Correcting the Record about Microsoft

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.

Comments

  1. Maybe they offered heaven and hell for you, but they obviously didn’t offer enough. And that says a lot about Microsoft. It says they really don’t care about the blogosphere. It says they really don’t care about the influentials. It says they really won’t be able to turn the bad PR around. To bad, cause they make some great products.

  2. Maybe they offered heaven and hell for you, but they obviously didn’t offer enough. And that says a lot about Microsoft. It says they really don’t care about the blogosphere. It says they really don’t care about the influentials. It says they really won’t be able to turn the bad PR around. To bad, cause they make some great products.

  3. Robert, I am definitely sad to see you leave Microsoft. You were a huge asset to the company and helped to change the way that Microsoft communicates with its customers. I am sure you will be doing great things at PodTech, but you will be missed over here.

  4. Robert, I am definitely sad to see you leave Microsoft. You were a huge asset to the company and helped to change the way that Microsoft communicates with its customers. I am sure you will be doing great things at PodTech, but you will be missed over here.

  5. Robert, I know that you have been creating video content on Channel Nine for years and doing a great job blogging, but I have always felt that you should do an audio podcast. I think it is great that you will be blogging and podcasting for John’s PodTech.net.

    I am sure that doing what you have done over the years at Microsoft has not been easy, but I do believe that they have treated you with respect. You are the kind of person that builds respect. You also exude positive energy and have eternal optimisim.

    Good luck to you and look forward to seeing you at Gnomedex in a few weeks.

    Rob Greenlee
    http://www.webtalkradio.com
    http://www.mobilcast.com
    http://www.melodeo.com

  6. Robert, I know that you have been creating video content on Channel Nine for years and doing a great job blogging, but I have always felt that you should do an audio podcast. I think it is great that you will be blogging and podcasting for John’s PodTech.net.

    I am sure that doing what you have done over the years at Microsoft has not been easy, but I do believe that they have treated you with respect. You are the kind of person that builds respect. You also exude positive energy and have eternal optimisim.

    Good luck to you and look forward to seeing you at Gnomedex in a few weeks.

    Rob Greenlee
    http://www.webtalkradio.com
    http://www.mobilcast.com
    http://www.melodeo.com

  7. Robert, congrats on the new gig. But it is a big deal that you’re leaving MS. There might be 3000 other MS bloggers but ask people to name three and most will draw a blank. I wish much success at your new endeavor.

  8. Robert, congrats on the new gig. But it is a big deal that you’re leaving MS. There might be 3000 other MS bloggers but ask people to name three and most will draw a blank. I wish much success at your new endeavor.

  9. [...] EDIT: Robert issues a statement. Apparently there’s some people out there who are talking about Scoble’s departure from Microsoft who don’t have their facts straight and this is completely unfortunate. I am glad to hear from Robert that Microsoft has been very kind to him and supportive of his work. Its great hearing the things he’s said about his time at Microsoft and his team. He’s genuine about what he says. I envy Robert as he is about to embark on a new adventure. Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. [...]

  10. As they might say in a VISA commercial:

    Cutting your air travel by 90%? Priceless.

    I wonder who’s going to take up a general-purpose blog for MS now? It’s great that they have a million different blogs for every little project, but where’s the wide view? A lot of people want to hear one voice on a variety of topics important to the company, just like Google does in their blog. I’m not aware of any other blog like that from MS.

  11. As they might say in a VISA commercial:

    Cutting your air travel by 90%? Priceless.

    I wonder who’s going to take up a general-purpose blog for MS now? It’s great that they have a million different blogs for every little project, but where’s the wide view? A lot of people want to hear one voice on a variety of topics important to the company, just like Google does in their blog. I’m not aware of any other blog like that from MS.

  12. We’ll always have a place you can recharge in Ireland if you and Maryam decide to drop in sometime again. Please consider making podcast pointers to the showcase of Microsoft bloggers in your blogroll.

    You make tech accessible. You deflate some of the most acerbic detractors on the planet. Those are big shoes to fill.

  13. We’ll always have a place you can recharge in Ireland if you and Maryam decide to drop in sometime again. Please consider making podcast pointers to the showcase of Microsoft bloggers in your blogroll.

    You make tech accessible. You deflate some of the most acerbic detractors on the planet. Those are big shoes to fill.

  14. I’m very sorry to hear you go. It was a great point of pride that we had the worlds most prolific tech-blogger at our company. The truth is, no matter who was writing your check, your blog has always represented your view of the truth — even if it meant biting the hand that fed you. You may be moving, but your RSS is still in the same place. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your new job.

  15. I’m very sorry to hear you go. It was a great point of pride that we had the worlds most prolific tech-blogger at our company. The truth is, no matter who was writing your check, your blog has always represented your view of the truth — even if it meant biting the hand that fed you. You may be moving, but your RSS is still in the same place. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your new job.

  16. [...] In the event you hadn’t heard yet, it appears Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft to join PodTech.net. It’s like a bomb went off in the tech blogging community, and the news is still fresh (that and it’s still Saturday night). I can’t even imagine the mass volume of posts this will have created by Monday. [...]

  17. [...] What Microsoft has to make sure they do now is find someone close to the latest internet/tech happenings and trends with a relatively open personality and bring him/her on board. Yes, I know Microsoft already has a bunch of other bloggers (3,000 or so as Scoble points out), but I do not want to see, and rarely pay attention to, any of the blogs with .msdn in the address. One of the great parts about Scoble was that, in many ways subtle and not-so-subtle, he created distance between himself and the Microsoft “machinery.” Hopefully whoever Microsoft chooses to carry on Scoble’s work will do the same. [...]

