Never underestimate Microsoft's ability to turn a corner

This week Microsoft didn’t get much hype for its three major announcements. Certainly it didn’t stay on top of TechMeme as long as, say, if Steve Jobs gets a sniffle. But don’t miss what they did.

1. On day 1 of the PDC they announced Azure, which is a set of cloud services that competes with Amazon’s S3 and Rackspace’s Mosso and will radically change enterprises’ acceptance of cloud services for a whole lot of reasons.

2. On day 2 of the PDC they showed off Windows 7 which is getting high praise from my blogging friends who were lent laptops with it on there (I didn’t get Windows 7 yet).

3. On day 3 of the PDC they showed off new Web-based versions of Microsoft Office that were really nice. Will the new PowerPoint have the collaborative features, of, say, SlideRocket? Will Zoho go out of business? No, and no, but this is a significant move into the Web for a group that’s tried to pretend that the Web didn’t matter that much.

4. They also released new Mac and Mobile versions of Mesh and further explained how that’ll enable new kinds of Internet-connected apps to be built.

Some really great resources on all this:

Microsoft put up videos of every session at the PDC.
Ars Technica covered it well
.
Microsoft’s own Channel 9 has a ton of videos.
I have a database of all blogs and good items on FriendFeed for these searches:

So, lets talk about whether Microsoft will be successful in changing the marketplace again. First some things you should remember:

  1. Microsoft has an extraordinarly strong sales force.
  2. Microsoft is a world-wide company with thousands of evangelists located in almost every local market. When I attended the Converge South conference in North Carolina, Microsoft had an evangelist there to make sure everyone got the latest software they were pitching. Same thing happens in Israel. In China. In Russia. In Dubai. In India. Does Rackspace have that kind of on-the-ground sales muscle? No.
  3. Microsoft is one of the few companies with enough cash to ride out the recession in good shape and keep its data centers up-to-date with the latest machines.
  4. Microsoft has a huge set of developers who know Visual Studio well and have been building apps with C# and Visual Basic for years now.
  5. Microsoft has sales leverage due to its other products. Here’s an imaginary Microsoft salesperson’s pitch: “You want Exchange server? Your company will need to buy that unless you’re a small startup and can consider going with a new approach like Gmail. Well, how about you get it a lot cheaper if you go with our cloud services?” Same for Sharepoint. Or SQL Server.

Translation: It doesn’t matter that Microsoft didn’t get all that much hype this year at the PDC or that it didn’t sell out or that other companies like Amazon, Google, and Rackspace are ahead in the cloud game.

You just saw Ray Ozzie turn the creaky old cruiseliner hard to port and damn, it is impressive.

What do you think? Am I right? Did the old cruiseliner just make a major corner turn? Or is this all stuff that can be ignored?

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Robert Scoble

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Comments

  1. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  2. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  3. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  4. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  5. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  6. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  7. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  8. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  9. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  10. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  11. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  12. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  13. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  14. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  15. After watching what Microsoft is doing to the EDM space with SharePoint, nothing surprises me. When Microsoft decides to come to the game, they come strong. Never count these guys out.

  16. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  17. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  18. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  19. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  20. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  21. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  22. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  23. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  24. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  25. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  26. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  27. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  28. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  29. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  30. I’m with MS since 1990. MS was most of the time “follower” and won the game. remember i.e. server sw netware vs windows nt. why? huge war chest and absolute determination. Never underestimate MS. Right.

  31. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  32. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  33. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  34. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  35. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  36. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  37. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  38. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  39. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  40. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  41. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  42. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  43. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  44. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  45. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  46. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  47. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  48. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  49. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  50. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  51. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  52. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  53. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  54. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  55. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  56. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  57. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  58. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  59. There’s no doubt that this PDC was massive.

    Thanks for the link to the sessions – I couldn’t find that when I went looking earlier.

  60. I would say this is all important, and shows the impact the Ray Ozzie is having on microsoft. Also makes me curious if this makes Rackspace a potential purchase in the next 2-3 years.

  61. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  62. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  63. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  64. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  65. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  66. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  67. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  68. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  69. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  70. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  71. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  72. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  73. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  74. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  75. These are INDEED very interesting updates – but there are two major problems:

    they are following, not innovating with two of their releases…

    users did not embrace VISA in drove (although an excellent OS), so there is probably lethargic a wait and see on W7 due to the sudden changed economy…

    MS has not inspired the same emotional bonding as has Apple or Google among the select, powerful, vocal tech blogs…

  76. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  77. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  78. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  79. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  80. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  81. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  82. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  83. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  84. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  85. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  86. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  87. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  88. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  89. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  90. Scoble, as always, you’re right on. Regarding Azure: the ability for developers in small companies to publish their code from Visual Studio directly to staging and Production servers on Azure is huge! This means millions of developers in the world will be able to create scalable apps without much up front investment – it will make my job a lot easier!

  91. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  92. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  93. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  94. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  95. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  96. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  97. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  98. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  99. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  100. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  101. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  102. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  103. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  104. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  105. Microsoft is always great at announcing things. They suck at executing after the fact. I think they have also crossed the too-little-too-late boundary.

    I was on a call with 7 MS sales people. They talked at us for an hour. They blew marketing smoke as fast as they could. We all left disgusted with them.

    We were on a call with Google. We had one very smart engineer on the call who answered all of questions truthfully (Microsoft opened with a lie about Google) and quickly. The two times he couldn’t answer, he got someone on IM that could and responded. Great call.

    Zimbra sent a sales engineer who answered most of questions quickly and replied via email the next day on his follow ups. I gave the Zimbra guy a list of requirements and they implemented them in their product within three months even though we are not customers.

    Sales people can kill you as fast as a failed product line if they suck and the MS sales reps sucked.

    MS is not trusted nor respected anymore. They started their slide with the announcement of MS License Agreement 6 that had CIOs up-in-arms 6 or so years ago. Many organizations realized that to be MS centric was to be held hostage by MS marketers and lawyers. Add to their troubles: the Vista problems, security issues; and organizations and nations taking a OSS only policies.

  106. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  107. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  108. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  109. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  110. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  111. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  112. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  113. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  114. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  115. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  116. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  117. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  118. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  119. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  120. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  121. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  122. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  123. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  124. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  125. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  126. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  127. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  128. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  129. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  130. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  131. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  132. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  133. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  134. Before Rackspace gets bought up there will be consolidation of several less-well-funded competitors. Rackspace is waiting for the economy to bash them against the rocks a little bit more before doing more acquisitions. After that happens then a bigger player like Google/Amazon/Microsoft might make a play for them.

  135. Nice post. Good links to watch the PDC online too.

    You can’t count Microsoft out at all … when they want to, they will come pounding the market with their products! I believe Windows Azure is a key change to their strategy. But still they are maintaining “Software plus Services” logic.

  136. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  137. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  138. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  139. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  140. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  141. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  142. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  143. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  144. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  145. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  146. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  147. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  148. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  149. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  150. Google is successful today because of its reach to billions of visitors every month. If a new product is launched today which gains 10 million users by the end of the month, its not because the product is good, its because its Google’s.

    Microsoft has the same or better reach in the desktop based applciations and as one of the articles (http://tnerd.com/2008/10/30/microsoft-is-better-placed-in-the-cloud-than-google-or-is-it/) I read last week states, its a matter of time before Microsoft starts converting their HUGE offline users to online users and gain market lead in online productivity applications.

