During an evening panel, Web 2.0 conference hosts John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly peppered three of Microsoft's top executives with tough questions about Microsoft's future strategy for MSN, Windows and Office.
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InterActiveCorp CEO Barry Diller fielded questions [video clip here] from Web 2.0 conference host John Battelle and the audience about how his recent purchase of ask.
I'm not exactly sure what the precise criteria is for Web 2.0 products, but several of the products demoed at the Web 2.
Or, at least for a long time. So says a ZDNet reader who lighted the keys on his keyboard ablaze to put me in my place regarding one of the more interesting possibilities that could come out of the journey that Sun and Google embarked on yesterday.
Worth reading: Nick Carr ruminates on the millenialist rhetoric around Web 2.0--which he says represents participation, collectivism, virtual communities and amateurism --and the potential hegemony of the amateur, which is exemplified by Wikipedia in his view.
A panel entitled "Search by another name: New ideas in Search" didn't yield much in the way of new ideas or Web 2.0 breakthroughs.
ThinkFree's functions in association with Google's Blogger service is a no-brainer.
Nicholas Negroponte's plan to distribute 150 million $100 laptops to third-world children by 2007 may be impossibly ambitious. But Microsoft ought to be paying attention anyway.
Late last week, I was inspired to write a Declaration of InDRMpendence (declaring my freedom from Digital Restrictions Management [DRM] technology) by my good friend who mistakenly recommended Sonos' wireless-mesh based whole home audio system. He was certain that it could play all of the songs he's purchased through iTunes as long as he hooked on Sonos device to one of the PCs in his house running iTunes.
The Google-Sun collaboration has kept us busy the last two days--trying to figure out what was in the works and now deciphering the actual announcement. There was rampant speculation that Google would launch an MS Office killer based on OpenOffice bits, but that wasn't even close.