Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Quoted - Microsoft goes Live

By now, everyone's heard about Microsoft's major announcement: Windows Live and Office Live will bring Web-based applications/software-as-service functionality to the consumer and small business markets, respectively.

I've been actively researching this because, well, that's what I do during regular business hours. We released a press release, Microsoft announcement signals end of the Shrink Wrapped, Software-in-a-box Era, late yesterday afternoon (it's posted to the wire service here, and Yahoo! Finance is running it here.) It's been a zoo ever since. Allow me to clarify: a happy, busy zoo.

Here's where we're being heard:

United Press International (UPI):
Microsoft looks to Internet for growth
Major wire service. I get quoted opposite messaging legend and current Microsoft Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie Very neat! Byline is T.K. Maloy, UPI's Deputy Business Editor, based in Washington, D.C.
The Middle East North Africa Network is also running the story here.
Physorg.com is running the piece here. The site's slogan is Science, Technology, Physics, Space News.

IT World Canada: Microsoft goes Live with new Web-based offerings
This is Canada's major technology publication, and is part of the global IT World family. They're always great to talk to. Byline is Mari-Len De Guzman.

The Globe & Mail: Microsoft goes live with on-line software service
This is one of Canada's largest newspapers. Jack Kapica quoted me opposite Bill Gates in his column.

Agence France-Presse. Microsoft makes fresh move to Web, challenging Google, Yahoo
The French news agency. Like UPI, its articles are picked up by newspapers in some interestingly far-flung places. Byline is Matthieu Demeestere, who is based in New York.
The link above is from the Cairo, Egypt-based Middle East Times.
This one is from Singapore's TODAYOnline.
This one's from AOL's French service (headline: Microsoft se lance dans les services virtuels, pressé par Google et Yahoo!)
This one's from Belgium's Lalibre.be site.
This one's in Tageblatt in Luxembourg.
This one's from the Financial Express in Bangladesh.

Other miscellaneous links include:
The Daily Telegraph in Australia: Microsoft challenges Google, Yahoo.

There's more on the way. I'll update this entry as more links come in.

9 comments:

Chewxy said...

Right, erm, I'd like to point out some things in your press release, I hope you do not mind.

"Windows Live and Office Live mark Microsoft's first major foray into web
services," says Info-Tech analyst Carmi Levy. "Although the stated target
markets are consumers and small businesses, the door has been opened for
eventual migration to all enterprises, regardless of size.


I believe Microsoft's first major foray into webservices was with Active Desktop in Windows 98. They were kicked out of the Web 2.0 game, and now they're making a bigger, meaner comeback (at least that's what they hope). But yes, I do agree with you. The current Windows Live is catered more to businesses than normal regular end users. XD

Chewxy said...

Hmmm my quoted article didn't get posted...

Here is the part I was quoting :

Windows Live and Office Live mark Microsoft's first major foray into web
services," says Info-Tech analyst Carmi Levy. "Although the stated target
markets are consumers and small businesses, the door has been opened for
eventual migration to all enterprises, regardless of size.

layman said...

Hi, Carmi, sorry to deviate from your subject post of Windows going into web services. I like to highlight about this fellow by the name of Vern; http://javakinetic.blogspot.com/; who is climbing Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Pakistan relief. Do you think this is a worthwhile media coverage?

Carmi said...

CHEWXY: I don't think Active Desktop qualifies as a full-blown web service. It enabled web access from the Windows desktop - and as I recall, none too successfully. This is nowhere near the same as a rich, hosted application delivered via a browser.

When Active Desktop bowed, the fundamental concepts that evolved into Web 2.0 hadn't even been envisioned.

LAYMAN: Very worthwhile indeed. Is he arranging any coverage on his own?

Sleeping Mommy said...

I just started hearing about this whole Microsoft Live thing and must admit to being really clueless. Guess i'll wait for my know-it-all techie-gearhead-audiophile husband to get home so he can explaing it to me.

Barbara said...

You and Bill Gates chiming in on the same topic must be good for your career. Good for you.

Sandy said...

Ahh, PR Maven here giving kudos to a nicely picked up release. Good luck with it.

layman said...

Hi, Carmi

That's a good question. I emailed Vern to either to give me the response or contact you directly.

Thanks

Yaeli said...

This all sounds too technical for me. *Pulls an "I'm just a helpless girls face"*

Michele sent me and because i've already visited above I decided to visit here instead. :o)