  151. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  152. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  153. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  154. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  155. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  156. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  157. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  158. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  159. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  160. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  161. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  162. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  163. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  164. You are right Apple’s Hype Machine is crazy in this instant news time that we’re in, but I think people are quick to say Microsoft’s going out of fashion. These are the same people that wouldn’t be on computers and using technology as it is today without Microsoft’s presence in the space.

    At any rate, I think you are spot on. Microsoft isn’t going anywhere and I think Ray Ozzie is awesome and glad he’s such a big part of the Microsoft “cruiseliner” as you put it :) //g

  165. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  166. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  167. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  168. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  169. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  170. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  171. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  172. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  173. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  174. It certainly was not something to be ignored.

    Like one commentator on Twitter said, it’s as if this is a new Microsoft 2.0 which doesn’t have any shred of the old bunker mentality and “must not cannibalize our own base at any cost” thinking.

    And like many others have mentioned before, when Microsoft gets serious about entering a new market, they normally win. It has won pretty much every battle it picked to fight thus far, with search probably being the sole exception.

    And even for search, the jury is still out on that one…

  175. If you look closely at this years pdc you will see a culture shift in Microsoft. Gone are the photoshoped demos, Azure and windows 7 demos were off of live bits, real working applications. They have also started to embrace Open source with the shipping JQuery with Asp.net and the MVC team publishing a portion of their frame work on codeplex. I think they are going to be a very relevant company for a long time.

  176. If you look closely at this years pdc you will see a culture shift in Microsoft. Gone are the photoshoped demos, Azure and windows 7 demos were off of live bits, real working applications. They have also started to embrace Open source with the shipping JQuery with Asp.net and the MVC team publishing a portion of their frame work on codeplex. I think they are going to be a very relevant company for a long time.

  177. If you look closely at this years pdc you will see a culture shift in Microsoft. Gone are the photoshoped demos, Azure and windows 7 demos were off of live bits, real working applications. They have also started to embrace Open source with the shipping JQuery with Asp.net and the MVC team publishing a portion of their frame work on codeplex. I think they are going to be a very relevant company for a long time.

  178. If you look closely at this years pdc you will see a culture shift in Microsoft. Gone are the photoshoped demos, Azure and windows 7 demos were off of live bits, real working applications. They have also started to embrace Open source with the shipping JQuery with Asp.net and the MVC team publishing a portion of their frame work on codeplex. I think they are going to be a very relevant company for a long time.

  179. MS is good at enterprise software. But they aren’t infallible. No matter how hard they have tried they can’t get search right. Back in the day they spend tons of money on MSN and could never catch AOL. The entry into various hardware markets have been a failure. But Enterprise software they do well at. However it’s not where they make the most money (unless you put office into that bucket).

    We use all MS products at work, but we are an established company. New startups tech or not will be looking for the cheapest solution just to get going. In today’s world Open office, gmail and the like will all do just fine. How many features do you need in your word processor? Oz in my mind is a genius but he’s going to have to find a way to keep the “last mile” so to speak of the computer world and that’s the desktop/consumer. It all starts at home.

  180. MS is good at enterprise software. But they aren’t infallible. No matter how hard they have tried they can’t get search right. Back in the day they spend tons of money on MSN and could never catch AOL. The entry into various hardware markets have been a failure. But Enterprise software they do well at. However it’s not where they make the most money (unless you put office into that bucket).

    We use all MS products at work, but we are an established company. New startups tech or not will be looking for the cheapest solution just to get going. In today’s world Open office, gmail and the like will all do just fine. How many features do you need in your word processor? Oz in my mind is a genius but he’s going to have to find a way to keep the “last mile” so to speak of the computer world and that’s the desktop/consumer. It all starts at home.

  181. MS is good at enterprise software. But they aren’t infallible. No matter how hard they have tried they can’t get search right. Back in the day they spend tons of money on MSN and could never catch AOL. The entry into various hardware markets have been a failure. But Enterprise software they do well at. However it’s not where they make the most money (unless you put office into that bucket).

    We use all MS products at work, but we are an established company. New startups tech or not will be looking for the cheapest solution just to get going. In today’s world Open office, gmail and the like will all do just fine. How many features do you need in your word processor? Oz in my mind is a genius but he’s going to have to find a way to keep the “last mile” so to speak of the computer world and that’s the desktop/consumer. It all starts at home.

  182. MS is good at enterprise software. But they aren’t infallible. No matter how hard they have tried they can’t get search right. Back in the day they spend tons of money on MSN and could never catch AOL. The entry into various hardware markets have been a failure. But Enterprise software they do well at. However it’s not where they make the most money (unless you put office into that bucket).

    We use all MS products at work, but we are an established company. New startups tech or not will be looking for the cheapest solution just to get going. In today’s world Open office, gmail and the like will all do just fine. How many features do you need in your word processor? Oz in my mind is a genius but he’s going to have to find a way to keep the “last mile” so to speak of the computer world and that’s the desktop/consumer. It all starts at home.

  183. Agree robert. It was a very interesting PDC. They had a nice comprehensive message that seemed to resonate well with the audience. Time will tell. It’s all about execution and IF they execute, being able to cope with the resulting demands on the system. Can’t wait to read your next post on why “you can’t count Google out.”

  184. Agree robert. It was a very interesting PDC. They had a nice comprehensive message that seemed to resonate well with the audience. Time will tell. It’s all about execution and IF they execute, being able to cope with the resulting demands on the system. Can’t wait to read your next post on why “you can’t count Google out.”

  185. @Phillip Jackson-

    You mention MS competing with AOL but the MSN portal kills AOL.
    (MSN = 231mil uniques compared to AOL’s 33mil uniques)

    In hardware, they are currently set to outsell the Playstation3 for the Xmas season and have been outselling the Sony PS3 on it’s hometurf (Japan – and here in the U.S. for that matter) for the past couple months.

    //g

  186. @Phillip Jackson-

    You mention MS competing with AOL but the MSN portal kills AOL.
    (MSN = 231mil uniques compared to AOL’s 33mil uniques)

    In hardware, they are currently set to outsell the Playstation3 for the Xmas season and have been outselling the Sony PS3 on it’s hometurf (Japan – and here in the U.S. for that matter) for the past couple months.

    //g

  187. @Public*Relations –

    I have to disagree with you there. There is tons of innovation in Windows 7. Even my own feature, the Explorer, is loaded with it. Show me another OS with Libraries. Show me one with the kind of rich metadata views we showed off this week. Show me one with rich search federation using OpenSearch and RSS/Atom right in the shell, no client code necessary.

    And that’s just one component. Jump Lists are innovative, as are several other features of the Windows 7 taskbar, including the “peek” functionality, progress bars, etc.

    I don’t see how you can look at Windows 7 and claim that Microsoft isn’t innovating.

  188. @Public*Relations –

    I have to disagree with you there. There is tons of innovation in Windows 7. Even my own feature, the Explorer, is loaded with it. Show me another OS with Libraries. Show me one with the kind of rich metadata views we showed off this week. Show me one with rich search federation using OpenSearch and RSS/Atom right in the shell, no client code necessary.

    And that’s just one component. Jump Lists are innovative, as are several other features of the Windows 7 taskbar, including the “peek” functionality, progress bars, etc.

    I don’t see how you can look at Windows 7 and claim that Microsoft isn’t innovating.

