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回顾 4 年前的 MSN Wave 11 计划

Damaster 在电脑中无意间看到了微软 2004 年 12 月公开的 MSN Wave 11(v7)Messenger 概念图,那时 MSN Messenger 6 也才刚刚推出正式版(那时 Windows Live 还不存在),但这张概念图却相当类似如今我们看到的 Windows Live Wave3。同时,Damaster 也找到了当时的 MSN Messenger, Hotmail, Spaces 计划列表

MSN Wave11 关键特性包括:

• Me (个人资料)    [Windows Live Profile?]
• My Relationships (社交网络)     [Windows Live People?]
• Catch up (新鲜事)    [Windows Live Home, What’s New feed?]
• Publish & Archive (发布和存档)     [Windows Live Spaces?]
• Communicate (交流)     [Windows Live Messenger]
• E-mail, IM, & SMS ( Email, 即时通讯, 短信)    [Windows Live Hotmail]
• Voice & Video (音频/视频)   [Windows Live Messenger, Call]
• Share (共享)     [Windows Live SkyDrive, Photos?]
• Fun (好友群组)    [Windows Live Groups?]

MSN Spaces – MSN are planning to create “Group Spaces”, although like the recently launched Blogging service these will allow you to create a place to share ideas, to do lists, notes, calendars, etc. with your family and friends. On the IM side of things, Messenger is likely to integrate by allowing people to create a group of friends, with the possible addition of “Circles” in MSN Messenger. Although in very early stages of development it’s likely “Circles” will integrate fully with MSN Group Spaces.

MSN Hotmail – Although there are little details on how the new wave will effect Hotmail, it’s likely that the tight integration of MSN Group Spaces will change Hotmail’s current contact features.

MSN Messenger – The Messenger main window is due to take on a Client dashboard paradigm with…user-customizable layout and multiple bar parts available. Other additions include RSS/Subscription info, file sharing info [of contacts]…

微软在 4 年前就已经计划好建立 Messenger, Hotmail, Spaces 群相关服务,以及用户个人页面,What’s New 等在最近 Wave3 才有巨大更新的特性。我们再来看看 MSN Messenger 的概念图,就能发现微软是“蓄谋已久”:

Windows_Live_Messenger_Comparison

这两款不同时代的产品却惊人地相似,值得庆幸的是,我们还是在 Wave3 等到了这些在当时相当有远见的计划;令我觉得不安的是,那今年的计划,还要 4 年,甚至更久么?我很体谅微软因其规模不得不面临诸多效率问题,但这 4 年 Windows Live 确实还没怎么起色,尤其是在中国。

LiveSide: Looking at the past – a vision for Messenger four years ago

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