Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Microsoft Rumored To Buy Second Life

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the get-a-first-life dept.

Microsoft 223

Jamie noticed a rumor making the rounds: Microsoft buying Second Life. Nobody is confirming or denying anything, much less announcing anything sounding like a price. Or a reason why this makes any sense to anyone.

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Why the hell was this posted? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754134)

No confirmation, no denials, no explanation, no reason to believe it at all... ...and this is news?

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (4, Funny)

cosm (1072588) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754164)

...and this is news?

for nerds dammit. NERDS. Respect our authoritah.

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754166)

You are right. It's not news - it's Fox news. *ducks*

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754336)

Wait. Microsoft wants to buy Second Life?

Don't they need to get a first life, first?

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 years ago | (#33754620)

In five years time I expect to see a story about Microsoft buying minecraft.

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (1)

insufflate10mg (1711356) | about 4 years ago | (#33754954)

I recently bought that game after its creator/owner was featured in a recent Slashdot article. One of the most fun games I've ever played, period, and my friends and I even played together (everyone took a computer and did multiplayer survival mode). So fun to work together to create simple but beautiful structures. Felt like the possibilities would never run out. .

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754622)

They had a first life but it was killed by a flying chair.

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754200)

No confirmation, no denials, no explanation, no reason to believe it at all... ...and this is news?

It's Second Life. The articles about it were never news or of any relevance to anything much but you have to have them.

Re:Why the hell was this posted? (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754368)

Five years ago, maybe. Now? Not so much.

But (4, Funny)

hoytak (1148181) | about 4 years ago | (#33754910)

everyone knows that Microsoft doesn't like its current life and wants a new one. Unfortunately, second life only allows actual people to play, so for Microsoft to be able to play as a corporation, they would have to buy it first and change the rules. Isn't that obvious?

Obviously (5, Funny)

deep9x (1068252) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754136)

They need it to compete with the runaway critical and commercial success of Playstation Home.

Re:Obviously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754226)

No, Steve Ballmer is a secret furry.

Re:Obviously (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | about 4 years ago | (#33754810)

Oh dude, that's just too freaky. I can handle just about any other fetish, but those damned flurries are too freaky for me.

   

microsoft bob chat (1)

DrYak (748999) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754334)

or to organise virtual chat lobbies on MSN live, whose quality and relevance could even reach Microsoft Bob levels.

Re:microsoft bob chat (4, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754448)

Except that clippy will be replaced with a swarm of flying didoes.

Re:microsoft bob chat (1)

sharkey (16670) | about 4 years ago | (#33755078)

...a swarm of flying didoes.

Am I the only one that read that as "flying dildos"?

Re:microsoft bob chat (2, Funny)

mwbeatty (1401881) | about 4 years ago | (#33755154)

...a swarm of flying didoes.

Am I the only one that read that as "flying dildos"?

I assumed it was a typo. Esp. since I have no idea what flying didoes are.

15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754356)

Home has turned out to be a massive success for Sony. Microsoft has to do something because right now their online service is getting laughed at by gamers:

* Forced 50 dollar a year online fees
* Laggy P2P based networking for games
* Tiny online game sizes because of the horrible P2P networking tech
* Their creepy ripoff of Nintendo's Mii avatars

Compared to Sony's:

* Free online gaming for every single player
* Standard dedicated servers for all major games just like in PC gaming
* Gigantic player counts for online games thanks to the dedicated servers
* The massive Home online service

Home is absolutely packed with people at all hours of the day with almost every person spending money constantly on Home items for their characters and personal spaces. The amount of money Sony is making off of the Home service is huge when you add up just low estimates for what people are buying every month.

Sony has been working on Home since the early PS2 days. Combined with their long history of experience in MMORPG tech and development it is going to be basically impossible for Microsoft to take Second Life and turn it into anything that can compete with Home.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (1)

bhcompy (1877290) | about 4 years ago | (#33754534)

Home was not obviously successful to anyone, it was actually kind of a flop, but Sony has stuck with it and they continue to make it better. Now, it's a fairly good matchmaker and it does provide something extra that is significant and free. I'm still waiting for homes where you display your trophies on the wall, though. That said, it does make good money for Sony given the numbers

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754618)

LOL, no.

