Users Await True Services
There are some videos and sound files making the rounds of the Internet featuring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his usual over-the-top brand of hysterics.There are some videos and sound files making the rounds of the Internet featuring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his usual over-the-top brand of hysterics. In one, he enjoins his audience to consider the significance of "developers, developers, developers, developers!" To Microsoft, developers are indeed a linchpin in its hold on corporate IT departments: Without them, there would be less reliance on the platforms on which they are building, namely Windows. But what is it that ties end users to Microsoft (besides lack of choice, that is)? To coin a phrase, its "services, services, services, services." Last week, I illustrated Microsofts warped vision of a services-based world. Changes must take place before the services that everybody is counting on take hold.
This is especially true among wireless services. The paradox is that there cant be viable wireless services without a robust network and platform to build on. And there wont be a viable network/platform until someone can invent services that will make that platform worthwhile. Its kind of the chicken-and-egg thing, and thats what has slowed the development of wireless here in the United States.