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Can RIM Compete?

April 16, 2007

There are a lot of conversations about mobile strategies and changes. Fabrizio has a nice roundup of a slice of last week’s activities. Although there doesn’t seem to be a comment on the new player in his space….

The NYT has a write up on Nicholas Fodor‘s free push email service to compete with everyone else (isode, funambol, Synchronica, Microsoft, RIM, etc, etc)….

The interesting thing is that on the same day Microsoft is getting their Live mobile search on RIM‘s device (after using both Google’s app on a BB and the Live app on my dash, the Live app is WAY better, so it’s about time!)….and a VPN client from WickSoft was announced on RIM’s device…

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know RIM’s stock isn’t up…..but it looks like RIM is making some solid moves to stay ahead in the enterprise….something the free or provider oriented services will have a very difficult time doing (considering MS can barely break the market with their integrated offering)….

I want to be like….

November 21, 2006

If I were a Windows Live PM the word “Google” would finish the sentence….

I have often thought it ridiculous the way that the windows live folks endlessly chase every feature that Google can come up with. You would think that they would stop chasing and start innovating….but no, not in this battle, I have seen interviews were Mr Gates cringed at the thought of Google beating him to the web 2.0, there is clearly no end in his mind to the games (yes games, I’ll build any feature you build Sergey, only I will do it worse)…

I know that everyone hasn’t picked up on it yet so I’ll briefly recap:



LiveMail/Gmail (btw gmail had livemail’s current feature set first)

Live Toolbar/Google Toolbar

Live Academic search/Google academic search

Office Live/Google Office

And now….

Microsoft has beaten Google to the punch with Windows Live SMS Search….or is this another poor copycat feature? Well they certainly got it down to the nitty gritty details, even at launch there is no T-Mobile Support (um, Ozzie, you are next to T-Mobile too, you can drive over and talk it out).

For a company like Microsoft where innovation and creativity are such drivers for internal PMs, I would really expect a little more thought being put into these things. At some point Google will get smart enough and build some hype around a doomed feature with the sole purpose of getting Bill to spend too much money on it (then again, I think some of these features are already down that path). Why not ship Vista on time, or create a truly mobile computing platform (webOS), or go save the world (well ok, Bill is already working on that one). The point is though that I am less then impressed with Microsoft’s lack of creativity and ignorance of the whole picture. There are a lot of clever people who are not Google out there (bluedot, zillow, ImageKind) that have neat features that are working to change the way we interact with each other and the web. It’s kind of a shame that Microsoft can’t see the picture and get back in the game (not so say they won’t…they still have lots of money and huge profit centers to rely on).

Gmail Mobile is Sexy

November 3, 2006

But it doesn’t work with T-MOBILE USA!!! It kind of reminds me of something Microsoft would do…. Brag about a new feature, get lots of coverage, tout the wonders, and then make it work for everyone. Now don’t get me wrong…My Google Mobile Maps application is cool even if the traffic is not updated properly. My Google Mobile Chat is cool (it follows me EVERYWHERE I go). I would love to have Google Mobile Gmail too….It’s a great way to control the synchronization from Google’s standpoint.

Of course if they would ditch the Microsoft like control and open up gmail to LEMONADE or OMA-DS things would be much better and easier to get device support on….then Google could work on porting Google Mobile maps to the Windows Mobile platform.

Where is Live Mail Mobile?

September 13, 2006

I have been going to for as long as I’ve had a blackberry that was larger then a pager (it took me a while to give up the small device…. so that has been as long as the site was in existence to the public).

Yesterday (after I read an email about Microsoft’s announcement of live search coming out of beta) I decided to go to my hotmail account and see what people were sending me about the announcement. So I did the same thing I do every time and selected my bookmark and pulled up the webpage. After the brief wait, the page loaded and the first text link was “messenger”… WHAT!! where is my email?

Well… fine… I heard some people talking about a site that was just barely released in beta…. So I went to go check it out.. after waiting a LONG time, my mail link was displayed at the top as it should be… but it timed out, again, and again, and again….. arghh

So now it’s Wednesday and there is still NO mail link on! and still times out every third try….I still have not received an email from my email provider (Microsoft) telling me of this service change…..There is still no official press release or blog that I can find covering the topic…..

Anyone know what Microsoft is doing with this?