Symantec sues Microsoft over storage tech

I know the blogosphere hates software, and most people dont remember the days of QEMM and Dr. Dos. But this was pretty much unthinkable just 10 - 15 years ago. From valley rumours from that era, Symantec basically had an agreement with Microsoft to “protect its flank” ... MSFT shared product roadmap to Symantec who made sofwares that MSFT didnt want/or bother to make (mostly utilities). In return, Symantec made sure to protect MSFT from disintermediation and encroachment from common enemies (why didnt symantec build a browser was a question I always wondered). Furthermore, Symantex tacitly allowed Microsoft to “extend and embrase” itself toward Symantec’s product lines while seeking higher grounds / smaller niches for new application opportunities that MSFT didnt have an immediate roadmap.

How times have changed ... former bed buddies now enemies... speaks to 1) how much Symantec has grown 2) how little opportunities are left for Symantec w/o taking on MSFT frontal 3) How the MSFT flank is so wide open Symantec can no longer play its role effectively 4) How Veritas is changing Symantec culture 5) how much less scary MSFT now seems (can you imaging ANYONE suing BillG in the mid 90’s?) 6) and how diverse the software industry has become...

321 Pages of eBay Goodness

Actually most of the Analyst Day Presentation is fluff that purposely hides some of the nuggets on eBay’s strategy for addressing its myriad of problems challenges. As always, Rob Hoff (who, btw, is the only blogger that actually writes about eBay :) ) has a good summary of the key issue cutting through all the marketing speak.

"Most interesting of all, eBay CEO Meg Whitman suggested that eBay’s reputation system, PayPal’s wallet, and Skype’s ability to let people have a constant online presence each could be decoupled from their respective services and offered as components of entirely new kinds of services. Meg didn’t specifically mentions offering them up to software developers, but said they could become the building blocks for a more customized Web."

So yes, eBay is now trying to stay ahead of the innovation curve by attempting to “micro-chunk” web services and not just content. Not so revolutionary from some perspective but defintely important for all the startups in the space.

In the end, its comforting to know that all the issues/ideas/projects do end up being bubbled up to senior executives . . . hopefully through the right business owners and not just another strategy thought piece ( ala the infamous McKinsey dossier).