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Q: What happened to Scopeware? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: What happened to Scopeware?
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: wazzally-ga
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Posted: 08 Dec 2005 10:27 PST
Expires: 07 Jan 2006 10:27 PST
Question ID: 603242
I need to know what happend to Scopeware, the product from Mirror
Worlds Technologies. Please also find out what happend to the company.
Subject: Re: What happened to Scopeware?
Answered By: czh-ga on 08 Dec 2005 14:09 PST
Hello wazzally-ga,

According to the company?s web page as shown by the Internet Archive
Wayback Machine, Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc. ceased operations
effective May 15, 2004 and all of its products, including Scopeware,
were discontinued.

I?ve found several blogs discussing the demise of the company. In
addition, an article in the New York Times by James Fallows commented
that Scopeware went out of business because of the anticipation of
similar capabilities to be included in Microsoft?s upcoming Longhorn

The resources I?ve listed will give you a more complete discussion of these issues.

All the best.

~ czh ~*/
Search Results for Jan 01, 1996 - Dec 08, 2005
Apr 19, 2001 * -- Jun 07, 2004

To our customers, partners and friends: 

Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc. has decided to cease operations
effective May 15, 2004. Our products, including Scopeware Vision and
NewsWatcher, have been discontinued and are no longer available for
download, purchase, or continuing support.

Inquiries may be directed to
We thank our customers for their interest and support.

Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc. ? Company

Our philosophy is based on the basic premise that information should
be woven into a flowing narrative stream with a past, present and
future that you can tune in from anywhere. Information should mirror
the structure of your life, not the structure of your computers and
that it should be presented in a form that reflects human recall:
time, type, look and essence.

Fueled by the research and writings of Dr. David Gelernter,
world-renowned Yale professor and our Chief Scientist, and Dr. Eric
Freeman, Mirror Worlds Technologies was established in 1997 to develop
and commercialize the patented technology based on this premise.

We launched the first commercial release of our product Scopeware
enterprise solution in March 2001. A desktop product, Scopeware
Vision, followed in 2002. Today we have a significant number of
partners and clients who benefit from our solutions worldwide.
Scopeware has offices in New York City and New Haven, Connecticut.

David Gelernter, Professor of Computer Science 

B.A., Yale University, 1976 
Ph.D., The State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982 
Joined Yale Faculty 1982

Programmers Devise New Ways to Make the Pieces Work Together 
by cd at 12:04PM (EDT) on August 8, 2004 

The bad news involves Scopeware Vision, an elegant contender for the
role of "Google for your own computer." (Elegance is an even higher
term of praise for software than for couture. It means a program does
what you want it to as cleanly and directly as possible - think of the
Google search screen - with no excess burden on the user.)

Scopeware, which was based on the work of the renowned computer
scientist David Gelernter at Yale, had that kind of spare
effectiveness. But in May its backers closed its doors, despairing of
staying in the race when Microsoft had so clearly indicated that it
would include disk-search functions in Longhorn, its next version of
Windows, scheduled for release in 2006."

Article published Aug 8, 2004
Programmers Devise New Ways to Make the Pieces Work Together
New York Times

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Looks like David Gelernter's software company is no more.
posted by Peter at 2:18 PM  

September 22, 2004
Requiem for Scopeware

I tried Scopeware site ( only to get a note from IE
that it could not find such an address. Intriqued and worried, I
google'd "scopeware" and found out right away that the company went
under in May 2004, in part as a response to the threat posed to it by
Longhorn. What a travesty! A brilliant software product is taken off
the market just because Microsoft is making noises about including its
fuctionality in a future release of Windows?? I so hope this isn't
true... There must have been other reasons for this decision.

Posted by: DonBoy on July 11, 2004 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK 

David Gelernter is a smart person in parallel programming ( author of
Linda ), software ensembles ( JavaSpaces ) and artificial intelligence
( Mirror Worlds ) but this political hack of an article in Weekly
Standard is a strong proof positive that Bushco is desperate to get
intellectuals ( where Buscho is clearly lacking ) that have no
political savvy to write worthless spin ( par for the course ) for

BTW, Gelernter's latest software company Scopeware ( derived from
Mirror Worlds ) went out of business a couple of months ago.

October 29, 2003

A person who is thinking about managing knowledge in his business and
is looking into various alternatives asked in an email message:

Does Microsoft have a licensing agreement with Mirror World
Technologies to use their Scopeware Version 2.1, and/or Server-Based
Scopeware technologies in OneNote? Did they pirate the technology.
What is the difference in the products?

I replied:
No, Microsoft's OneNote is certainly an interesting application and
will get attention from people who want to better manage their
thoughts, but it suffers in comparison with Scopeware...


Well, Dublin, the comparison between OneNote and Scopeware is no
longer usefull--Mirror Worlds Technologies is out of business and
Scopeware is dead, as in useless; no longer functional.

The handwritting input issue would have been a valid consideration.
Long live OneNote.

Posted by: John | June 16, 2004 at 09:09 AM 

Mirror Worlds Technologies Inc.
David Gelernter scopeware 2004
scopeware out of business

Request for Answer Clarification by wazzally-ga on 12 Dec 2005 04:31 PST
I would like to know if someone acquired the software.

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 12 Dec 2005 10:33 PST
Hello wazzally-ga,

After exhaustive searching I have found no evidence that the Scopeware
software was sold to or acquired by any successor organization. David
Gelertner and Mirror Worlds Technologies simply ceased operations and
pulled the plug on the product. Gelertner has been active in writing
political articles and editorials for a variety of high profile
publications, most recently The Los Angeles Times.

All the best.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Answer by czh-ga on 12 Dec 2005 10:40 PST
Ooops. Here is a link to a discussion for some of the reasons that
Scopeware failed.
2...Scopeware Failed Knowledge Management Gelertner Commercial Venture
3...Knowledge Management Gelertner Commercial Venture Failed Scopeware

270663 - Failure of Gelernter to develop Scopeware and Lifestreams into a
270664 - viable commercial product aligns with difficulty at IBM converting
270665 - Lotus Notes into an effective support technology for Knowledge
270666 - Management, reported on 001130. ref SDS 9 F26K

270683 - In Gelernter's case, he seems to have discovered two of the elements
270684 - needed for advancing beyond information technology, that are listed in
270685 - POIMS, ref OF 8 2688, but was unable to stick with his project long
270686 - enough to discover the other elements nor to hit on a process that
270687 - emulates the intelligence cycle to integrate the elements of knowledge
270688 - into a harmonious system, as set out in POIMS. ref OF 7 8559  Research
270689 - below indicates Lifestreams was based on a school project in 1997,
270690 - which is only seven (7) years ago; that is not long enough to discover
270691 - how to augment intelligence.
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