July, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    MobileMe has a Mossberg cloud over it


    Oh dear…Uncle Walt sings the death knell for Apple’s MobileMe. It’s a shame as the concept is great but as Apple has found, implementation of cloud services at scale may mean they need to take a few “Geniuses” off the bar and back to the datacentre. Meantime, Live Mesh which is in Tech Preview is pretty solid – but the Tech Preview moniker is there for a reason. This stuff is hard. It needs user testing – especially before you try to charge people for it.

    Does this sound vitriolic? Well only in the same way it did when Apple announced this and people said they’d beaten Live Mesh to the punch :) Frankly they’re not the same but right now I prefer the Ozzie approach to cloud computing over the Jobs one.

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft’s FAM


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    You would think the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting (aka FAM) would be a tedious, boring affair but for the last two years it’s been a proving ground for Microsoft execs and it’s where you can find the seeds of Ray Ozzie’s Software plus Services plans. That’s why later today I’ll be tuned in to see what Ray in particular has to say.

    Let’s just remind ourselves of Ray’s FAM presentation from last year – concentrate on the slides above for the most fun.

  • Steve Clayton

    Microsoft to draw a Vista line in the Mojave sand?


    [image credit - Rui Curado Silva]

    Does the answer to Vista lie in the desert? Brad Brooks talked at the Worldwide Partner Conference about drawing a line in the sand and maybe this is what he was referring to. I was fascinated by a post from Ian Fried at CNET today on Mojave. Here it is in nutshell


    Microsoft last week traveled to San Francisco, rounding up Windows XP users who had negative impressions of Vista. The subjects were put on video, asked about their Vista impressions, and then shown a "new" operating system, code-named Mojave. More than 90 percent gave positive feedback on what they saw. Then they were told that "Mojave" was actually Windows Vista.

    Now we’re talking. This is the kind of grass roots, real advertising we should be doing. Not the canned actors (or paid comedians) telling people what Vista is like. Ina suggests this may get an airing today at the FAM or perhaps later this week. I hope so and note to the marketers – make the video “embeddable”. Give us that embed code and let’s spread it around the web.

    On a personal note, it doesn’t surprise me to hear that Dave Webster is behind this with Veghte (according to CNET). Smart cookies IMHO.

  • Steve Clayton

    Cloud Computing evidence


    Fantastic – I expect to be using this in my presentation a lot over the next year.

    Hat tip to Rob Cottingham at RWW

  • Steve Clayton

    Mary Jo Foley on 'Microsoft 2.0'


    Wow, I just found out from lilich and frankarr that Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley mentioned my blog when asked which Microsoft employee blogs she reads. I’m honoured!

    Todd Bishop has audio of his interview - Mary Jo Foley on 'Microsoft 2.0' where she talks about her book, Windows 7, SteveB, StevenSi and more. I suspect someone in the audience asked which blogs Mary Jo reads.

    I’m hoping to get my book signed at the PDC and catch up with MJF. If you’re interested at all you should read the book – there are some great insights in it and stories I’d not picked up on. As Mary Jo says in the audio, with a 90,000 person company one way to keep up is to follow the stuff she writes. If nothing else if gives you an “outside the borg” perspective :)

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