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Category: Microsoft/RealNames,

Microsoft/RealNames, realnames

CircleID Piece

From www.circleid.com RealNames’ Termination: More Catastrophic than Anticipated!   by Keith Teare | Email | Bio   “I wrote this opinion piece for CNet’s news.com. I had been asked to provide it. On May 27 I had been told by the editor that ‘it will run on 4am on Thursday’…and I still await an explanation of it’s non-publication.” Microsoft is a special company. By definition, its operating systems and Internet browser are no longer just “applications;” they constitute a platform. They are – for 90 percent of Internet users – the sole interface to all Internet content and services. The browser

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Ballmer on Partnering protocol

From Steve Ballmer’s memo to Microsoft employees today: “But our mission is not just about building great technology. It’s also about who we are as a company and as individuals, how we manage our business internally, and how we think about and work with partners and customers,” Ballmer wrote. It would seem that the decision regarding RealNames flys in the face of many of these pronouncements. Particularly those marked in red. A fuller version – from CNet news.com: Ballmer issues employee call to action By Joe Wilcox Staff Writer, CNET News.com June 7, 2002, 8:20 AM PT Microsoft CEO Steve

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Mozilla and RealNames

Mozilla 1.0 has been released. It can be modified to use RealNames. The URL’s below [in blue] need to replace the standard URL’s for the network.search.url and the keyword.URL properties, and false needs to be changed to true in the keyword.enabled property in the file named all.js which is in the prefs directory under the Mozilla application. You can edit this file using Notepad or any text editor. // SYNTAX HINTS:  dashes are delimiters.  Use underscores instead.// ; The first character after a period must be alphabetic. pref(“network.search.url”,”http://navigation.realnames.com/resolver.dll?realname=lookup+“); pref(“keyword.URL”, “http://navigation.realnames.com/resolver.dll?realname=“);pref(“keyword.enabled”, true); 6:39:23 PM

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PDF of Powerpoint – Jan 2002 at Microsoft

A number of people have emailed me asking for some background on the negotiations with Microsoft. Here is a PowerPoint file from a meeting held in January 2002. It outlines the success RealNames was having. It includes 2002 forecasts. It also looks at the consequences to various stakeholders should Microsoft choose not to renew the contract. January 2002 at Microsoft As you can see from the final two slides, at this time Microsoft were advising us to sell the company. They had made clear that if we did so we would be able to expect ongoing service through the browser.

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Reply to Danny Sullivan

Danny makes a number of points in the article below. I’ll deal with them one by one.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> So where does the smoking gun belong? I put it in the hands of RealNames itself. The company has made so many shifts in direction since it launched that it’s been hard to keep up with it. Danny is correct that RealNames model changed several times. However – and this is a hard fact for many who have never run a business – business models are intended to change in the early stages of a startup.

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Danny Sullivan Piece

Danny Sullivan is one of the best journalists in the Internet Search space. His article – published 6/2/2002 is below. I disagree with Danny’s conclusions but his piece is a considered and well thought out view. I’ll post my disagreements seperately, because I think it will be a good way to get to the real issues. The original URL is http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/02/06-realnames.html   RealNames To Close After Losing Microsoft By Danny Sullivan, EditorThe Search Engine Report, June 3, 2002 RealNames, which provided a pioneering alternative to the domain name system, announced last month that it would cease operations as of June 28 after

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Week 3 Stats

This Week’s Stats General Statistics Successful Hits For Entire Site 601,018 Average Hits Per Day 25,042 Home Page Hits N/A Pages Page Views (Impressions) 87,988 Average Per Day 3,666 Dynamic Pages and Forms Views 516 Document Views 87,472 Visits Visits 66,757 Average Per Day 2,781 Average Visit Length 00:10:24 International Visits 39.76% Visits of Unknown Origin 1.40% Visits From Your Country: United States (US) 58.84% Visitors Unique Visitors 46,114 Visitors Who Visited Once 39,643 Visitors Who Visited More Than Once 6,471 3:11:32 PM

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Nikolaj Email

This email from Nikolaj Nyholm from Ascio in Denmark reflects a few I have had. The idea that even trying to compete with Microsoft is unachievable if you say in advance that is your goal.   Netscape is a common example.   I always believe that Netscape failed not because it was too audacious but because it was not audacious enough. When Mark said this [see the email below]  it was bravado to be sure but more problematic was that there was no execution against this goal. To be successful it would have been necessary to develop more than an application

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Open Win API Emails

Many emails, some of which make the same point – that OpenWin API would just be another JAVA (See emails below).   To be clear – I am not proposing an interpreted code environment with its own language. I am proposing a series of API’s that are bundled together and can be assumed to be on many Windows machines. These API’s – like Microsoft’s own .NET Framework – would allow developers to build code on top of them. The difference would be that these API’s would sit between applications – such as IE – and the OS.   Microsoft’s ability

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