Ray Ozzie continues to Amaze, but Would it Suffice ???


Tech Preview of Microsoft Mesh was launched yesterday. First few glances of Mesh sounds promising (here here and here too). Had been wondering what Ray Oozie was up to all these days. It has been 3 years since he joined Microsoft. And yes he is the same person behind Lotus Notes and Groove.

The former(Notes) was bought by IBM and the latter(Groove) was taken over by Microsoft. Though Ozzie was not able to stick with IBM for long, Lotus Notes did play a vital role in the rebirth of IBM in 90’s. Microsoft was everyone’s Darling then, and IBM was the big bad guy. DejaVu, here we are at the same juncture, only the player are different – Microsoft & Google.

Not that old an Illustration from Wired

Earlier when Ozzie teamed up at Microsoft, he addressed  the 70,000+ members with this Memo.

In 1995, Bill Gates foresaw the Internet tidal wave and pushed his company to adapt. At the time, that seemed prophetic. Today, Ray Ozzie is pushing the same thing, but this time it’s about survival.

Would Ozzie be able to turn the tables for Microsoft ? Time would tell !!!

Update : A diff perspective to Mesh from Joel Spolsky


One Comment to “Ray Ozzie continues to Amaze, but Would it Suffice ???”

  1. Lets see the top 4 P2P applications of all times are Faroo P2P Search, MetaASO Mermaid Worldwide Multimedia Broadcast Systems , Emule P2P file sharing , Azureus BitTorrent P2P File Sharing

    None of these applications can be developed using the Live Mesh. Live Mesh is not open enough to allow the Open Source adopters to hook onto it. It is and will always be a closed source propeitary solution which will work only to further Microsoft’s commercial interests. What happened to the Free Software revolution?

    Live Mesh has a very heavy infrastructure behind it but it fails on so many counts that one cannot even think that it will succeed on the global scale. The problem lies in attempting to design a universal generic solution for everything and then failing miserably on all counts except some.

    As a developer I fail to see how I could use this?


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