A colleague asked me this morning if I had seen the Microsoft Mesh announcement. I said I had, and that I thought it looked really pretty, but I didn’t get it. “It looks like a solution in need of a problem,” I said. My colleague went on to say that this was basically what Joel on Software had also said, and I just got a kick out of reading Joel’s diatribe. I wish I wrote half as well as Joel.
Although I am not excited about Mesh, I am not as pessimistic about it as Joel is. I think it’s great that Microsoft has projects like this. Microsoft should be trying to innovate in as many ways as it can; and with innovation comes experimentation. That’s not a bad thing, although Joel seems to think it is.
My only concern is that this project appears to have come from Ray Ozzie himself. It seems like something that a couple of smart kids out of school could do. If I had the resources of Ray Ozzie behind me, I hope I’d come up with something much bigger. Products that don’t change the world are not worthy of the Chief Architect at Microsoft. So far, Mesh seems smallish. But, he’s a smart guy. Maybe the world-changing part is still coming; and if so, that’s great.