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October 07, 2005


Manish Vij

[NetStudio was crushed by Microsoft (remember "PhotoDraw"?)...]

Hey Sam! Good to see you're online.

NetStudio is still around. It's never had enough marketing funding to go mass-market, but that had nothing to do with MS.

There have been over five graphics apps from MS, only the consumer photo editor has been truly mass-market, and most (including PhotoDraw) were discontinued. They were almost all acquisitions shipped once or twice as trial balloons to keep the teams happy.

The latest iteration looks better, because MS finally needs to commit to graphics to make Vista shell design work for Windows developers. It's still fairly high-end though.

Sam Ramji

Good points, Manish. After we took Best of Show at Spring Internet World '98, things looked very good... until PhotoDraw's marketing came out and looked exactly like NetStudio's ;) These are the types of harmful practices that the company was known for at the time. The good news is that's changing and I'm thrilled to be a part of the new approach.

Dan Ciruli

I don't understand why people seem to have such a hard time understanding why a startup would want to work with Microsoft. An ISV writing software for Windows has access to the largest install base of any OS on the planet, gets to work with the best development tools ever written, and gets access to fantastic programs (Empower, Registered Partner) that provide thousands of dollars worth of software, marketing, and advice. What would be the advantage to writing software in Linux? You have to convince people to use a certain flavor of a certain OS, you're using substandard dev tools, and, most importantly, no one is running partner programs aimed at helping you out!

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