Live Mesh Live?

Live Mesh is a Microsoft technology that lets you synchronize data across the Internet and keep it all current on different devices. This way your cell phone, home PC and work laptop can all have your girlfriend's phone number, photo and schedule. Oh, and Live Mesh apparently can also be used for business!

I've been worried that Live Mesh is too complex, will take too long to materialize, that applications then have to be written against it and may, in the end, not work nearly as well as promised.

I may get some answers soon. Microsoft has four apps that show how the Mesh is supposed to work. The news that apps exist is more exciting than the apps themselves, which include a bulletin board (weren't these old hat in the '80s?), a polling program and a multi-user crossword puzzle. Can't wait!

Microsoft Competing with Google-Obama Alliance?
Web site Politico, which gained huge traction through the course of the election, has an article light on details and heavy on fear about Google CEO Eric Schmidt and President-elect Barack Obama.

The theory is that Schmidt is Obama's de facto technical adviser, and that an Obama administration would craft policies more to Google's liking than to Microsoft's. It even quoted an unnamed source (and just one, mind you) who said that Microsoft is "terrified."

I've covered Redmond on and off since 1985 and I've never seen Microsoft terrified, or even really nervous; it's like the John Wayne of software. I don't think Microsoft has any reason to worry, either. One of the key issues is whether the Democrats will get tougher on antitrust, but these days there are just as many Google antitrust issues as Microsoft.

Terrified? I bet Bill and Steve are sleeping just fine!

Azure Skies Not Pure Blue
Microsoft made its billions selling packaged software with basic, though sometimes tremendously complex, licenses. You pay for the right to use the software on one or more computers. Moving to the cloud, as the new Azure platform entails, brings a whole new technology, a whole new business model and a whole new set of challenges.

The self-professed brainiacs from Gartner now argue that Azure is the biggest Microsoft event since 1996 when Bill Gates realized the importance of the Internet.

Azure was a big an event, but this isn't the first time Redmond has talked about the cloud. Ray Ozzie has been pontificating about the cloud pretty much non-stop since joining Microsoft in 2005. A little Gartner hyperbole? You be the judge. Send your conclusions to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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