Where Has the Live Buzz Gone?
It seems not all that long ago that Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie
turned a lot of heads with his demo of Live Clipboard last March. The technology
was cool, to be sure. Ozzie's Web-based "clipboard" would let people
grab bits and parts of other sites and aggregate them on the Web. What's most
important is that this stuff was wide open, based on open standards and unattached
to the Windows monopoly.
Suddenly, the company known best for producing antitrust lawsuits and threatening
to "cut off the oxygen supply" of choice competitors (cough, Netscape,
cough) was getting that mashup religion. This summer, we heard talk of an honest-to-goodness
platform, expected sometime around the new year. Yet now, on December's doorstep,
there's been remarkably little buzz about these
So what happened to the brave new world? Did Ray Ozzie get too busy in his
new role to foment an open software movement? Has Craig Mundie won a battle
to close the open source
barn doors at Microsoft? Or is some of this stuff just...delayed? Microsoft
isn't talking in full sentences about all this stuff yet, as our contributing
news editor Stuart Johnston found out. Stuart's piece on Live Clipboard, Live
development and the Web is coming in our December issue, and will offer some
insight into what really could be holding up Ozzie's mashup movement. And it's
bigger than Mundie.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Microsoft has what it takes to live in
peace with the powers of open source? Do you trust Microsoft when it untethers
copyright restrictions on technologies like SenderID or Virtual Hard Disk format?
Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Michael Desmond on 11/29/2006 at 1:15 PM