As usual, Apple leads, Microsoft tries to follow

“I listened to the Gillmor Gang Monday night and heard Adam Curry talk about his conversations with Steve Jobs about podcasting. Striking is how much Apple seems to get it. Podcasting fits into the DIY decade of self-expression, which increasingly seems to be the theme of Apple’s product ecosystem,” Alex Williams writes for Corante.

“Now it looks as if Microsoft is getting into the podcasting game. I see (via Steve Rubel and the Seattle PI) that Microsoft is putting together a podcasting team. Scoble made the hint on his blog,” Williams writes. “Curry said that Microsoft was quick to give him a call after the reports of Jobs doing a demo of iTunes podcatching capabilities at last week’s Wall Street Journal’s ‘D: All Things Digital’ conference. According to the PI, Curry said:

“It was like 15 minutes after it showed up in the Wall Street Journal when Microsoft called, saying, ‘Hey, how do we get in this?’ I don’t know a lot about Microsoft. I do see they’re a lot hungrier company than they used to be. But every single time you talk to them about anything that’s new, or in this case iPodder functionality inside Windows Media Player, the almost standard answer is, ‘Yeah we’re going to have a lot of that in Longhorn.’ That to me means there is this huge steamboat that is very difficult to steer left or right, and it’s just harder to get stuff done at Microsoft.”

Williams writes, “That was the main point I gleamed from what Curry and the other guests said on the Gillmor Gang. It’s not that the work can’t be done. It’s just that people need to make decisions to get the work done.”

Full article with links to other articles that Williams cites here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microtanic or Titanisoft? Whatever you call it, it doesn’t maneuver well and Apple’s PowerBoat wake has long since disappeared over the horizon. We await the iceberg with gleeful anticipation.

20 Comments

  1. follower

    Good itemization but I believe you are missing step:

    2a) Make press release announcing their nearly finished
    proprietary technology “SofCasting®”

  2. Lets hope that Billy boy is indeed waiting for the EU to go bust, for he will have one very long wait in store. Oh and even if he avoids that one yet another (far bigger) iceberg on the horizon is China so Captain Pugwash had better get that paddle steamer stuffed full of those quaint, if uncontrollable old cuty longhorns (surely a breed of sheep would have been more appropriate) had better get Steve Bulmer to stick his ample ballast over that flailing rudder pretty damn quick.

  3. Williams writes, “That was the main point I gleamed from what Curry and the other guests said on the Gillmor Gang. It’s not that the work can’t be done. It’s just that people need to make decisions to get the work done.”

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    Aw I miss the days when Microsoft had ambition and innovation.. back when Gates was running the show. Ballmer sucks…

  4. new version of calculator and solitare?

    “Yeah we’re going to have a lot of that in Longhorn”

    ha as if

    mdn word = way as in apple leading the way as per usual

  5. They won’t like “Pod”casting. They’ll call it “Windows Media Portable Distribution” or something and expect the term to catch on.

    I wouldn’t use their term even if they {showed} me a player the size of a penny with 100 GB and voice recording.

  6. “Yeah we’re going to have a lot of that in Longhorn.”

    Which will turn into:

    “Well, yeah, we were going to have a lot of that in Longhorn, but we had to pull it to meet the ship date. Maybe we’ll have it ironed out for SP2.”

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