Trading on Spaces
Microsoft has announced it’s new web log service: Spaces
, and the devil is in the details.
The ever vigilant nose of the Yellow Doggerel Democrat
, Steve Bates, detects the all too common Bellevue bend in what sounded like a straight forward proposition. Microsoft has server space and wants to increase traffic and ad revenue so it parcels out space to people who want to express themselves. Blogging is a growing phenomenon on the Internet, and MS wants a piece of it, to ensure its continuing dominance in all things relating to computing.
Having dealt with Microsoft since the days of Mbasic and Z-80 cards for Apple ][‘s I felt I knew the Microsoft Version 1.0 drill: sort of worthwhile software that would be debugged by early adopters at no cost to the company and a result that was vaguely usable and loaded down with features no one could ever imagine using in real life after their entry into high school.
I anticipated tie ins to other MS products and services, probably some really annoying help function that interfered with actually using the product, and a result that would only really look right in Internet Explorer
While all that may be true, what I didn’t foresee were the terms concerning content. Steve lays it out: censorship and a loss of copyrights.
Sorry, Bill. I wouldn’t work for you if you paid me, so I certainly won’t do it for free.