Software + Services - X-box live as a model ?

We keep talking about a world of Software + Services. I saw a slide recently that talked about this almost in the form of "Client / Server 2.0"The idea went like this First we had the PC / Mainframe era. It was either anarchic on the PC or Controlled and restricted as a central service […]

We keep talking about a world of Software + Services. I saw a slide recently that talked about this almost in the form of "Client / Server 2.0"

The idea went like this

  • First we had the PC / Mainframe era. It was either anarchic on the PC or Controlled and restricted as a central service
  • Then we had the client / Server era. PCs consumed central services but both halves were smart.
  • Then the Internet came along. Web sites gave you what they gave you, and didn't provide services to be consumed, the client was relatively "dumb"
  • Then the internet evolved into providing services which could be consumed ...

Is this the much talked about web 2.0 ? No. I find that to be one of the more irritating buzz phrases of the moment. Is it about services ? Not really. Is it about user generated content. Kind of, but not really either. I found a good quote recently about web 2.0 (and I can't find it again), but the gist was that that it is about services that become better as you add users. Lots of people using a Search engine doesn't make it better. Lots of people using X-box live doesn't make that better. Lots of people using MySpace, Twitter, or Facebook does make them better. And that is partly because each participant contributes.

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