Microsoft was recently working on an Amazon, eBay competitor

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
Jun 21, 2013
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  1. Microsoft recently toyed with the idea of building an e-commerce marketplace that would have competed with the likes of Amazon and eBay. People with knowledge of the plans said Redmond held talks with retailers as well as other tech companies...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,959

    Funny title in the Internet for this - Microsoft tried to create Amazon killer, because the way Microsoft attempts these things now, my money is on this next abomination turning on its creator yet again.

    Microsoft has been vigorously collecting the worst PR they could find. XBox One was the most recent one. And now cometh the boom :)
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Why not try to compete with Amazon at a marketplace, they tried to compete with Google on search. They'd do better off competing with IBM at business consulting. MS just feels like the kid in school who always wanted to hang out with the cool kids, but just isn't good enough at sports or popular enough with the girls. Hip commercials for the Surface, Bing, Win 8 over-innovation, XB1 DRM fiasco, and now we find out they were thinking of taking on Amazon. Full points for effort guys, seriously, but stick to what you're good at. Boring, useful, productive software.
    Auth3ntic0 and Tekkaraiden like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,959

    This is a jack-of-all-trades look at things, to be student of everything and master of nothing, all the while most people want very few but high quality things from Microsoft, like Windows, Office, and just highest quality software in general. If they fail at that, it doesn't matter what else they get into, it won't matter much. Their focus is shifting frequently, and not for the better.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    They way MS has blundered recently it's difficult to take them seriously now. It'll be a long hard struggle for them.
  6. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    It seems to me the horses and cows of this idea are long since over the hill and the barn door has lnog since been closed and nailed shut. I wonder who woke up the dreamer?
  7. Why the name chosen wasn't "Ukraine" ?
  8. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Addict Posts: 173   +56

    It's just like Amazon or Ebay, except you have take the receipt for your purchases back to the store everyday to prove they are yours, you can't buy things from overseas and you are not allowed to sell your purchases to other people.

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