  18. See, Scoble, you don’t have skills with computers, or at least not to the level that you SHOULD have in a posistion such as yours. I had to correct you in the Vista post, because you didn’t understand about MD5 and SHA-1 hashes for comparing data. See, that right there tells me (along with other issues) that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I frequently use an OpenBSD server at my house, and along with being virus-proof and spyware/adware proof, I can do EVERYTHING I can with Windows. So, I just don’t understand how you can talk about Windows like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, when the reality is that it’s riddled with so much crap.

    And the Vista bloat! Geez, why do I need 15GB of free space! I can install OpenBSD 3.9 with only about 250MB of actual file space. I’m getting sick of all this crap, because you and Microsoft are lying about your products. Microsoft keeps trying to be better (example: UAC in Vista) but even UAC sucks. Have you EVER spent any time using and learning a *nix system? Hell, UNIX systems came out like 30 years ago, and UNIX is STILL dominating Windows even to this day.

    I can see right through your BS.

  19. See, Scoble, you don’t have skills with computers, or at least not to the level that you SHOULD have in a posistion such as yours. I had to correct you in the Vista post, because you didn’t understand about MD5 and SHA-1 hashes for comparing data. See, that right there tells me (along with other issues) that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I frequently use an OpenBSD server at my house, and along with being virus-proof and spyware/adware proof, I can do EVERYTHING I can with Windows. So, I just don’t understand how you can talk about Windows like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, when the reality is that it’s riddled with so much crap.

    And the Vista bloat! Geez, why do I need 15GB of free space! I can install OpenBSD 3.9 with only about 250MB of actual file space. I’m getting sick of all this crap, because you and Microsoft are lying about your products. Microsoft keeps trying to be better (example: UAC in Vista) but even UAC sucks. Have you EVER spent any time using and learning a *nix system? Hell, UNIX systems came out like 30 years ago, and UNIX is STILL dominating Windows even to this day.

    I can see right through your BS.

  20. Good luck Scoble.

    I hope to catch you at Supernova in a couple of weeks, and have a chat about the podcasting landscape. Working with Cam at TPN I’d be interested to get your perspective, as I’m gathering you think it’s a major emerging market.

    Rich

  21. Good luck Scoble.

    I hope to catch you at Supernova in a couple of weeks, and have a chat about the podcasting landscape. Working with Cam at TPN I’d be interested to get your perspective, as I’m gathering you think it’s a major emerging market.

    Rich

  22. Robert I think that it wil be a great move but I worry for your readership.

    Your biggest draw was your ability to get access to the inside word from within MS and report it. I know that there are now 3,000 other people carrying the flag now but they are doing it in a much more formal and official capacity. They also lack the organisation wide view, they blog on their bit of a bit or a product group. This will be a big loss to MS and they need to breed a Scobleizer Mk2 fast.

    In your new role you wont have the ability to get to the heart of the issue from inside, you will now just be another press hack who can be passed off to PR dept. Whilst this might take you back I think it will be a culture shock.

    Anyway enough of my negative rambling – mostly borne out of loss of a source. Go for it!

    Charlie

  23. Robert I think that it wil be a great move but I worry for your readership.

    Your biggest draw was your ability to get access to the inside word from within MS and report it. I know that there are now 3,000 other people carrying the flag now but they are doing it in a much more formal and official capacity. They also lack the organisation wide view, they blog on their bit of a bit or a product group. This will be a big loss to MS and they need to breed a Scobleizer Mk2 fast.

    In your new role you wont have the ability to get to the heart of the issue from inside, you will now just be another press hack who can be passed off to PR dept. Whilst this might take you back I think it will be a culture shock.

    Anyway enough of my negative rambling – mostly borne out of loss of a source. Go for it!

    Charlie

  24. [...] If you’re into tech news, or blogging at Microsoft, you are familiar with Scobleizer. Rumours that Scoble is leaving were confirmed in his blog. Some are trying to impose their point of view and start false declarations that Scoble was not satisfied with Microsoft, even though Robert clearly denied these statements. I believe Robert saved the day many times at Microsoft and he was fully repaid for his work. Related posts: [...]

  25. Well, wow…

    Not even sticking around for Vista to go Gold? Heh. Team 99 never even made it to the finish line. ;)

    Least the virtol will die down, but a podcasting gig? You lost your collective senses? Yet another Menlo Park start-uppy overhyped geeky thing? Short sell quick would be my advice, drink as much in, before it dies…then you can roam from start-up to start-up, doing your eternal dancing-bear and shaky cam blogger routine.

    PS – LOST Season 2 be quite intense, you started on that yet?

  26. Well, wow…

    Not even sticking around for Vista to go Gold? Heh. Team 99 never even made it to the finish line. ;)

    Least the virtol will die down, but a podcasting gig? You lost your collective senses? Yet another Menlo Park start-uppy overhyped geeky thing? Short sell quick would be my advice, drink as much in, before it dies…then you can roam from start-up to start-up, doing your eternal dancing-bear and shaky cam blogger routine.

    PS – LOST Season 2 be quite intense, you started on that yet?

  27. Classy move, Robert.
    I’m referring to your being candid about how you feel about Microsoft.

    Congratulations and Best wishes on your other move as well.

