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Scoble vs. Winer On Microsoft

The Wall Street Journal ran a faceoff of noted bloggers Dave Winer and Robert Scoble, one of whom rarely says anything positive about Microsoft (or, it could be argued, about anything or anyone), and one of whom worked for Microsoft, and was one of their biggest cheerleaders (while still calling them out when they screwed up).

The exchange is a great read, centering on the question of whether Microsoft can still innovate. Winer argues that Microsoft is like IBM, too big and too careful about being polite to do anything exciting. Scoble argues that Xbox and Office 2007 and Windows Live Local prove that Microsoft can do amazing things. My conclusion: If Microsoft didn’t have Windows to worry about, it could be the most exciting software company the world has ever seen.

Don’t believe me? Look at everything else they’re doing.

December 4th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate, Blogs, General | one comment

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  1. If Microsoft would not have Windows, I’d probably be the first to be anti-Microsoft. Windows XP is the first product that comes to mind when you say “Best Microsoft software?”.

    And about the examples; I’m not impressed. Windows Live Local? Nuh-uh. Office 2007? If it’s like Office 2003, it’s pricey bloat. Xbox? Don’t see why I would want one.

    These are opinions. There are probably a lot of people disagreeing with me, but I guess there are a lot of people that would agree with me when I say I don’t like the current direction of integration/connectedness/bloat.

    If he’d have said Vista, then I might have been silent about it, but these examples are awful, in my opinion.

    Please let Microsoft continue doing good things, like Internet Explorer 7. (And please drop DRM, while you’re improving your company.)

    Comment by Tim | December 5, 2006

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