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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

January 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Microsoft’s problem not late innovation but premature innovation?

One commonly heard gripe about Microsoft is that it doesn’t innovate — or that its innovations come too late. But could the problem actually be that it innovates…too early?

That’s one conclusion drawn by Wes Miller, who, in his getwired.com blog, posits that some of the technologies created or acquired by Microsoft are “way ahead of their time. So far ahead, in fact that to many people, they don’t make sense – and as a result, either die on the vine or fail to sustain themselves in the market after release.”

Miller, who formerly worked at Microsoft, currently is an analyst with independent, Kirkland-based research firm Directions on Microsoft. Getwired.com is Miller’s personal blog and not part of Directions on Microsoft.

Among the “premature innovations” Miller cites: WebTV, Tablet PCs and SPOT Watches. Just as interesting as the items themselves, though, are the reasons MIller cites for these products’ demise: everything from costs to paranoia to content acquisition.

It’s an interesting read – here.

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