Dear Microsoft

I was deciding this morning whether or not to go to your Professional Developer Conference. It’s being hyped up as one of the most important in Microsoft’s recent history.

I’ve decided not to go for a variety of reasons. The economy. The numbers of bloggers and journalists who’ll be there (so many the stories will get out). My family, which has seen me on the road too much this year. The fact that I rarely get good videos at conferences (even when I worked at Microsoft I didn’t get any good videos at our own conferences).

But the stone that made the scale tip is that you have employees out there who are attacking bloggers without consequences. That makes me feel unwelcome, which I really don’t need given all my other concerns about attending. So, I’ll let someone else go in my place. Good luck with the PDC, I’ll read about it in my Google Reader.

129 thoughts on “Dear Microsoft

  1. Robert, I cannot believe you are defending a corrupt, manipulative slimeball like MA. Mike’s post on this matter explicitly tries to get Dare muffled. Mike is a complete dick; almost everything he writes is so unbelievably spun and twisted that it’s unreadable – I certainly don’t subscribe. I can only cringe and watch in horror as some folks take it too seriously and send links into my reading stream.

    If TC went out of business or otherwise was disappeared, the world would be a better and brighter place.

  2. Robert, I cannot believe you are defending a corrupt, manipulative slimeball like MA. Mike’s post on this matter explicitly tries to get Dare muffled. Mike is a complete dick; almost everything he writes is so unbelievably spun and twisted that it’s unreadable – I certainly don’t subscribe. I can only cringe and watch in horror as some folks take it too seriously and send links into my reading stream.

    If TC went out of business or otherwise was disappeared, the world would be a better and brighter place.

  3. Scoble. I don’t work for MSFT and I also think you are an idiot. Do you really think MSFT ‘cares’….they don’t.

    BTW, the small new aggressive start-ups. They (the ones that are smart at least) don’t care if you cover them either.

  4. Scoble. I don’t work for MSFT and I also think you are an idiot. Do you really think MSFT ‘cares’….they don’t.

    BTW, the small new aggressive start-ups. They (the ones that are smart at least) don’t care if you cover them either.

  5. Scoble who? Oh yeah, that guy who had his 15 minutes of fame 5 years ago or something? You will be missed.

  6. Scoble who? Oh yeah, that guy who had his 15 minutes of fame 5 years ago or something? You will be missed.

  7. Robert: Mostly I like, or at least understand your position. This time no. Well I get the bit where you say why you don’t want to go.

    The second bit I don’t get. Are you saying these bloggers are enticed by Microsoft and should be reigned in? Or are you saying Microsoft should mind what their employees blog about? I e, if i take exeption to a blog post, I should be able to complain to the bloggers employer?

    I’m sure I’m missing something due to lack of information. Sorry if these are stupid question but could you straighten this out?

  8. Robert: Mostly I like, or at least understand your position. This time no. Well I get the bit where you say why you don’t want to go.

    The second bit I don’t get. Are you saying these bloggers are enticed by Microsoft and should be reigned in? Or are you saying Microsoft should mind what their employees blog about? I e, if i take exeption to a blog post, I should be able to complain to the bloggers employer?

    I’m sure I’m missing something due to lack of information. Sorry if these are stupid question but could you straighten this out?

  9. Mike is right here. There’s a lot of background to the incident that most people don’t see. What most people think is that Dare blogged something bad about TC and Mike fired back in an over reacted manner.

    Well, that’s just not true. Dare is a Microsoft blogger. Why does Microsoft hire bloggers? And just because MS is a BIG company doesn’t mean it ignores little entities. It’s like an army of ants working on several minor things. It’s a huge machine with thousands taking care of minute things. That’s what makes it BIG.

    That said, let me give you a bit of background on this incident. This is Dare’s second attack on TC. First attack: MS was hiring people to edit it’s wikipedia pages in favor of it’s format against ODF to become the standard. This is clearly unethical and Mike blogged about it criticizing MS. This Dare Obasanjo dude goes and defaces TC’s wikipedia entry and confronts Mike to do what he can about it. Now, this is clearly not a *personal opinion*. It reflects on MS and not just Dare.

    Second attack: Gillmor put up a post on TechCrunchIT retaliating Dare who was criticizing new standards bodies which were backed by Google, Yahoo, etc., These are mostly the standards which Plaxo and other guys are trying to frame and promote. Now MS isn’t involved in these discussions and had not responded to their invites. Dare was of the opinion that IETF was the body to promote internet standards and these smaller and ad-hoc standard committees are a farce and backed by Google et.,al to outwit MS. Gillmor countered that many important standards like OAuth, OpenID, etc., had emerged in similar ad-hoc manner and that waiting for IETF to formally approve standards was just out of pace with the speed at which the internet is moving. Dare counters again and calls Gillmor names and accuses him of personal attack. Gillmor puts up another post explaining his position and saying it was not a personal attack. Then comes Dare’s post attacking Mike and TechCrunch. Now, this isn’t exactly *personal opinion*. It is clearly MS engine at work. And Mike was right in calling it out. This was all as a response to TechCrunchIT supporting competing standards.

