S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Learn more about Somasegar.
A couple of months ago we announced two new Internet based services from Microsoft - Windows Live and Office Live. These services demonstrate how software is evolving through the power of services.
Now, what do these services mean for the developer community? As always, developers within and outside Microsoft will remain Microsoft’s core constituency. There are 2 things that I think about in this context:
We will not only offer Windows Live and Office Live as consumer services but also make them available as rich development platforms. Developers will be able to customize, enhance and innovate on top of these services. Here is one scenario that we have talked about in the past - developers targeting the real estate market will be able to use Microsoft Virtual Earth and Windows Live to offer an innovative, dynamic, real-time property mapping service. Another example that comes to mind is that developers can easily integrate a powerful search engine into their applications, customize email and messaging clients to offer unique communication experiences and enable their applications to create powerful connected applications with few lines of code.
Check out the Windows Live Ideas page to try out some of the new services. John Montgomery (who was most recently in Developer Marketing) is now a program manager on my team thinking about what we should be doing in Developer Division to support the “live” world. If you have ideas for that, please let him know.