Microsoft Live Labs Debuts

Microsoft’s own little playground for startup-like initiatives debuted a couple of days ago. It’s called Live Labs. And the manifesto behind it is pretty interesting.
Microsoft has been forced to mobilize in response to drastic change before. They’re competitive and paranoid enough to gather the energy to battle. They’ve got a ways to go. A visit to their various experiments reveals mostly a collection of things that are more reactions and re-brandings than innovations. Live.com was borne out of a response. Now the task is to actually debut stuff that isn’t a Microsoft-branded del.icio.us or Gmail. They’ve done the right thing so far: they’ve institutionalized it made it something tangible (rather than groups of people nodding in agreement in hallways).

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