The big cheeses of the BBC and Microsoft have met in Seattle to discuss how the BBC can better get its content online and keep at the forefront of technology.
BBC DG Mark Thompson met Bill Gates to sign a non-exclusive deal that will see Microsoft working on plans for the BBC’s news archive, a web 2.0 project (BBC beta, perhaps?), and new ways of sharing content.
Thompson is keen that BBC ’embraces the creative challenges of the digital future’ and this is a ‘strategic partnership’ with Microsoft. The two companies aim to find areas of common interest such as search, navigation, distribution, and ‘content enablement’ (inventing new words might be another area)
Do we want to see a partnership between Auntie and Bill?