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Monday, November 14, 2005

Microsoft Windows Live? Not Yet--And Maybe Not Ever

Microsoft and its cheerleaders are all running around giving each other high-fives and throwing their hands up in the air and shouting "Hooray for us!" following the announcement of the company's Live initiative. But what, exactly, are they congratulating themselves for? So far, the Live initiative is a big ol' bucket of vaporware, combined with technology, products and service that were already available or announced quite some time ago, and are just being repackaged.

And when Microsoft talks about its future plans, they're describing a change in business model so broad and sweeping that it's completely unprecedented. I suspect Microsoft has no idea what it's letting itself in for.

The Windows Live site is your basic customizable home page. It's got e-mail. It's got online bookmarks. You can do Windows Messenger instant-messaging from that page. You can search the Web. These technologies were fresh and innovative during the Clinton Administration. Today? Not so much.">InformationWeek Weblog: Microsoft Windows Live? Not Yet--And Maybe Not Ever: "Microsoft and its cheerleaders are all running around giving each other high-fives and throwing their hands up in the air and shouting 'Hooray for us!' following the announcement of the company's Live initiative. But what, exactly, are they congratulating themselves for? So far, the Live initiative is a big ol' bucket of vaporware, combined with technology, products and service that were already available or announced quite some time ago, and are just being repackaged.

And when Microsoft talks about its future plans, they're describing a change in business model so broad and sweeping that it's completely unprecedented. I suspect Microsoft has no idea what it's letting itself in for.

The Windows Live site is your basic customizable home page. It's got e-mail. It's got online bookmarks. You can do Windows Messenger instant-messaging from that page. You can search the Web. These technologies were fresh and innovative during the Clinton Administration. Today? Not so much.

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