MS and the Mouse

New York Times: “Microsoft is not a media company,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, at the event. “We use channels with content that partners create managed by software that Microsoft creates.”

This quote, in an article about Disney’s new partnership with Microsoft to offer a customized version of the MSN online service, is worth reading twice. Especially the last sentence. Microsoft is, in effect, saying that it’s not a media company, it’s a cable TV company. And this after AOL recently concluded that it’s not an online service, it’s a premium cable channel. Innnnnteresting! More on this later.