Tuesday, August 15, 2006

One More Thing to Download

Microsoft is unable to get away from their traditional paradigm of having their brandname zeros and ones run on your machine. The Windows Live Writer reeks of Frontpage. Writer Zone: "Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service. "

As for me, I'm waiting for the web browser that is accessed on the Internet.


Steve said...

Yes, it does sound much like a FrontPage like application, which brings us to the basic question of "If the user has a good front end for their blog--like Blogger--why would they want to do off-line blogging with a Microsoft tool?"

Once again, Microsoft seems to be trying to create a market for their products by not answering a customer need, but by attempting to create a preceived need for a product. (For example see: the tablet notebook or Scribbler)

The Window Live concept will fail, and the reason I predict this is that the main driving force behind Web-based applications is to allow users to avoid Micorosft.

More and more users are realizing that their software and operating system is at the mercy of a company that doesn't believe it sells software, but mearly provides you with a lease; and, most brazen of all can turn your computer off if they so desire. (see the Windows Genuine Advantage [WGA] affair)

If you basically use your computer for chatting (IM) with friends, checking email, and surfing for porn, you don't really need much in the way of software to accomplish those tasks.Thus, users are starting to ask themselves why spend several hundred dollars on software that doesn't even belong to them and in five years will be disowned by Microsoft (i.e., Windows 95, 98, and Me)?

The solution is to move to a system in which your computer and online lifestyle does not depend on Microsoft. The Web based model only requires of a user that they have an operating system of any type and a browser.

Eiranai said...

Have you checked this out yet? www.writely.com.