Where does the back-catalog sit for streaming media?
The tech community is buzzing at the news that Microsoft has made an unsolicited US$44.6 billion offer to acquire Yahoo and word is that Yahoo is actually considering it very seriously. The potential merger has long been rumored and there are many reasons for which it could actually make a lot of sense for both companies. A question, though, remains as to who the winners and losers are in that deal. Topline, it’s clear that Microsoft and Yahoo benefit from this and clear that it doesn’t benefit Google. But who else? Let’s look at the deal and try to figure it outs Winners OpenID: Only a few days ago, Yahoo announced support for OpenID, a system that allows users to use their yahoo credentials as a way to login to other services. Surprisingly, this was the goal of Microsoft Passport (now knows as Windows Live ID), almost a decade ago. A pairing between Microsoft and Yahoo could represent a major win for OpenID, especially if the partnership extends Yahoo’s commitment to Windows. One could see OpenID being incorporated with Active Directory in the future, leaving any non-openID provider in a lurch. AT&T: Yahoo has a partnership with AT&T for IPTV.…Read More
Robert Scoble mentions on his blog that he had a meeting with the IE team and that they are solicitating feedback from the blog community about what to include in the next update of the browser. While particular features are nice, I’d like to suggest something much more radical: Switch to Mozilla. It may sound like heresy and would create quite some controversy in the online space but let’s face it, the browser wars are over. Since AOL decided to get out of the browser business, the Mozilla foundation has successfully managed a transition and is now moving forward on adding value to their offerings. By adopting Mozilla as their core rendering engine, Microsoft could achieve a number of quick wins: first of all, it would allow it to adopt a number of new features that many users have requested. Things like tabbed browsing, an expandable plug-in architecture, a rendering language for the application layer (no more XUL vs XAML discussions) would come out of the box. Second, it would put an end to issues relating to standard compliance that have plagued the different implementation. Since Internet Explorer controls the market, and Mozilla and Firebird represent a substantial portion of…Read More