What I want to know is what information is collected with the Customer Experience Improvement Program as well. Programs like Office 2003, Windows Media Player and MSN Messenger include an option for the Customer Experience Improvement Program. This option
when selected sends anonymous information to Microsoft about the usage of that particular application. What we do not know is what kind of information is sent to Microsoft. We want more info on that. So please interview the Customer Experience Improvement
Longhorn seems to be a very big ship which is hard to steer, with releases taking many years, with infrequent updates. By the time it comes out others will have moved on to other things. For a lot of the things coming out they seem to be reactionary. When
a competitor announces something in their product, you hear the MS guys saying, "yeah sure we got that in Longhorn". And if they actually don't have it in there, the release is so far away they could squeeze it in by then. Highly innovative? Because it builds
on something new? Unseen? They are playing catch up. For example, they fell asleep with IE and now have ramped up development on it again. What else besides tabs and RSS are they doing? Anything new? When I see people using IE these days I always think "you're
still using that?!?". Why people persits with it amazes me. Use Firefox (or Safari) for five minutes and you should be sold on it and dump IE, unless you need to visit some IE-only friendly web site.
I use FF and I have to admit that it's far better than current IE 6 but I'm also excited about IE 7; it won't get just RSS and tabs, there's gonna be much more in it (I hope ). For example Low Right for IE 7 (in LH)...
We may be looking at two slightly different angles here. I guess I am thinking about this more from an end-user point of view, not from a developer's. And that's not to say that I am completely closed to MS's innovations. I am a C# developer, and I like
the language and .NET framework a lot. I certainly think they did a better job of creating a new language and managed/garbage collected, etc. development environment than what Sun did with Java. So I'm not completely anti-MS.
OK, now I understand your opinions a bit better but consider that as rich development framework MS (or anybody else) provides, as rich the end-user applications will be...
That's MS's job (to innovate), not mine. It just seems like this RSS in IE7 and Longhorn (due next year) is all over the bloggersphere when it's really nothing new. MS have not created something new, something cool, there is no "wow" factor in this. Others
are already placing RSS in the software (or OS). RSS in IE7 (not yet available), already done by others. Searching accross all your files on your machine (due in Longhorn), already done. Tabs in IE7 (not yet available), already done. MS's products aren't exciting.
Maybe for you MS products are not exciting but for me, from the developer's point of view, they are...
Have you considered Whidbey, Indigo, Avalon? This is what I call innovation.
MS discovers RSS (late) and it's a big deal? This has already been done by others. IE7 is due soon, Longhorn in 2006? Others are way ahead of the game when it comes to RSS. MS is not innovative, has nothing new or exciting, there are other players which
have already done this stuff. Show us something new, don't copy, try to innovate.
Haha...I like people that say "Hey MS, don't copy, INNOVATE!. Look at Apple, they don't copy, it's just you who copies."
Suggest us, please, some "innovations" you'd like to see coming from MS!
Here's a BIG question for me - the PST file format in Outlook. Is there any way that that'll move to PSTX? It'd be REALLY nice to be able to work with that from my applications which run on a webserver or J2EE process. Right now, it's a ROYAL pain to open
up and work with such files. (i.e. impossible). Or, if not, is there any way to get access to the NON encrypted file format?
Man... I can't decide whether I want to drool over Xbox 360 or over Singularity. I'm speechless.
I wonder if this sort of thing might create incentive to make more .NET hardware? I'm no doubt pushing it here, but it would be amazing to see, say, a processor that takes in IL as its machine language. I doubt there'd be very much of an advantage to such a
thing (it'd be ridiculous to manufacture cost-effectively I'm sure), but it's something to daydream about.
And yeah, so what if a lot of the code actually turns out to be C or machine code? So what if it's 90% managed rather than the 99% that they say? What does it prove? What are you trying to prove?