Why is Hugh interested in Microsoft?

Hugh Macleod: the Microsoft question.

Thanks Hugh for the overly kind things you wrote about me.

Truth is, I’m still interested a lot in Microsoft too.

I read both blogs.msdn.com and blogs.technet.com and other Microsoft blogs every day.

Why?

For many of the reasons that Hugh talks about.

The people I met there are, for the most part, top notch.

To me, that alone makes them interesting to watch, no matter what happens.

Yeah, I’m a little more ascerbic toward my former coworkers than I was when I was there (that’s normal, I think) but part of that is just hoping that they break out and do something amazing.

Translation: I’m still holding my meager cache (a few hundred shares) of Microsoft stock.

8 thoughts on “Why is Hugh interested in Microsoft?

  1. Robert – I spent some time last week with Hugh and shot a few videos whilst helping him with his tablet and a new scanner (well, my old one) so hoping to post them tomorrow. he’s a big fan of yours and it’s a pleasure to be carrying on some of the microsoft conversations with him that you started.

  2. Robert – I spent some time last week with Hugh and shot a few videos whilst helping him with his tablet and a new scanner (well, my old one) so hoping to post them tomorrow. he’s a big fan of yours and it’s a pleasure to be carrying on some of the microsoft conversations with him that you started.

  3. I was talking to a colleague of mine – we were discussing whether you are a lot more critical of Microsoft now than when you were inside the company. :-)

    I do think you would be more mellow if you could see now the stuff we have in the pipeline (just like you could see the stuff coming down the pipeline when you were inside here).

    I swear – there have been posts since you’ve left when I grit my teeth and tell myself “If only I could tell Robert about project X”. :-)

  4. I was talking to a colleague of mine – we were discussing whether you are a lot more critical of Microsoft now than when you were inside the company. :-)

    I do think you would be more mellow if you could see now the stuff we have in the pipeline (just like you could see the stuff coming down the pipeline when you were inside here).

    I swear – there have been posts since you’ve left when I grit my teeth and tell myself “If only I could tell Robert about project X”. :-)

  5. Since moving to the Seattle area, I’ve met a number of Microsoft folks. They’re among the brightest people I’ve evern known. Some of them have dropped hints about amazing projects that they are working on. But my impression is that a huge amount of their best work gets lost somewhere in the corporate maze and never gets into a shipping product. Is that an accurate impression? If so, how come?

  6. Since moving to the Seattle area, I’ve met a number of Microsoft folks. They’re among the brightest people I’ve evern known. Some of them have dropped hints about amazing projects that they are working on. But my impression is that a huge amount of their best work gets lost somewhere in the corporate maze and never gets into a shipping product. Is that an accurate impression? If so, how come?

  7. Interesting.

    I follow MSFT ’cause I’m a Microsoftie ex-pat and because it amuses me that no matter what they do they can’t move the market anymore (they ARE the marktet). I don’t see anything interesting in Microsoft-related land, though, unless the borg assimilates it.

    Yes, there are MANY wonderful people at Microsoft, but so what?

    The *innovation* isn’t there in terms of actual apps that see the light of day. Research does some neat stuff. The neatest, IMHO, tend to be tools to help the dev effort in Microsoft’s big cash cows. And then there are some blue sky projects that never see the light of day. Nor should most of them. Tell me I’m wrong (quite likely I am).

    I’m not anti-MSFT. I just expect real innovation to happen in smaller companies. Ones that Microsoft might *acquire*. Silly me!

    The borg still can’t figure out how to be nice (internaly or externally). And they can’t figure out that community matters (even enough to BUY it like GOOG does). IMO, they’re suddenly the new IBM. *grumble* (Best job I’ll likely ever have and I miss it, but Microsoft just doesn’t get tech today.)

    - Drew the ex-’softie

  8. Interesting.

    I follow MSFT ’cause I’m a Microsoftie ex-pat and because it amuses me that no matter what they do they can’t move the market anymore (they ARE the marktet). I don’t see anything interesting in Microsoft-related land, though, unless the borg assimilates it.

    Yes, there are MANY wonderful people at Microsoft, but so what?

    The *innovation* isn’t there in terms of actual apps that see the light of day. Research does some neat stuff. The neatest, IMHO, tend to be tools to help the dev effort in Microsoft’s big cash cows. And then there are some blue sky projects that never see the light of day. Nor should most of them. Tell me I’m wrong (quite likely I am).

    I’m not anti-MSFT. I just expect real innovation to happen in smaller companies. Ones that Microsoft might *acquire*. Silly me!

    The borg still can’t figure out how to be nice (internaly or externally). And they can’t figure out that community matters (even enough to BUY it like GOOG does). IMO, they’re suddenly the new IBM. *grumble* (Best job I’ll likely ever have and I miss it, but Microsoft just doesn’t get tech today.)

    - Drew the ex-’softie

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