The bottom line is, it's about business.
Windows Live is just the first step. Microsoft is building out all of its existing products, cross-connecting different features around communications and social networking.
If you can identify who is buying and who is the more valuable customer, you can treat them according to future purchasing [potential]. That's the benefit.
Old habits die hard. Microsoft would really need to communicate the benefits.
Microsoft didn't say how much source code would be licensed. Contrary to some news reports, I expect the amount of source code to be fairly limited.
Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
Henry David Thoreau
(July 12, 1817 - May 06, 1862)
The Steelers are going to look for someone cheaper and someone better. That's what they've always tried to do. They brought other guys in and I was always better. But they found a guy they were comfortable with. Greg will run into the same problem in a couple years.
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