Microsoft’s Ray Ozzie says nothing

Ahh, Ray Ozzie spoke at a Goldman Sachs conference this morning. Todd Bishop of Seattle PI has the details. Key quote from Todd’s report? “There were no obvious bombshells, or surprise announcements, but people interested in where the company is headed will no doubt be analyzing his comments for indications and clues.”

I did scour his comments for anything interesting. I didn’t find anything except a hint (if you turn your screen sideways and read between the characters) that he’s going to hook whatever he’s working on into the entertainment world that Microsoft has built. Translation: look for Live.com to use Xbox Live’s points system. They were talking about doing that back before I left Microsoft. That would be a great idea, but we need to see the implementation.

I wonder how many more speeches Ray is going to give where he doesn’t send some stronger gestures about what Microsoft is going to actually do in the Internet space? To me, each speech is a wasted opportunity. Guess we gotta wait for Mix07.

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Comments

  1. Geez, for all the hype, whatever he announces better make cities redesign themselves around the thing and make Jeff Bezos honk.

  2. Geez, for all the hype, whatever he announces better make cities redesign themselves around the thing and make Jeff Bezos honk.

  3. http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20070227:MTFH96571_2007-02-27_21-52-27_N27399174&type=comktNews&rpc=44

    Looks like a big announcement to me. OK, it is not a direct product announcement. As he mentions this signals a significant inflection point internally. AFAI can recall this is the first time such an admission is being made.

    Also take a look at this indirect quote.
    “A side effect of its competition with Google, Ozzie said, is that Microsoft can now support businesses with advertising when traditional licenses wouldn’t have worked. Also, the data centers and services platforms that Microsoft is building for itself could eventually be made available to customers.”

    (I hope he is not talking about adware on the desktop ;-))

  4. http://yahoo.reuters.com/news/articlehybrid.aspx?storyID=urn:newsml:reuters.com:20070227:MTFH96571_2007-02-27_21-52-27_N27399174&type=comktNews&rpc=44

    Looks like a big announcement to me. OK, it is not a direct product announcement. As he mentions this signals a significant inflection point internally. AFAI can recall this is the first time such an admission is being made.

    Also take a look at this indirect quote.
    “A side effect of its competition with Google, Ozzie said, is that Microsoft can now support businesses with advertising when traditional licenses wouldn’t have worked. Also, the data centers and services platforms that Microsoft is building for itself could eventually be made available to customers.”

    (I hope he is not talking about adware on the desktop ;-))

  5. Reading over the speech it appears he’s learned how to dance around the question so much that one forgets what was initially asked. Very little meat to be found among the numerous buzzwords. Enough with the “internal DNA” stuff. We get it.

  6. Reading over the speech it appears he’s learned how to dance around the question so much that one forgets what was initially asked. Very little meat to be found among the numerous buzzwords. Enough with the “internal DNA” stuff. We get it.

  7. Hey, Microsoft gets abused (often rightully so) because they “announce” things that aren’t ready for prime. Critics call that vaporware. It’s refreshing that Ozzie isn’t hyping things that he may be working on before there is any there there.

  8. Hey, Microsoft gets abused (often rightully so) because they “announce” things that aren’t ready for prime. Critics call that vaporware. It’s refreshing that Ozzie isn’t hyping things that he may be working on before there is any there there.

  9. If you take the “services platform” phrase and the pc analogies like “search is the command line for the web” and a “clipboard for the web” literally, I think you might see that there is a compelling technical direction emerging. Making available a bunch of common integrated functionality for web apps, similar to what Win32, COM, and the .NET Framework did for pc apps, may be exactly what is needed to kick the web app ecosystem into an even higher gear.

  10. If you take the “services platform” phrase and the pc analogies like “search is the command line for the web” and a “clipboard for the web” literally, I think you might see that there is a compelling technical direction emerging. Making available a bunch of common integrated functionality for web apps, similar to what Win32, COM, and the .NET Framework did for pc apps, may be exactly what is needed to kick the web app ecosystem into an even higher gear.

  11. What’s with all the Ozzie hype? He announced that internet clipboard thing a while ago. What else is going on? What did happen to the internet clipboard? Haven’t heard a thing.

    XBox points? Points are lame. Just like the Zune points. 99 cents is 99cents. X points == Y cents? Not good.

  12. What’s with all the Ozzie hype? He announced that internet clipboard thing a while ago. What else is going on? What did happen to the internet clipboard? Haven’t heard a thing.

    XBox points? Points are lame. Just like the Zune points. 99 cents is 99cents. X points == Y cents? Not good.

  13. Peter Moore discussed how the “Microsoft Points” system would be something they used. It is already used for the Zune Marketplace.

    As for the conversion of points, Diego, it is to keep everything “consistant”. You buy a song for 99 points, here in the US, or in the UK or in Japan. Although the centers/point differs, it keeps everything standard and easy to handle.

  14. Peter Moore discussed how the “Microsoft Points” system would be something they used. It is already used for the Zune Marketplace.

    As for the conversion of points, Diego, it is to keep everything “consistant”. You buy a song for 99 points, here in the US, or in the UK or in Japan. Although the centers/point differs, it keeps everything standard and easy to handle.

  15. They must be working on something with integrating XBox live and the PC gaming. I got an e-mail yesterday inviting me to take a survey to participate in the “Games for Windows – Live” beta.

    “Are you interested to be a part of a group invited to help test a new service that lets Windows gamers connect with their friends on the Xbox through the LIVE gaming network? If so, read on.”

  16. They must be working on something with integrating XBox live and the PC gaming. I got an e-mail yesterday inviting me to take a survey to participate in the “Games for Windows – Live” beta.

    “Are you interested to be a part of a group invited to help test a new service that lets Windows gamers connect with their friends on the Xbox through the LIVE gaming network? If so, read on.”

  17. Matt, I understand what you’re saying. But to the end user it comes down to dollars and cents. I (personally) don’t care that we both are dealing with the same number of points. In the end you care that 79 points is going to cost you 99 cents, and here in Australia, 79 points is going to cost me $1.29. Why the need for the conversion? Another reason may be that it can help hide (well not hide, but may it seem less) than what something is. If 79 points goes up and they cost you $1.50 in future, in your mind you’re still dealing with 79 points and not $1.50. Maybe I”m not making sense. Similar to how stores charge something at $19.99 and not $20 because it affects how you see pricing.

  18. Matt, I understand what you’re saying. But to the end user it comes down to dollars and cents. I (personally) don’t care that we both are dealing with the same number of points. In the end you care that 79 points is going to cost you 99 cents, and here in Australia, 79 points is going to cost me $1.29. Why the need for the conversion? Another reason may be that it can help hide (well not hide, but may it seem less) than what something is. If 79 points goes up and they cost you $1.50 in future, in your mind you’re still dealing with 79 points and not $1.50. Maybe I”m not making sense. Similar to how stores charge something at $19.99 and not $20 because it affects how you see pricing.

  19. Whatever Ozzie has to say is going to get buried under all the talk about Microsoft trying to “Netscape” VMware.

    Ah, Ballmer. Always willing to find more stupid to torpedo any attempt your employees make to work with the rest of the world.

  20. Whatever Ozzie has to say is going to get buried under all the talk about Microsoft trying to “Netscape” VMware.

    Ah, Ballmer. Always willing to find more stupid to torpedo any attempt your employees make to work with the rest of the world.