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Courtney: Quarterdeck vs Symantec, and Lessons for Skype

Triggered by the piece I wrote this morning on Skype’s platform business, and Andy’s and Om’s postings, Jim Courtney took the time to write a lengthy piece illustrating how Symantec’s approach to Microsoft won the day over Quarterdeck’s approach.  

As Jim points out in his piece, a successful ISV is both tied to the platform vendor, and innovating a generation or two ahead of the platform vendor.  If your business is building small featurettes that will shortly be subsumed into the platform (as some Skype ISV’s have done), then you really don’t have a business.  You’re a prototyping shop, showing the platform vendor which features to build.

This is well worth reading.  Thanks for writing it, Jim. 

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