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Does Microsoft have what it takes to bring you into its mesh?

Microsoft wants you and everyone you know to join its cloud, or the mesh network it aims to create for all of your devices to communicate with applications and to each other.

Microsoft wants you and everyone you know to join its cloud, or the mesh network it aims to create for all of your devices to communicate with applications and to each other. At the Mix '08 confab, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie said,

Just imagine the possibilities of unified application management across the device mesh, centralized, Web-based deployment of device-based applications. Imagine an app platform that's cognizant of all of your devices.

Microsoft also owns the mesh.com domain name, so the use of the word mesh was certainly intentional marketing, of course nobody has ever claimed that Microsoft has a bad marketing department.

Ozzie outlines Microsoft's embrace and extend to the cloud strategy (News.com)

One of the technologies that Microsoft hopes that developers will embrace is Silverlight, a competitor to Flash that delivers high quality video. NBC will use Silverlight to broadcast the upcoming Olympics. Over 2200 hours of coverage will be available, allowing users to see the video in a browser. IE 8 was also on the agenda for the developer-centric event with Beta 1, a preview for developers, available now. A larger beta geared towards end users will be released in the summer.

Microsoft looking for a Silverlight bullet (News.com)

Microsoft releases Silverlight 2 beta (InfoWorld)

Broader release of IE 8 coming this summer (News.com)

IE 8 looks like it will be a nice improvement, but its schedule may push it back to release around the time that the next desktop OS is set to hit. Despite some of the reported features of IE 8, I don't see us implementing it in our workplace for quite some time. An upgrade to IE is a fairly major undertaking, and I don't like to implement new applications until they have been tested for a while. Do you see your business testing IE 8 in the near future?

7 comments
affordabletraining
affordabletraining

Microsoft is greedy enough to want it all and powerful enough to get it. I agree with the other posting that said "What do we need Microsoft for?"

Jaqui
Jaqui

the whole concept is the part what needs flushing. office applications, like word processors, should NOT be online. THAT IS A CRITICAL FLAW IS SECURITY anyone that buys into the concept of having office suite application going online, just hand over your company to anyone whho doesn't think so, you'll save some reputation that way. [ after all, your reputation will be sh!t when your office suite exposes your company's confidential data by going online. ]

tomlawrence
tomlawrence

Never give a quasi-illegal monopoly more power

JCitizen
JCitizen

In that regard the public will be able to end run the internet service providers; with what will hopefully be open source free ware, in the near future. I don't see us needing to pay a "tax" to use our airspace!

wolfshades
wolfshades

In a word: no. It's going to require a heck of a lot more than clever advertising for us to move forward. Maybe when there are IE 8 specific web apps out there that we *must* have to be productive. Until then though....

Andy Moon
Andy Moon

I used to Beta test just about every piece of software out there back in the days of massive IT budgets and high staffing levels. I had the time to blow away and reimage a machine if the software didn't work properly, to look into the options in the test software, and to truly explore the new features. These days, we operate an extremely lean IT shop, so I don't see us beginning our testing until the full release of IE. Do you think you will test IE 8 this summer?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

We've tested it, but since we're still an XP shop we haven't bothered with it. Now that Vista SP1 is out, we'll be looking at it seriously later this year. Depending on the IE 8 release, we may factor that into our Vista deployment timetable. If it's available by early 3rd quarter, we'll test it and decide if we want to combine it with a Vista rollout.