What the hell happened to…?

Onfolio – this was my favorite blog reader.  Microsoft bought them, and they disappeared.  I moved on to Google Reader, where at least they communicate with me (numerous emails to the Onfolio team have gone unanswered).

Microsoft Live Writer – I still use it, but DAMN, it’s been a long time since I heard anything from them.  The last WLW blog post was in November 2006!  Has this product entered the Dead Pool?

Ray Ozzie – His last blog post was on April 1, 2006.  A year and a day ago.  I met Ray at When 2.0 in December, 2005 at Stanford (where we got kicked out early to allow Al Gore’s security team to come in and do a sweep for a speech Gore was giving later that evening).  Where the hell is Ray, and why isn’t he making Live! better?  I’ve moved a lot of my life to Google because Ray is apparently a no-show.  From GMail to Google Reader – (and Ad-Sense) – I’ve moved to Google because MS is ignoring me (and Ray is ignoring all of us).  Come on – give me something here Ray – a ray of hope maybe?  Some reason to keep going back to Ideas to see if maybe something has been updated (see Onfolio and WLW, above).

What else has disappeared on you this last year? Both Onfolio and WLW had such potential – but the apparent abandonment makes me wonder what the status is – and since nobody is telling me anything, they look quite dead to me (oh, Ray – if they are dead, can you please release the source to the public domain – you know, as a community service?).

Who has abandoned you online this year?  Let me know in the comments.

(Feeling neglected – Rob)


  1. Joe – I am VERY glad to hear you are still working on Writer – I do love it (even though my visitors here probably don’t, since it makes it so damned easy to post my drivel).

    I also loved Onfolio – I still miss it. It was the best research tool I ever found – my equivelent now is to open 50+ tabs a day in IE or FF and then go through them one by one when I have time – Onfolio made this MUCH simpler 🙂

    Anyway, my biggest concern with WLW was that it came out of nowhere (and seemed to go back where it came from) – I am very happy to hear it’s not in “The Dead Pool”.

    I’ll send you an email in the next few days with some thoughts I have on WLW – for whatever they are worth.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on my post, and to let us know that WLW is alive an well (same for Ray Ozzie!)


  2. I worked on Onfolio and currently work on WLW (as you might know, the same team did both of these). If you sent me an e-mail, I’m sorry, my Onfolio e-mail account’s signal-to-spam ratio is about 1:10000 at this point. Feel free to e-mail me at my Microsoft account if you have questions about Onfolio.

    We are working hard on the next release of Writer. I know it’s been a long time since our last major release (August 2006) but it’s not because we or anyone at Microsoft has given up on Writer. Actually everyone we have come into contact with within Microsoft is really excited about Writer (including Ray Ozzie).

  3. el_nota says:

    I liked feedness and devilsdetails, they where such good proyects I cant believe there is not space in the website for them, but you know, you need a good product AND a good publicity of the product 🙂