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8:03 pm on Feb 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has launched it's answer to youtube at [soapbox.msn.com...] using flash video as it's format.
2:18 am on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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MS has always been good at being a "fast follower", but knocking off YouTube is a tall order.

Do you think they have a chance?

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Despite all bugs, their site does not look too bad at all. But the overall image of MS products is like those of a loser when looking at live search or windows media player.

Google search, real video, flash video etc. are all doing ok. Also with ad networks MS is again lightyears behind.

In a way it looks like MS is having a huge management problem when considering the amount of cash available and the overall failure of their product concepts.

Now the huge and mad size of vista will be doing further damage so that i can not imagine them becoming competitive with any of their services at all.

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I hate the small windows with scroll bars.
6:25 pm on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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First it broke my firefox twice.

Second, the video's don't show in my firefox unless you switch to full video mode.

Very rubbish, Very limited and for Microsoft its very rubbish.

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i aint seeing the next youtube when going to that page
bad attempt MS
8:50 pm on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I just watched "Spiders on Drugs", pretty funny video
10:01 pm on Feb 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yet another MS site that's broken in FF. By design or not, it's pathetic.
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>> Yet another MS site that's broken in FF. By design or not, it's pathetic.

I agree it's pathetic, especially when there's a way to do it without compromising features. I'd vote for design. I also question the "Everything under one umbrella strategy," buy a nice domain and lauch video on it's own, not myblog.spaces.live.com just doesn't do it.

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Too bad in my firefox config, clicking on anything doesn't do anything.
1:29 am on Feb 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What was the last original MS product? Certainly not this...
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Regardless, they own MSN, which owns over 60% of the worldwide IM business.

Integrating Video into that is a sweetly sick idea, and could be extremely painful for Google/YouTube.

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I wonder who the genius was who decided not to have unique urls appear in the address bar for each video.
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I wonder who the genius was who decided not to have unique urls appear in the address bar for each video.

Why doesn't Gates hire some competence to develop their products? Or at least some competent beta testers ...

Their mistakes are so very obvious.

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my firefox is fine - bog standard 2.0.0.1 install and i love the fact that i don't have to reload and scroll down for each video.

i prefer it to youtube, i think it's really well done

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and could be extremely painful for Google/YouTube

I don't think so, your looking for a video or your bored and looking for something to do, so you go to youtube.

To me Microsoft is just a company who makes windows, lol nothing more.

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minuses:
1. video on the right hand side - it should be on the left
2. url doesnt change when you pick a video

pluses:
1. love the tabs under the video - comments etc. clicking them doesnt force a reload of the whole page.

but as per usual , its Microsoft following where everyone else has blazed a trail - dont they *ever* come up with anything original considering the billions of $$$ they have.

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dont they *ever* come up with anything original considering the billions of $$$ they have.

install Vista :-) inside this couple of GB sized package might be something new.

Otherwise I'd like to point at developments such as brightcove.com etc. which are also way ahead of MS so that not only youtube will prevent Gates and Co. from success despite all their billions.

Who does see a real concept behind this MS video venture?

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I can't get enough of Google Video, I'm a documentary nut so I love the ability to download the vids for my PSP. However, I'll bet soapbox.msn.com cost Microsoft a tad less than Google paid for YouTube. I wonder how much original content they could buy with the savings. As has been said many times over, you can't count Microsoft out of the race, ever.
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dont they *ever* come up with anything original considering the billions of $$$ they have.

A bit harsh considering they came out with the world's most widely used operating system, and office suite.

I love video and will be checking out this new system. I do not see any reports of problems in IE7 so I should be fine.

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you can't count Microsoft out of the race, ever.

with live search, contextual ads and videos MS is somehow in the race, but obviously not that much competitive until now.