    You’ve got a lot of supporters out here.

    All the best,

    michael

  28. Classy move, Robert.
    I’m referring to your being candid about how you feel about Microsoft.

    Congratulations and Best wishes on your other move as well.

    You’ve got a lot of supporters out here.

    All the best,

    michael

  29. All the best for the future Robert, this looks like a good move, and I hope it all works out.

    We’ll miss your funny laugh on C9 though, so if you could train up Chazz to do the laugh before you go that would be great :)

  30. All the best for the future Robert, this looks like a good move, and I hope it all works out.

    We’ll miss your funny laugh on C9 though, so if you could train up Chazz to do the laugh before you go that would be great :)

  31. Robert Scoble Leaves Microsoft

    Robert Scoble confirms the rumours. He is leaving Microsoft. w00t!
    This is bigger news than Google Spreadsheets!
    Robert has done so much for Microsoft it’ll be hard to imagine him being elsewhere. This is the reason for the change.
    @Robert – you …

  32. [...] So Scoble is leaving Microsoft. I think MS will be weaker as a result. Actually Scoble was probably too big for Microsoft, we couldn’t see so many other great evangelists or bloggers MS has because of the gravitational pull of Scoble, well at least I hope that’s the reason I can only name a few other stateside MS bloggers and only then because I knew their blogs before they joined MS. [...]

  33. From one professional podcaster to a-soon-to-be-nother, congrats buddy. The professional podcasting industry welcomes you to the fold. If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a cake. It’s about time we had someone who could match Curry in the press stakes! :-)

    I’m not surprised you only lastest three years at MSFT though. There was a time when you had to pry people’s cold dead hands away from their blue badge.

    At least I’ve got a “first” on you finally. I believe you are the second Micrsoft blogger to quit the mothership to join the podcasting business. :-)

  34. From one professional podcaster to a-soon-to-be-nother, congrats buddy. The professional podcasting industry welcomes you to the fold. If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a cake. It’s about time we had someone who could match Curry in the press stakes! :-)

    I’m not surprised you only lastest three years at MSFT though. There was a time when you had to pry people’s cold dead hands away from their blue badge.

    At least I’ve got a “first” on you finally. I believe you are the second Micrsoft blogger to quit the mothership to join the podcasting business. :-)

  35. i’m glad you’ll be in the area and i think this move by you shows that many people don’t really understand the immense power and future inherent in podcasting/vlogging — podtech may be “just” a silicon valley startup, but it’s time to kick some mainstream media ass as far as i’m concerned.

  36. i’m glad you’ll be in the area and i think this move by you shows that many people don’t really understand the immense power and future inherent in podcasting/vlogging — podtech may be “just” a silicon valley startup, but it’s time to kick some mainstream media ass as far as i’m concerned.

  37. Rumors of Leaving…

    I can neither confirm nor deny this story, but I can say that I spent some time with Robert both today at Vloggercon (to the left, with Eric Rice) and in Seattle for work, and we discussed life and work, and revolutions in the life cycle….

  38. [...] die Gerüchte hatten sich immer stärker verdichter, dass der berühmteste Firmenblogger der Welt, Robert Scoble bald nicht mehr für Microsoft bloggen wird. Und jetzt ist es auch offiziell: Robert wechselt zum Podcasting Startup Podtech. Sein Announcement auf Scoblizer. Podtech wurde Mitte 2005 von John Furrier gestartet und hatte von Beginn an seinen Fokus auf Podcasting-Interviews mit Business-Größen aus der IT gelegt (klar, Silicon Valley…). Schnell fand John Investoren, die bereits nach einem 3/4-Jahr mit ca. 5.5 Mio USD in das Podtech-Blog eingestiegen waren (März 06, siehe Artikel dazu) [...]

  39. As long as you don’t fall into the classic eejit trap of saying “the way WE (i.e. msft) always do it is …. ” then I’m sure that your new colleagues will love you.

    Good luck, and enjoy the challenge/break/paradigm shift/whatever.

  40. As long as you don’t fall into the classic eejit trap of saying “the way WE (i.e. msft) always do it is …. ” then I’m sure that your new colleagues will love you.

    Good luck, and enjoy the challenge/break/paradigm shift/whatever.

  41. [...] I can’t wait to hear what speculation gets thrown up about Scoble leaving Microsoft so I can have a good laugh The news didn’t surprise me because I’m one of those people who buys into the belief that a job is no longer for life. A company no longer ‘owns’ employees as it seemed like they used to do back in the day. You go where the opportunities are better for your situation. I am of course talking only of the private sector … the public sector is a different bale of hay altogether. I didn’t think “Oh what has Microsoft done to Scoble to make him leave?” I thought “What has got Scoble excited enough to leave?” But then the people who will think about it in that first way are probably the people who aspire to work for somebody like Microsoft and if they ever got there they’d settle. Settlers don’t innovate or push. I never took Scoble as a settler. I think there would be a few people at Microsoft very sorry to see him leave. [...]

  42. Now we know why you bought Maryam a BMW because German cars are ubiquitous in Sillicon Valley. ;o)

    Congratulation on your move to new ventures and hopefully shiny new things will happen to you and your wife. :) :)

  43. Now we know why you bought Maryam a BMW because German cars are ubiquitous in Sillicon Valley. ;o)

    Congratulation on your move to new ventures and hopefully shiny new things will happen to you and your wife. :) :)

  44. Robert: Congrats of course – it must be quite a relief now that the word is official. It’s hard carrying a decision like this around in your pocket. FWIW, I think this is a great move for you and for both companies. Can’t wait to see (and hear) the great interviews we all know you’ll be doing.

