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Microsoft Needs To Move Faster, McManus Says

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Jeffrey McManus, now an evangelist at Yahoo, replies to the eWeek article I posted earlier: Microsoft and VCs.

“Microsoft may or may not be “dead” and what remains of the Longhorn feature set may or may not “suck,” but one way or another, Microsoft needs to figure out how to move faster. That’s the beginning and end of the story.”

Link: Microsoft and VCs

Speaking of stuff that Microsoft needs to respond quicker to. First there was Ruby on Rails. Now there’s Django, a high-level Python Web framework that’s getting talked up on the blogs. Simon Willison has more on that.

Why am I talking this stuff up? Because Microsoft’s customers are best served when I show them everything that’s available in the marketplace. Like they couldn’t figure it out anyway (it’s one of the top searches today on Technorati).

But, even better, it lets us have a conversation about this stuff so we can all learn about its plusses and minuses.

Technorati searches for Ruby on Rails (592 posts) and Django Project (14 posts).

Yes, we need to move faster. Even Steve Ballmer acknowledged that in our interview together. The cautionary tale for Microsoft is if we don’t, there are other speedboats waiting to serve developers.

But, back to Ruby on Rails and Django: what do you think? Have you compared them to ASP.NET yet? Have you started developing with either?

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Robert Scoble is the founder of the Scobleizer blog. He works as PodTech.net’s Vice President of Media Development.

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