The Microsoft Squeeze

News that Microsoft is replacing its current Chief Software Officer can't come too soon to my ears.

The most recent bombshell from Redmond was our discovery that operating systems such as Windows Mobile 5 and Media Centre Edition don't support server side playlists, ie you can't dynamically generate video clips and have them play in a Windows Media Player on either of these platforms. This is a serious misconnect between two core Microsoft technologies - their operating systems and their servers at a time when Vista seeks to extend multimedia capabilities (we have yet to assess if Vista suffers from the same shortcomings).