Sony had gamers begging for invites for a year before the service went live. People with Home invites were treated with jealousy and envy. The day Home went live the servers were absolutely packed with people. The servers have been packed with people non-stop every day since at all hours of the day.

Sony started racking in huge amounts of cash from in Home sales right from the very first month with just a tiny number of items for sale. The amount they must be making now with so many millions of people constantly on and massive amounts of new content flooding in every week must be gigantic.

"it was actually kind of a flop"

So, yeah, nice try at some revisionist history. The only people who try to claim that are angry and jealous fans of competing consoles.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754822)

I remember those days. When they had just announced it, and everybody was talking about it.

Mostly to make fun of it.

Then it was released for real, and... Haven't heard a single word of it since. If it was a success, it was the quietest success I've ever seen.

Aww...Poor Liddle Fanboy. Still Butthurt Over Home (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754846)

Poor liddle Xbot faggot. Still bitter that your piece of crap console has been forcing you waste 50 dollars a year for laggy P2P networking and gay little 2d avatars.

God how I love just how much Xbots cry over Home.

Cry faggots. Cry.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (2, Insightful)

RingBus (1912660) | about 4 years ago | (#33754832)

Home did generate massive amounts of hatred from Xbox owners in the gaming media as expected. That is the only possible way you could make the absurd claim that Home has been anything but a massive success. But outside of angry fans of other consoles with nothing to compare to Home, the services has been absolutely flooded with gamers from day one.

The service was so successful right from the very first month Sony was absolutely giddy reporting the number of users and amount of money they were making from online sales.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (1)

GeckoAddict (1154537) | about 4 years ago | (#33754564)

MS has 25 million live subscribers. @ $50 each, that's $1.25bil. Plus, they have likely sold more than 600mil worth of downloads (citation) [bloomberg.com] , so call it 1.85 $bil/yr.

Sony has announced that they will also be adding a $50 subscription fee, so that benefit is gone. So MS might be losing small market share, but 'getting laughed at by gamers' might be a bit of an exaggeration.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754682)

"MS has 25 million live subscribers. @ $50 each, that's $1.25bil."

Looks for that 1.25 billion in Microsoft's very own quarterly reports...bzzzttt! Fail.

"Sony has announced that they will also be adding a $50 subscription fee,"

Yawn. A stupid lie.

You're a fucking moron even by Xbot standards.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (2, Informative)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | about 4 years ago | (#33754746)

MS has 25 million live subscribers. @ $50 each, that's $1.25bil.

I'm no expert in Xbox Live, but your cited article [bloomberg.com] doesn't match your figures. It says that only half the 25 million users paid the $50 Gold subscription:

Microsoft says about half the service's 25 million users paid an annual fee to play games online like "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" in the year ended June 30. That would be about $600 million.

So rather than $1.85 billion dollars of sales that you estimate, it is more like $1.2 billion that your article estimates. Still nothing to be laughed at. I can only assume that the grandparent poster meant to say was that the Xbox Live service was laughed at by Playstation gamers. Which they would, I suppose.

Doesn't Really Make Sense For Microsoft (4, Insightful)

RingBus (1912660) | about 4 years ago | (#33754780)

Home is massive. The amount of work Sony has put into it over the years is enormous. A full MMORPG style gaming engine. Media streaming tech and servers. Integration with games and the PS3 system software. Huge amounts of tools and processes for adding content from Sony themselves and vast numbers of third parties.

Microsoft would have to spend years coming up with anything remotely similar. I have a hard time imagining they are really going to try to come up with a copy of Sony's Home. There is burning anger from the humiliation the huge success Sony has had with Home both from the gigantic userbase and enormous support from third party gaming companies.

