Bill Gates Considers Web 2.0 Services a "Sea Change"
"This coming 'services wave' will be very disruptive," Gates wrote. "We have competitors who will seize on these approaches and challenge us - still, the opportunity to lead is very clear."
Recently, Microsoft launched its "Live" initiative to port some of its flagship products to Internet platforms, putting it in direct competition with Google, Yahoo and others.
In technology trends, Gates has a history of making sure Microsoft becomes the life of the party--or at least the center of attention--even after showing up late. A decade ago, Gates refocused Microsoft on Web initiatives after having been caught flat-footed by the likes of Netscape. The result was Microsoft's continued dominance in an Internet-driven business environment, while leaving much of the innovation (and risk) to others.
Source: AP (via Excite)