  189. I see nothing here but vintage Microsoft: announce products that are months if not years from shipping but whose descriptions are still wet on the paper. Twenty years ago this tactic worked because the industry was new, what little track record Microsoft had looked good, and the promises sounded so convincing.

    But none of this is true today. The industry has matured and Microsoft’s track record is full of hot air and short on substance. We now know that any product Microsoft ships will suck in version 1, show promise in version 2, and finally be at least usable in version 3. But guess what? With its track record plain for everyone to see, when a viable competing product exists, what savvy IT exec is going to select Microsoft? Right, I didn’t think I’d see too many hands go in the air.

    And just what did Microsoft promise this week? Apparently a cloud that works the Microsoft way – who needs this? Windows 7 that is getting some good press…so did Vista, Scoble. Until Vista actually started shipping you’d have thought Vista was the second coming of Christ. Then it turned out the devil was in the details and Microsoft got them wrong. And why should we believe 7 will be any different? A web version of Office; how nice. Can anyone say late to the party? Oh, and it isn’t shipping yet.

    Microsoft hasn’t changed in the least in 20 years. Promises mean nothing. I’ll believe the company has changed when Microsoft calls a conference and says, “Here’s a little something we’ve been cooking up in the lab and it ships TODAY!” Until then, I’ll believe a politician before I’ll believe a Microsoft flac

  190. I see nothing here but vintage Microsoft: announce products that are months if not years from shipping but whose descriptions are still wet on the paper. Twenty years ago this tactic worked because the industry was new, what little track record Microsoft had looked good, and the promises sounded so convincing.

    But none of this is true today. The industry has matured and Microsoft’s track record is full of hot air and short on substance. We now know that any product Microsoft ships will suck in version 1, show promise in version 2, and finally be at least usable in version 3. But guess what? With its track record plain for everyone to see, when a viable competing product exists, what savvy IT exec is going to select Microsoft? Right, I didn’t think I’d see too many hands go in the air.

    And just what did Microsoft promise this week? Apparently a cloud that works the Microsoft way – who needs this? Windows 7 that is getting some good press…so did Vista, Scoble. Until Vista actually started shipping you’d have thought Vista was the second coming of Christ. Then it turned out the devil was in the details and Microsoft got them wrong. And why should we believe 7 will be any different? A web version of Office; how nice. Can anyone say late to the party? Oh, and it isn’t shipping yet.

    Microsoft hasn’t changed in the least in 20 years. Promises mean nothing. I’ll believe the company has changed when Microsoft calls a conference and says, “Here’s a little something we’ve been cooking up in the lab and it ships TODAY!” Until then, I’ll believe a politician before I’ll believe a Microsoft flac

  191. *yawn*

    As usual, M$ delivers vaporware years ahead of completion.

    I trust amazon, google, apple, but will never trust M$ ever.

  192. *yawn*

    As usual, M$ delivers vaporware years ahead of completion.

    I trust amazon, google, apple, but will never trust M$ ever.

  193. I have to admit, for the first time in roughly 7 years I’m looking forward to a faster more workable windows OS. 2000 was great because it did so little and took so little power to run. For someone like me, this is important as I love to run high-end games with maxed out graphics. The less the OS takes up (processor cycles, memory pages, etc) the better games tend to run.

    However, for the last year I have had a 24″ iMac at work and have learned the Mac OS quite extensively.

    @brandon paddock
    A lot of the new features(innovations) I was seeing in here are currently present in the Mac OS in some form or the other.

    1. Libraries – similar to, but on the backend not the same as, Smart Folders. It sounds as if libraries give the organizational front end that Smart Folders give you, but where as Mac Smart Folders actually organize the location in the file system, libraries sound as if it leaves this alone. I can see benefits in both implementations.

    2. Metadata views I’m not sure what you meant by that (and I haven’t really looked that deeply at the PDC), but it’s been my experience that on Macs it’s generally more difficult to get to information that is normally hidden that on Windows. This is bad for me (I like more access), but good for the end user that knows enough to be dangerous but not enough to be careful.

    3. The windows 7 taskbar seems to take a page out of the OS X handbook (individual icons per window), but then adds a twist. The ‘peek’ feature is, imo, a very nice innovation, provided it’s use doesn’t include a large processor hit.

    As far as Windows competing with the other OS makers in the market…a few points.

    First, Apple is content as far as I can tell with being more of a boutique type of computer manufacturer, with a deepening presence in personal electronics. I think Apple would rather remain the manufacturer that feels superior because of a lack of large acceptance (due primarily to pricing) and gain large margins on a strict range of products. They have made huge gains in market share (from their perspective), and are garnering a ridiculously larger percentage of the gross revenue of the market. Microsoft made a lot of missteps with Vista.

    The bad deal with Intel and the Vista Ready and Vista Compatible debacle, poor marketing, lousy hardware support from peripheral manufacturers, perceived poor design and too much of a focus on ‘eye-candy’ than quick and efficient operation, changing the default folder names, reorganizing things like display settings to something that was much less efficient, perceived ridiculous security precautions (UAC). For a lot of early Vista adopters (myself included), it didn’t feel like I owned my computer. The OS did. Instead of just dealing and learning the differences and working through learning the Vista quirks, I said f-it, and downgraded to XP.

    The fact that Microsoft hasn’t lost MORE market than they have is in a word, incredible. However, for lots of users Windows just is becoming the generic brand. A lot of people who want something they can brag about, they’re gonna get something else. At the job I have, it seems they are gravitating more towards Macs as the luxury brand of computers. I even had a customer tell me the other day that his brother told him to get a 24″ iMac because it’s the cadillac of computers. I am not making this up (and it’s not, not even if you’re just talking about Apple’s product line).

    Vista had a lot going for it, it’s sad that it failed to be more widely accepted. I hope, hope a lot, that the increased competition the vista fiasco opened up in the OS space will finally drive some true innovation. Hence I wait for Windows 7 and see if it truly delivers on the promises

  194. I have to admit, for the first time in roughly 7 years I’m looking forward to a faster more workable windows OS. 2000 was great because it did so little and took so little power to run. For someone like me, this is important as I love to run high-end games with maxed out graphics. The less the OS takes up (processor cycles, memory pages, etc) the better games tend to run.

    However, for the last year I have had a 24″ iMac at work and have learned the Mac OS quite extensively.

    @brandon paddock
    A lot of the new features(innovations) I was seeing in here are currently present in the Mac OS in some form or the other.

    1. Libraries – similar to, but on the backend not the same as, Smart Folders. It sounds as if libraries give the organizational front end that Smart Folders give you, but where as Mac Smart Folders actually organize the location in the file system, libraries sound as if it leaves this alone. I can see benefits in both implementations.

    2. Metadata views I’m not sure what you meant by that (and I haven’t really looked that deeply at the PDC), but it’s been my experience that on Macs it’s generally more difficult to get to information that is normally hidden that on Windows. This is bad for me (I like more access), but good for the end user that knows enough to be dangerous but not enough to be careful.

    3. The windows 7 taskbar seems to take a page out of the OS X handbook (individual icons per window), but then adds a twist. The ‘peek’ feature is, imo, a very nice innovation, provided it’s use doesn’t include a large processor hit.

    As far as Windows competing with the other OS makers in the market…a few points.

    First, Apple is content as far as I can tell with being more of a boutique type of computer manufacturer, with a deepening presence in personal electronics. I think Apple would rather remain the manufacturer that feels superior because of a lack of large acceptance (due primarily to pricing) and gain large margins on a strict range of products. They have made huge gains in market share (from their perspective), and are garnering a ridiculously larger percentage of the gross revenue of the market. Microsoft made a lot of missteps with Vista.