But everything at Microsoft points to them no longer really trying to compete with Sony and the PS3 and instead have given up and turned to trying to turn the old Xbox 360 hardware into a Wii type device. They have been closing down internal studios and other internal Xbox related teams for the past two years. They now only have about 3 first party studios. Suddenly ramping up the resources and personnel to try to create an answer to Sony's enormous Home online world just doesn't make sense. Whatever they come up with is going to be so late and rushed that it is going to just look like junk in comparison.

Re:Doesn't Really Make Sense For Microsoft (0, Troll)

qoa (704941) | about 4 years ago | (#33755212)

Too bad it's a complete bore to use, and has massive load times for a whole lot of nothing. It might be a "success" fiscally but wow is it bad.

Re:15-20 Million PS3 Home Users (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 4 years ago | (#33754798)

Thanks for quoting reasons not to buy them. I honestly don't think they are for sale. I think they were, and then the founder returned and took back over the company. He won't sell it because its his vision.

Bitter Xbot Fanboy Tears. Love It! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754552)

Go back to crying over your RRoDbox and its gay little 2D avatars.

You just know this Xbot assclown is going to be screaming about Microsoft's 'innovative' online world whenever Microsoft finally gets some sort of crappy ripoff of Home finally out the door.

Wait a minute... (4, Funny)

aquila.solo (1231830) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754138)

Wouldn't that imply they had a first?

Re:Wait a minute... (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754186)

Well their first isn't held in such high regard, so it's not wonder they need a second one. ;)

Re:Wait a minute... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754266)

More of a life than a bunch of Linux dick smokers who hang out online all day acting like they know something about computing but rarely do any of them have two dimes to rub together.

Re:Wait a minute... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754436)

More of a life than this here Linux dick smoker who hangs out online all day acting like he knows something about trolling but rarely has two dimes to rub together.

Re:Wait a minute... (1)

endymion.nz (1093595) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754516)

Oh wow, a linux basher bases his sense of worth and value around monetary wealth.

Re:Wait a minute... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754530)

yeah, doesn't he know that linux users base their sense of worth and value around how much cock they can suck?

Re:Wait a minute... (3, Insightful)

endymion.nz (1093595) | about 4 years ago | (#33754602)

I'm sorry that money is your defining metric for value. You should reorient yourself and focus on ideas and people, because the level of cognitive dissonance required for your moral structure has clearly impaired your ability to avoid logical fallacies.

Re:Wait a minute... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33755144)

Yeah. that's worked out real well for the Linfux so far. LOLZ!!!!!onehundredeleven!!!

Get a fucking clue. It's amazing to see people respond to an obvious troll while people are legitimately suggesting the MS is buying SL because of the Linux users who use it. It just goes to show how fucked up the open sores crowd is in their way of thinking.

Go suck a dick.

Re:Wait a minute... (2, Insightful)

internettoughguy (1478741) | about 4 years ago | (#33754646)

yeah, doesn't he know that linux users base their sense of worth and value around how much cock they can suck?

Can you think of a better metric?

CmdrTaco rumored to NOT be a cock-smoker (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754172)

I noticed a rumor making the rounds - Rob Malda (aka CmdrTaco) is NOT a cock-smoker. Nobody is confirming or denying anything, much less announcing anything sounding like proof. Or a reason why this makes any sense to anyone.

IP (3, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754174)

The only reason I can think of is they want to pick up any patents they own and sue people. Perhaps I'm bitter ... it seems that's the only reason companies get bought these days.

Re:IP (1, Interesting)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754262)

MS? Naaaaahhh.

MS is a mature company in a mature business supplying software in a commoditized industry. Their growth days are long gone. They do have a lot of cash that have to use and one way for a mature company to grow is to purchase other companies.

TO contrast strategies: Apple is innovating and creating new markets whereas MS is going to buy into markets.

Now, if you saw some entity like Crane, Poole, and Schmidt, LLC. buy into the company, then I'd be concerned about patent trolling.

Re:IP (3, Insightful)

darguskelen (1081705) | about 4 years ago | (#33754598)

I'm looking at this two ways: What could MS use SL technology for? and As bad as SL is, can MS POSSIBLY make it worse? Their track record says "YES" but SL's quality says "OH GOD NO, GEOCITIES EXPLODED INTO 3D!"

