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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

Another interesting bit of info from MSMobiles:

While we were complaining here for several years already that Microsoft lacks innovativeness and thus is missing out on many major business opportunities, it looks like Bill Gates (de facto boss of Microsoft) and Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) have noticed it just now! Major changes at Microsoft coming! Read on!

Lately Steve and Bill have promoted Ray Ozzie to a position of CTO - Chief Technical Officer. With this catchy name and visionary statements something should be changing now at Microsoft. After all many companies with disruptive technologies and already implemented ideas, have managed to beat Microsoft: Google is offering server side e-mail and increasingly more and more functionality on the server making Windows XP and MS Office totally irrelevant, Skype has managed to dwarf any efforts of Microsot in Voice over IP (VoIP) area and RIM Blackberry overtaken push email market practically eliminating the need for MS Exchange Server.

Now once again Microsoft is playing catch-up game - i.e. trying to release the same products as competition but 2-3 years after they did that. However such primitive catch-up strategy may not be enough because adversaries this time are much more agile in the past.

To motivate troops (i.e. Microsoft employees) both
Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie have sent out memos to employees (click their names in this sentence to see these memos).

While we’ve led with great capabilities in Messenger & Communicator, it was Skype, not us, who made VoIP broadly popular and created a new category. We have long understood the importance of mobile messaging scenarios and have made significant investment in device software, yet only now are we surpassing the Blackberry.

There's more at MSMobiles, but you get the drift, MS would appear to finding it hard going simply because it has now become the SuperTanker, it can no longer change direction quick enough?

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 4:57 AM C500/C600 SmartPhone (or replacement) , Exchange and Push Email , IT Management , Real Cool Stuff , Microsoft Tips | Back to top

Comments on this post: Top Management of Microsoft in panic? - visionary memos sent to Microsoft employees

# visionary memos sent to Microsoft employees
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What MS needs is a Skype like technology to increase its user base and therefore, make more money from advertisement etc once the user base increases. A company called Damaka ( can provide MS exactly that. It provides FREEE peer to peer voice calls, voice mail, instant message, chat, audio conference up to four buddies, encrypted media, hold, resume, multiple calls on the same line at the same time etc. etc. etc.

It has a much better technology than Skype and its truly SIP Peer to Peer based. Skype uses a relay model where if you are logged in, Skype will use your computer resource to route/process a call that you are not part of. Damaka on the other hand employs a direct peering model that only connects users that are communicating directly.

With their direct peering SIP model there is no issue when it comes to scalalbilty, you can add inifinite number of users without having the need to provide any servers in the middle. So, scalability is a non issue even to provide Voice Mail

So, Damaka has a much better solution than Skype and I think it can probably be purchased for much less than what Skype went for.

Left by BlackSmith on Nov 09, 2005 3:06 PM

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I totaly agree with BlackSmith's comment above. I have been using damaka application for the past 3-4 months and I am convinced that the application is a lot better than anything out there such as Skype in terms of voice quality. I am looking forward to damaka team releasing the version that would have video and PSTN connectivity.

Good luck to damaka guys!!!
Left by Ram on Dec 08, 2005 6:03 PM

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Why hasn't a big company sucked up Damaka. It is 2008 and they are still providing excellent service and new innovative products.
Left by chdaddy on Jun 13, 2008 7:53 AM

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yeah - why has damaka not been picked up by a large telecom. they seem to be good in what they are providing.
Left by techiiee on Nov 12, 2008 9:31 AM

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