Dell en Microsoft hebben en deal gesloten met betrekking tot Microsoft.NET. Samen zullen ze hun diensten gaan aanbieden via het nieuwe netwerk van Microsoft. Kernwoorden hierbij zijn snel, makkelijk en persoonlijk. De mogelijkheden zullen volgens MS eindeloos zijn, maar wat het precies zal gaan worden zal waarschijnlijk binnenkort duidelijk worden. In ieder geval zullen we via MSN.NET makkelijker met internet om kunnen gaan en handiger contact kunnen maken met vrienden en kennissen:
Microsoft announced its first major partner for .NET yesterday - because if you think about it even for just a couple of minutes, Dellnet is .NET. And as it will be shipping in the US from this fall, it's clear that the transition to .NET is going to be rather more seamless than we might have envisaged.
Dellnet from MSN is at root a co-branding exercise, but there are enough signals in the announcement to make it clear it's intended to be much more radical and long term than the traditional - and generally somewhat tacky - deals between ISPs and PC OEMs. For starters, MSN stopped categorising itself as an ISP some time ago, but we'll get back to that. The bare bones of Dellnet is that you go into a store, be it Webmall or Snailmall, buy a Dell machine and sign up for Dellnet by MSN "services" (there, we got back faster than we'd intended) all at the same time.
So far so dull, but hint number one is that "the two companies will build on their long-standing relationship and offer consumers new Internet services that give them fast, easy and personalised Web access and content." Hint number two is that the Dellnet co-branded service is described as the initial offering, so there's clearly more brewing from that long term relationship.
This includes plans "to jointly develop next-generation Web-based products and services that can be leveraged with Dell PCs... and take advantage of other integrated audio and video solutions. In addition, the two companies will investigate new devices and services that extend the reach of the Internet computing experience in the home and personal environment."
Finally, here's what MSN, poised on the brink of morphing into MSN.NET, describes itself today. "MSN is the network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people better organise the Web around what's important to them. The network of MSN services... helps people easily stay in touch with friends and colleagues, make smart and secure purchasing decisions, and get more done." There's much more, but "top-rated Internet access" is right down the bottom. You hadn't been thinking it was a dial-up Internet service, had you?
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