Re:IP (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about 4 years ago | (#33754834)

Two words: Clippy World

Microsoft's Aim: OpenSim, .NET, Windows Server (1)

kripkenstein (913150) | about 4 years ago | (#33754942)

I'm looking at this two ways: What could MS use SL technology for?

It's more of, "how can Microsoft push its agendas better by buying SL?" Here is how.

Currently the SL main grid runs on Linux servers, with Mono powering the scripting engine. However, there is an open source reverse-engineered replacement server for the official SL servers, called OpenSim. OpenSim is written in C#, and has gotten some support and interest from Microsoft. You can currently only use the official servers in the SL main grid, while people outside tinker with OpenSim.

Microsoft can buy SL, scrap all those Linux servers and the official SL server code, and switch it all to OpenSim on .NET on Windows Server. This would be somewhat like switching Hotmail to Windows (which did not go at all smoothly...). The overall goal would be to kill off the existing SL server code, and position OpenSim as the 'Apache of virtual worlds'. And that Apache happens to run much better on .NET/WIndows Server than Mono/Linux (simply because Mono's performance is much poorer than .NET - the OpenSim developers complain about this). For this reason it was not the best decision to write OpenSim in C#.

So, if virtual worlds take off and become a huge market, Windows Server will be in a position to gain. Will that actually happen? Who knows. But it's worth a few million $ to Microsoft, they made that in the time it took me to write this comment.

Re:IP (1)

Locutus (9039) | about 4 years ago | (#33754748)

Microsoft usually buys companies to end the potential competition and in some cases tries to make Windows version of them and they fail. A recent example is Danger. As for Second Life, I can see them trying to spin it into a form of 3D social media thing where they can tie it to Microsoft controlled API's with something like Sliverlight. Otherwise, I don't see another reason for it and the patent troll stuff will only make them look worst than they already do. Their brand is already quite tired and tarnished. IMO

LoB

Re:IP (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 4 years ago | (#33754818)

Anything other than what it is now will kill it. I was there 3 years. there is about 150 people who pay for 95% of its operating costs to the tune of $2400 a year for server fees plus all the conversion into US money. Linden Lab is actually in the black. they make their money in server renting and money exchange. If the company is sold those people WILL leave and Microsoft will get useless tech and a empty landscape (even emptyier than before) They should buy Blue mars anyway. there more up their speed.

Re:IP (1)

Locutus (9039) | about 4 years ago | (#33755024)

that sounds too logical. Microsoft has not made any profits off stuff which they could not directly leverage their Windows desktop monopoly. So, odds are very high to destruction of anything they purchase which can not be forced onto peoples desktop.

One exception though was SoftImage. They were strictly a UNIX based software product so when Microsoft purchased them and forced them to produce a Windows version the engineers refused to let the UNIX version get 2nd fiddle status. Customers who used UNIX loved it and eventually Microsoft got enough workstation business to sell SoftImage and their UNIX versions are still top notch. sorry, long story.

LoB

Re:IP (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | about 4 years ago | (#33754952)

Well, they're using a lot of MS tech very well... Their backend is .Net based IIRC, not sure if they're using the DLR though. It seems that whenever someone creates a popular app using MS tech they're often bought out. Groovr and Visio were both apps using the MS COM based scripting engine, and both bought out. Not aware of any apps more popular that used it.

Re:IP (1)

trapnest (1608791) | about 4 years ago | (#33755050)

The SL grid uses linux and mono.

reason for the acquisition (4, Funny)

Speare (84249) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754178)

... Or a reason why this makes any sense to anyone.

  • They have decided that the scripting language is far superior to Jav... er, C# and .NET. In fact, it's superior to anything Windows was written in.
  • Or, ... they got confused when they saw all of that embracing and extending going on in the virtual space of Second Life.

Re:reason for the acquisition (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754204)

... Or a reason why this makes any sense to anyone.