    Now coming to this MossyBlog dude here in twitter encounter, even if theres no central mandate, it is driven by the employee’s pride for his company. Now he is *pride-blind* and not objective. He feels MS’s interference with their bloggers is minimal. But then, MS *has-to* look at their blogger’s behavior when they go attacking other bloggers. MS wants to become a part of the blogosphere and want to have their voice by hiring bloggers. Surely then, it should also make sure to watch their step. You can’t shrug it off as employee’s *personal opinion*.

  10. Mike is right here. There’s a lot of background to the incident that most people don’t see. What most people think is that Dare blogged something bad about TC and Mike fired back in an over reacted manner.

    Well, that’s just not true. Dare is a Microsoft blogger. Why does Microsoft hire bloggers? And just because MS is a BIG company doesn’t mean it ignores little entities. It’s like an army of ants working on several minor things. It’s a huge machine with thousands taking care of minute things. That’s what makes it BIG.

    That said, let me give you a bit of background on this incident. This is Dare’s second attack on TC. First attack: MS was hiring people to edit it’s wikipedia pages in favor of it’s format against ODF to become the standard. This is clearly unethical and Mike blogged about it criticizing MS. This Dare Obasanjo dude goes and defaces TC’s wikipedia entry and confronts Mike to do what he can about it. Now, this is clearly not a *personal opinion*. It reflects on MS and not just Dare.

    Second attack: Gillmor put up a post on TechCrunchIT retaliating Dare who was criticizing new standards bodies which were backed by Google, Yahoo, etc., These are mostly the standards which Plaxo and other guys are trying to frame and promote. Now MS isn’t involved in these discussions and had not responded to their invites. Dare was of the opinion that IETF was the body to promote internet standards and these smaller and ad-hoc standard committees are a farce and backed by Google et.,al to outwit MS. Gillmor countered that many important standards like OAuth, OpenID, etc., had emerged in similar ad-hoc manner and that waiting for IETF to formally approve standards was just out of pace with the speed at which the internet is moving. Dare counters again and calls Gillmor names and accuses him of personal attack. Gillmor puts up another post explaining his position and saying it was not a personal attack. Then comes Dare’s post attacking Mike and TechCrunch. Now, this isn’t exactly *personal opinion*. It is clearly MS engine at work. And Mike was right in calling it out. This was all as a response to TechCrunchIT supporting competing standards.

    Now coming to this MossyBlog dude here in twitter encounter, even if theres no central mandate, it is driven by the employee’s pride for his company. Now he is *pride-blind* and not objective. He feels MS’s interference with their bloggers is minimal. But then, MS *has-to* look at their blogger’s behavior when they go attacking other bloggers. MS wants to become a part of the blogosphere and want to have their voice by hiring bloggers. Surely then, it should also make sure to watch their step. You can’t shrug it off as employee’s *personal opinion*.

  11. Mike: I disagree. Why don’t you ask PR professionals why they counsel people not to attack the press. There’s a reason for that. It reflects badly on everyone who does it (including me, look at the pushback I’m getting here and I didn’t even attack anyone by name).

  12. Mike: I disagree. Why don’t you ask PR professionals why they counsel people not to attack the press. There’s a reason for that. It reflects badly on everyone who does it (including me, look at the pushback I’m getting here and I didn’t even attack anyone by name).

  13. Mike: because I’ve been noticing attacks frequently and over a period of time, so obviously they aren’t feeling any consequences (including on other blogs than Dare’s, and continuing to Alijah’s posts here). This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it. Alijah: slander? Dude, please do look up the meaning of that word. No one slandered anyone. Certainly not me. I didn’t even say the name of any specific person, so no way I slandered anyone.

  14. Mike: because I’ve been noticing attacks frequently and over a period of time, so obviously they aren’t feeling any consequences (including on other blogs than Dare’s, and continuing to Alijah’s posts here). This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it. Alijah: slander? Dude, please do look up the meaning of that word. No one slandered anyone. Certainly not me. I didn’t even say the name of any specific person, so no way I slandered anyone.

  15. last comment, because I just can’t believe the balls on this guy. I don’t think the bloggest sphere was expecting you to cover anything. Even when you were at Microsoft you didn’t do them justice

  16. last comment, because I just can’t believe the balls on this guy. I don’t think the bloggest sphere was expecting you to cover anything. Even when you were at Microsoft you didn’t do them justice

  17. we don’t care if you go or not Robert its. Its more about the slander. Like I said have some integrity

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