    The bad deal with Intel and the Vista Ready and Vista Compatible debacle, poor marketing, lousy hardware support from peripheral manufacturers, perceived poor design and too much of a focus on ‘eye-candy’ than quick and efficient operation, changing the default folder names, reorganizing things like display settings to something that was much less efficient, perceived ridiculous security precautions (UAC). For a lot of early Vista adopters (myself included), it didn’t feel like I owned my computer. The OS did. Instead of just dealing and learning the differences and working through learning the Vista quirks, I said f-it, and downgraded to XP.

    The fact that Microsoft hasn’t lost MORE market than they have is in a word, incredible. However, for lots of users Windows just is becoming the generic brand. A lot of people who want something they can brag about, they’re gonna get something else. At the job I have, it seems they are gravitating more towards Macs as the luxury brand of computers. I even had a customer tell me the other day that his brother told him to get a 24″ iMac because it’s the cadillac of computers. I am not making this up (and it’s not, not even if you’re just talking about Apple’s product line).

    Vista had a lot going for it, it’s sad that it failed to be more widely accepted. I hope, hope a lot, that the increased competition the vista fiasco opened up in the OS space will finally drive some true innovation. Hence I wait for Windows 7 and see if it truly delivers on the promises

  195. Isn’t Azure also competing hosting providers and thus could potentially cannibalize Microsoft’s SQL Server/Windows Server markets? (or at least a portion of them)

  196. Isn’t Azure also competing hosting providers and thus could potentially cannibalize Microsoft’s SQL Server/Windows Server markets? (or at least a portion of them)

  197. MSFT is doing better of late as S. notes. However, as someone else above noted in comments, their history is not going to lead to full buy-in by developers or CIOs. History has shown that if you depend solely on MSFT you may get shafted (developers), or you will get locked-in and charged. MSFT will stay a strong force for the next 5 years. But from that point I think they have problems staying number one. Buy short, sell long I think.

  198. MSFT is doing better of late as S. notes. However, as someone else above noted in comments, their history is not going to lead to full buy-in by developers or CIOs. History has shown that if you depend solely on MSFT you may get shafted (developers), or you will get locked-in and charged. MSFT will stay a strong force for the next 5 years. But from that point I think they have problems staying number one. Buy short, sell long I think.

  199. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  200. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  201. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  202. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  203. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  204. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  205. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  206. Robert, Microsoft can improve, but it lost the trust of many developers. Sharepoint was the product that made me abandon my 7 year MS developer career and to switch to non-Microsoft products altogether. Sharepoint might be better these days, the ridiculously nightmarish MS CMS might be retired, MVC framevork might have made writing .NET web applications more palatable, but I am not coming back.

  207. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  208. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  209. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  210. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  211. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  212. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  213. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  214. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  215. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  216. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  217. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  218. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  219. This is a great roundup, thank you! We have what I jokingly call an “embedded team” at Microsoft, and they had their hands on a lot of the narrative coming out of PDC. It was cool to see it all released into the wild.

    Like any aircraft-carrier-sized company, it takes a heck of a lot of effort to turn it in any direction. It’s exciting to see a renewed focus on consumer experience, and I hope that the momentum continues in that direction.

  220. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  221. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  222. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  223. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  224. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  225. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  226. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  227. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  228. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  229. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  230. Microsoft announced online ad product and live search. What happened? nothing. Why? Lack of execution skills. This is the biggest problem with Microsoft in recent days. What happened to ipod killer? Still, I am not underestimating them. Strange!

  231. David, you make some valid points, particularly from a historicial perspective but I think what i’m starting to see is the awakening of a sleeping giant that is Microsoft.

    Through talented people like Ozzie I see the beginnings of a new cultural perspective or ‘drive’ within the Microsoft organisation as reflected at PDC.

    They know that their market position is not a ‘gimmie’ long term – that developers, consumer and enterprise customers wont tolerate the mistakes of the past.

    They have the people, market share and financial resources to achieve a turnaround.

    I, for one, wish them well.

  232. David, you make some valid points, particularly from a historicial perspective but I think what i’m starting to see is the awakening of a sleeping giant that is Microsoft.

    Through talented people like Ozzie I see the beginnings of a new cultural perspective or ‘drive’ within the Microsoft organisation as reflected at PDC.

    They know that their market position is not a ‘gimmie’ long term – that developers, consumer and enterprise customers wont tolerate the mistakes of the past.

    They have the people, market share and financial resources to achieve a turnaround.

    I, for one, wish them well.

  233. David, you make some valid points, particularly from a historicial perspective but I think what i’m starting to see is the awakening of a sleeping giant that is Microsoft.

    Through talented people like Ozzie I see the beginnings of a new cultural perspective or ‘drive’ within the Microsoft organisation as reflected at PDC.

    They know that their market position is not a ‘gimmie’ long term – that developers, consumer and enterprise customers wont tolerate the mistakes of the past.

    They have the people, market share and financial resources to achieve a turnaround.

    I, for one, wish them well.

  234. David, you make some valid points, particularly from a historicial perspective but I think what i’m starting to see is the awakening of a sleeping giant that is Microsoft.

    Through talented people like Ozzie I see the beginnings of a new cultural perspective or ‘drive’ within the Microsoft organisation as reflected at PDC.

    They know that their market position is not a ‘gimmie’ long term – that developers, consumer and enterprise customers wont tolerate the mistakes of the past.

    They have the people, market share and financial resources to achieve a turnaround.

    I, for one, wish them well.

  235. David, you make some valid points, particularly from a historicial perspective but I think what i’m starting to see is the awakening of a sleeping giant that is Microsoft.

    Through talented people like Ozzie I see the beginnings of a new cultural perspective or ‘drive’ within the Microsoft organisation as reflected at PDC.

    They know that their market position is not a ‘gimmie’ long term – that developers, consumer and enterprise customers wont tolerate the mistakes of the past.

    They have the people, market share and financial resources to achieve a turnaround.

    I, for one, wish them well.

  236. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  237. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  238. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  239. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  240. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  241. You’re absolutely right Robert. I was at MS in 1996 when we made the choice to “embrace” the internet. As VP John Ludwig said at the time, “It’s a big ship. You have to steer 180 degrees to make a 20 degree turn”. The boat does turn, however.

  242. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  243. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  244. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  245. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  246. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  247. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  248. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  249. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  250. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  251. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  252. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  253. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  254. msft didn’t announce the pricing model for any of this

    minor detail that might have any effect on adoption

  255. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  256. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  257. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  258. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  259. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  260. No one underestimates them. The thing is, the reason that they didn’t get much press is because they are the new IBM. They are big, have lots of money and they are un-cool. IBM is all those things and they still make ship loads of money too. But not a lot of people care outside of business about what they do. Certainly not in the webspace.

  261. I Agree with most of the things David has written above, the announcements seem good but what matters is execution. Who know what the final product will be like. And now a web version of Office, what was MS doing all these years, I think the product has to be drastically different and must offer something that Zoho and G Docs don’t provide. Its the only way to get market share. And Azure too, both these things must had created an impact if they were launched a year back, MS has cash and intellect resources, we expect MS to innovate, come with new solutions rather than following the bandwagon.