  • Or, ... they got confused when they saw all of that embracing and extending going on in the virtual space of Second Life.

That's probably more like it. :p

Re:reason for the acquisition (1)

The-Pheon (65392) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754444)

They have decided that the scripting language is far superior to Jav... er, C# and .NET.

The Second Life scripting language compiles to run on the CLR. Second Life has embedded mono in their client.

Re:reason for the acquisition (1)

The-Pheon (65392) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754472)

From http://www.mono-project.com/Scripting_With_Mono [mono-project.com]

The early results of switching showed that there was a 50 to 150 times performance increase in switching from LSL/interpreted to LSL/Mono.

Re:reason for the acquisition (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | about 4 years ago | (#33754980)

Wish I had mod points here... LL s using MS based tech effectively, this tends to make them ripe for a buyout. See: Visio, Groove, etc...

Bad secondary (3, Funny)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 4 years ago | (#33754580)

they got confused when they saw all of that embracing and extending going on in the virtual space of Second Life.

That was cruel, when you said that the Furries first came to mind, and then shortly after than visuals of the embracing and extending you mentioned...

Thanks a lot.

Because... (3, Funny)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754184)

...because Bill Gates wants to make his Linden dollar purchases for "Gorean" equipment deductible?

...because Silverlight will be EXL-compatible?

...because Microsoft is replacing C# with LSL?

...because it's a talent grab in the customer service department?

...because IE10 will be based upon the Second Life Viewer?

...because Phillip Rosedale has a screenshot of Steve Ballmer's avatar in a slinky red dress that he will release if Microsoft doesn't pony up the cash?

Re:Because... (2, Funny)

PaganRitual (551879) | about 4 years ago | (#33754532)

... because the mental image I always needed as of Steve Ballmer hot and sweaty in front of a crowd shouting "Penises! Penises! Penises! Penises! Penises!"

Can anyone spare L$20? (3, Funny)

Eternal Vigilance (573501) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754188)

Maybe they're only buying it inside Second Life.

Ad Naseum (1)

ryan.onsrc (1321531) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754374)

And shall the recursive jokes ensue ...

Really, really, really... (1)

garyisabusyguy (732330) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754198)

don't care

Hell, I'm even surprised that second life is still up and running considering the collective ADD that 'net users demonstrate

See what happens! (3, Funny)

negatonium (1103503) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754214)

See this is what happens when you tell some guys with billions of dollars to "go get a life"..... I know it sounds like a crazy scheme but then they laughed at Microsoft Bob too... Uh, wait....

Would they lock out Linux? (2, Interesting)

seeker_1us (1203072) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754222)

The code base for the viewer is GPL, but they have certain terms you must meet before the viewer can connect to the servers. Would MS change those terms to lock out Linux (or MacIntosh)?

Re:Would they lock out Linux? (1, Insightful)

corbettw (214229) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754240)

If they did, would anyone notice?

Microsoft virtual sex (2, Insightful)

kelarius (947816) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754232)

Microsoft is purchasing this in anticipation of starting a virtual brothel in Xbox Live. Subscribers will be able to pay real money to participate in virtual (fake) sex acts with complete strangers.

Re:Microsoft virtual sex (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754288)

So Teabagging in Halo doesn't count anymore?

Re:Microsoft virtual sex (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754498)

Microsoft is purchasing this in anticipation of starting a virtual brothel in Xbox Live. Subscribers will be able to pay real money to participate in virtual (fake) sex acts with complete strangers.

Sure that would be new? As an outsider, I though the xbox FPS scene was all about the teabagging. That and using weed inspired names. And acting like spoiled 10 year old boys, even if they're 40 yrs old and living in moms basement. Other than that, yeah.

Re:Microsoft virtual sex (1)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about 4 years ago | (#33754728)

Sad thing is, that might even make the XBox profitable.

When do they have the time for that? (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754250)

I mean, most of them never get to see the wife and kids ...

Why would MS do this? (3, Informative)

Khyber (864651) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754260)

I'm betting Microsoft is seeing the money they can make from furries.

