So are we cool again now?

It will be interesting to see how the "Web 2.0" crowds reacts to the
new "Windows Live" and "Office Live" offerings...  Sometimes I
think that many of them are too young to remember how Microsoft turned
on a dime and conquered the previous internet platform space back in
the late '90s.  The new services are a clear statement that we
don't plan to go silently into the night this time either.  The
Google vs. Microsoft arms race will be an interesting one to watch [
guess who I'm rooting for ;-) ] but its already clear that the real
winners will be the developers and end-users who will have access to
tools and platforms which were in the realm of science fiction less
than a decade ago...   so let the games begin.