  262. I Agree with most of the things David has written above, the announcements seem good but what matters is execution. Who know what the final product will be like. And now a web version of Office, what was MS doing all these years, I think the product has to be drastically different and must offer something that Zoho and G Docs don’t provide. Its the only way to get market share. And Azure too, both these things must had created an impact if they were launched a year back, MS has cash and intellect resources, we expect MS to innovate, come with new solutions rather than following the bandwagon.

  263. Whatever Microsoft’s business end up being, it will be a shadow of what it use to be. The days of selling software licenses are coming to an end. Free software, free hardware, free culture, and free spectrum are here or will be here soon. Microsoft knows this. The people who have thought seriously about this, know this. Robert, do you know this yet?

  264. Whatever Microsoft’s business end up being, it will be a shadow of what it use to be. The days of selling software licenses are coming to an end. Free software, free hardware, free culture, and free spectrum are here or will be here soon. Microsoft knows this. The people who have thought seriously about this, know this. Robert, do you know this yet?

  265. Show me the money, spare me the hype. Why would you buy it if you already have XP? Same reason you didn’t buy Vista.
    If you are a third world user it’s still way too expensive.
    The good old dayz of being the only shop in town are long gone, they’re behind the 8ball and where do you think HP, IBM etc see themselves in this future? Not making their income from selling Microsoft products – that’s for sure.

  266. Show me the money, spare me the hype. Why would you buy it if you already have XP? Same reason you didn’t buy Vista.
    If you are a third world user it’s still way too expensive.
    The good old dayz of being the only shop in town are long gone, they’re behind the 8ball and where do you think HP, IBM etc see themselves in this future? Not making their income from selling Microsoft products – that’s for sure.

  267. I don’t think you can ignore these announcements. However, I’m not too excited about Microsoft ability to be a key player in any of these areas either.

    I agree that Microsoft has lots of sales people, but I think it’s quantity not quality.

    As far as marketing, does anyone understand the “I’m a PC” campaign? Apple has great Ads, they really hit home with consumers. Just look at how much cash Apple has, it’s working well.

    I have an Azure account and used the new services. There is no wow factor. Other than Azure services management and deployment of .NET services, it’s more of the same. The biggest issue I see is that Microsoft has played this game before and lost. Who cares about Windows Live Services? Nobody. Who really understood the repeated reinvention of Live branding and what Live was? Nobody.

    Until Microsoft puts some pricing on these Cloud services, I don’t see wide adoption taking place. Developers are not going to invest in a locked in position without knowing long term SLA and pricing. I expect Azure to be a toy for developers until some polish and structure are placed around Azure. I also question Microsoft’s ability to deliver a compelling reason not to use Amazon EC2. Especially with EC2 supporting SQL Server and Windows.

    As far as Windows 7, it should be called Vista SP2. I have run Windows 7 for several months now, it really seems like Vista to me. I see this as an escape from the Vista branding to release a more polished Vista under a new name.

    Microsoft has really fallen down in the ability to deliver “working” software. Did anyone notice that Windows Mobile 7 was mysteriously missing from PDC? Microsoft has delayed other products like Windows Mobile 7 for months.

    Microsoft web based office sounds good. I want to see the delivery and pricing. I don’t see how Microsoft will deliver a compelling pricing solution for web based apps, I would expect Microsoft to deliver on more of an accessibility message like Microsoft Office Everywhere. But I expect the pricing to be an issue.

    I generally think Microsoft has lost their ability to capture developers. I think lots of people went to PDC this year to see if there is any compelling reason to say with Microsoft.

    I get way more excited about Amazon Services in cloud computing; OpenOffice as a Microsoft Office replacement; Zoho for web apps; Linux as a desktop. As we head into 2009, I expect to see stronger adoption of open source software.

    With Sun dying a slow death, Google should step in, buy up StarOffice, buy Zoho and merge the two. And offer the merged desktop/web app combo as Google apps. Google need to get their app engine story on track and offer something other than Python. As big as Google is with data centers, their cloud computing story is weak. Google is in a fine position to offer their own linux distro with Google desktop, search, Gtalk, Google apps and Chrome built in.

  268. I don’t think you can ignore these announcements. However, I’m not too excited about Microsoft ability to be a key player in any of these areas either.

    I agree that Microsoft has lots of sales people, but I think it’s quantity not quality.

    As far as marketing, does anyone understand the “I’m a PC” campaign? Apple has great Ads, they really hit home with consumers. Just look at how much cash Apple has, it’s working well.

    I have an Azure account and used the new services. There is no wow factor. Other than Azure services management and deployment of .NET services, it’s more of the same. The biggest issue I see is that Microsoft has played this game before and lost. Who cares about Windows Live Services? Nobody. Who really understood the repeated reinvention of Live branding and what Live was? Nobody.

    Until Microsoft puts some pricing on these Cloud services, I don’t see wide adoption taking place. Developers are not going to invest in a locked in position without knowing long term SLA and pricing. I expect Azure to be a toy for developers until some polish and structure are placed around Azure. I also question Microsoft’s ability to deliver a compelling reason not to use Amazon EC2. Especially with EC2 supporting SQL Server and Windows.

    As far as Windows 7, it should be called Vista SP2. I have run Windows 7 for several months now, it really seems like Vista to me. I see this as an escape from the Vista branding to release a more polished Vista under a new name.

    Microsoft has really fallen down in the ability to deliver “working” software. Did anyone notice that Windows Mobile 7 was mysteriously missing from PDC? Microsoft has delayed other products like Windows Mobile 7 for months.

    Microsoft web based office sounds good. I want to see the delivery and pricing. I don’t see how Microsoft will deliver a compelling pricing solution for web based apps, I would expect Microsoft to deliver on more of an accessibility message like Microsoft Office Everywhere. But I expect the pricing to be an issue.

    I generally think Microsoft has lost their ability to capture developers. I think lots of people went to PDC this year to see if there is any compelling reason to say with Microsoft.

    I get way more excited about Amazon Services in cloud computing; OpenOffice as a Microsoft Office replacement; Zoho for web apps; Linux as a desktop. As we head into 2009, I expect to see stronger adoption of open source software.

    With Sun dying a slow death, Google should step in, buy up StarOffice, buy Zoho and merge the two. And offer the merged desktop/web app combo as Google apps. Google need to get their app engine story on track and offer something other than Python. As big as Google is with data centers, their cloud computing story is weak. Google is in a fine position to offer their own linux distro with Google desktop, search, Gtalk, Google apps and Chrome built in.

  269. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  270. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  271. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  272. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  273. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  274. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  275. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  276. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  277. MS has impressive strength and won’t go away (or even weaken dramatically) for a while. However significant elements of the competitive landscape are changing.

    They are losing the lock on the OS, and for two reasons: viable competitors are gaining momentum, and the OS is becoming irrelevant. Very soon every computer will ship with no-boot Linux giving access to a browser. As more and more apps move to the browser, MS will completely lose its OS advantage. At that point, a lot of their edge will be their salesforce, which is a weak and expensive edge.

    I found very telling that even their first version of online Office apps works with Firefox and Safari…

  278. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  279. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  280. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  281. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  282. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  283. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  284. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  285. The software industry will always need a competitive spirit. The more, the merrier. MS provides that with its unique style. It has a team of bright engineers, smart marketing professionals and a leadership that has quite an aggressive approach to business. From a neutral perspective, whether or not Microsoft turns a corner, it is important that it remains in competition.

