Monday, July 28, 2003
Microsoft Has a Big Week
Last week was a big week for Mr. Gates and company. As News.com so nicely summarizes on one page, there were many developments in Windowsland:
* MSN is pushing broadband in the fall. If they get "there" before AOL, there's a good chance MSN will be able to steal away even more subscribers from the sagging #1 ISP. AOL seems to be trying hard to promote its own broadband efforts, and even attempting to get existing broadband subscribers to pony up $10 a month to access AOL's content services. That would have been a joke until recently, when most of Time Warner's content assets were moved behind the "firewall," so to speak.
* Microsoft is also pursuing a digital music store. Gee, if you can't own 'em, beat 'em. Is there anything remotely related to computing that Microsoft doesn't have a hand in? The success of Apple's iTunes store has the greedy Mr. Gates seeing dollar signs again. I simply can't believe that time and time again, Microsoft feels the need to dominate every single segment of the industry. Thankfully, some consumers are smart and don't want a homogenized single way of accessing computing services. You'd think Gates would take a lesson from the reversal of fortune plaguing AOL and realize that one-size-fits-all really means one-size-fits-none. I suspect this is another vaporware announcement, as MS really has no way of making its own music store. Which means that since they can't beat 'em, they probably will own 'em.
* Longhorn will rope everything together. Everything related to Microsoft products, that is. Which is pretty much everything relating to computers. Prediction: Microsoft will finally be broken up after Longhorn hits, possibly in 2006. Microsoft is finding a way to do everything it wasn't supposed to do after the settlement with the Justice Department. They're just doing it very subtly. Sure it's good when apps play well together, but tying them together so tightly will not sit well with the Feds. It might take a Democratic White House to actually do the deed, but Microsoft seems to be on a collision course with the U.S. government. If Longhorn is all that it is hyped up to being, I don't see how it's not another case of illegally using its OS monopoly to promote other products. It's early in the game, though.
* There were lots of other less important but equally interesting articles, so go check them out.
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