I Know, Let's Copy That YouTube Thing!

from the innovation-outsourced dept

MSN was already seen as something of a leader in online video, but that reputation was forged on its work of securing the rights to commercial programming, then distributing it with advertising. Instead of focusing on this area, Microsoft apparently decided it needed to devote resources to building its own YouTube-a-like, dubbed Soapbox, which it's opened to beta testers. At first glance, there doesn't seem to be anything here that would compel people to use it over YouTube, and it looks like little more than a me-too play. See, the nice thing about YouTube is that it's a fairly open system, allowing users to embed videos in their own sites, like, say, an MSN Spaces blog. So instead of wasting resources to reinvent the wheel and duplicate YouTube's efforts, why not just work on a partnership with them that would let MSN leverage YouTube's existing user base, instead of having to fight the uphill battle of building its own from scratch, while at the same time expanding the market for the ad-supported video content it already has? But why do the smart thing, when you can simply just build another copycat web service that's bound for mediocrity?

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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Sep 2006 @ 8:52pm

    Re: Your joking right?

    Microsoft gets a lot of crap for no reason. Yea, Windows unsecure. Yet it was also written for almost anybody to write a program or driver for it. You're going to be unstable if you try to leave it as open to modification as they do. You can't have stability and flexibility at the same time. it's not possible. Linux may crash, but I can't do #$%& on a Linux because it doesn't do everything I want it to. Windows actually can do everything I need it to. It may not be the best at all of them, but it at least *can* do all of them. Stop hating another system just because you don't like it. A Windows system has advantages that a Linux does not. The same vice versa. Why can't people just realize that its really just a matter of style and opinion. It depends on what you wanna do and how you wanna do it.

    and wtf does your sentence, "I can't actually believe your a real person with a unreal opinion, but truth is stranger than fiction," even mean? "unreal opinion"? and what truth are you talking about?? You can't even string together a competent thought worth trying to understand... why would I let you dictate what system I want to use?

    Let people choose. If they're not satisfied with what they have, they'll look for something else. If it were actually so bad, people would switch systems and Windows wouldn't have a tremendous market share. Simple observation.

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