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RealNames and their MS "contract"

I skimmed the essay Joel linked to, regarding RealNames and MS terminating their contract. It seemed to me that the "contract" RealNames had with MS was to pay MS large sums of money and in return, MS would let RealNames write code for them.

I'm not a business guy, but that seems kinda backwards. Don't you normally *receive* payment for services rendered; not pay to render services?

The rest of the essay didn't make much sense to me. I didn't really follow his whine of reasoning.

David Fischer
Monday, May 13, 2002

This seems akin to a store paying to set up shop in the mall.  RealNames payed for a primo location, at which they could make enough money to cover their "rent."

Wouldn't have been my first choice at a business model...

Chad Hulbert
Monday, May 13, 2002

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