Lunch with Ireland’s .NET user group leader

Fun thing. Today we were at Dunne and Crscenzi. Let’s see, we’re at an Italian restaurant in Ireland. Hanging out with a French guy. An Iranian woman. And drinking Italian wine. Hmmm.

Maryam and I had a wonderful evening with Paschal Leloup. He runs Ireland’s largest .NET user group and if you follow his blog, like I do, you know he isn’t one to hold back criticism of Microsoft. We talked a bit about what kinds of problems he’s having in .NET. Tonight we got the user group involved and asked them “how many of you are using the new .NET?” About half the hands went up. Then we asked to see how bad the problems were. “How many of you will give it up and go back to the old version?” None of the hands went up.

Is tomorrow’s event one of Microsoft’s last “big launches?”

There’s changes afoot inside Microsoft. Bill and Steve have been repeating in the press that Microsoft needs to ship software faster. At Mind Camp this weekend a couple of people asked me what that meant. To me it means “don’t take big dependencies.”

See, SQL Server hasn’t shipped in several years. Why not? Because they added the .NET Framework deep inside SQL Server. Now, these aren’t two small teams that met once over pizza and beer and decided to do this. No, these are two HUGE businesses. It’d be like if GM and Toyota got together and decided to do a new project together with each other’s technology.

It is that sizeable and that important.

So, is this one of Microsoft’s last “big launches?” Looks like it will be for quite a while.

That said, tomorrow’s events will be on video on either the Launch Tour 2005 Knowledge Center or the Microsoft Speeches and Keynotes page.

How do I get Scoble to link to my PR?

I’ll be honest. I’m staring at 315 unanswered emails. See, getting to the top of Memeorandum for a day increases email load. It’s not fun.

Maryam and I were at a geek party last night and someone asked how they could get me to write about them. I said “get my wife to write about you, she has more traffic than I do anyway.” Which isn’t far from the truth. She has had 30,000 unique visitors already. Amazing since she just started blogging a few weeks ago.

Anyway, if she thinks there’s something worth linking to she comes over and keeps nagging me until she gets my attention. Heh. It’s a new kind of attention trust.

This morning? She was asking me to link to her post about the Best of MSDN’s Webcasts. Hey, what am I going to do, turn down my wife?

Not to mention MSDN’s Webcasts are free, interactive, and have many of the world’s best developers presenting new concepts and techniques. Well worth checking out and linking to.

Jeff’s eyes are bloodshot

Jeff Sandquist was just in my office and he’s wiped cause he and Adam Kinney shipped the Microsoft Gadget site last night.

It’s interesting that there are a TON of blogs about the new Live stuff. Just visit Memeorandum for a good list. Hey, I noticed a lot of you haven’t figured out there are some cool options in Memeorandum (click that “preferences” link in top right!!!)

Tim O’Reilly’s blog about the event got noticed here at Redmond. Why? Cause he said this: “The big takeaway: Microsoft is fully engaged with thinking about what I’ve called “Web 2.0.”” and this: “Overall, leaves me with a lot of optimism that Microsoft is fully engaged with the right problems, and we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.”

Tim is one of the main guys who is pushing the concept of “Web 2.0” so this is interesting that he sees Microsoft as a major player now.


I keep going back to that list of things I posted this morning. We need to nail those. AND we need to make a killer advertising platform.

Here’s some principles I’m going to be pushing for as this advertising platform gets built out:

 1) Share the attention data openly and transparently. Don’t be greedy, make that a key part of, and a differentiator of, our platform. Steve Gillmor’s Attention Trust is getting my attention. If that gets us to think about how to share our attention data, that’ll be huge. If we turn into greedy, evil, bahstahrds with your attention data, then we’ll lose a real opportunity to build something special here. I feel like I’m at Apple Computer back in 1988 or 89 and people were asking Apple to license the OS. In a few years it’ll be too late.

2) Give a clear, consistent, easy-to-understand, business model. I’m still struggling to understand what I’ll get by putting a new Windows Live service on my blog or business site, for instance. Will I get buzz? (That new Virtual Earth gadget looked pretty cool). Or, will I get money like Google’s AdSense pays? I’ll be pushing Gates to fund four “buzz components” for every “monetization component.” This is important to make the advertizing ecosystem work.

Anyway, I really like Niall Kennedy’s photos of the event. It’s going to be interesting to watch Microsoft change over the next few months.