Thursday, April 24, 2008

Live Mesh: You are We, as We are We

Ah, Microsoft. What a strange beast you truly are. Yesterday morning, I checked out your lovely Live Mesh site, and it all looked very interesting. I even installed Silverlight for you. I even cooed a little, eyebrows raised. I thought you were back in the game, so to speak. (And it is all so very, very much a game.)

But what happened while I was sleep? Did that nagging doubt at the back of your mind kick in? You know, the one that means you just can't do something without worrying that someone will steal all your profits away, and show you how you should have done it all along? The one that unites justified parade with the rich kid spirit of showing off what you and your friends (and no one else) have access to?

Why did you have to turn the milk so sour?

And to be honest, I'm a little confused when you come out with things such as:

"We hope people will look at the platform and the capabilities and think about new imaginative ways of building applications that will benefit our customers." (emphasis is mine)
Is that a typo? Do you need an extra 'Y' to add to that oh-so-little "our"? Or do you need it to ask "Y, O Y are we so afraid of interacting with other people, of sharing our balding heads and aging development processes?"

It's not too late to turn this around, you know.

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