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1. Editor's Note: Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
2. Today's Top Story
- Review: NeoOffice -- The Best Mac Office Suite Money Can't Buy
3. Breaking News
- CEO Eric Schmidt Presents Google's Friendly Face At Web 2.0 Expo
- Why Online Games Are Dictatorships
- Students Identified As Virginia Tech Massacre Prompts Online Remembrances
- Facebook Becomes Bulletin Board For Virginia Tech Community
- Suspect, Some Victims Named In Virginia Tech Massacre
- Questions Surround Virginia Tech Security In Wake Of Shooting Rampage
- Vonage Says Its Chances Of Developing Patent 'Workarounds' Are Grim
- Sun, Fujitsu Unveil 'Fastest Sparc Server Ever'
- DOJ Gets Fifth Conviction In P2P Piracy Crackdown
- Microsoft Can't Use Own Software To Pay Washington State Taxes
- Would You Give Up Deodorant Or A Spouse For E-Mail?
- Tellme Unveils Mobile Search At Web 2.0
- Maine Moves To Require Cell Phone Recycling
- Indian IT Outsourcing Firms Plan To Keep Staff With Double-Digit Salary Raises
- In Web 2.0 Keynote, Jeff Bezos Touts Amazon's On-Demand Services
- Porn Found On One In Four Corporate PCs
- IBM First-Quarter Earnings Up 12%
4. The Latest Mobile Blog Posts
- Carnival Of The Mobilists #69
- Google's Deal For DoubleClick Could Be The End Of Yahoo
- Apple May Subsidize iPhone: Another Sign The iPhone Is In Trouble?
- Survey Respondents Not Warming Up To The Idea Of Wi-Fi-Only Phones
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- Rules For Smarter Business Processes
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1. Editor's Note: Can Microsoft Get Its Mojo Back?
The Internet moves quickly, but perhaps you remember this essay from that long-ago time of last week (gosh, we were so much younger then, weren't we?). In it, developer Paul Graham argues that Microsoft is dead, killed by Web applications and buried by the Apple comeback. I do think there's some truth to Graham's essay -- but it's only part of the story. InformationWeek's J. Nicholas Hoover tells the rest, describing Microsoft's plans for embracing Web applications, coming back from the dead like the zombies in Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
Graham, who set off a spam-fighting revolution five years ago, starts out by describing how a young startup founder is baffled by the notion that startups were, not too long ago, frightened of Microsoft. "Microsoft cast a shadow over the software world for almost 20 years starting in the late 80s. I can remember when it was IBM before them. ... But it's gone now. I can sense that. No one is even afraid of Microsoft anymore. They still make a lot of money -- so does IBM, for that matter. But they're not dangerous."
But just because Microsoft is dead, the industry shouldn't write it off. For its first two decades or so, Microsoft was a company that reinvented itself every few years: going from Internet-denial to embracing the Internet in 1995 and spending the rest of the decade gaining Internet dominance; entering the applications business with its Office suite; entering the server business with Windows NT, Exchange, and SQL Server; and transitioning from the command-line DOS operating system to Windows. Through it all, it's been a top creator of development tools.
But in recent years, Microsoft has lost its mojo. Microsoft today is essentially the same company it was in 2001, when Windows XP came out -- but less. The company has the same product lineup, with a few updates.
Windows Vista is the perfect symbol of Microsoft's current place in the computer industry: It's Microsoft's strongest-selling operating system to date, and yet only 12% of users plan to upgrade this year. That's Microsoft today: a financial juggernaut, but unable to generate user excitement.
But don't count Microsoft dead until you've seen the body. As Hoover describes, Microsoft is on an ambitious drive to marry rich desktop and server applications with Internet-based services. As part of that effort, Microsoft is working on a hush-hush project called Windows Live Core, designed to operate as a foundation for integrated Web and desktop services. The company also plans a hosted CRM app; financial services community; services to help host Exchange, SharePoint Server, and Live Communication Server for big companies; and more.
What do you think? Has Microsoft lost its mojo? And if so, can it get it back? Leave a message on the InformationWeek Blog and let us know.
Why Online Games Are Dictatorships
Online games like World of Warcraft and Second Life are absolute dictatorships, where the whim of the companies controlling them is law. Cory Doctorow wonders if it's possible to create a game that's a democracy, where your in-world property is really yours.
Porn Found On One In Four Corporate PCs
Think there aren't any pornographic images on your users' desktops or laptops? Think again. A new study shows that they're being downloaded and sent via e-mail through the office.
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Moving Toward Enterprise 2.0
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Carnival Of The Mobilists #69
The Carnival of the Mobilists #69 is up over at mobile marketing & spam. This week's edition features blog posts on a number of topics, including mobile user experience, mobile services, driving demand for mobile data, the issues surrounding the business of being a handset OEM, and mobile commerce. Check it out.
Google's Deal For DoubleClick Could Be The End Of Yahoo
Unless you live in a cave (not that there's anything wrong with that), you probably know by now that late last week Google agreed to buy online ad services company DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. Google paid through the nose for DoubleClick -- roughly 10 times revenue. Everyone has been talking about how this deal kept Microsoft from owning the display ad space. While I think that was one of the reasons Google executed this deal, there's a bigger one. Combined with AdWords, DoubleClick could give Google the ammunition it needs to kill Yahoo.
Apple May Subsidize iPhone: Another Sign The iPhone Is In Trouble?
One analyst claims that Apple is seriously considering a subsidy strategy for the iPhone. This is completely the opposite of what Apple planned to do when it launched the iPhone in January. Could this be yet another sign that Apple is scrambling to save the iPhone?
Rules For Smarter Business Processes
Business rules are key when using business process management to automate business processes. This paper will answer may frequently asked questions, such as: If I automate a process, how do I control it? If I outsource a process, how do I customize it? If I automate a process, how do I automate the decisions within it?
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