[LINK] "MS Sucks"
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Mon Mar 19 09:12:17 EST 2007
Not my words and you may not guess who did say it:
From The Sunday Times
March 18, 2007
Microsoft sucks, says top blogger
MICROSOFTs formerly tame blogger has bitten the
software company that made his name when it
employed him as a technology evangelist.
Robert Scoble writes the Scobleizer web log, one
of the most-read sources of technology commentary on the internet.
He owes his status to the three years he spent at
Microsoft, where he was given free rein to
comment on the companys affairs from the inside.
The Economist magazine has credited Scoble with
playing a significant role in softening the
software giants former reputation for monopolistic bullying.
In the past, Scoble has tended to be sympathetic
about Microsofts failings. However, he was
provoked into stinging criticism last week after
a series of triumphalist remarks, including some
disparaging comments about Google made by Steve
Ballmer, Microsofts chief executive.
At a global summit of its most-valued software
developers, Microsoft repeatedly declared that it
would win in search and other parts of its Windows Live internet strategy.
The words are empty, Scoble responded.
Microsofts internet execution sucks (on the
whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks.
If thats in it to win, then I dont get it.
He continued: Microsoft isnt going away. Dont
get me wrong. They have record profits, record
sales, all that. But on the inter-net? Come on.
Microsoft: stop the talk. Ship a better search,
a better advertising system than Google, a better
hosting service than Amazon, a better
cross-platform web development ecosystem than
Adobe, and get some services out there that are innovative.
Scobles comments reflect wider concerns shared
by some Microsoft insiders that the poorly
understood Windows Live initiative is failing to
make the impact expected when it was unveiled 18 months ago.
Windows Live was pitched as the centrepiece of
Microsofts response to Google and other
companies offering web-based services. It was
seen to be a key focus for Ray Ozzie, who has
replaced Bill Gates as Microsofts chief software architect.
Talking to Stanford University business school
students in California, Ballmer said Google had
built only one good business and everything else
is sort of cute in other words largely irrelevant.
This also provoked Scobles ire. Youre up
against a formidable competitor and one youve
never seen before that has some real, significant
weapons that you cant deal with.
LiveSide, a website that tracks the development
of Windows Live, is among those who are
unimpressed. Windows Live isnt making much of a
dent in the marketplace, it says on its Our View
page. Its a nontopic. Market research shows
Live Search to be losing share if anything, and certainly not gaining.
What Windows Live lacks, specifically, is an
identity. No one can describe it, no one from Microsoft has even tried.
JLWhitaker Associates, Melbourne Victoria
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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