I'm willing to bet that the announcement by Microsoft today that they would opensource their .net application went fairly unnoticed by the wider SaaS community. I think this is a grave mistake and a fundimental unestimation of Microsofts attempt to get into SaaS big time (in their own way according to Phil Wainwright)
Marshall Kirkpatrick on R/WW states that " It's hard to say what the incentive was for this move" and openly admits that they at R/WW are "still chewing on the significance of this announcement"
Well here's my pick. It links nicely with my bit about opensource and SaaS from the other day. Stay with me because this is a little convoluted.
- There's a massive developer community already skilled in building .Net stuff.
- By openning it up to the world, Microsoft has essentially given its developer partner community an easy leg into the SaaS world. Something they clearly wanted after they announced thier S+S play.
- Its also given its chances of developing a lot of different applications that appeal to the masses a huge boost. (remember when i talked about Scale and Microsoft ?)
- Its also given its Telco partners a way of getting access to that same developer community / ISV's. Given they too have scale, know about platforms and are seeing SaaS as a blue ocean, thats incredibly valuable.
Watch this space, i think you'll see a whole bunch of SaaS action out of it