Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

"Making any money on your island?"

"Making any money on your island?"

  • Comments 1
  • Likes

Avatars.  Islands.  Second Life.  Innovation that's the rage.  Or is it?  I thought it was fascinating that IBM made the following commercial.

 

 

 

 

This is a stark contrast to the IBM Real Business in 3-D Internet section of ibm.com and of course their efforts with Second Life. Here's part of the description from the website:

"With the Business Center, IBM is bringing together its 2-D website and real IBM sales people within a popular 3-D virtual world. This is a powerful combination. It provides a new way for clients and IBMers to meet, work together, and do business."

So what do you make of Second Life?  Have you ever used it?  As you can see, IBM is using this virtual world technology to connect their customers to customers as well as the IBM sales and service personnel.

Is this something Microsoft should be involved in?  While I was at the Windows Server 2008 launch event in Houston, Texas I had lunch with Zain Naboulsi.  Zain is a zany Microsoft Developer Evangelist who brings an awesome amount of energy to everything he does, including Second Life.  While we were talking, I decided to fire up the video camera and get some of his impressions on video.  Here's the interview with him.

I'm definitely on the fence.  Like many virtual worlds or areas of the grid that offer anonymous personalities, it's really anything goes. And like the islands of the world, there are islands that are safe for business or your family, and there are other islands where let's just say, clothing is optional. 

So while some people treat the Second Life system as a game, other corporate entities are looking at this as a way to connect with customers.  I worry about this a little because I know your time is already precious so I'm wondering if such an initiative will be sticky enough to live long and prosper.  I guess you'll have to judge for yourself.

How do I find the TechNet stuff there?  Well, you first need to join Second Life at http://www.secondlife.com.  After that, look for and join the "Micrsoft TechNet on Second Life Group".  Apparently it's part of the Microsoft Island. 

Chris Avis is now our Microsoft IT Pro Second Life leader for the TechNet team.  If you have questions, contact him at http://blogs.technet.com/chrisavis/contact.aspx.  Chris has been involved in the online world since dial-up BBS systems so I'm sure he'll make the island entertaining.  He knows how to throw a party.  <insert parrot head music here>

 

This is a stark contrast to the IBM Real Business in 3-D Internet section of ibm.com and of course their efforts with Second Life. Here's part of the description from the website:

"With the Business Center, IBM is bringing together its 2-D website and real IBM sales people within a popular 3-D virtual world. This is a powerful combination. It provides a new way for clients and IBMers to meet, work together, and do business."

So what do you make of Second Life?  Have you ever used it?  As you can see, IBM is using this virtual world technology to connect their customers to customers as well as the IBM sales and service personnel.

Is this something Microsoft should be involved in?  While I was at the Windows Server 2008 launch event in Houston, Texas I had lunch with Zain Naboulsi.  Zain is a zany Microsoft Developer Evangelist who brings an awesome amount of energy to everything he does, including Second Life.  While we were talking, I decided to fire up the video camera and get some of his impressions on video.  Here's the interview with him.

I'm definitely on the fence.  Like many virtual worlds or areas of the grid that offer anonymous personalities, it's really anything goes. And like the islands of the world, there are islands that are safe for business or your family, and there are other islands where let's just say, clothing is optional. 

So while some people treat the Second Life system as a game, other corporate entities are looking at this as a way to connect with customers.  I worry about this a little because I know your time is already precious so I'm wondering if such an initiative will be sticky enough to live long and prosper.  I guess you'll have to judge for yourself.

How do I find the TechNet stuff there?  Well, you first need to join Second Life at http://www.secondlife.com.  After that, look for and join the "Micrsoft TechNet on Second Life Group".  Apparently it's part of the Microsoft Island. 

Chris Avis is now our Microsoft IT Pro Second Life leader for the TechNet team.  If you have questions, contact him at http://blogs.technet.com/chrisavis/contact.aspx.  Chris has been involved in the online world since dial-up BBS systems so I'm sure he'll make the island entertaining.  He knows how to throw a party.  <insert parrot head music here>

 

This is a stark contrast to the IBM Real Business in 3-D Internet section of ibm.com and of course their efforts with Second Life. Here's part of the description from the website:

"With the Business Center, IBM is bringing together its 2-D website and real IBM sales people within a popular 3-D virtual world. This is a powerful combination. It provides a new way for clients and IBMers to meet, work together, and do business."

So what do you make of Second Life?  Have you ever used it?  As you can see, IBM is using this virtual world technology to connect their customers to customers as well as the IBM sales and service personnel.

Is this something Microsoft should be involved in?  While I was at the Windows Server 2008 launch event in Houston, Texas I had lunch with Zain Naboulsi.  Zain is a zany Microsoft Developer Evangelist who brings an awesome amount of energy to everything he does, including Second Life.  While we were talking, I decided to fire up the video camera and get some of his impressions on video.  Here's the interview with him.

I'm definitely on the fence.  Like many virtual worlds or areas of the grid that offer anonymous personalities, it's really anything goes. And like the islands of the world, there are islands that are safe for business or your family, and there are other islands where let's just say, clothing is optional. 

So while some people treat the Second Life system as a game, other corporate entities are looking at this as a way to connect with customers.  I worry about this a little because I know your time is already precious so I'm wondering if such an initiative will be sticky enough to live long and prosper.  I guess you'll have to judge for yourself.

How do I find the TechNet stuff there?  Well, you first need to join Second Life at http://www.secondlife.com.  After that, look for and join the "Micrsoft TechNet on Second Life Group".  Apparently it's part of the Microsoft Island. 

Chris Avis is now our Microsoft IT Pro Second Life leader for the TechNet team.  If you have questions, contact him at http://blogs.technet.com/chrisavis/contact.aspx.  Chris has been involved in the online world since dial-up BBS systems so I'm sure he'll make the island entertaining.  He knows how to throw a party.  <insert parrot head music here>

[UPDATE for 4/14/2008]  Chris Avis has posted more information on his plans at http://blogs.technet.com/chrisavis/archive/2008/04/14/second-life-and-a-windows-2008-launch.aspx.

Your comment has been posted.   Close
Thank you, your comment requires moderation so it may take a while to appear.   Close
Leave a Comment
  • Does this mean I'm famous now?