  45. Robert: Congrats of course – it must be quite a relief now that the word is official. It’s hard carrying a decision like this around in your pocket. FWIW, I think this is a great move for you and for both companies. Can’t wait to see (and hear) the great interviews we all know you’ll be doing.

  46. [...] Ahh, Robert has posted. He sets the record straight in a lot of areas on this, and confirms that it is happening: 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). [...]

  47. It is not leaving, it is about starting something…

    When you click techmeme and there is a news about two pages long, then you know, something is hot. :) And now I know why Maryam got a shiny new car – to fit in with the crowd in Silicon Valley!

    I am astonished to see so many postings about him leavi…

  48. Robert, I’m thrilled for you and hopeful that Microsoft backs the movement up and taps an equally stong blogger/evangelist to step into your shoes. They may *think* that role is already being served in various pockets around the organization… But, anyone who can ferret out the details like you did or have the kinds of access you have… will be far more effective than us keeping up with an incomplete batch of RSS feeds/blogs.

    That, more than anything, will tell us how committed they are to the trail you cut for them. We’ll see. And, again, congratulations!

  49. Robert, I’m thrilled for you and hopeful that Microsoft backs the movement up and taps an equally stong blogger/evangelist to step into your shoes. They may *think* that role is already being served in various pockets around the organization… But, anyone who can ferret out the details like you did or have the kinds of access you have… will be far more effective than us keeping up with an incomplete batch of RSS feeds/blogs.

    That, more than anything, will tell us how committed they are to the trail you cut for them. We’ll see. And, again, congratulations!

  50. Scoble leaving Microsoft……

    Tom Forenski has a scoop that Robert Scoble, the famed A-list blogger and Microsoft employee, is leaving Mr. Softee for a job with PodTech.net. If the scoop is true, it’s interesting on a lot of levels. 1) For Scoble, it…

  51. Scoble is leaving Microsoft

    Microsoft’s geek blogger, Robert Scoble, says he’s leaving Microsoft and sets the record straight about his position. (He’s joining PodTech.net, which involves a move from Seattle to Silicon Valley.) Blogging wasn’t Scoble’s job — he did it unoff…

  52. Scoble is leaving Microsoft!…

    Later in his Microsoft career Scoble’s popular blog became a part of his job as well, connecting his readers to Microsoft teams, announcements, and people and company using Microsoft products….  Working at Podtech.net is, no doubt, going to widen …

  53. I think we knew this was coming when you started talking about job offers (D’oh!)… You will be missed as a human interface to the Microsoft Unimatrix — the effort you made to follow up on users’ issues was extraordinary and I hope MS replaces you with someone of similar dedication.

    My only concern — HOW will this affect Chris Coulter? ;)

  54. I think we knew this was coming when you started talking about job offers (D’oh!)… You will be missed as a human interface to the Microsoft Unimatrix — the effort you made to follow up on users’ issues was extraordinary and I hope MS replaces you with someone of similar dedication.

    My only concern — HOW will this affect Chris Coulter? ;)

  55. Wow,
    If you had any doubts about the impact you have on the world of blogs, just look at what is going on here.
    I will continue to read your blog because you see it as cleanly as humanly possible.
    From what I read in this set of comments, there is concern about your blogging and several people happy for you.

    Robert, may the force of blog be with you.

    Guy

  56. Wow,
    If you had any doubts about the impact you have on the world of blogs, just look at what is going on here.
    I will continue to read your blog because you see it as cleanly as humanly possible.
    From what I read in this set of comments, there is concern about your blogging and several people happy for you.

    Robert, may the force of blog be with you.

    Guy

  57. Mazeltov!

    Sad news for Microsoft, though… and Microsoft’s customers. I feel like the dialog box says “Scobleization of Microsoft Corporation 12% complete…” and you just hit the Cancel button… sigh

    Was the phrase “Just tell me it isn’t Google” used at any point…? LOL

  58. Mazeltov!

    Sad news for Microsoft, though… and Microsoft’s customers. I feel like the dialog box says “Scobleization of Microsoft Corporation 12% complete…” and you just hit the Cancel button… sigh

    Was the phrase “Just tell me it isn’t Google” used at any point…? LOL

  59. Even though you are going to be busier than ever – read the Don Miguel Ruiz books The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love sooner rather than later. It will give you some great insights you need now more than ever.

    Congratulations – looking forward to talking more later today…

  60. Even though you are going to be busier than ever – read the Don Miguel Ruiz books The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love sooner rather than later. It will give you some great insights you need now more than ever.

    Congratulations – looking forward to talking more later today…

  61. Congrats! I hope you enjoy the new place as much as the old one. And I hope you get a little downtime in the midst of the switch; you deserve it. You’ll continue the scobleization of your surroundings wherever you are, and that’s a Good Thing.

  62. Congrats! I hope you enjoy the new place as much as the old one. And I hope you get a little downtime in the midst of the switch; you deserve it. You’ll continue the scobleization of your surroundings wherever you are, and that’s a Good Thing.

  63. At first I didn’t get it, but then I checked out the podtech.net web page. Actually for me this link did it: http://www.podtech.net/?p=730. It seems pretty cool to go around and get the news right from regular people without all the hype that news networks put around things.

