Gartner: Microsoft Far Behind

Gartner’s Nick Gall:
“I just played with Windows Live this morning, and it’s (so far) nothing but an AJAX-enabled portal – and a pretty poor one at that.
“I think the real news is how far behind Microsoft is. If this is all it has at this late stage of the consumer portal market, the company is really in trouble. With no synergy with the Windows OS or even IE (there’s not even a toolbar yet), and no compelling content on the site itself, what would possibly draw users from another consumer portal?
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Microsoft is always slow. In the past they’ve always been great at catching up and passing their opponents. Google isn’t going to make the Netscape mistake, though!

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