Category Archives: Microsoft

Email isn’t dead yet, but it needs radical innovation

Alex Iskold has a good write up on the competition e-mail is facing from broadcasting tools like blogs and twitter, discussion tools like forums and wiki’s, or business tools like Todo, CRM. He asks himself is E-mail in danger? He … Continue reading

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Dear Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, you don’t have to control my data to provide me value

Yesterday John Furrier and Robert Scoble dominated tech discussions when they wrote about the possibility of Microsoft buying Facebook and then locking Google out of part of the web (the Facebook Walhalla that is). It seems like a possible scenario. … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Social Graph, social networks, user centric web, web 2.0, Yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Microsoft and Facebook will never succeed in locking down part of the web

I don’t usually respond so quickly to news. If you are familiar with my blog, it’s not a breaking news kind of blog. But the rumors that Microsoft might be buying Facebook are now quickly taking over TechMeme. Robert Scoble … Continue reading

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Facebook popularity will decline because of a wrong business model

In Dutch culture people rarely stand out of a crowd. There are a lot of sayings that (badly translated) essentially say something like: “just act normal, that’s crazy enough”, or “don’t stick your head out”. We all try to fit … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement trap, Beacon, Facebook, Facebook application, Firefox, Microsoft, Rolf Skyberg, Social Graph, social networks, SocialAds, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Solving the mobile equation (yet again)

The past few days I have watched a lot of people writing about Mobile Internet.¬† Not surprising as one of the most important mobile conferences is taking place in Barcelona right now and a lot of companies are using that … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Google, iPhone, Microsoft, Mobile Internet, Mobile World Congress, OneConnect, Vodafone, Yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Big brother is watching me

A lot of different, seemingly unrelated, things are happening right now in the tech world. Looking through different feeds most of the discussions are about: The mash-up of content seems to be important right now. I see it everywhere. People … Continue reading

Posted in Big Brother is watching you, data mash up, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, privacy, Robert Scoble, Rolf Skyberg, Twitter, Yahoo, Zephoria | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Will Microsoft and Yahoo create the biggest social network ever?

There is a lot of talk about the Microsoft takeover attempt of Yahoo this weekend. TechMeme is flooded with blog posts about the subject. I’m not so interested in the “breaking news” factor, but I am more interested in the … Continue reading

Posted in Android Mobile OS, e-mail, Google, Jaiku, Microsoft, OpenSocial, Orkut, social networks, Yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just a few wishes for 2008 (part 2)

In my first post in 2008 I said I would elaborate a bit about things I would like to see happen in 2008. My first wish for 2008 was to bring back freedom and responsibility to the user. The article … Continue reading

Posted in business model, human behavior, inspiration, John Battelle, Jonathan Harris, Microsoft, Mobile, Nokia N95, ovi, Uncategorized, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dear Yahoo, Microsoft, Google e-mail. Forget Facebook, start innovating!

I read an article this morning by the Wall Street Journal on social features in e-mail. In this article they state that e-mail providers are trying to gain back ground from social networking sites like Facebook¬† by adding social features … Continue reading

Posted in e-mail, Facebook, Google, interaction, Jaiku, Microsoft, myspace, Om Malik, social networks, Twitter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Ads and Social Networks, an explosive combination?

Just ran into several posts mentioning that Google has stopped an experiment with ads on their social network Orkut. Google claims it was only an experiment and that the ads only appeared in 1% of the pages shown. According to … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, future of advertisement, Google, Microsoft, on-line advertisement, social networks | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Is Steve Ballmer really smart or really dumb?

A lot of posts appeared this morning on Steve Ballmer who has made some provocative statements about Facebook. They seem to contradict each other. Robert Scoble writes that Steve Ballmer still doesn’t understand Social Networking. Robert makes a couple of … Continue reading

Posted in advertisement, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Robert Scoble, social networks, web 2.0 | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

High Risk investment: Microsoft wants a piece of Facebook

Different sources (for example here, here, here) reported that Microsoft might be putting a large financial injection into Facebook. According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft might invest $300 to $500Mln to obtain a stake of 5% in Facebook. Thus … Continue reading

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Freedom is worth at least 600Mln Dollar

The European Commission just fined Microsoft for an amount of some 613Mln US dollar (different news items seem to contradict each other on the amount, read about it here for example). That is a whole lot of money. But what … Continue reading

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