Analysts at Directions on Microsoft list their top 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2006, leading with Windows Vista as the biggest hurdle it will encounter. Basically, Microsoft is fighting battles on many fronts, as I outlined in my whiteboard video.
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This latest episode of the Dan & David Show comes to you from The Syndicate conference in San Francisco, where David and I camped out in the demo area for the podcast. We give our rundown on the event, which focused on trends in RSS/syndication, content delivery, blogging, podcasting/tagging, marketing and advertising.
James Governor brings up the old Alchemy idea in a recent posting. You might recall that Alchemy, introduced by Adam Bosworth during his stint at BEA (he's now at Google), was going to provide a platform that allowed Web applications to function offline.
University efforts to fill the research funding gaps left by receding government dollars has yielded an unusual partnership. Google, Microsoft and Sun will underwrite a $7.
Larry Weber, CEO of the W2 Group and formerly of the marketing and PR firm the Weber Group, gave a keynote at the Syndicate conference on the use of unpaid media to reach consumers.
Doc Searls gave a brilliant closing keynote at the Syndicate conference, not so much for its open-ended conclusions but for the concepts and metaphors that he conjures up. He unpacks his notion of the "Live Web" and envisions a time in which users demand advertising (it may not be called that)--it matures into something useful, in demand, participatory and with 100-percent clickthrough.
Now that I've had a chance to see Attensa's solution in action (here at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco), I can understand why John Palfrey's RSS Investors venture capital outfit selected the company as one of its initial investments (valued at $9 million). Like Newsgator, Attensa offers RSS subscription software that works inside of Outlook.
Here at the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco, I caught up with Ross Mayfield, CEO of Socialtext -- a supplier of enterprise-targeted Wiki-based collabaration solutions -- for a podcast interview. Wikis are a prominent technology in the world of RSS and social networking -- the technologies that inspired the very existence of this conference.
During an interview at Syndicate 2005 with Doc Searls, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz said that while BSD and Mozilla licenses were under consideration for the SPARC processor design, the most likely candidate is the GPL. Sun is in the process of open sourcing all of its software, and now processor designs.
Today, the second and last day of the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco, the event kicked off with Doc Searls doing a keynote interview of Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz. As an experiment in live blogging, kind of like stuffing IRC into a blog, I'm going to populate this blog entry with nothing but some of Schwartz's more interesting quotes.