Microsoft Windows Live? Not Yet--And Maybe Not Ever
In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Microsoft Windows Live? Not Yet--And Maybe Not Ever
2. Today's Top Story
- Microsoft's Free Web-Based Virus Scanner Sends Data Back To Microsoft
- Microsoft Intros Business Portal Lite Shared-Source Project
- Bringing Peace To The Windows-Linux Front
- Office 12 Preview Leaks To Web
- Gates: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy
- Microsoft To Offer Online Versions Of All Its Apps
3. Breaking News
- Mozilla's Firefox 1.5 RC1 Rollout Sparks Complaints
- Firefox Reportedly Breaks 10% Barrier Worldwide
- IT Pros Bummed Out About Job Prospects, Survey Says
- Solar Power Charges iPod
- Nokia Launches Mobile-TV Phone
- Symantec To Offer Single-License Enterprise Bundle
- Startup Unveils Nanoscale Batteries
- Startup Aims To Make Online Video Profitable
- Sun Unveils Encrypted Tape But Remains Cryptic About
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5. Voice Of Authority: Competing With Emerging Economies
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1. Editor's Note: 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 services that were already available or disclosed 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.
Live also includes OneCare online security services, which is
pretty cool, but which was unveiled some time ago.
Microsoft's future plans involve online, hosted versions
of all its applications, including subscription and
advertiser-supported Office, and, possibly, hosted enterprise
apps such as CRM.
If all of this sounds familiar, that's because it is. It sounds a
lot like Microsoft's .Net initiative, which it revealed with a
similar level of fanfare in 2000. Like Live, .Net involved
Microsoft hosting a lot of applications, which would run across a
range of devices, from smart phones to traditional PCs. That
initiative fizzled, perhaps because it was simply too early. Or
perhaps because customers simply aren't interested.
Windows Live Safety Center is a free site featuring tools
including a virus scanner that by default sends data to
Microsoft. Users can opt out of some of the data delivery, but
not all of it. A blog has been set up to collect feedback.
Office 12 Preview Leaks To Web
An early version of Office 12, Microsoft's next-generation
application suite, appears to have been leaked and may be
available from several sites.
Gates: Microsoft Making 'Sea Change' In Software Strategy
By developing new Windows Live and Office Live products and other
online offerings, Microsoft is betting it can build a business on
software supported by advertising instead of licensing and leverage
the millions of programmers proficient in Microsoft technology to
help the company go up against Google and other competitors.
Microsoft To Offer Online Versions Of All Its Apps
Over time, virtually every piece of Microsoft's software lineup
will be offered as a server or a service, chairman Bill Gates
said. He and CTO Ray Ozzie unveiled the company's new Windows
Live and Office Live offerings Tuesday.
Solar Power Charges iPod
Holland-based Soldius b.v. plans to sell its solar-powered
charger for iPods, PDAs, and cellular phones to the U.S. market.
Nokia Launches Mobile-TV Phone
Available in mid-2006, the N92 offers a hinged, 2.8-inch display
that lets the device sit on a table like a portable DVD player or
twist into an LCD viewfinder like a handheld video camera.
Startup Unveils Nanoscale Batteries
Startup A123Systems on Wednesday unveiled a line of nanoscale,
lithium-based batteries said to deliver up to 10 times longer
battery life and five times the power gains.
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Ron Hovsepian wouldn't comment on the number of layoffs but said
the software vendor's cost-cutting measures will be announced soon.
Sun's First-Quarter Loss Narrows Slightly
For the three months ended Sept. 25, Sun lost $123 million,
compared with a loss of $133 million in the same quarter a year
ago, but CEO Scott McNealy maintains the company's recovery is
still on track.
SPSS 3Q Earnings More Than Quadruple
New customers for the analytic software firm include the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, Harley-Davidson,
Humana, LexisNexis, and the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command.
Brief: Nortel 3Q Loss Narrows Despite Charges
The communications company posted a third-quarter loss of $105
million, or 2 cents per share, on sales of $2.66 billion,
compared with a net loss of $259 million, or 6 cents per share,
on sales of $2.18 billion in the year-ago quarter.
5. Voice Of Authority: Competition With Emerging Economies
Eric Chabrow says: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining
on you." That aphorism from baseball Hall of Famer and sage
Satchel Paige might be sound advice in baseball, but not
necessarily for our economic future. An upsurge in the quantity
and quality of college graduates--especially in math, sciences,
and engineering, all fields related to IT--is emerging from
developing nations, spawning a shift in the relative education
advantage that advanced countries have benefited from for
centuries, according to an analysis released this week by the
Conference Board, a global business group. The fact that
developing countries are experiencing gains in education is good
news for Planet Earth, but raises concerns here as competition
intensifies for the almighty dollar, and euro, and yen, and yuan.
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