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Friday, October 20, 2006

Microsoft Concessions

No, not a new product from Microsoft for hotdogs and soda, but observations on Microsoft making some interesting concessions to market leaders:

  • Microsoft just launched the MSN Soapbox in invite-only Beta; a Video site to compete with YouTube, I guess.  What's interesting is that they chose to use Flash video for the format, rather than Windows Media 11
  • In ATLAS ASP.NET AJAX Beta 1, just launched today, the $() function is renamed to $get() in order for ASP.NET AJAX scripts to play nice with Prototype and Scriptaculous, among others.

It's nice that Microsoft shows an awareness of other market-players, but a bit surprising to see them make concessions like these.

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