I had an SL avatar, ran it into a furry hangout, oh look, a stripper pole. I get on it, leave to take care of something that needed urgent attention, come back and I've suddenly got the equivalent of $50USD.

I didn't do a damned thing and made $50. Furries are unusually un-thrifty with their money, it seems.

Re:Why would MS do this? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754430)

You seem to have misspelled furfag.

Re:Why would MS do this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754902)

what the heck is a furry ?

Re:Why would MS do this? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33755028)

what the heck is a furry ?

Well, they're basically angels of vengeance in Greek mythology. Came in after the gods, if I'm not mistaken, and by their collective title, they're mostly made of anger and...

Oh, wait, two Rs. My mistake.

Re:Why would MS do this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33755010)

...leave to take care of something that needed urgent attention...

Not going to ask.

The rumor is all wrong... (1)

thestudio_bob (894258) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754304)

No, no... the rumor is all wrong. MS is trying to buy "A Second Life".

Unfortunately, didn't Gates & Ballmer sell their souls' to the Devil along time ago?

Big companies innovate by purchase (1)

paulsnx2 (453081) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754316)

Microsoft was once a hugely internally competitive company, one that favored the absolute hot dog. The person that could write code and deliver code faster than anyone else (who cares if it can be understood as long as it was written with Hungarian Notation). Obviously some things have changed in the 15 or so years since I was there. Still, this environment is increasingly ineffective as software complexity goes up by leaps and bounds, and their ability to reward working in such a crappy, loner, dog eat dog fashion has passed away long ago.

So Microsoft (like IBM, Oracle, and many others) buy innovation rather than do innovation.

It doesn't really matter that Second Life doesn't blend with anything Microsoft has. It does matter that they do *something* innovative. They have been in a hugely dry spell for a long long time (technically speaking). Maybe it has been so dry that virtual worlds look promising to Microsoft management? Maybe they see injecting more power into virtual worlds with the increasing processing power of portable devices (smart phones, net books, etc. fused with LED projectors and virtual input technologies)?

It's pretty obvious WHY they'd do this (3, Insightful)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754320)

two words:
Patent
Portfolio

They've been rumored to be active in one of the open-source secondlife clones for a while now, so it's not a matter of wanting the access. Secondlife has been thoroughly, totally mismanaged for years so it's not the expertise (besides, didn't they just lay off most of their employees?).

There's only one, single thing that they would gain from this purchase; and it's so obvious that I'm literally shocked no one has mentioned it yet.

They want the patent portfolio, so that they can shut down any competing open source clones and prevent anyone else from operating in that space.

Forced OS upgrades again? (0, Troll)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754346)

I recall ye olden days when second life was first released, it was the first software I was aware of that required something "more than W98". I believe it required W2K or higher, in an era when "all" games etc worked just fine on W98. So I didn't bother using SL for a few years.

Possibly the idea is to hack up SL until it wont work on anything except vista or something post-vista... Otherwise why would anyone upgrade their OS, other than the usual monopoly market manipulations...

Its a Sick Joke (2, Insightful)

RobertLTux (260313) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754358)

From what ive heard on the SecondLife Beta group this is laughable at best

Why would MicroSoft want to buy a company that
1 has massive LINUX installs (the SL grid farms)
2 is running about 3 minutes from being sued into a crater 85% of the time
3 has nothing that a company like MS needs or wants (the L$Mega types most likely HATE microsoft)

Now the whole Mesh beta thing is lots more interesting

Re:Its a Sick Joke (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754388)

Why? so they can use the patents that they'd buy to force the open source projects to shut down, and then migrate the servers and clients away from Linux and onto Windows.

Re:Its a Sick Joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33755092)

and then migrate the servers and clients away from Linux and onto Windows.

That could work, if they wanted to quadruple the number of servers.

One word.... (4, Insightful)

SuperKendall (25149) | about 4 years ago | (#33754566)

Why would MicroSoft want to buy a company that
1 has massive LINUX installs (the SL grid farms)
2 is running about 3 minutes from being sued into a crater 85% of the time
3 has nothing that a company like MS needs or wants (the L$Mega types most likely HATE microsoft)

Hotmail.

