Go read Adam Bosworth's What is the Platform? for his take on the application platform of the future. It's not Longhorn, it's the Web and web infrastructure technologies.
Today, I wonder if this set of syllogisms about the platform is still true (if it ever was). Open Source has shown us that well understood software can and will be commoditized. The operating system has been. The Web server has been. The Applications Server (to the extent folks need it) has been and more message buses are being written in open source. The entire XML processing stack is open source. So the value in "well understood" software today is in the support, not the code. The community that forms around open source software seems quite up to the job of educating itself. The real value in my opinion has moved from the software to the information and the community.
He does a good job of saying this in an uncomplicated way from the perspective of an ex-Microsoft employee. Now does his move to Google make more sense?
I think so.
Posted by jzawodn at September 29, 2004 11:34 AM