I'm seeing some things on the blogs that just chap my hide.
First, I love Microsoft and Microsoft did not lose me — at least as a supporter and friend. I am not throwing away my Tablet PC or my Xbox or my other Microsoft stuff. :-)
Second, my management team is awesome and I don't have a beef with them at all. They have ALWAYS supported me. I have, in my pocket, a corporate American Express card and they never have questioned any of my expenses. The reason I shared rooms with other bloggers is because I always treated Microsoft as a startup. I don't believe it's proper to waste shareholder resources if you don't need to.
Third, I wasn't, and am not, frustrated at Microsoft. I've never had more opportunities available to me. In fact, I am due to spend a day with ImagineCup contestants and Bill Gates later this month.
Fourth, believe it or not, but no one at Microsoft has complained to me about my views for a very long time. In fact, the harsher I got the more support I got. Friday I visited with Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. Management at Microsoft didn't say a thing about that. Imagine if your employees went to your fiercest competitor and had a very public lunch, wouldn't you be up in arms? Not at Microsoft. At Microsoft I am encouraged to change the world and make things better for our customers.
Fifth, I've never been told not to travel to any conference by anyone at Microsoft and my travel expenses were always approved. I was encouraged to meet with developers wherever they lived. And, it is my job to go around to Microsoft offices worldwide and interview employees about the technologies they are building. At many conferences, where I was speaking about non-Microsoft stuff, I didn't feel it was appropriate to charge our shareholders for those expenses. That was my decision, not my boss's.
Sixth, how do you know that the company didn't move heaven and hell to keep me happy? They did. I have the best job in the tech world. Bar none. I got to meet and interview and influence the best people in the world. Career decisions are personal and opportunity and growth require thinking about a lot of different things, not just one or two. I've turned down quite a few offers for more money than I'm now making.
Seventh, there is a lot more positive PR to come out of my mouth about Microsoft. It is the best big company in the world (and I've been lucky to meet and study quite a few of the world's best companies lately).
Eighth, I'm not the only blogger at Microsoft. There are about 3,000 of them here. They are not having the plug pulled on them. They changed the world. I just was the cheerleader.
So, what about the other news? This is a rapidly-evolving part of my life. I just made this decision and it got out before I was completely ready to talk about it. I invite you to meet with me at the VLoggerCon tomorrow evening at 3 to 6 p.m. in San Francisco where we'll talk about it further (and I'll post again tomorrow about what's going on in my life and why I made this decision).
Oh, and thanks Niall Kennedy for your post. I really appreciate your friendship and am so glad you're at Microsoft.
Chris Pirillo doesn't get Second Life. That's OK, he doesn't get baseball either. I thought Chris' avatar with a bottle sticking out of his head was pretty funny, though. Maybe Chris, all you need to do is hold Eric Rice's hand. Heck, it worked for me. Heheh.
Here's a little secret Chris: Second Life IS lame. Why? Cause the people in Second Life are the ones who built it. Think about that one for a while. Maybe if it's lame you just haven't built something not lame yet.
Actually, we should all just blame this guy, he's a developer at Linden Labs. I forget his name and his card is back at work. I think he's the guy responsible for what my son told me on Thursday "hey, Dad, I got you some waving PRIMs." You know you're getting old when you have to ask your kid "what the heck did you just say?"
But, on the other hand, Chris did do some real reporting (imagine a blogger doing THAT!) and found out that our download servers and Internet links are overloaded thanks to Windows Vista. The Windows Vista team blog has more on that. Oh, that's right, no one cares about good old Microsoft anymore or its lame OS. Heheh.
In other Microsoft news we renamed WinFX to .NET 3.0. 3.0 is always the one that rocks, isn't it?
Oh, and our identity guru, Kim Cameron says he likes the new Cardspace name too, for what used to be called InfoCards. Anyway, now I'm really leaving to go to VLoggerCon. More from the road.
Last night after being on "This Week in Tech" (#1 tech podcast with about 250,000 downloads a week) we were standing around and John Dvorak came up to me and said hi and thanks for being on the show. I told him I admired how he gets people to link to him by pissing off vast groups (this week he had all the VLoggers up in arms cause he was being his cantankerous old self and telling vloggers that vlogs are crap). Anyway, he started explaining how he plays the Mac audience. Dave Winer, who was also part of the conversation, said "hold on, I wanna get this on video." John didn't object and this video is the result. Destined to be an internet classic. Already Dugg 500+ times. Of course now he gets even more traffic just talking about it. The guy is a numbers-generating genious! I remember about seven years ago Patrick and I were visiting TechTV thanks to Leo Laporte's invitation and we met John in the hall and he told my son "the secret to life is to get the camera to pay attention to you." Or something like that. John said last night he didn't remember saying that, but that he'd take credit for it anyway. Heheh.