First Ring Daily 1019: Last Week Today

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On this episode of First Ring Daily, Microsoft wants to spend some money, new icons, and more from Brad’s time under the sun.

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  • brumfondl

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2021 - 8:15 pm

    <p>A seagull with one leg should be named Hopalong…</p>

  • mobispoke

    29 March, 2021 - 9:33 pm

    <p>I agree with Brad that Microsoft purchasing Discord is a good idea. However, I disagree that Discord should be fashioned into a consumer product to replace Skype. The dichotomy model of business vs consumer users needs to be replaced with a Venn diagram with three overlapping categories: business, personal, gaming/creative. There are definitely people in all three areas. Some products overlap two of those areas successfully (Word for business and consumers for instance) but those are relatively rare. Microsoft's push to create Microsoft 365 as the end-all of its business and consumer business is confusing that consumers don't need the whole office at home. By the same token, gamers don't want/need the tools of Teams or Skype for gaming.</p><p><br></p><p>Skype is not perfect but it has a customer base. I attended a funeral the other day where Skype was mentioned repeatedly as a way that family had been reconciled over the past 5 years despite the distances. I don't know if they actually used Skype but the name has cache. Teams for life has had a slow roll-out and really doesn't serve a purpose. I am annoyed I ever signed up. I use Teams extensively for work. I am really annoyed every time I open the app on my phone and there are no messages or teams because it is now defaulting to the personal account. Grrr. Meanwhile, attempting to push Discord to senior citizens and people who just want to make a video call a couple times a month is really problematic. Discord needs to stay focused on the gamer/creative community. </p><p><br></p><p>My perfect world for these chat/call tools:</p><ul><li>Teams focuses on Business with working federation with Skype so consumers can integrate as needed (most of the time they don't need an account TBH). Kill off Teams for life and transfer slick features to Skype</li><li>Keep building Skype for personal VOIP and video calls. GroupMe could be merged and better integrated with Skype. They represent consumer-tools that are approachable and useful for people who aren't gaming. (from what I can tell, Skype is included in Microsoft 365 consumer subscriptions, yet it is not part of the Microsoft 365 roadmap. Microsoft needs to better define its role. It actually has many integration points and works better than when the Pandemic started. There needs to be clarity so the consumer can be confident going forward in its staying power).</li><li>Enhance Discord for integration in the Xbox network as Brad and Paul discuss. Just don't dumb it down for general consumer use. The gamers will be upset, just like when Xbox One was first fashioned as primarily a media device.</li></ul><p><br></p>

  • ken10

    30 March, 2021 - 5:15 pm

    <p>I've always found Slack powerful but not as intuitive as Discord. If they keep the features, intuitiveness, they could use the discord core engineering design for professional environments as well. I would not call it "Discord for Business", cuz well, "discord". I'd much rather use a more polished Discord than Slack at work.</p><p><br></p><p>I think they need Discord to make Viva (Employee Experience Platform) work. MS big money is in corporate. And if you can pull the consumer along, that works too.</p><p><br></p><p>And at $10B they are getting a deal to compete with Salesforce… </p><p></p&gt;

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