Connexion by Boeing

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Microsoft forever continues to play catch-up. Fellow WordPress blogger, Scobleizer – Microsoft Geek Blogger, commented that Google’s newly announced web-based spreadsheet service might not fit his bill because…well, in his own words:

Also, I’ve learned that the Internet sometimes goes away (like every time I’m on a plane) so keeping files locally is vitally important to most businesspeople who can’t rely on the Internet for their vital data.

(Reference URL for fact-checkers and record-keepers: http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/06/06/google-announces-more-sleepless-nights-ahead-for-msft-product-managers/#comment-35940)

Isn’t Microsoft’s corporate headquarters in Seattle? And, wasn’t Boeing’s corporate headquarters in Seattle until only a few years ago? Would not such worldwide-located and globally important firms know a little something about each other, especially if the knowledge is not a tip-top-secret threat to national security? Don’t their employees inter-marry? (By the way, kudos to Bill Gates for marrying a fellow Duke alumnae/i.) Didn’t Scoble think to invite any of the likely remaining Boeing employees to his upcoming barbeque? Then why doesn’t an apparently well-spoken, well-traveled, and highly intelligent Microsoft employee know his above statement is not entirely correct? In fact, it’s dead wrong.

I guess it’s up to the The Distillery to correct him–and remind Microsoft it still owes its blogger an Office Suite for a needed favor provided to one of its sales reps ten years ago. (No, I never forget being cheated, especially when it would cost Microsoft essentially nothing to make good on its promise. And again, need Microsoft wonder why it was recently surveyed as being one of the most untrustworthy of corporations? Again, “Duh!”) Robert Scoble, meet Connexion by Boeing. And with that tip from The Distillery, I’m certain we’ll not hear any more excuses for why something did not get finished because you were on a cross-country flight, eh? In fact, you can sign up here.

(Note: Robert, this is not at all intended to be a personal attack on you, but very much so one on Microsoft. I trust you can understand both my ire for being cheated by a Microsoft sales rep, but also my immense respect for you. I also understand my invite to your barbeque “got lost in the mail.” No hard feelings, I hope. In fact, I’ll make sure you get an invite to my fall oyster roast here on the east coast.)

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5 Responses to “Connexion by Boeing”

  1. Lily Arrow Says:

    I love you! A blogger who cites his sources! You’re the best!!! Thank you.

  2. SippinWhisky Says:

    Thank you. I spent a few too many years in academia.

  3. Robert Scoble Says:

    I know the Connexion team well and have reported on using their service on an SAS flight to Copenhagen, but you missed my point 99.9% of all aircraft don’t have Wifi and will only get it slowly because of the expense. JetBlue just spent billions buying it for their aircraft.

  4. SippinWhisky Says:

    Robert, you are indeed correct about domestic flights as things now stand. However, in the very competitive airline industry, and with its kinked demand curve, the implementation/adoption by one is likely soon to be followed by all others. So in response to your particular posting regarding web-based services, any appraisals based on where data will reside are from a very near-sighted perspective.

    Will you agree that within a year, and at most two, its presence on even domestic flights will very probably be ubiquitous? And if so, would not such a near-sighted perspective of its impact be less forward-thinking than that which a competitor should have? I proffer that a one- or (at most) two-year adoption time frame of an enabling auxiliary technology does indeed create a significant threat to “PC-centric” applications.

  5. Florian Says:

    Hi,
    I found your blog via google by accident and have to admit that youve a really interesting blog :-)
    Just saved your feed in my reader, have a nice day :)

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