Friday, December 01, 2006

Is Microsoft Innovative ? Winer and Scoble go at it

Is Microsoft Driving Innovation Or Playing Catch-Up With Rivals?

Robert Scoble and Dave Winer exchange emails to share their views on this subject.

Dave Winer, 51, is a software developer and author of the Scripting News blog, which he has written since 1997. Mr. Winer has helped create several standards related to Web publishing, including Really Simple Syndication or RSS. He was the founder and chief executive of UserLand Software Inc., and a founder of Symantec Corp.

Robert Scoble, 41, writes the Scobleizer blog, which rose to prominence during his three years as "technical evangelist" at Microsoft. Mr. Scoble joined Microsoft from NEC, where he worked in technical and sales support. In June, Mr. Scoble left Microsoft to become vice president of media development at PodTech.Network Inc., which produces and distributes video podcasts.

I guess the shareholders (and lets face it, all those millions benefiting from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) all probably don't care about the answer to this question, just how much Microsoft will make in the next few years with Vista, Office 97, Xbox, Zune etc.

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