Microsoft's Hosting Dilemma

Can Microsoft be both the hosting providers' best friend and a hosting provider itself? It sure hopes so. At the recent Microsoft Hosting Summit, one Microsoft group welcomed partners with open arms, and tried to sell them on the continued benefit of putting software and services on Microsoft infrastructure. Meanwhile elsewhere on campus, the Live […]

Can Microsoft be both the hosting providers' best friend and a hosting provider itself? It sure hopes so. At the recent Microsoft Hosting Summit, one Microsoft group welcomed partners with open arms, and tried to sell them on the continued benefit of putting software and services on Microsoft infrastructure.

Meanwhile elsewhere on campus, the Live legions are trying to make the company's "Live" infrastructure the best possible hosting infrastructure (hosted by Microsoft) for small businesses and consumers.

That irony is lost on precisely none of Microsoft's hosting partners. After the opening schpiel at the hosting summit, the floor was opened for questions. My sources don't remember the exact kick-off query, but the person on stage quipped: "At least the first question wasn't about Office Live."

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