It looks like everyone is talking about the topic I started discussing last week.
And a lot more people are beginning discussions around the water cooler and in the blogosphere on the same topic…so what is it that you as a user expect out of these large companies?
Google, Microsoft, IBM, etc all are large companies that make an impact on the world at large. Are these companies continuing to fill a large hole that needs to stay filled? I certainly think so, maintaining leadership in web technologies, desktop operating systems, and large scale applications are these companies primary businesses and everything else is just extra…
The hole hasn’t changed in shape, these companies are simply trying harder to be the leader in filling more then one hole. That is a good goal, but is copying each other’s small trials the best way to go? Will Microsoft’s QnA be shutdown now that Google has realized their version of Yahoo Answers wasn’t performing? There will be a time when the hole changes shape, small groups of people are working on these kinds of innovation all over the world, when and where is another conversation though.