MS on the dangers of a web-centric desktop ..
- Subject: MS on the dangers of a web-centric desktop ..
- From: Doug Mentohl <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 18:35:38 +0100
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From: Darryl Rubin
Sent: Thursday, October 22. 1998 5:46 PM
To: Scott Cottrille
Subject: RE: Annotations
Deeper Web/Shell/App Integration:
The HyperActive Desktop
In this memo I want to talk about extending the efforts we’ve made for
unifying the shell and browser and suggest how We can take these ideas
further; how we can:
¯ Further integrate apps and web browsing into the shell frame to
achieve a navigation/viewing experience that is both richer and more
¯ Better exploit push model to reduce information overload
¯ Simplify information access and filing by support of unified storage
¯ Use rich linking to make collaboration and sharing inl~erent and
convenient features of the shell.
A couple trends motivate these ideas. One is that the PC is becoming a
device more for communicating, collaborating on and consuming content
than it is a device just for producing it. The other trend is that the
web is becoming the primary metaphor for these consumption and
The threat to Microsoft is that companies like Netscape and Lotus will
be able to offer web-centric "desktops" that users will prefer living in
and using as their launch points because they better support the user’s
This is not hard for our competitors to do, because the amount of local
desktop functionality they need to subsume isn’t that great (the Windows
desktop isn’t super rich, especially in the consumption/collaboration
departments) and it’s easy to design a set of HTML pages and controls
that put a pretty nice face on the existing local desktop operations.
This is, after all, partly what we are doing in Memphis.
The danger of competitive web-centric desktops is that they will be sold
as platform-independent shells, shells that have an especial affinity
for Java apps over native ones. This threatens the core of our platform
and application strengths.
The challenge for us, then, is to enrich the desktop in web-oriented
ways so that it is not so easy to replace, and so that running
Windows-native apps under the Windows-native shell---especially
Office--results in compelling advantages compared to Java apps on a
platform-neutral shell. The web/shell integration work we’re doing in
Memphis is a good first step, but there is much more we can do.
court documents in the case of Comes v. Microsoft.