    Good luck and I look forward to hearing more!

  64. At first I didn’t get it, but then I checked out the podtech.net web page. Actually for me this link did it: http://www.podtech.net/?p=730. It seems pretty cool to go around and get the news right from regular people without all the hype that news networks put around things.

    Good luck and I look forward to hearing more!

  65. Scoble leaves Microsoft video interview

    Beach Walks gets a scoop. Looks like the beaches of California are at least a tiny part of the lure that is bringing Robert Scoble to PodTech. Watch our video interview from yesterday to see the writing in the sand.

    Best of fun in your new position …

  66. Scoble Is Moving On…

    Boy, I picked the wrong Sunday to sleep in. I spoke with Robert yesterday at Vloggercon, and he mentioned to me — in utmost confidence — that he was planning to resign his gig at Microsoft on Monday. He told…

  67. Best of luck with the Scobleizer Show, you’re going to make a great Vlogger Star!

    I’m in Boston at TechEd, hope your having fun at Vloggercon, those guys and girls are inspirational.

  68. Best of luck with the Scobleizer Show, you’re going to make a great Vlogger Star!

    I’m in Boston at TechEd, hope your having fun at Vloggercon, those guys and girls are inspirational.

  69. Scoble Leaving Microsoft…

    Robert, good luck on your new (ad)venture. Your work at Microsoft has had a huge, positive impact on their image (and on blogging in general). Now, once Robert moves on, what single source are we supposed to read when we…

  70. Scoble to Microsoft: Buh-bye now

    Usually, headlines such as “Robert Scoble leaving Microsoft” would be nothing more than inside baseball. Scoble, an evangelist for the tech industry’s biggest 800-pound gorilla, is the prototypical A-lister. There are bloggers who would kill for a l…

  71. Terrémoto en la blogósfera. Scoble deja Microsoft

    El blogger de Microsoft con la mayor cantidad de lectores deja Redmond y se une a un start-up en Silicon Valley: podtech.net que recientemente recibió 5 millones de dólares en inversión de capital. La noticia es tan importante que sitios como techcr…

  72. [...] A few comments have been made in some of the lists I read and some other blogs about the affect on Roberts readership being effected by this move since he will not be “talking” about Microsoft. I would say that Robert talks about a lot more than Microsoft and by no means will he be loosing his Scobelizerness so he might take a slight hit but over all in the long run it might actually grow his audience “Podcasting” is a huge topic right now and looks like it is only going to keep growing. Indie media companies are IMHO going to gather a lot of momentum over the next few years as the technology advances and the media market continues to splinter off from the main stream.. hell just “Ask a Ninja” Here are Roberts comments  Correcting the Record about Microsoft Participate! Leave your comment. [...]

  73. Something tell me this is the type of videoblogging we are in store from from Scoble

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8218176694028201834

    Scoble won’t be missed all that much as far as MS’s stock price or sales go. Which is all that ultimately matters to shareholders. I rather doubt he had all the much influence in closing huge Enterprise Agreements or ultimate sales in software. At least recent earnings reports don’t seem to indicate that.

    Good luck, Scoble. As far as videoblogging being the next big thing? Well, as “Yogi Berra said: “It’s deja vu all over again”. This has so many similarities to the late 90′s hysteria. But, gotta admire the big bet. I don’t see this being a Broadcast.com, though.

    Speaking of which, here is Mark Cuban’s take on the “industry”

    ttp://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000667050432/

  74. Something tell me this is the type of videoblogging we are in store from from Scoble

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8218176694028201834

    Scoble won’t be missed all that much as far as MS’s stock price or sales go. Which is all that ultimately matters to shareholders. I rather doubt he had all the much influence in closing huge Enterprise Agreements or ultimate sales in software. At least recent earnings reports don’t seem to indicate that.

    Good luck, Scoble. As far as videoblogging being the next big thing? Well, as “Yogi Berra said: “It’s deja vu all over again”. This has so many similarities to the late 90′s hysteria. But, gotta admire the big bet. I don’t see this being a Broadcast.com, though.

    Speaking of which, here is Mark Cuban’s take on the “industry”

    ttp://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000667050432/

  75. Hey Robert,

    You’ve been a great blogger for Microsoft to have and an inspiration for many, it is for that reason that I am very sad to see you leave Microsoft and can only hope that you have as much fun at PodTech that you did in Microsoft, I guess all good things come to an end, you will be missed deeply!

    Don’t stop blogging though. :)

  76. Hey Robert,

    You’ve been a great blogger for Microsoft to have and an inspiration for many, it is for that reason that I am very sad to see you leave Microsoft and can only hope that you have as much fun at PodTech that you did in Microsoft, I guess all good things come to an end, you will be missed deeply!

    Don’t stop blogging though. :)

  77. [...] I’m fairly new to the blogging thing and the only way that I know Robert Scoble is as the Microsoft Blogger.  Now, he’s leaving for Silicon Valley startup Podtech.net.  There are plenty of people talking about this.  Om Malik seems to have been the one to break the news. If you want links to them all, you can certainly find a few on techmeme. Tdavid seems to think it was all about money.  I think he’s wrong. While I wish Robert the best of luck in an industry that I think is on the rise, the question come up, would Robert Scoble be Robert Scoble without Microsoft?  Would there be nearly as much talk about this if he hadn’t been the Microsoft Blogger?  The answer?  Perhaps.  Perhaps if he hadn’t become the Microsoft Blogger he might have become the Oracle blogger or some such.  It’s all hypothetical.  Would Dave Winer be Dave Winer without RSS and OPML?  Think not. [...]

