More timely sleuthing from Mary Jo Foley
I’ve been puzzling over transcripts of a couple of recent speeches by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates where he discussed his vision for the end of phone numbers. But it wasn’t until today, when I learned more about Microsoft’s “Echoes” services platform for telcos that I began piecing together how Gates & Co. thinks Microsoft can do this.
Given the global reach and user base of related Windows Live services (for identity, authentication, presence tracking, contact management, rendezvous, etc.), Microsoft is in a very good position to help accelerate the looser-coupling trend.