Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Microsoft Exec's Web Services Blues

Stephen Downes

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A top Microsoft executive laments the slow pace of consumer-oriented web services. "When we look out on the landscape, we don't see enough Web sites - and, in particular, customer-facing sites - that have XML Web services interfaces that people can take advantage of." A number of computer types have been telling me recently that Microsoft's .Net initiative is in trouble generally because of technical issues. Microsoft had hoped their .Net platform would allow them "to become a 'digital safe-deposit box' for hosting and delivering that personal information to partners, while providing an array of services, ranging from commerce to communications." From my perspective, there is no way I would allow Microsoft to act as the sole broker for my personal information. No way.

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