ZDNet blogtracks for 9/09/05

Web 2.0 Explorer Richard MacManus blogs about Microsoft's new Web platform strategy.

Web 2.0 Explorer Richard MacManus blogs about Microsoft's new Web platform strategy. He thinks it's not a primary strategy, but if Microsoft can't own the platform, they want to own as many of the paths onto the platform as possible.

Steve Gillmor compares Microsoft to Wily Coyote, the Roadrunner's nemesis, chased off the edge of a cliff where he stands on thin air, about to realize he's got nothing.

Phil Wainewright blogs about salesforce.com's new AppExchange, which he says opens a 'long tail' for buying and selling on demand services.

Paul Murphy blogs about what it will take for Linux to succeed, and John Carroll offers a recipe for what will lead to the failure of Linux.

David Berlind cranks out his first posts on his experience with Windows Vista in our new blog Windows Vistulations. Vista will never be the same...

Also, check out this week's Dan & David Show. We discuss Microsoft's mid-market foray; Ballmer and Benioff trading words; Yahoo's supplying the Chinese government with data that helped lead to the imprisonment of a journalist; the OpenDoc format; and more.

Responding to John Carroll's defense of XML, George Ou offers proof that XML is indeed bloated.

Our IP telephony/VoIP blogger Russell Shaw thinks an eBay acquisition of Skype would be a good idea.

Suzi Taylor of Spyware Confidential writes about how 180solutions' new plan to curb rogue installations.

In Emerging Tech Trends, Roland Piquepaille blogs about a genetic algorithm that is better than the FBI's fingerprint rendering techniques.

I spent a few days this week catching up on Microsoft, with the rollout of the mid-market strategy and the promise of products over the next several years. It's a game of catch up for Microsoft to gain share of business apps like CRM, financials and business intelligence. Using Office as an integrating platform makes sense for Windows installations, but Microsoft has a long road ahead...

Watch Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble pitch softballs to Gates in a video interview.