Ray Ozzie coming out of his shell

Mary Jo Foley is covering Microsoft’s Financial Analysts’ Meeting where they are announcing a range of new infrastructure. My friends at Microsoft are pretty hyped up about this, so I’ll be following the announcements closely and hoping to get a better look when I visit Seattle for the Gnomedex conference in a couple of weeks.

Ray Ozzie is expected to announce some major new services infrastructure. Steve Ballmer threw a new name out there, which Mary Jo caught: Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure.

There’s a lot more on the news coming out of the analyst meeting on TechMeme today and I’m sure there’s more to come after Ray Ozzie finishes.

Comments

  1. As one of the Mary Jo comments put it:

    [quote]The power of these services is unreal. I have seen the PowerPoints and the canned demos and all I can say is, WOW. There are so many services here I do not even know where to start deploying them all. To help me figure it all out, I bought some MCS consulting hours. I have named the project “Storm Cloud Rising” and have given my reference architecture to my MCSEs and MCSDs. When one of the MCSDs complained the architecture seemed more marketing driven then technical, I told him he was SOL and would never work on the SOA cloud I was building with Live Services.[/quote]

  2. As one of the Mary Jo comments put it:

    [quote]The power of these services is unreal. I have seen the PowerPoints and the canned demos and all I can say is, WOW. There are so many services here I do not even know where to start deploying them all. To help me figure it all out, I bought some MCS consulting hours. I have named the project “Storm Cloud Rising” and have given my reference architecture to my MCSEs and MCSDs. When one of the MCSDs complained the architecture seemed more marketing driven then technical, I told him he was SOL and would never work on the SOA cloud I was building with Live Services.[/quote]

  3. Here we go again. I vividly recall the hype that was “live” this and live that. Nothing came of it except a quasi-new Hotmail service that was only improved because of competition from GMail and Yahoo’s upgraded mail services.

    Let’s face it, Microsoft is in trouble. Take a look:

    – xbox is in shambles
    – vista is a severe disappointment
    – the zune is an absolute failure
    – Microsoft still cannot get a handle on security
    – Microsoft still does not “get” the Internet

    Microsoft is falling the same way IBM did, but harder. IBM at least revamped itself to a services-based company, where the money is anyway. There will come a time when EVERYTHING will be online. The platform won’t matter, only the apps you use.

    Despite the stupid term “web 2.0″, I honestly think we are at the nascent stages of a major shift. I think we could be doing better than we are. All this “social” networking is fine and dandy if all you want to do is make yourself known and perhaps know people for favors. There is no real collaboration at all beyond clicking on a profile here, a link there. Big deal…

  4. Here we go again. I vividly recall the hype that was “live” this and live that. Nothing came of it except a quasi-new Hotmail service that was only improved because of competition from GMail and Yahoo’s upgraded mail services.

    Let’s face it, Microsoft is in trouble. Take a look:

    – xbox is in shambles
    – vista is a severe disappointment
    – the zune is an absolute failure
    – Microsoft still cannot get a handle on security
    – Microsoft still does not “get” the Internet

    Microsoft is falling the same way IBM did, but harder. IBM at least revamped itself to a services-based company, where the money is anyway. There will come a time when EVERYTHING will be online. The platform won’t matter, only the apps you use.

    Despite the stupid term “web 2.0″, I honestly think we are at the nascent stages of a major shift. I think we could be doing better than we are. All this “social” networking is fine and dandy if all you want to do is make yourself known and perhaps know people for favors. There is no real collaboration at all beyond clicking on a profile here, a link there. Big deal…

  5. Evidently, it’s “wreck” who still doesn’t “get it” and not Microsoft.

    “xbox is in shambles”: The XBox & Entertainment Division always expected the hardware to be a loss-leader and to make up the red-ink with software licenses. Microsoft:1 – wreck:0

    “vista is a severe disappointment”: Of course, that’s according to which talking-head or meat-puppet you’re paying attention to. Vista is doing quite well in sales, fewer bugs at release than previous OS offerings, suffers from a jaded industry and (for some people) was not as “spectacular” as some thought it would be. Microsoft:1 – wreck:1

    “the zune is an absolute failure”: Sales figures show otherwise. Microsoft:2 – wreck:1

    “Microsoft still cannot get a handle on security”: Again, wrong. If you’re referring to the last 4 years, yes there have been security issues; when you’re the big guy on the block you must expect more eggs tossed at your door. Microsoft:3 – wreck:1

    “Microsoft still does not “get” the Internet”: Oh, do you mean the Internet as espoused by Richard M. Smallman…whoops…Stallman, Linus Torvadls or Steve Jobs? If Microsoft didn’t “get” the Internet, then explain the market share of IE, Server 2003, Exchange, etc, etc, etc. Microsoft:4 – wreck:1

    “wreck” just co-opted the F/OSS mantra as his own. How’s the Kool-aid?