    These days, I do not use any Microsoft product, except probably the OS and the Platform SDK, even while developing desktop software that targets Microsoft Windows as one of the platforms. The reason is simply that open source has provided higher quality solutions to the problem at hand. (While someone might be quick to dismiss desktop software, let me point out that 1. The lines between desktop and server are blurring, and 2. Some problem are intrinsically suited better to desktops than servers; and vice versa. That will be a completely off-topic thread.)

    Clearly, Microsoft has a long way to go before it can hope to regain the trust of many talented developers, lost in the broken promises of past. The recent developments are surely interesting.

  286. Hi Robert,

    As one of the DEs that was at ConvergeSouth, I’m a little offended at the comment “Microsoft had an evangelist there to make sure everyone got the latest software they were pitching”… that’s actually not why I was there, and frankly, would expect you to know better.

  287. Hi Robert,

    As one of the DEs that was at ConvergeSouth, I’m a little offended at the comment “Microsoft had an evangelist there to make sure everyone got the latest software they were pitching”… that’s actually not why I was there, and frankly, would expect you to know better.

  288. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  289. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  290. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  291. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  292. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  293. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  294. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  295. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  296. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  297. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  298. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  299. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  300. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  301. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  302. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  303. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  304. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  305. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  306. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  307. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  308. Yeah Gregg, everything will be free! Even google adwords will be free. All developers will work for free and will get food for free as well. It’s all going to be paid for by … extraterrestrial entities who are lower down in UPS2 (Universal Ponzi Scheme 2.0)

  309. I’m impressed by what Microsoft is doing by way of evangelism; they are really reaching out to the developers with their new tools. I think, because they are big, they can probably run pretty close to the front of the parade from the rear, but I think they will have some pretty tough competitors to elbow out of the way when they get there. Because those, competitors too, are moving forward, and the front is a moving target.

    That being said, at least they are going to keep their installed base happy, although for how long can we call it an “installed” base?

  310. I’m impressed by what Microsoft is doing by way of evangelism; they are really reaching out to the developers with their new tools. I think, because they are big, they can probably run pretty close to the front of the parade from the rear, but I think they will have some pretty tough competitors to elbow out of the way when they get there. Because those, competitors too, are moving forward, and the front is a moving target.

    That being said, at least they are going to keep their installed base happy, although for how long can we call it an “installed” base?

  311. I’m impressed by what Microsoft is doing by way of evangelism; they are really reaching out to the developers with their new tools. I think, because they are big, they can probably run pretty close to the front of the parade from the rear, but I think they will have some pretty tough competitors to elbow out of the way when they get there. Because those, competitors too, are moving forward, and the front is a moving target.

    That being said, at least they are going to keep their installed base happy, although for how long can we call it an “installed” base?

  312. I’m impressed by what Microsoft is doing by way of evangelism; they are really reaching out to the developers with their new tools. I think, because they are big, they can probably run pretty close to the front of the parade from the rear, but I think they will have some pretty tough competitors to elbow out of the way when they get there. Because those, competitors too, are moving forward, and the front is a moving target.

    That being said, at least they are going to keep their installed base happy, although for how long can we call it an “installed” base?

  313. I’m impressed by what Microsoft is doing by way of evangelism; they are really reaching out to the developers with their new tools. I think, because they are big, they can probably run pretty close to the front of the parade from the rear, but I think they will have some pretty tough competitors to elbow out of the way when they get there. Because those, competitors too, are moving forward, and the front is a moving target.

    That being said, at least they are going to keep their installed base happy, although for how long can we call it an “installed” base?

  314. Microsoft is great at ANNOUNCING, (heck look at PDC 2003, back then Vista was going to raise the dead and buy the world a Coke) it’s that whole DELIVERING thing that doesn’t really connect. If their competitors had more spunk and more apps were cross platform, it could become a post-Microsoft era (such is the CIO disgust), but that’s just Linux weenie wishful thinking. Still never underestimate Microsoft’s ability to trainwreck, esp. in anything consumer.

  315. Microsoft is great at ANNOUNCING, (heck look at PDC 2003, back then Vista was going to raise the dead and buy the world a Coke) it’s that whole DELIVERING thing that doesn’t really connect. If their competitors had more spunk and more apps were cross platform, it could become a post-Microsoft era (such is the CIO disgust), but that’s just Linux weenie wishful thinking. Still never underestimate Microsoft’s ability to trainwreck, esp. in anything consumer.

  316. I don’t think anybody really has counted them out, in the enterprise IT space and general consumer space. It’s just the Mac touting tech bloggers and valley start-ups that were counting on a dramatic shift in the industry.
    I still don’t think some of the announcements have trickled through the blogs yet. Mesh is a game changer, as are the Live Services.
    MS have cloud enabled Office (and with this tech – any desktop based application). This is far more attractive to enterprises that don’t want to big bang migrate their users onto a new risky platform.

  317. I don’t think anybody really has counted them out, in the enterprise IT space and general consumer space. It’s just the Mac touting tech bloggers and valley start-ups that were counting on a dramatic shift in the industry.
    I still don’t think some of the announcements have trickled through the blogs yet. Mesh is a game changer, as are the Live Services.
    MS have cloud enabled Office (and with this tech – any desktop based application). This is far more attractive to enterprises that don’t want to big bang migrate their users onto a new risky platform.

  318. Robert,

    Azure is apparently months, perhaps even a year or longer, from delivery in a market space that is moving and exploding very fast. I’m perplexed why it takes MS so long to move from announcement to release on a known technology. By the time Azure ships, others already in the space will have outdistanced it.

    The online Office products that you characterize as “really nice” are, in fact, deliberately crippled versions of their desktop products. This creates incompatability between the two worlds, meaning seamlessness is non-existent. Which in turn means they don’t have a compelling adoption story.

    MS could own the online app space if it wasn’t so terrified of the cannibalism issue. As long as they feel the need to protect their desktop turf by releasing not-quite-complete software as a service, they will not be nearly as successful as they could and they’ll leave a large gap for a competitor.

  319. Robert,

    Azure is apparently months, perhaps even a year or longer, from delivery in a market space that is moving and exploding very fast. I’m perplexed why it takes MS so long to move from announcement to release on a known technology. By the time Azure ships, others already in the space will have outdistanced it.

    The online Office products that you characterize as “really nice” are, in fact, deliberately crippled versions of their desktop products. This creates incompatability between the two worlds, meaning seamlessness is non-existent. Which in turn means they don’t have a compelling adoption story.

    MS could own the online app space if it wasn’t so terrified of the cannibalism issue. As long as they feel the need to protect their desktop turf by releasing not-quite-complete software as a service, they will not be nearly as successful as they could and they’ll leave a large gap for a competitor.

  320. Microsoft is over and done, finished, kaput, history, etc. Stick a fork in them.

    Fact is they were never a leader. They’ve always been better copiers than the Chinese though.

    Apple and Google are the technological leaders now. Microsoft is history. Dell, Gateway, etc. are even more irrelevant.

    Microsoft today is what IBM was after the Mainframe began to decline. There are a bunch of smart guys working at Microsoft but they’re riding a dead horse.

  321. Microsoft is over and done, finished, kaput, history, etc. Stick a fork in them.

    Fact is they were never a leader. They’ve always been better copiers than the Chinese though.

    Apple and Google are the technological leaders now. Microsoft is history. Dell, Gateway, etc. are even more irrelevant.

