Windows goes Live! or does it really?
If the mainstream media and Microsoft is to be believed, the world just witnessed a watershed event that is going to change the way we deal with and think about software for ever. Yes, I am talking about the much touted announcement by Microsoft that Windows and Office are going Live!
This was announced to the world on 01st November, 2005, by none other than Bill Gates, and he revealed that every five years Microsoft bets on something really big, and this time it is Live. Since then we have been hearing from both the pro-Live and the anti-Live camps.
However, there are only a handful of resources out there that provide a nicely balanced critique of this event, and I encourage you to read them to get a no-nonsense, non-hyped-up, balanced and essential grasp of Windows Live. The first is a thought-provoking wrap-up by Jason Lefkowitz who ponders whether it is the case of old wine in new bottle, and he provides links to both the pro-Live and the anti-Live camp. The second is a warning from Joel Spolsky as to why a massive PR onslaught upfront while the cake is being conceived can misfire big time.
Elsewhere, Robert Scoble is blogging quite a bit about Microsoft’s new strategy, including a response to Joel.
You can check it out for yourself at the Live.com (beta) website, and whatever little I played around there has convinced me that this might just succeed, if Microsoft manages to throw the Live Messenger and the Live Mail into the mix. I mean not too many people using the net have either the patience nor the wherewithal to really dig up the superior alternatives to Live (if there are any), unless Yahoo or Google manage to do something spectacular by the time Live goes really live!
As an aside, this was the first time I was experiencing Ajax live! and can’t help saying that I was a bit impressed by the usability of this technology.