  78. I think I’m about to re-subscribe to your blog . . .

    Admittedly, I used to read you, but started to tune you out then eventually unsubscribed. I think I’m allergic to evangelists. Nothing personal. But I’ve always supported you (especially in all those hallway conversations) in your enthusiasm, your sincerity, and your right to assert your views whether pro-Microsoft or sometimes contrary and controversial. You changed the company. And for the better, I hope. Time will tell. Let’s hope that Ray Ozzie can realize such change, too.

    Congratulations and best wishes to you on the next leg of your career.

    - Some other ex-’softie

  79. I think I’m about to re-subscribe to your blog . . .

    Admittedly, I used to read you, but started to tune you out then eventually unsubscribed. I think I’m allergic to evangelists. Nothing personal. But I’ve always supported you (especially in all those hallway conversations) in your enthusiasm, your sincerity, and your right to assert your views whether pro-Microsoft or sometimes contrary and controversial. You changed the company. And for the better, I hope. Time will tell. Let’s hope that Ray Ozzie can realize such change, too.

    Congratulations and best wishes to you on the next leg of your career.

    - Some other ex-’softie

  80. congratulations again, Robert!

    I think you’re my favorite futurist. You always seem to put /making people think/ so far ahead of any worries over whatever they might think /about you/

    get back in touch sometime, ‘k?

  81. congratulations again, Robert!

    I think you’re my favorite futurist. You always seem to put /making people think/ so far ahead of any worries over whatever they might think /about you/

    get back in touch sometime, ‘k?

  82. [...] The blog world is abuzz with news on my friend Robert leaving Microsoft. Robert is one of the key people who got me to come to Microsoft. Hearing about my conversations with Google, Robert architected one of the most rapidly scheduled meetings that I have been party to with the Virtual Earth team. The rest, as everyone likes to say, is history. [...]

  83. looks like your not going to need your corporate card anymore. i’d be happy to take it off your hands. :)

    good luck and best wishes!

  84. looks like your not going to need your corporate card anymore. i’d be happy to take it off your hands. :)

    good luck and best wishes!

  85. The week that was in the blogosphere…

    It’s been an interesting week with interesting news, and I thought I’d give my thoughts on just a few of the top stories: 1. Scoble’s departure: perfect symbol for the best and the worst of the blogosphereMy thoughts on what…

  86. [...] And, almost in passing, I saw the Scoble story, which you can find here, with his comments here. Whatever opinions you may have about Robert Scoble, one thing is not in doubt. He helped change public opinion about Microsoft. Yes there are others: Kim Cameron and Ray Ozzie come immediately to mind, but the Scobleizer was the first to break ranks. In the early days of his blog, I must confess there wasn’t a day when I didn’t say to myself “Go get ‘em Floyd” as I read his posts. So thanks and good luck to him, and to PodTech.net, the start-up he’s joining. [...]

  87. Sometimes it is good to find something new. Just quit a tech job in an international software company myself. Got enough money to take 6 months off, still enjoying that. :)

    Everyone should try and keep themselves more or less happy and strive to be the best you can be. Doesn’t have to be something wrong with the company in order for you to need something new.

    Good luck to you. :)

  88. Sometimes it is good to find something new. Just quit a tech job in an international software company myself. Got enough money to take 6 months off, still enjoying that. :)

    Everyone should try and keep themselves more or less happy and strive to be the best you can be. Doesn’t have to be something wrong with the company in order for you to need something new.

    Good luck to you. :)

  89. Távozik a Microsoft főbloggere

    Robert Scoble, a világ leghíresebb és legeredményesebb vállalati bloggere otthagyja a Microsoftot és a Podtech.net podcasting hálózathoz igazol. (A startup szájtja vasárnap egy időre le is halt a hír által generált forgalom…

  90. [...] Scoble himself, has posted about the reaction of the blogging community to the news, and Niall Kennedy, another significant Microsoft blogger, had a nice post about it. In fact, almost everybody is posting about the news of Scoble’s departure, which illustrates how significant the news is to those of us who follow the blogosphere.  [...]

  91. [...] TechMeme aggregated the dozens of follow-ons, including a post from Scoble that sets the record straight about his time at Microsoft. His post begins: "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." [...]

  92. [...] “A few weeks ago Mini-Microsoft decided to stop tweaking his corporate masters, having won the astounding victory of getting free towels returned to the locker rooms in Redmond. Now uber-blogger Scoble is moving on to work with a podcasting startup, having apparently tired of his supposed role as Vista evangelist and self-appointed corporate revolutionary. The company still has 3,000 bloggers left, but Microsoft has apparently figured out how to keep them safely within the rules, blogging about the wonders of product renaming and coming features instead of anything that might challenge the party line. There’s a lesson here for those starry-eyed adolescents who think the power of the blog is going to triumph over the power of the boardroom.” [...]

  93. [...] Wow, never thought I’d see theday for this article to hit, but at least he’s leaving on good terms. It won’t be the same watching the Ch.9 Insider videos with out this dude’s strangley-addictive laugh. Microsoft’s geek blogger, Robert Scoble, says he’s leaving Microsoft and sets the record straight about his position. (He’s joining PodTech.net, which involves a move from Seattle to Silicon Valley.) [...]

