The Era of Abundance

Ray Ozzie, CTO of Microsoft:

The continuing march of the fundamental ingredients of technology—processing, storage and bandwidth—have brought us to a new inflection point as we move from relative scarcity to relative abundance. Some have described this as the “cheap revolution.”

Brought together, the latest combination of powerful computing, vast storage, and cheap and nearly ubiquitous communications is ushering in a new era for software. This new era of relative abundance is changing the way software is delivered and allowing unprecedented scale resulting from the loosely coupled connections of cheap hardware.

Combine this with the advent of XML-based programmability over the Internet that allows software to talk to other software anywhere in the world, both cheaply and understandably, and you have the makings of what I’ll call a “services wave.” Not just Windows Live, but Live software in general defines Microsoft’s effort to deliver seamless, “just works” experiences for customers through software that’s designed from its inception to work in concert with Internet-based services.

By taking this holistic approach, we can better hide complexities at the seams of technologies, and deliver the kind of “just works” experiences that individuals have come to enjoy from the fusion of XBox and XBox Live, and iPod and iTunes, to name just two examples.

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and Office Servers and Services MVP, the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, an independent research and technical marketing services firm based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and CMO of, a blockchain-based video technology company.