Microsoft and Video

June 17, 2009

Dark days in Redmond for its killer Soapbox. Ina Fried’s “Microsoft Gives Up YouTube Chase” alerted me to this development. Ms. Fried wrote:

In an interview on Tuesday, Microsoft Vice President Erik Jorgensen said Soapbox is one of the areas that Microsoft is pulling back on in the wake of a tough economic environment. His unit also recently pulled the plug on Microsoft Money, the company’s personal finance software product.

Maybe the video preview function on will carry the freight. Ms. Fried noted:

While Microsoft will focus on such content, it’s still unclear whether it will continue to allow users to freely upload their videos or if it will require some sort of editorial selection of the movies before they make it onto the site.

With HTML 5 nosing into view, Silverlight may have another Google probe pushing in as well. Keep in mind that the Google has rolled out a client side Exchange escape trick. Interesting.

Stephen Arnold, June 17, 2009


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