coming from Ray Ozzie’s team. Which is why Rocky and me are headed up to Seattle on June 10-12 (to get a closer look at Microsoft’s Internet strategies, and meet up with a bunch of startups).

Comments

  1. Looking forward to hearing about Mesh. I’ve been following the details (read: speculation) on Liveside for some time and I’m hoping, finally, that MS will bring together their storage ideas with their software+services “strategy”.

    I bought into the Homeserver strategy last year, but the fact that it doesn’t work by default with WL Foldershare (foldershare.com) is a flaw. I liked the idea of all my computers being in sync with each other, and having web based access to my Homeserver from anywhere (including through my Windows Mobile device) but it hasn’t amounted to that just yet. As per usual, the idea is there, but it seems to take MS a couple of releases to get a product up to expectations. But, Mesh sounds interesting.

  2. Looking forward to hearing about Mesh. I’ve been following the details (read: speculation) on Liveside for some time and I’m hoping, finally, that MS will bring together their storage ideas with their software+services “strategy”.

    I bought into the Homeserver strategy last year, but the fact that it doesn’t work by default with WL Foldershare (foldershare.com) is a flaw. I liked the idea of all my computers being in sync with each other, and having web based access to my Homeserver from anywhere (including through my Windows Mobile device) but it hasn’t amounted to that just yet. As per usual, the idea is there, but it seems to take MS a couple of releases to get a product up to expectations. But, Mesh sounds interesting.

  3. Interesting post Robert.

    It’s really interesting watching Microsoft adapting, as the industry and marketplace changes with ever increasing speed.

    Ali’s comment regarding the MS Homeserver strategy is a good one; I just hope they get it right as the potential here is HUGE!

    Oh, slightly off topic but ‘THANK YOU’ Robert – for recommending WordPress to me via Twitter.

  4. Interesting post Robert.

    It’s really interesting watching Microsoft adapting, as the industry and marketplace changes with ever increasing speed.

    Ali’s comment regarding the MS Homeserver strategy is a good one; I just hope they get it right as the potential here is HUGE!

    Oh, slightly off topic but ‘THANK YOU’ Robert – for recommending WordPress to me via Twitter.

  5. Ah, ignore last comment, I’ve figured it out. I need to strip off the trailing ‘/’

    Works now. Sorry for the comment spam!!

    -Jamie

  6. Ah, ignore last comment, I’ve figured it out. I need to strip off the trailing ‘/’

    Works now. Sorry for the comment spam!!

    -Jamie

  7. From the off-the-record press beat, just an overwarmed synchronization tech, being that ActiveStink and Windows Mobile Device Center were such good performers (note sarcastic irony). Just a universal sync thing (centered around 360, Zune, Media Center/Microsoft “TV”), except with a social, RSSy and Cloud play, blah blah blah.

    Just more pie-in-the-sky Ozzieisms “connected entertainment vision”, reinventing Microsoft, yet killing it in the process.

  8. From the off-the-record press beat, just an overwarmed synchronization tech, being that ActiveStink and Windows Mobile Device Center were such good performers (note sarcastic irony). Just a universal sync thing (centered around 360, Zune, Media Center/Microsoft “TV”), except with a social, RSSy and Cloud play, blah blah blah.

    Just more pie-in-the-sky Ozzieisms “connected entertainment vision”, reinventing Microsoft, yet killing it in the process.

  9. I just had a sad realization, Robert: Difference between a blogger and a journalist? A blogger doesn’t do embargoes. You are no longer a blogger.

    Sorry…

  10. I just had a sad realization, Robert: Difference between a blogger and a journalist? A blogger doesn’t do embargoes. You are no longer a blogger.

    Sorry…

  11. Bloggers do embargoes all the time, access and freebies are the lifeblood. Plus, the insider knowledge, gives them the hype-up edge. Journalists actually break them all the time, not like, Burbank can ignore Tim Goodman even if he destroys embargoes left and right. Most good journalists don’t play NDA games, that’s more the playbook of the columnist sycophants, like Walt Mossberg.

    The real difference between journalists and bloggers, is research and quality of the writing. One is more vetted and peer reviewed (if boringly objective), the other is more random thoughts from one (usually quite narrow) perspective.

  12. Bloggers do embargoes all the time, access and freebies are the lifeblood. Plus, the insider knowledge, gives them the hype-up edge. Journalists actually break them all the time, not like, Burbank can ignore Tim Goodman even if he destroys embargoes left and right. Most good journalists don’t play NDA games, that’s more the playbook of the columnist sycophants, like Walt Mossberg.

    The real difference between journalists and bloggers, is research and quality of the writing. One is more vetted and peer reviewed (if boringly objective), the other is more random thoughts from one (usually quite narrow) perspective.

  13. Yeah, I know that you’ve been doing embargoes for yours… I just realized today that someone who does embargoes is an official part of “the establishment”. It’s like you’re an embedded reporter. And bloggers, or at least the way I have looked at bloggers, are by (my) definition amateurs. They are the real thing. Real users, real customers, real people, sharing their real experience. That’s what makes bloggers better than journalists, because they’re real. So in the process of becoming a “Pro”, you loose that realness. You no longer have that gut customer reaction, because you’re bombarded with PR people trying to sell you stuff all the time. It’s really not your fault at all, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The irony is that when people were arguing that bloggers should be as well respected as journalists, they didn’t realize that with that respect comes a loss of innocence. Do you understand where I’m coming from Robert?

  14. Yeah, I know that you’ve been doing embargoes for yours… I just realized today that someone who does embargoes is an official part of “the establishment”. It’s like you’re an embedded reporter. And bloggers, or at least the way I have looked at bloggers, are by (my) definition amateurs. They are the real thing. Real users, real customers, real people, sharing their real experience. That’s what makes bloggers better than journalists, because they’re real. So in the process of becoming a “Pro”, you loose that realness. You no longer have that gut customer reaction, because you’re bombarded with PR people trying to sell you stuff all the time. It’s really not your fault at all, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The irony is that when people were arguing that bloggers should be as well respected as journalists, they didn’t realize that with that respect comes a loss of innocence. Do you understand where I’m coming from Robert?

  15. Chris Coulter – you apparently don’t get it. Listen to what they have to say about it and open your mind a bit and you’ll realize that mesh is not just about sync. It’s a platform that, if done right, will free us from the shackles of a Web-only world of applications based on HTML, AJAX and Flash.

  16. Chris Coulter – you apparently don’t get it. Listen to what they have to say about it and open your mind a bit and you’ll realize that mesh is not just about sync. It’s a platform that, if done right, will free us from the shackles of a Web-only world of applications based on HTML, AJAX and Flash.

  17. Mike: I never was innocent in this game. I know how it’s played from both directions. Remember, I helped plan “blogger get togethers” at Microsoft.

  18. Mike: I never was innocent in this game. I know how it’s played from both directions. Remember, I helped plan “blogger get togethers” at Microsoft.

  19. A connected vague-cloudish Web-like replacement platform with a Windows ecosystem tootsie-roll center, but in the final outcome, it will just become sync.

    Not like this is the first time they have had such visions.

  20. A connected vague-cloudish Web-like replacement platform with a Windows ecosystem tootsie-roll center, but in the final outcome, it will just become sync.

    Not like this is the first time they have had such visions.

  21. Robert,

    Great to hear you will be visiting Seattle. If you have time in your busy schedule, I’d love to pick your brains (read as Make yet another product pitch).

    Mayur

  22. Robert,

    Great to hear you will be visiting Seattle. If you have time in your busy schedule, I’d love to pick your brains (read as Make yet another product pitch).

    Mayur