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Perspectives: January 4

perspectivesI’ve decided to start a new series on this blog, which I’m calling Perspectives. I realize that I end a lot of posts with “we’ll see where this goes”, but we never get to see, since I’m not going to repeat the same stuff every day until a conclusion is reached. Blogs tend to be so obsessed with the “now”, that we never pay attention to what’s happened in the past, and we forget things that might be important. So, every day, unless I’m way too busy (or not around), I’ll post about whatever I was discussing a year ago, and, as time goes by, two years ago, and so on.

On January 4, 2005, it was all about a bunch of applications Microsoft was developing.

One, MSN Desktop Search, was a huge deal then. Now? Well I haven’t mentioned it in maybe half a year. In late 2004, everyone thought desktop search was the future of computing, that a program like Google Desktop Search would be the most important thing on your desktop, and we were completely wrong. Desktop search has yet to catch on significantly beyond early adopters, and many have realized it is not the be-all-end-all but an operating system feature, and one seldom used enough that we could wait for Vista to get it. Besides, antivirus programs were already slowing down our systems; we didn’t need another massive, memory-intensive program.

On the antivirus and antispyware front, Microsoft was fast developing Microsoft AntiSpyware (now Windows Defender) and A1 (now Windows OneCare Live). I don’t think anyone expected that AntiSpyware and OneCare would be as good as they were when they dropped not long ago. Microsoft is building the rare security suite that doesn’t bloat and ruin your computing experience. When these products release in their final versions, I think the Windows user community will be quite pleased.

Finally, Microsoft was recruiting for AdCenter. Conceptually, AdCenter seems interesting, but we’ll have to wait and see if it is good enough to hurt Google.

This has been “Perspectives”, I’m Lionel Osbourne.

January 4th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Google, AntiSpyware, Perspectives, Desktop Search, Security, MSN, Search, General | one comment



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  1. wow - MS released a desktop search? who knew? we all knew about the Google Desktop search….
    lol. great one.

    Comment by Scott | January 4, 2006

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