Re:Its a Sick Joke (1)

SteeldrivingJon (842919) | about 4 years ago | (#33754656)

Maybe they think they can turn it into a Minecraft clone.

Why would they do that? I dunno. I desperate grab for relevance?

I doubt the rumor is true.

Re:Its a Sick Joke (1)

trapnest (1608791) | about 4 years ago | (#33755084)

It hasn't been "MicroSoft" since the 80s.

AndNothingOfValueWasGained (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754366)

For either company.

Ho hum... (-1, Troll)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754378)

Who's buying what? Does it matter? No? Okay, back to sleep now.

Probably not such a bad idea (2, Interesting)

EoN604 (909459) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754390)

It's probably not such a bad idea really. Microsoft are seen as boring, stagnant, and not making any particularly exciting moves in terms of new ideas & new products. Second Life is terrible these days, boring, clunky, ugly and crap, but the fundamental idea is pretty incredible - if Microsoft could take what's there and build upon it/somethow breath some life into it, I reckon it could have some serious potential, a second life if you will. It'll be spare change for MS, so not such a bad gamble IMO.

Kinect thing (1)

airfoobar (1853132) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754392)

They'll probably integrate it with that annoying new Xbox gadget. The virtual whores in SL will be thrilled!

Re:Kinect thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754662)

(Insert joke about a vibrating thing with a dome on the end with a reference to pushing the right buttons here)

Failure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754420)

Failure is entering a market and then not turning a profit from it
Massive failure is repeatedly attempting and then cancelling your own entry into a market
Microsoft is doing the massive failure, then giving up and buying a product that's currently failing

Ads from the BSA. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33754508)

Off topic, but has anyone else started getting ads from the BSA on Slashdot?

I finally bothered to click the disable advertising checkbox because of it.

Fits right in with their product strategy (1)

carcosa30 (235579) | more than 3 years ago | (#33754514)

After all, they've been showering people with software-penises since the late 1980s.

IBM dives into Second Life (1)

theblondebrunette (1315661) | about 4 years ago | (#33754558)

It seems IBM is a big player/user in Second Life. They even have a corporate client for Second Life.

http://ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-social-secondlife/index.html [ibm.com]

From this link:

Meetig, collaborating, and brainstorming in a virtual world

Global Innovation Outlook at IBM dives into Second Life
"Our USC participants were impressed by the interactive nature of the GIO Conference. The tools and approach inspired us to re-examine how we use our own Second Life environment," Jerry Whitfield, associate director, Marshall School of Business, said.
Virtual worlds are good for many things. They are great places to escape from reality for a while, wear outrageous clothes, or meet a complete stranger from around the world. But as IBM's Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) team (see Resources) found out last month, virtual worlds are also a great place to host a very real-world, business-oriented roundtable discussion. ....

There are a bunch of developerWorks articles about Second Life, like: www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-second-life-1.html - Second Life client, Part 1: Hacking Second Life..

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754670)

Facebook is rumored to buy NASA, and IBM rumored to buy Sweden..

In Second Life Windows won't suck. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754736)

Microsoft can't fix Windows for real, so maybe they'll try in SL.

Who can say? (4, Insightful)

interval1066 (668936) | about 4 years ago | (#33754776)

I can see a great new UI paradigm that couples Surface with 2nd Life, maybe. Maybe Microsoft (finally) has a new trick up their sleeve. Or they are simply illustrating yet again how cutting edge they are ten years ago. I dunno...

Stop the presses! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33754872)

Wait a minute, Microsoft does something that doesn't make sense? Where should I even start??? Hey I'm still waiting for them to try to buy AOL. They must have a whole division for tired brands they've bought.

Since being featured on CSI: New York, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33755178)

Second Life has jumped the shark.

Second life still exists? (1)

SETIGuy (33768) | about 4 years ago | (#33755234)

And people still use it?
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?