    Microsoft today is what IBM was after the Mainframe began to decline. There are a bunch of smart guys working at Microsoft but they’re riding a dead horse.

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  324. I believe microsoft will make a big come back in due time so don’t count them out of the ball game just yet

  325. I believe microsoft will make a big come back in due time so don’t count them out of the ball game just yet

  326. Brian: you’re right, and I’m sorry. I oversimplified what you were doing in North Carolina too much. You added a lot to the conference there beyond what I presented.

  327. Brian: you’re right, and I’m sorry. I oversimplified what you were doing in North Carolina too much. You added a lot to the conference there beyond what I presented.

  328. Brian: you’re right, and I’m sorry. I oversimplified what you were doing in North Carolina too much. You added a lot to the conference there beyond what I presented.

  329. Scoble – I know that you get really excited about stuff, but I think this one may be legit. Sure, everyone at the PDC (I was there) says the same thing, “They announce something every year and like 10% of it ever makes it live.” But I am hedging my bet towards follow through this year. Reasons:

    Azure – it’s already something that they will be offering in one way or another, through a shared and external office offering or through the Server 2008 embedded virtualization layer. The only real catch here is will microsoft get a billing and use system built.

    Cloud Office – If you look at Google or more specifically Open Office 3, they have to adjust or the fight is over. Open Office has the capacity to open and store to Google docs (yah!) and it has extensions like Firefox… it’s better than Word as far as I’m concerned.

    Windows 7 – They gave me a windows 7 early release disk. It’s fast and boots lite. They don’t force to much onto the platform and let me decide what is and isn’t on start up. PLUS the GUI is nicer.

    Anyway, a boy can dream of a world where everything runs like my iPhone.

  330. Scoble – I know that you get really excited about stuff, but I think this one may be legit. Sure, everyone at the PDC (I was there) says the same thing, “They announce something every year and like 10% of it ever makes it live.” But I am hedging my bet towards follow through this year. Reasons:

    Azure – it’s already something that they will be offering in one way or another, through a shared and external office offering or through the Server 2008 embedded virtualization layer. The only real catch here is will microsoft get a billing and use system built.

    Cloud Office – If you look at Google or more specifically Open Office 3, they have to adjust or the fight is over. Open Office has the capacity to open and store to Google docs (yah!) and it has extensions like Firefox… it’s better than Word as far as I’m concerned.

    Windows 7 – They gave me a windows 7 early release disk. It’s fast and boots lite. They don’t force to much onto the platform and let me decide what is and isn’t on start up. PLUS the GUI is nicer.

    Anyway, a boy can dream of a world where everything runs like my iPhone.

  331. Scoble – I know that you get really excited about stuff, but I think this one may be legit. Sure, everyone at the PDC (I was there) says the same thing, “They announce something every year and like 10% of it ever makes it live.” But I am hedging my bet towards follow through this year. Reasons:

    Azure – it’s already something that they will be offering in one way or another, through a shared and external office offering or through the Server 2008 embedded virtualization layer. The only real catch here is will microsoft get a billing and use system built.

    Cloud Office – If you look at Google or more specifically Open Office 3, they have to adjust or the fight is over. Open Office has the capacity to open and store to Google docs (yah!) and it has extensions like Firefox… it’s better than Word as far as I’m concerned.

    Windows 7 – They gave me a windows 7 early release disk. It’s fast and boots lite. They don’t force to much onto the platform and let me decide what is and isn’t on start up. PLUS the GUI is nicer.

    Anyway, a boy can dream of a world where everything runs like my iPhone.

  332. Scoble – I know that you get really excited about stuff, but I think this one may be legit. Sure, everyone at the PDC (I was there) says the same thing, “They announce something every year and like 10% of it ever makes it live.” But I am hedging my bet towards follow through this year. Reasons:

    Azure – it’s already something that they will be offering in one way or another, through a shared and external office offering or through the Server 2008 embedded virtualization layer. The only real catch here is will microsoft get a billing and use system built.

    Cloud Office – If you look at Google or more specifically Open Office 3, they have to adjust or the fight is over. Open Office has the capacity to open and store to Google docs (yah!) and it has extensions like Firefox… it’s better than Word as far as I’m concerned.

    Windows 7 – They gave me a windows 7 early release disk. It’s fast and boots lite. They don’t force to much onto the platform and let me decide what is and isn’t on start up. PLUS the GUI is nicer.

    Anyway, a boy can dream of a world where everything runs like my iPhone.

  333. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  334. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  335. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  336. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  337. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  338. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  339. If you get a chance, try to get your hands on a internal MS video of how Ori Amiga embedded Mesh in his car. It is easily the coolest thing I have seen from any tech firm in a long term, as a regular joe tech fan.

  340. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  341. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  342. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  343. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  344. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  345. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  346. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  347. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  348. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  349. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  350. WIndows is crap, but most people form the conjecture that Microsoft is bad. Being a apple fan boy, i have always made fun of windows and Microsoft, till i saw the surface and silver light.
    More things in the pack coming up..from Microsoft, Possible, but there should be no one at Infinity loop.

  351. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  352. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  353. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  354. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  355. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  356. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  357. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  358. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  359. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  360. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  361. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  362. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  363. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  364. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  365. I follow a simple rule…it always works. Go with the people that have the most to loose, if their pockets are deep enough they can even get through a few screw ups and get lost before they find the right track again. If they find the track and are still ahead of the competition they will win.

    There are 100’s of Billions of dollars at stake and there is no shortage of BI in the IT industry to predict the trends…these guys are playing to 5 and 10 year+ strategies…this is more about chess than chance.

    Microsoft have the most to loose in the developer space, and have some of the deepest pockets. That’s where I will be betting my career skills and my salary for the last 20 years in IT has a lot of “thank you microsoft’s in there” …(I’m doing pretty well so far thank you in the top few % of salary in the country, so my bias here is a direct result of hard cash earned by seeing the long term benefits of their strategy).

    -P

    If you want to have a better idea of where my over simplified my thoughts originate from, a few good solid conspiracy theories or a reason to start a fight in the office tomorrow keep reading!

    They are “food for thought” (hopefully not completly off topic as there is some rellivance)
    and the hightly perceptive of you “may” sense a touch of frustration at the Apple converts…but I hope it makes it past the censors for humor and debates sake (If I save even one it will be worth it!).

    Also….consider this: If you disagree with the points below…ask yourself why you feel so strongly about it. Why after all does anyone have an emotional connection to a brand, technology or an operating system. They may effect your mood when your using them (and you loose your work etc) but probably less than say, when your life is put in danger by a car cutting you off on the way to work, or the timing of every set of lights when your in a hurry. But I don’t see many blogs about how the traffic light systems can be improved (I’m sure you can find some) and how the state of California is evil because they havn’t scrapped lights or blocked change by capping the amount of cars on the road, or come up with some new innovative way to solve the problem, because that new subdivision down the road has a great solution! The reason people care about this stuff is simple…Marketing (lots more on Computers than traffic light technology) and resistance to change. If you find yourself evangelising and caring about something that shouldn’t matter (read Apple)…youv’e just been punked by some marketing guys. (Note to Gen-Y people…your seen as the easiest audience to play with, sorry)

    So…if we consider the wacko idea that time began before the launch of OSX consider this:

    1) Microsoft built a huge part of this industry and gave the world exactly what they asked for with Vista (the lesson for Microsoft here is people don’t know what to ask for). When XP was king all you would ever read about was the unhappy minority talking about the security and blaming MS for every virus that their poor judgement allowed onto their machines (wow by coincidence this is also the time that P2P mp3 and dodgy photo sites ruled the internet…of course it was never on any of the machines left unprotected by Microsoft’s negligence, that was something else). Incidently I ran a machine for 4 years without AV running or a firewall (other than the NAT on my router) and never had a blip of a virus (I still scanned it thanks), because I didn’t use P2P, I didn’t think anyone who loved me would send me an executable attachement or send me money from Kenya and I kept my machine patched.

