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New Cringely Deconstructs The Gates/Ozzie Memos
[link|http://www.scripting.com/disruption/mail.html|Bill's Email]

[link|http://www.scripting.com/disruption/ozzie/TheInternetServicesDisruptio.htm|Ozzie's Email]

[link|http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20051103.html|Cringely]

An upstart Internet company threatens Microsoft and the entire Windows platform. The basis of that threat is the new company's almost effortless command of Internet technology, which can be used to replace Windows with a browser-based architecture to supplant at will any and every part of the venerable operating system. The same goes for Microsoft Office. Bill Gates is intimidated and therefore inspired. Redmond quickly changes course, abandoning a monolithic and exclusive product strategy for a dynamic and inclusive one that embraces outside technologies in an attempt to out-start the upstart and thereby retain control of the software industry.

That about covers last week's announcement by Microsoft of Windows Live and Office Live to counter the ambitions of Google, right?

Nope.

It actually describes December, 1995, when Bill Gates awoke over a weekend to the potential of the Internet and the threat posed by Netscape, the Google of its era. Microsoft's answer was to license Java from Sun, put Java in Internet Explorer 3, which it then gave away for free (Netscape cost money), and finally to turn MSN from a money-losing online service into a money-losing Internet portal.

Welcome to 1996 as history repeats itself. What was happening at that time with Microsoft, Sun, and Netscape feels a lot like Microsoft, Sun, and Google today.
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Interesting read.



"Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect"   --Mark Twain

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."   --Albert Einstein

"This is still a dangerous world. It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses."   --George W. Bush
New CNN Money article
[link|http://money.cnn.com/2005/11/09/technology/microsoft_fortune/|In this corner -- Micro-not-so-soft]
Will Bill Gates and company take on Web giants like Google? Hell, yeah. Will they win? Maybe not.
Article is short and sweet.
Darrell Spice, Jr.                      [link|http://spiceware.org/gallery/ArtisticOverpass|Artistic Overpass]\n[link|http://www.spiceware.org/|SpiceWare] - We don't do Windows, it's too much of a chore
     Cringely Deconstructs The Gates/Ozzie Memos - (tuberculosis) - (1)
         CNN Money article - (SpiceWare)

You idiot! WE'RE the People's Front of Judea!
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