Archive for October, 2007

What makes sense in Microsoft taking shares in Facebook?

by Carl. 0 Comments

Everybody now heard and read about Microsoft’s decision to take 1.6 % of Facebook. A 240 M$ deal. Not so bad. But what does this mean?

The official answer is that Microsoft will be Facebook’s exclusive advertising company. Is that truly worth 240 M$?

There probably more behind this.

What will this mean for Microsoft’s Live Spaces? It would not be the first time that creativity comes from acquisitions. Look at Yahoo! recent decision to drop Yahoo! Photos for Flickr which they bought two years earlier.

More, on the operating systems topic, many people say that Microsoft’s Vista could probably be Microsoft’s last operating system and that the future will be to Web based operating systems. Could this step be seen as a way for Microsoft to acknowledge this and a move to a future answer to the Google’s Google Aps initiative?

Obviously there is far more behind this move, probably a first step for the necessary future move for Microsoft to go for more online business, but it is too early to say in an ever changing world. Many open questions but a good topic to follow up.

Why I love Fring

by Carl. 3 Comments

While I have not tested Fring yet, I have no suitable WiFi phone but it should not last, I already love Fring !!!

Having a one-stop solution to my mobile phone, my landline-over-ADSL-with-low-rates-phone, my Skype phone nightmare is more than a dream.

In a couple of words, Fring is a piece of software designed to run on your mobile phone and that routes the transmission to the media available: standard mobile, mobile data (3G), WiFi and so on with regards to the dialed number in order to optimize the cost of the communication. Fring also support various IP based solutions such as Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk and SIP. For sure mobile phone operators won’t like that. Running on one single device means that all my contacts’ information does not need to be replicated on various devices, what a relief!

It seems to like Symbian OS as numerous Nokia phones appear to be supported by now. Windows Mobile based devices is also an option but it crashed on my HP IPAQ nx2495… No doubt an iPhone version of Fring will come with time.

No business model is claimed by now. Advertising based operation or big player buyout?