Good article overall, thanks for propagating it to k5.
But here's something I found... interesting:
The first generation Internet belonged to the engineers, dreamers and military researchers. The second belongs to the Geeks and the Dotcommers, who battled one another, sometimes directly, sometimes not, for attention and primacy. It was the Microsoft Era, and it's over.
A bizarre conclusion, imho.
Since when was the last era the Microsoft era? How does he get off telling us that the MS era, which I think began with the ascendancy of Win95, is over? An overly optimistic statement, I would guess.
If anything, this puts MS in an even stronger position. They've got their fingers in almost every conceivable technological pot. The hot-shot "boy wonder" competition from most fronts is drying up. The Linux, OpenSource, Freesoftware hype is no longer in the mainstream (no, it dosn't need the mainstream to survive, but if no one outside of it's current userbase knows about it, then the userbase dosn't grow and MS dosn't die).
Yes the current downswing will slow them, but I don't think it will hurt them at all. Same thing with the other giants like IBM and Intel (though Intel is being beatdown for stupid moves rather than poor market conditions so it might actually start sucking wind for a while).
Furthermore, the .NET initiative is far more than what the title implies. It's practically a re-invention of their platform and they seem to be downplaying that fact. No, I don't think their whole web-application based scheme will work, as market conditions for that sort of thing are soured, but it makes possible many other things besides that (it really makes development a breeze).
Whatever whatever... just some thoughts.
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