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April 20, 2006

It’s deja vu all over again!

Posted by David Hunter at 2:16 PM ET.

Microsoft’s Dare Obasanjo notices an uncanny familiarity in the Windows Live Drive story from yesterday:

I have to agree with Mike Torres, 2006 is really 1998 in disguise. With the release of Google Page Creator, Google Finance, Google Calendar and the upcoming GDrive (aka Yahoo! GeoCities, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Calendar and Yahoo! Briefcase knockoffs) it is now clear to me that Google’s master plan is to become Yahoo! 2.0. On the other hand, with some of the recent Windows Live announcements we seem to be giving the impression that we are chasing Google’s tail lights who in turn is chasing Yahoo! tail lights who in turn is chasing the tail lights of various ‘Web 2.0′ startups. Crazy.

There are more broadband connected users now than there were in the heyday of the dotcom bubble, but it’s very unclear whether that will be sufficient to ensure success for all the Internet reruns we are seeing.



Filed under Advertising, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Microsoft, Online Services, Technologies, Web 2.0, Windows Live, Windows Live SkyDrive, Yahoo

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One Response to “It’s deja vu all over again!”

  1. New beta of Windows Live Drive under new name SkyDrive -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft gets points for the new name, but as I have whined before (e.g. [1], [2], [3]), online storage services aren’t exactly new news and it’s not only hard to stand out from the herd, but forget about making any money.   Filed under Beta and CTP, Windows Live, Microsoft, Windows Live Folders   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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