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Ray Ozzie: Dawn of a New Day

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    Charles

    Good read. Great analogy used to express the potential of the next wave of personal computing -> The 1939 World Fair.

    http://ozzie.net/docs/dawn-of-a-new-day/

    Ray is a visionary and he's right - the future is bright. Here's to the next 5 years.

    Leaders must lead and the Doers must do.

    C

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    kettch

    @Charles:I think he's dropping a strong set of not-so-subtle hints at Microsoft. What do those inside the mothership think? Can you guys lead?

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    W3bbo

    Ray Ozzie, a visionary?

    He spent his five years at Microsoft in charge of implementing the same thing numerous times over:

    Also, he created Lotus Notes, that's enough reason to hate him.

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    USArcher

    Its a good lead into PDC and I think he was pretty much spot on.  The thing that resonated with me the most is the "Post-PC" theme.  I seriously hope none of this is news to the Windows client team.  They should have visionaries at the highest levels. For Microsoft's sake, Windows 8 really needs to nail the changing consumer market and makes a few waves of its own.  It about time that Microsoft rocks the boat...instead of being rocked.

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    Charles

    @W3bbo: Whatever....

    C

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    JoshRoss

    Microsoft is a strange company, in that their good products are great and their bad products are terrible. I'm not sure how I would change that, if I could. But, I do know that you cannot monetize features or services that people do not want.

    People want multipliers, things like scheduling software that frees up time or word processors that make us better writers or mathematical software that makes us better problem solvers or a development tool that makes us better developers or presentation software that makes us better presenters—more so than we really are. People like to cheat, and they will pay good money to do so! 

    These problems require huge amounts of hard research, something Microsoft is uniquely capable of addressing. I wouldn't waste time trying to give away rsync and then try to figure out how to make money with it.

    -Josh

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    Bass

    , JoshRoss wrote

    Microsoft is a strange company, in that their good products are great and their bad products are terrible. I'm not sure how I would change that, if I could. But, I do know that you cannot monetize features or services that people do not want.

    People want multipliers, things like scheduling software that frees up time or word processors that make us better writers or mathematical software that makes us better problem solvers or development tools that make us better developers or presentation software that makes us better presenters-- than we really are. People like to cheat, and they will pay good money to do so!

    These problems require huge amounts of hard research, something Microsoft is uniquely capable of addressing. I wouldn't waste time trying to give away rsync and then try to figure out how to make money with it.

    -Josh


    Excellently said.

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    Charles

    @kettch: I took his writing to mean nothing more than it read: Ray reflecting(even day-dreaming) on what's happened in the 5 years after his Internet Disruption email to all MS employees (I wonder why he didn't send this email to all of us like he did before becoming our CSA....) and what may happen 5 years from now. I wouldn't read into it too much, even though the press is (but that's what they do for a living - read between invisible lines to make a compelling story that drives traffic to the advertisers who keep them employed....).

    The take away for me is:

    1) The future of personal computing will have a strong cloud component (data services, sync services, computational services, etc)...

    2) Personal client computing will continue to extend to other devices, but PCs aren't going to die in 5 years....

    3) Personal computing will continue to evolve and most likely in a direction that makes computing more personal -> Think about software embodiment and personal clouds...

    Thanks for thinking about the future, Ray. Microsoft should be able to deliver on the next wave of personal computing software and services.

    We're all in to personal computing, be it inside an enterprise, in a home, in the cloud, in your pocket/pocketbook or even in your glasses or on your shoes. Who knows how far the rabbit hole goes...

    Don't be afraid, Alice.

    C

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    magicalclick

    All I can imagine is, I would want to use the same app on WinPh and Windows. Centralized data where both my PC and Phone can access. Centralized app collections. Centralzied data, photo, vidoe, and more. And since I have a mini PC on my hand, I should be able to all sorts of crazy stuff that I wasn't able to with desktop. Like injecting pills into my blood stream when I am about to get a heart attack or something.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    Charles

    @magicalclick: Ah, but you can dream so much more. That's what he's really talking about. With respect to Microsoft, he expressed that we are bound to a successful past (PC in every home, on every desk). Whereas this continues to be a very valuable and profitable part of who we are and what we do as a company, we can do more and follow a different vision, asynchronously. He also makes the point that this is exactly what we are doing.

    The future is bright. Where are my shades?

    C

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    PaoloM

    I wear sunglasses at night.

    No, really Smiley

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    dentaku

    How very Canadian of you Wink

    , PaoloM wrote

    I wear sunglasses at night.

    No, really Smiley

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    Turbodad

    This is one of the most impenetrable pieces of reading I've ever stumbled upon. Ozzie's language is so formal and full of marketing bullsh!t my brain started aching 1/3 into the document. He seems to be incapable of expressing his thoughts in the normal human language. PHB-type management like that is Microsoft's biggest problem.

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    Charles

    @Turbodad: I already provided an accurate summary for you. I don't see marketing bullshit and obtuse expression here. At any rate, here's the summary again:

    1) The future of personal computing will have a strong cloud component (data services, sync services, computational services, etc)...

    2) Personal client computing will continue to extend to other devices, but PCs aren't going to die in 5 years....

    3) Personal computing will continue to evolve and most likely in a direction that makes computing more personal -> Think about software embodiment and personal clouds...

    Thanks for thinking about the future, Ray. Microsoft should be able to deliver on the next wave of personal computing software and services.

    We're all in to personal computing, be it inside an enterprise, in a home, in the cloud, in your pocket/pocketbook or even in your glasses or on your shoes. Who knows how far the rabbit hole goes...

    With respect to Microsoft, he expressed that we are bound to a successful past (PC in every home, on every desk). Whereas this continues to be a very valuable and profitable part of who we are and what we do as a company, we can do more and follow a different vision, asynchronously. He also makes the point that this is exactly what we are doing.

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