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Comment It's All About The Money (Score 1) 456

I guess I don't view this as a technology problem - more of an 'economic demand' issue. Looking at the evolution of email (and I know this is a simplification)... There were lots and lots of proprietary walled-garden email solutions pre-Internet. They worked fine for what they were - electronic memo systems for corporate users. The Internet changed the game, of course, and all those corporate users became interested in inter-operability - i.e. Company A want to exchange emails with Company B. My perspective is that email standards only gained real traction because of this economic imperative. People were willing to pay for email inter-operability and vendors were only too happy to adopted technology standards to make some money off their products. Where instant messaging is concerned, I don't think we have a economic imperative to drive a market that can pick winners and losers. Interestingly, there are plenty of walled-garden IM platforms in corporate use - e.g. Lync, Groove/Spark, etc. There is some amount of demand for inter-operability, but it's minimal in my experience. So without an economic impetus to standardize - here we are.
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Announced for November 2011 231

Bethesda took advantage of the Video Game Awards this weekend to announce the fifth installment of the Elder Scrolls series, titled Skyrim. The game is planned for November 2011, and a teaser trailer has been posted on the Elder Scrolls website. Details are sparse, though the game will apparently run on an "all-new" engine.

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