Ive been playing around
with Microsofts Live.com and I dont see how it can be anything but a colossalfailure.
Not that it wont do what
Microsoft claims and not that it will be really dangerously insecure.
Discounting both of those and assuming it works perfectly, I dont understandwhat the point is.
I understand why Microsoft had to do it, but, I mean, who would use such a thing?
Businesses probably have
something better already, or at least wouldnt trust their security andscheduling to Microsoft, especially Microsoft online.
Savvy home users have already learned to put up with the quirks of Yahoo!
who would use the similar collaborative services available on Yahoo!, although I did testthem out pretty thoroughly. They work, but so what?
For example, I thought the
Yahoo! Groups it would be a great way to centrally manage emergency management
for my county posting events, training sessions, any important news, and
generally providing a simple, easy-to-use portal to help coordinate all thewidely separated municipalities and send targeted emails just to the coordinators.
I set it up and it worked fine. No one ever used it.
I already had more
sophisticated tools available and everyone else either couldnt see the pointor couldnt learn how to log on.
Of course I could be wrong. Perhaps there is a vast untapped group of people just waiting for Microsoft to bring them a Web portal, online collaborative tools, and online security (Microsoft secutiry!) but somehow I just missed the clamoring crowds.
For a less opinionated view
of Live.com and some of the other Microsoft beta tools including OneCare, Essentials, LiveOffice, and such, check out my Locksmith column. And, while you're at it, check out ideas.live.com too, perhaps you 'll find something you like, or at least something to give you a good laugh.