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Monday, September 29, 2008


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Domchi Underwood

Hamlet, you're right, this doesn't surprise me either. This is typical Microsoft, with all its strengths and weaknesses.

From the outside, it does seem a bit schizophrenic, but consider this: Microsoft is simply too big to have consistent opinions about anything which is not their core business (Windows & MS Office). But in contrast to other big corporations which care about internal consistency and fail to achieve it, this is exactly how Gates wanted Microsoft to work - several competing teams engaging new technology in different ways, testing what works and what doesn't. Eventually, one team wins - or if it doesn't, Microsoft is okay with both approaches at the same time.

As for Mudie's comments, SL and Photosynth are barely related; I would guess that Mundie is simply the wrong person to talk about SL in Microsoft.

Ann Otoole

Microsoft can't control the metaverse so they will try to burn it down. This sounds more like miffed megalomaniacs angry that they have been ignored. Perhaps they tried to buy Secondlife and were simply ignored. That sort of thing really makes "powerful executives" mad. Seen any Lindens making advances at Microsoft execs on their personal blogs lately? If so then why would they be doing that?

Osprey Therian

It's a bit like comparing an MRI with a painting of a dream. Photosynth is looking closely at the structure of the world, but SL is exploring desires and imagination and things we want to have be possible, but which can't be so in the real world. Both have value; the two aren't in competition.

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Microsoft cannot get anything right, can they, when they look ahead?

What was the famous quip attributed to Gates? "640K ought to be enough for anybody"? And then consider how MS was dismissive of the "flat" Web.

This is a company that never innovates in a major way...but are great at adapting others' ideas. They see a success like GUIs or a browser and copy the idea, if not the code itself.

What a hoot--MS has become like IBM used to be, stodgy and sluggish and big. Meanwhile IBM gets hip and invests heavily in SL...

This is why I no longer fear "The Evil Empire," but take the long view...and consider what happened to IBM.

joe gelb

i dont love/hate microsoft but do you think microsoft is going to exist in 20 years through non headlining things or do you think microsoft will eventually dilute?

Ignatius Onomatopoeia

Joe, I hope they are around (I love MS Office, even though I'm a diehard Mac user). I think that like IBM in the 80s, they'll lose their monolithic position and learn to re-focus, even innovate.

That's my $.02 worth as a prophet.

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