[unrev-II][ba-unrev-talk] Microsoft Antitrust, XP, and the rest.

From: Peter Jones (ppj@concept67.fsnet.co.uk)
Date: Sat Nov 10 2001 - 08:23:49 PST

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    For all those interested in the state of play as regards the major players
    in the OS and web services arena I can recommend this article.
    Astute analysis, business and legal.

    "Are you XPerienced?"
    by John Hogan

    Some excerpts:

    "This commentary analyses Windows XP and its part within Microsoft's broader
    '.Net' initiative. Some discussion of the ongoing antitrust case is
    inevitable, but the primary aim here is to explain Microsoft's plan for
    moving computing to the Internet, and to put it in context[4]. While the
    arguments advanced by Microsoft's critics are not without merit, it should
    also be recognised that the company is currently creating and presenting a
    vision of the future of computing. Bill Gates is gambling the company on the
    success of .Net."


    "Windows XP will also feature an integrated browser called MSN Explorer.
    This will sit on the desktop with the latest version of Microsoft's standard
    browser, IE6. Importantly, MSN Explorer is tightly tied to Microsoft's
    Internet properties: links with labels such as 'Money', 'Shopping' and
    'Music' lead to Microsoft-owned or Microsoft-partnered sites. MSN Explorer
    seems set to be the user interface for .Net My Services: links lead to
    offerings from .Net MyServices such as 'MyCalendar', 'MyStocks' and
    'MyPhotos'. Windows Messenger may offer an additional user interface[8]. It
    will support '.Net Alerts', instant messaging subscriptions that can track
    dynamically changing online information such as share prices and auctions.
    .Net Alerts will allow companies such as McAfee to send out virus warnings
    to its customers."


    "Whereas AOL and Yahoo have developed consumer-oriented messaging
    applications, Microsoft's Windows Messenger is aimed at both consumers and
    corporate users. For example, it includes a document-collaboration feature,
    and will allow corporations to set up closed messaging groups that rely on a
    corporate server. Against this backdrop, it is hardly surprising that Sun
    and AOL's iPlanet joint venture is developing corporate instant messaging
    software (which will presumably have the advantage of interoperability with
    AOL's existing messaging network)."

    Peter Jones

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