I LOVE MSN
Virtually everything released by the MSN team in the last year or two rocks. Spaces. MSN Search. Even the toolbar with the long name. My personal favorite is www.start.com. Every now and then I poll it to see what’s new, and I’m never disappointed. The newest incarnation (http://www.start.com/myw3b/) is slicker yet simpler then virtually any other online reader available. Way to go!
Virtually everything released by the MSN team in the last year or two rocks. Spaces. MSN Search. Even the toolbar with the long name. My personal favorite is www.start.com.
I HATE MSN
Virtually all of MSN's "older" stuff annoys me on multiple levels - as a user, as a developer, as a Microsoft employee. It's beyond me how anyone is supposed to use some of that stuff.
Case in point - Scott Woodgate recently released an excellent whitepaper (“Understanding Microsoft's Integration Technologies“, http://blogs.msdn.com/scottwoo/archive/2005/06/08/426904.aspx). Unfortunately, the document itself was hosted on an an MSN group (biztalkserverstuff) . MSN groups are still firmly planted in the 90’s– add-laden, slow, ugly and grossly inconsiderate to the users. In fact, it is so painful to use MSN groups that ScottWoo’s post triggered a flurry of emails by people searching for an alternate source for the whitepaper. Here are the hoops which MSN put me through just to access Scott’s whitepaper:
The MSN team is obviously capable of great things, but I wonder how they will ever manage to overcome the huge amount of legacy suckage that they're stuck with. Oh well, maybe I should put my money where my mouth is and join the team ;) Just kidding mom!!