    And please stop going on and on about Vista UAC (you can turn it off in a lot less time than it takes to complain about it), its in your best interests…and it probably takes less than 30seconds a week of brain power to use.
    …Opps they didn’t pick up the unspoken Gen-Y requirements of “the system should protect me, no matter what I do, it should know my intent and…it can never be my fault,” (Ask yourself how you can secure a car, leave it open for anyone to use then leave it overnight on the wrong side of town…because that’s what your asking for!)

    2) Also still on the Vista bashing…Consider every major OS change has required significant HW updates, I remember installing OS’s early and feeling the pain until I could get new H/W that supported all the features in DOS 3,5,6 …Windows 1,2,3.11,NT,95,98,2000. Oh and I’m typing this on an HP machine labeled “Designed for Windows XP / Vista Compatible” and after a year on XP I loaded Vista…couldn’t be happier…quicker user experience than it was before due to better config file management and drivers, a number of devices are better supported (Bluetooth and Power etc) and if I turn off the Aero stuff…it’s fast as lightning. So if you didn’t do your homework and couldn’t wait…have some personal responsibility here!! I make bad calls all the time (like this email) but learn from it and don’t blame anyone for it.

    3) I’m no stranger to Apple also…I used to use one of the original ones back in 1985, then when I was at University, I upgraded H/W to an LCII …which was outdated in weeks by an LCIII *&^!. Of course then they switched tack completely with the Power PC and then Again with OS X, none of which where backwards or forwards compatible at all (people complain about 90% compatibility with Vista when Apple normally leave you with 0% and wow it costs when you have to replace all your apps)…Remember the comment about marketing about now.

    I have also worked deeply with Apple on the I-Phone launch and as a result of seeing into their organisation will never buy any of their products…I can’t afford to be locked in and kept in the dark (It’s kinda like communism…they say it will be better, but you have to surrender and do everything their way…or perhaps more like prozac). The NDA they tried to make me sign was sobering to say the least and it was also very educational. My opinion was: Apple are a good news factory…they “control everything” god help you if you don’t do what your told. Their goal is to make you love the product, become dependant on the product (through investment of time and funds) and keep you on the hook. This is why you don’t see an SD slot on an I-Pod / I-Phone. Let me be clear here…They make great products and the way they make you love them is to provide a great experince, but they do it for themselves not for you and the it’s not “always” the best (Ever noticed how Mac’s appeal to people, like bait does to Fish!?). Anyone who thinks because they are running Linux and in the minority they are the freedom fighters of the IT industry and that they are fighiting the open standards battle…wake up and smell the marketing. I’m also have great respect for the I’m a MAC campagn’s ability to sett peoples perceptions of Vista. You may have a sense that I am a slight sceptic by now, but even I didn’t realise how much you can manipulate people until I saw what Apple have done here…Great news about the EU looking into I-Tunes anti trust behavior of only supporting their devices!

    4) Linux…Hmmm…doesn’t most of the funding/revenue for the product (through purchasing via product alignment etc) come from Oracle and IBM. Could this be because they don’t have a desktop / client proposition so they need to buy time to defend themselves against Microsoft who’s only place to grow is into their revenue streams? Could it be that the perpetuation of Unix through Linix as a commercial model is largley as a mechanism for Oracle and IBM to strip revenue from Microsoft that they could use to invest in products that enter into their play space? It wasn’t working so well, so now there is a thrust into the office marketplace…who’s paying for that again?

    Who knows, but my money is on IBM here…They are happily cashing in on all their patents and revenue at the top end of town…governments etc they can afford to through a few hundred billion over 10+ years into pushing the revenue out of the low end of the market to keep the $$ out of their challengers pockets or at least slow them down enough to manage.

    6) I guess as I have gone after everyone else here: Google…Marketing…it’s how they make all their money, but we think they don’t use it!? …but I still wish Alta Vista had won the battle, search relivance was much better, but they where out smarted. That said…if you are looking for something that lots of people need to chat to each other about in online forums Google engine provided great results…

    Food for thought anyway…feel free to prove me wrong with a good solid debate!

    -P

  366. You can safely ignore these announcements from MS.

    Win7 == Vista SP2

    Amazing it’s taking so long to get that blob of spaghetti to work in a semi-reasonable fashion.

    Ozzie turned that steam boat right into Ballmer’s path. Once they strike iceberg-Ballmer, it’ll continue to sink, just as it’s doing right now!

  367. You can safely ignore these announcements from MS.

    Win7 == Vista SP2

    Amazing it’s taking so long to get that blob of spaghetti to work in a semi-reasonable fashion.

    Ozzie turned that steam boat right into Ballmer’s path. Once they strike iceberg-Ballmer, it’ll continue to sink, just as it’s doing right now!

  368. It’s for sure a very exciting time, but it’s not just Ray Ozzie driving these changes, there are thousands of individual engineers who help to make all of this stuff happen.

  369. It’s for sure a very exciting time, but it’s not just Ray Ozzie driving these changes, there are thousands of individual engineers who help to make all of this stuff happen.

  370. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  371. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  372. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  373. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  374. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  375. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  376. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  377. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  378. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  379. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  380. MSFT and “the Cloud” are a stillborn combination. Who’s dumb enough to trust private data on the web with MSFT’s history regarding data security?

  381. Robert,
    I love you! And I completely concur. As a small business owner (just me and a virtual admin), thanks to Microsoft I am productively and affordably in the clouds.
    I use SharePoint with my organizational clients, I use LiveMeeting to deliver webinars, and I can’t wait to use the online Office 7. They have priced everything so that I can afford to compete with the big guys.
    Only thing lacking is LiveMeeting complete access for Mac Users. Telll them to hurry up on that one as it is holding back my webinars at places like Stanford.
    Best,
    Patti

  382. Robert,
    I love you! And I completely concur. As a small business owner (just me and a virtual admin), thanks to Microsoft I am productively and affordably in the clouds.
    I use SharePoint with my organizational clients, I use LiveMeeting to deliver webinars, and I can’t wait to use the online Office 7. They have priced everything so that I can afford to compete with the big guys.
    Only thing lacking is LiveMeeting complete access for Mac Users. Telll them to hurry up on that one as it is holding back my webinars at places like Stanford.
    Best,
    Patti

  383. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  384. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  385. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  386. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  387. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  388. Microsoft screwed the pooch when Longhorn cratered. Nothing they do now will matter to anyone but the pundits like Enderle and Scoble whom they pay to pretend that they care.

    This is the same phase of the corporate life cycle that IBM entered with the introduction of OS/2. Microsoft is on the decline, and there’s no Lou Gerstner on the horizon to morph them into a viable company for the long term.

  389. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  390. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  391. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  392. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  393. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  394. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  395. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  396. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  397. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  398. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  399. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  400. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  401. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  402. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?

  403. Microsoft is utterly screwed and will never be turning any corner as they have never turned a corner in their lives. Please tell me when they have changed, ever?