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I already regret running Windows as my web server OS. Imagine paying for FTP server ('cause native Micro$oft's sucks), for ISAPI filter, for database, for a bunch of .NET components, for custom developed components, etc. etc. list goes on. Freakin' Linux folks have it easy, free open source tools...?
anyone owns dead.com, wanna start competition to this stinker?
As for the "live" approach, this is nothing more than the old "thin client" idea which has been around for decades. There have many attempts to bring it back, all of which have failed. Big companies love the idea because of the level of control - it is just one big app and everyone is on the same page. But can you really envisage accepting the idea of storing everything on a remote server over which you have no contol? Would you trust your personal or confidential documents to a company dependent on revenue from your subscription to the service. What happens if you don't pay? Do you lose everything?
Users have always resisted and clung on to their fat clients (PCs) despite all the viruses, worms, rootkits and the like, because they have the control over their own space and documents on their own machine. Not just the technically-savvy, but the overwhelming majority of users. Despite all the Web 2.0 hype, "live" Windows is a non-starter unless it finds a role in a PC-centric environment. What's more, unless the live offering rapidly becomes considerably better than this current very poor effort, then the threat is going to be minimal.
I think MS knows what they're doing and this is either a
'In case competitors want to do it.. we did it first'
They'll promote this heavily through integration of everything MS (msn search, start, live, hotmail/msn messenger, etc etc) and then having it as default for new Longhorn and IE7. In this case... when the average (broadband) user gets used to this and viral marketing (i.e. word of mouth, etc) spreads it... it can quite possibly become the 'norm'.
I've got 3 words for Google$ and M$ execs about that: USB FLASH DRIVE.