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UI for Sharing Documents: Microsoft World vs. Google World

I started playing a bit with the Windows Live Folders beta.  It seems to me that sharing a folder with a particular set of friends is particularly complicated, when, as Google has demonstrated, it needn't be:

David Eisner Send private email
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I haven't looked at either, but I suspect it's because "friendship" is a very fluid and dynamic concept.

All of these solutions require two things from you...

1) your friends of course have to buy into the technology,

2) you have to precisely define your relationship with each of these friends, as in Joe can see this document but Jim shouldn't because it makes fun of Jim's sister Jane.

Towards that end, I would be very very surprised if someone came up with one user interface that everyone liked and can use. My grandmother for example is not a teenaged girl and has no interest in figuring out who likes who and who's not talking to who.
Thursday, August 02, 2007

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