Timely reality check
So for now, Mr. Berkowitz has decreed that Microsoft will promote at least two Internet services. MSN, in Mr. Berkowitz’s conception, is a conventional portal with links to programming on various topics that competes with Yahoo and AOL. Windows Live, which uses the Live.com site, is meant to look much like Google, a spare-looking page that can be customized with modules from various services and news feeds.
Reflecting the many conflicting strategies, Microsoft’s Internet unit has been slowed by the same sort of organizational drag that caused the latest upgrade of Windows to fall years behind schedule. And of course, the competitive pace of the Internet is far faster than that of operating systems.