Opinion

With all the fuss in recent weeks about Apple’s dismal failure with MobileMe, in particular around providing a stable and reliable service, its interesting to see that today Google is having issues also. With Gmail down, Twitter is on fire as bloggers start complaining about their lack …

Mary Jo Foley got a great tip last week concerning the possible Live Search rebrand we’ve talked about since this time last year. While the Codename Rome update still went ahead last September, the possible name change was put on hold.

Fast forward one year and Microsoft has failed …

After our original post on MobileMe we came in for some criticism for our rather pro-Apple attitude. Our initial thoughts were that Apple had shown a compelling set of products, that showed some nice design touches and boasted strong integration with their hardware, in particular the iPhone.

Well …

With today being the iPhone 2.0 launch, there’s a lot of chat about the new Applications Store and Apple touting the 500 third party applications available initially. Ina Fried already questioned Microsoft about how this compares to Windows Mobile, with the response being that “Microsoft has nearly 18,000” …

In case you missed it, Google released a new toy into beta today, called Lively.  In a nod to Software + Services, you download and install an app in Windows, and then log in to Lively.  Here’s a description of what happens next from Google Blogoscoped:…

While we stopped writing about the day to day exploits of Microsoft and Yahoo! a bit ago, now that it appears to be coming to an end we can’t help but make a few observations.  When Microsoft first approached Yahoo! about some kind of deal, back in January …

Last fall, some of our sources hinted at an upcoming rebranding effort for Live Search, code named “Rome”.  That renaming effort, seemingly thwarted by all the buzz around Yahoo!, never took place (or at least hasn’t so far).  Yet talk continues to swirl around rebranding Live Search, even …

What happens when you take the man in charge of the world’s most-used operating system and ask him to talk about the future? Not a lot when that man is Steven Sinofsky.

Ina Fried from Cnet today posted an interview she did with Sinofsky, asking him about Windows …

In the latest twist on the Microsoft-Yahoo! soap opera, Microsoft issued a statement today, announcing that they were back in the game, but this time looking to make a deal for “an alternative that would involve a transaction with Yahoo! but not an acquisition of all of …

Today, billionaire investor Carl Icahn sent a letter to the Yahoo! Board of Directors, announcing his intentions to force Yahoo! to work out a deal with Microsoft.  He announced a slate of candidates who will be up for election at the annual meeting on July 3, and …

A new blog entry on the Live Search blog from Evan Malahy, Designer, Live Search describes the “guiding principles for this latest version of Live Search” as Simple and powerful. Human. Fast.  And maybe indeed, the new look lives up to that.

However out here in the …

Microsoft just walked away from its proposed acquisition of Yahoo!, ending 3 months of speculation on what would ultimately happen.  While I have been generally supportive of the Yahoo! deal,  I was skeptical of the thought of a long protracted proxy battle.  And with Jerry Yang doing everything …

When we told you to “pay attention to Feedsync”, we were of course talking about Live Mesh, but what Ray Ozzie is bringing to the table with the Live Mesh Technology Preview, enabled by Feedsync, or Simple Sharing Extensions to ATOM and RSS, is a lightweight, robust, performant, …

meshFirst of all, congratulations to Ray Ozzie and the Windows Live Core/Live Mesh team(s) for an impressive initial offering, and for opening up the Live Mesh platform this early in the game.  We’re just getting our head around Live Mesh as a platform, and not just another file …

We’ve been telling you to get ready for this since last December, and this week, Ray Ozzie and the Windows Live Core team are preparing to unveil their first big project, Live Mesh.  We gave you the rundown on Live Mesh last week: sync devices to each …

Yesterday’s flurry of activity on the MSFT-YHOO front had so many plot turns that my head is still spinning, but at the end of the day, analysts are still leaning in favor of a MSFT-YHOO deal.  We could breathlessly tell you what we think is going to …

When we introduced you to Windows Live Core (now Windows Live Platform Services) just over a year ago, we mentioned James Hamilton and his work on commoditizing server installations, in particular by using containers.  Well here we are a year later, and Microsoft is implementing this idea in

Last week saw the public beta launch of Windows Search 4.0. While it brought several welcome improvements for consumers to the standard Windows Vista search, namely speed and better searching of remote computers, I can’t help get the feeling that the Vista search still (for want of …

Microsoft made a $44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo! on February 1, 2008, and since then we’ve been waiting to see what happens next.  While nothing officially has been announced, there is speculation that the deal may be nearing its next phase.  Yahoo! hasn’t come up with a …

Word seems to be filtering out about a move to a more modular core for Windows 7, with additional pieces layered on top.  Mary Jo Foley first wrote about it last week, with a hint at what’s to come for Windows Live:

One of my sources close