On Thu, 19 Apr 2007, Robert Kriegel wrote:
> The core principle of Goggle's success, and the part that worries Microsoft
> and should concern us [for different reasons] is search.
For us, the picture obviously has certain ramifications beyond just the
AUP, EULA, and various other legal and security issues. I won't discuss
As far as Microsoft goes. It goes WELL beyond search.
The Sun Java lawsuit settlement now means Microsoft =cannot= change the
Java API to break standards and make their product a one-way interoperable
like they have used to defeat every other competing technology in the
past. You can go right down the list of protocols. Google is leveraging
that API with their docs suite and it is platform agnostic. Other
companies, like Ford, are using java extensively as middle-ware especially
for their database applications. They got burned hard by the big Microsoft
push in the late 90's and don't want to get locked into an OS with
proprietary middleware tied to a specific platform. They need to remain
interoperable between their R&D and business divisions. Part of the
suffering you have seen in the American Auto Industry is a direct result
of the business decision to move to NT from Unix especially for their
designers and R&D. It is merely one example of a BIG disconnect between
the administration, IT, and users. It is far from the only example that I
Microsoft can really only do a couple of attacks against java. The first
one was to change the Java so it wasn't compatible and discredit the
technology. The result was the aforementioned Sun lawsuit, they lost.
The next two ways they are going to try to attack is the web browser and
data security. They have to lock you into their platform. ActiveX and
their browser is how they decided to go. They are trying to discredit
Firefox and other browsers via secuirty holes and whatever. The second way
is data security and raise awareness to the security of data which is the
big "current" push in CIO monthly.
> Now, pardon me while I wave at the camera mounted on that roof top just
> across the parking lot [just kidding].
Actually depending on the parking lot, there might be one.. I know there
=were= cameras pointed out windows as webcam's from a couple of buildings
when that was the cool geek thing to do back in the day.
Sean O'Malley, Information Technologist
Michigan State University