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The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

As the oft-repeated story goes, in the latter half of the 1990s, Netscape co-founder Mark Andreessen boasted that Netscape would reduce Microsoft Windows to "a set of poorly debugged device drivers." What he meant, of course, was that software development would move from native operating system applications to the web. The web browser would become … Continue reading The Return of the Revenge of the Webtop

Interview with Microsoft President Stephen Elop

Interview with Microsoft President Stephen Elop

Knowledge@Wharton today published my interview with Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop. The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including Microsoft's vision for "software plus services," the importance of user experience, balancing antitrust concerns with product interoperability, and how the company is responding to the current economic conditions. Before we spoke, Elop presented the … Continue reading Interview with Microsoft President Stephen Elop

Battle of the RIA Stars

Battle of the RIA Stars

Tech journalists often garner criticism for casting the competition between technology companies in overly dramatic terms, typically involving the language of warfare. "The Browser Wars." "Blu-Ray Wins HD DVD Battle." And so on. I've been guilty of this once or twice myself. But it's difficult to see the competition between Microsoft and Adobe for leadership … Continue reading Battle of the RIA Stars

Microsoft’s Clouded Sky

Microsoft’s Clouded Sky

At Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference on October 27 Ray Ozzie introduced Windows Azure, Microsoft's foray into utility computing services. With this announcement Microsoft completes a sweeping collection of software and services. Once Azure is fully implemented, Microsoft software will run the gamut from mobile devices, game systems, and desktop software through large-scale enterprise applications and, … Continue reading Microsoft’s Clouded Sky

Silverlight 2 and Fuzzy Math

This past week Microsoft released Silverlight 2. While Silverlight 1.0 focused principally on online video applications, Silverlight 2 is the first version of Microsoft's cross-browser runtime environment that serves as a fully expressive platform for developing rich Internet applications (RIAs). What we now know as Silverlight 2 was originally announced as Silverlight 1.1, but the … Continue reading Silverlight 2 and Fuzzy Math

Interview with Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

Interview with Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

Knowledge@Wharton today published an interview I conducted with Microsoft chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics, including the future of operating systems, why Microsoft is struggling to catch Google in Web search, and how technological disruptions may work to Microsoft's advantage. Mundie also describes the benefits of … Continue reading Interview with Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie

Reuters and the New York Times on RIAs

The New York Times web site posted a Reuters article titled "Olympics Set The Stage For Emerging Web Tech Fight" about how Microsoft's Silverlight is competing with Adobe's Flash to become a major platform for both Web video and Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). As the article characterizes it, "Microsoft's Silverlight technology and rival Adobe's Flash … Continue reading Reuters and the New York Times on RIAs