So far, it’s just unconfirmed rumors. But Daniel Voyager plurked today that Microsoft has made a bid for purchase of Linden Lab, with the rumor apparently being spread by Lab employees. Tateru Nino is also writing this up as a rumor.
If this becomes truth, how will this work out, becoming another component in Everyone’s Favorite Computer Monopoly? (It might be a logical thing; after all, we’re already spending Monopoly™ money in world, in a sense.) Microsoft has done some things right on occasion, mainly in the area of software for businesses (i.e. Office et al.), but it’s done a hell of a lot more wrong — Internet Explorer, at least most of the previous versions to current, many aspects of Windows, and the ever-memorable Bob interface of loathsome history. They can bring a lot of resources to bear on a problem, which would help pay for much of the development work that Second Life still desperately needs to improve lag and other areas of the experience. Their management style, however, can be, shall we say, strong? I doubt that Steve Ballmer is a believer in the concept of a “wholly-owned, independent subsidiary.”
Keep your ears to the ground.
In a related piece of rumor, Conceivably Tech speculates on indications in the luminiferous æther that Microsoft may also be bidding to acquire…WordPress, the foundation software and host for this blog.