On paper and in theory, Microsoft is a single corporation, with something like 80,000 employees worldwide. In the real world, it’s actually a collection of dozens, maybe even hundreds, of small companies that appear to act without a lot of central supervision.
That is the only possible explanation for how the same company could do something totally amazing on the same day that it makes headlines with a ridiculously boneheaded move.
Good Microsoft unveiled Live Mesh. A kind Microsoft employee hooked me up with an invite to the beta program, and I have it running here on my main desktop PC and my notebook. After spending only a couple hours using it, I’m in awe of its performance and usability in allowing me to move between local files and cloud-based storage without even being aware of it. I’m really forcing myself to temper some of that initial enthusiasm so that I can learn how this stuff works and get a sense of where the platform is headed. But I can’t help but feel excited about some of the ways this technology can change the way I work.
Unfortunately, Bad Microsoft decided to make an appearance this week as well, if this report is accurate:
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