  94. Microsoft Loses Robert Scoble…

    There has been a lot written in the last two days regarding the announcement and it has shaken (maybe a better word is “excited”) the blogosphere. He did have one of the best gigs a person could have. Rather than…

  95. [...] Si hay un blogger estrella en el mercado del blogging corporativo es Scoble, el “Technical Evangelist” de Microsoft. Pero ahora se va a un nuevo proyecto y será bastante dificil para MS encontrar a alguien capaz de reemplazarlo. Lo comentan desde Michael Arrington hasta Nial Kennedy y GapingVoid [...]

  96. [...] The blogsphere has been buzzing since the report broke in the Silicon Valley Watcher that Robert Scoble, microsoft’s technical evangelist has accepted a new position with Podtech. The article suggest Scoble was unhappy with various aspects of his employment with microsoft and as a result Scoble has made a post on his blog Correcting the Record about Microsoft. In the post he rebutts claims he didn’t get support from his management team amoungst other aspects reported as his reasons for departure from microsoft. [...]

  97. [...] Scobelizer ‘n Schwartz June 11, 2006 No Ratings Yet Robert Scoble, (ex)Microsoft’s “top” blogger, leaves Microsoft. and has been Technorati’s Number #1 search term for the last 2 days. WOW !!! . You can browse the million zillion blog posts on Robert Scoble, to find out more about his stint at Microsoft, Why he left the, the rumors surrounding it, and Robert Scoble’s direct response regarding his “end of tenure” @ Microsoft. [...]

  98. Best wishes and the best of luck Robert. I hope you’ll still get insider news on Microsot products, and that you’ll share those with us. You’ve grown on me over the last few years and I look foward to reading your blog more than just about any. I wish you and your family the best of luck, sometimes you have to follow the money for them.

    P.S. If you are making more money now, I hope you’ll be able to buy a toy now and then, as you actually do deserve it, no matter what people tell you. Work hard, play hard, live life to the fullest brother!

    -Jason

  99. Best wishes and the best of luck Robert. I hope you’ll still get insider news on Microsot products, and that you’ll share those with us. You’ve grown on me over the last few years and I look foward to reading your blog more than just about any. I wish you and your family the best of luck, sometimes you have to follow the money for them.

    P.S. If you are making more money now, I hope you’ll be able to buy a toy now and then, as you actually do deserve it, no matter what people tell you. Work hard, play hard, live life to the fullest brother!

    -Jason

  100. Microsoft Celeb Blogger Quits…

    Robert Scoble – the famous blogger from Microsoft – has quit his blog to join a start up….

  101. [...] SJasperson writes “A few weeks ago Mini-Microsoft decided to stop tweaking his corporate masters, having won the astounding victory of getting free towels returned to the locker rooms in Redmond. Now uber-blogger Scoble is moving on to work with a podcasting startup, having apparently tired of his supposed role as Vista evangelist and self-appointed corporate revolutionary. The company still has 3,000 bloggers left, but Microsoft has apparently figured out how to keep them safely within the rules, blogging about the wonders of product renaming and coming features instead of anything that might challenge the party line. There’s a lesson here for those starry-eyed adolescents who think the power of the blog is going to triumph over the power of the boardroom.” [...]

  102. Robert, it’s good to read your personal views on the matter rather than more speculation. It sounds like it was just time for you to move on. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do at PodTech!

  103. Robert, it’s good to read your personal views on the matter rather than more speculation. It sounds like it was just time for you to move on. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do at PodTech!

  104. [...] It’s offical – Robert Scoble, the poster boy of blogosphere is leaving Microsoft, for a startup – PodTech. I met Robert in Pittsburgh, earlier this year, and the guy rocks! Scoble put to rest all the rumors about his Microsoft exit, when he corrected the record himself. Good luck Robert! Hope to see you again. [...]

  105. You don’t leave a company you believe in. Don’t lie Robert. You saw the grass greener on the other side and left. Don’t try to sweet talk us who are staying. We still believe.

  106. You don’t leave a company you believe in. Don’t lie Robert. You saw the grass greener on the other side and left. Don’t try to sweet talk us who are staying. We still believe.

  107. Congrats with the important decision and best of luck!
    It has been a plasure learning more of the innards of Microsoft through your blog and Channel 9. Will still follow you and visit your blog regularly.

  108. Ah, Dr. Scoble ….

    Excellent post. Excellent truths spoken.

    Watching the arc of your motions, since first
    I noticed you popping up in Dave Winer’s universe,
    has been a lovely thing.

    The truth of Microsoft, in all its complexity, is
    difficult for many folks to grok, let alone publicly
    support.

    You’ve done well, will continue to do well, and
    we all thankya.

    – stan

  109. Ah, Dr. Scoble ….

    Excellent post. Excellent truths spoken.

    Watching the arc of your motions, since first
    I noticed you popping up in Dave Winer’s universe,
    has been a lovely thing.

    The truth of Microsoft, in all its complexity, is
    difficult for many folks to grok, let alone publicly
    support.

    You’ve done well, will continue to do well, and
    we all thankya.

    – stan

  110. Congrats with the important decision and best of luck!
    It has been a plasure learning more of the innards of Microsoft through your blog and Channel 9. Will still follow you and visit your blog regularly.

  111. This is the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Repent ye sinners, the kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. And I am coming “soon”.

  112. This is the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Repent ye sinners, the kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. And I am coming “soon”.