  6. Evidently, it’s “wreck” who still doesn’t “get it” and not Microsoft.

    “xbox is in shambles”: The XBox & Entertainment Division always expected the hardware to be a loss-leader and to make up the red-ink with software licenses. Microsoft:1 – wreck:0

    “vista is a severe disappointment”: Of course, that’s according to which talking-head or meat-puppet you’re paying attention to. Vista is doing quite well in sales, fewer bugs at release than previous OS offerings, suffers from a jaded industry and (for some people) was not as “spectacular” as some thought it would be. Microsoft:1 – wreck:1

    “the zune is an absolute failure”: Sales figures show otherwise. Microsoft:2 – wreck:1

    “Microsoft still cannot get a handle on security”: Again, wrong. If you’re referring to the last 4 years, yes there have been security issues; when you’re the big guy on the block you must expect more eggs tossed at your door. Microsoft:3 – wreck:1

    “Microsoft still does not “get” the Internet”: Oh, do you mean the Internet as espoused by Richard M. Smallman…whoops…Stallman, Linus Torvadls or Steve Jobs? If Microsoft didn’t “get” the Internet, then explain the market share of IE, Server 2003, Exchange, etc, etc, etc. Microsoft:4 – wreck:1

    “wreck” just co-opted the F/OSS mantra as his own. How’s the Kool-aid?

  7. There are some smart guys there I bet they are going to come up with something really cool and geeky. Doesn’t geeky seem similar to sticky. Ooops I used another buzzzz off word. I feel like I’m in this sticky geeky ozzy bubble of a cloud. I hope my balloon doesn’t pop and I’m watching sparkles of color float around my giant HDDVD high definition mojo woops on the rebound.

  8. There are some smart guys there I bet they are going to come up with something really cool and geeky. Doesn’t geeky seem similar to sticky. Ooops I used another buzzzz off word. I feel like I’m in this sticky geeky ozzy bubble of a cloud. I hope my balloon doesn’t pop and I’m watching sparkles of color float around my giant HDDVD high definition mojo woops on the rebound.

  9. There’s a small reference to a cloud in Ray’s MIX’07 speech:

    “[Silverlight Streaming...] The service will allow you to post Silverlight applications, including their associated photos and video clips, to Microsoft storage service in the cloud for delivery into your Web pages and your Web sites. With some reasonable limitations, of course, this highly distributed, low latency, high scale delivery of Silverlight apps and media is on us.”

  10. There’s a small reference to a cloud in Ray’s MIX’07 speech:

    “[Silverlight Streaming...] The service will allow you to post Silverlight applications, including their associated photos and video clips, to Microsoft storage service in the cloud for delivery into your Web pages and your Web sites. With some reasonable limitations, of course, this highly distributed, low latency, high scale delivery of Silverlight apps and media is on us.”

  11. Wreck,

    IBM declined because of the shift from mainframes to desktops and minis. I wouldn’t compare them to Microsoft really, because their machines were extremely reliable (at least until they started shipping the PC with that half-assed knock-off of CP/M.)

    An unscheduled restart of a 380 warranted a service call from the factory. IBM did their share of arm-twisting in their day, but they delivered what they promised.

  12. Wreck,

    IBM declined because of the shift from mainframes to desktops and minis. I wouldn’t compare them to Microsoft really, because their machines were extremely reliable (at least until they started shipping the PC with that half-assed knock-off of CP/M.)

    An unscheduled restart of a 380 warranted a service call from the factory. IBM did their share of arm-twisting in their day, but they delivered what they promised.

  13. “where they are announcing a range of new infrastructure.”

    You mean renaming of existing infrastructure.
    Microsoft is too little too late in this game.

  14. “where they are announcing a range of new infrastructure.”

    You mean renaming of existing infrastructure.
    Microsoft is too little too late in this game.

  15. “IBM at least revamped itself to a services-based company, where the money is anyway.”

    Yea, but IBM had the advantage of some vestige of knowledge about computer security. MSFT can’t tell a convincing story security-wise.

  16. “IBM at least revamped itself to a services-based company, where the money is anyway.”

    Yea, but IBM had the advantage of some vestige of knowledge about computer security. MSFT can’t tell a convincing story security-wise.