  113. Scoble gaat naar PodTech

    Robert Scoble, DE blogger die in dienst was van Microsoft gaat naar PodTech. Natuurlijk big news. Hij geeft zelf commentaar in een audioposten geeft op zijn blog nadere uitleg. Om het geklets in de blogosphere in de juiste proporties te zetten.Het is n…

  114. Good for you Robert, may God bless you! I wish you success in your latest endevor!

    You made Microsoft much more tolerable for me and I thank you for it.

  115. Good for you Robert, may God bless you! I wish you success in your latest endevor!

    You made Microsoft much more tolerable for me and I thank you for it.

  116. [...] De geruchtenmolen komt ook gelijk op gang. Scoble zou vertrokken zijn vanwege de negatieve reactie op zijn kritiek op Microsoft producten binnen dat bedrijf. Zo prees hij een paar dagen geleden Google vanwege hun spreadsheet avontuur, maar zet hij ook vaker de concurrent in een positief daglicht. Robert zelf ontkent dit, en mij lijkt het ook redelijk onwaarschijnlijk. [...]

  117. It’s seems that not even the brightest stars can change the course of a sinking ship. I have seen the future, it aint on the horizon, it isn’t a grand Vista, it is in the little things, that’s where the biggest changes occur. It was an exciting time at Microsoft, and as a customer it was exciting as well. Microsoft has lost more than a single employee, it has lost a conduit to it’s inner humanity as a corporation.

  118. It’s seems that not even the brightest stars can change the course of a sinking ship. I have seen the future, it aint on the horizon, it isn’t a grand Vista, it is in the little things, that’s where the biggest changes occur. It was an exciting time at Microsoft, and as a customer it was exciting as well. Microsoft has lost more than a single employee, it has lost a conduit to it’s inner humanity as a corporation.

  119. [...] The story’s been quite interesting in itself. When the news first seeped out, it was first reported that Scoble was leaving the company on not too good terms, which was quickly set right by the Scobleizer himself in a post elaborating on how things were still quite cool between him and the Redmond-based company. [...]

  120. [...] En l’occurence je partage l’avis de Jeff Clavier, le travail qu’a investi Scoble dans son blog personnel lui appartient. Même s’il occupait une fonction de représentation, il bloguait sur scobleizer.wordpress.com et non sur un domaine web de Microsoft. Scoble rappelle qu’il existe 3000 blogueurs chez Microsoft, lequel perd toutefois son porte-parole le plus charismatique (sur le web, du moins). Il va être intéressant d’observer ce que l’entreprise va faire à la suite de ce départ. Un grand gagnant au moins dans l’opération, la start-up PodTech Network qui récupère un blogueur avec une audience très confortable. [...]

  121. Hmm …. Robert, I am sure you have your own reasons and there is no need to draw conclusions about Microsoft or the situation. All I can say is … Good Luck! and don’t F**k up. ;-)

  122. Hmm …. Robert, I am sure you have your own reasons and there is no need to draw conclusions about Microsoft or the situation. All I can say is … Good Luck! and don’t F**k up. ;-)

  123. Scobleizer moves on

    Robert Scoble – whose corporate blog, Scobleizer, about life at Microsoft became a must-read for those who follow the fortunes of that company – has decided to move to start-up PodTech.Net as vice-president of content.
    Scoble helped to run Microsof…

  124. Robert Scoble Leaves Microsoft For PodTech.net…

    Robert Scoble, the most famous blogger and videologger at Microsoft is leaving Microsoft for the start up PodTech.net. Robert also co-authored the book, “Naked Conversations,” earlier this year with Shel Israel. Robert has done a great job of demonst…

  125. [...] Saturday night, the web was buzzing with rumor and confirmation. Here is a snippet of how some bloggers reported the news that Scoble was leaving Microsoft on Saturday night: 9:08 Chris Pirillo leaks the news. 9.45 Tom Foremski’s post on Scoble (Bloglines reported it as filed 9.27 pm). 9.54 Vinnie files his post. 11:00 Don Dodge blogs about Scoble. 11.30 Techmeme has just reported it. 11.45 Om files his version. 12.07 Sunday AM – Jason files. 12.09 Matthew files 2:15 Scoble confirms 10:00 Techmeme – shows since it first ran it at 11.30; there are at least 50 blogs reporting it, & it is just in Sunday morning! [...]

  126. [...] Scoble just thought he could offer no more to Microsoft and could learn no more from Microsoft, so he wanted to try something new, wouldn’t you agree that we all do at times, it’s part of our human nature to try different experiences in life.   Now let me leave you with some quotes from other sites about Scoble leaving Microsoft and then after if you don’t mind you my readers can tell me what you think about all this and what you think will happen next, e.g. Will somebody acquire PodTech.net? Who will be the next top blogger at Microsoft? Etc… Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Correcting the Record about Microsoft  —  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. [...]

  127. Congratulations Robert. This is a possible huge win-win-win for both you, Microsoft and Podtech. You can still be involved with Microsoft and Channel 9, work towards your Second Life and bring the energy you brought to Microsoft into Podtech.

    I would pose the question as to why you could not stay engaged at Microsoft now as a Podtech person?

    Best Wishes – Stephen

  128. Congratulations Robert. This is a possible huge win-win-win for both you, Microsoft and Podtech. You can still be involved with Microsoft and Channel 9, work towards your Second Life and bring the energy you brought to Microsoft into Podtech.

    I would pose the question as to why you could not stay engaged at Microsoft now as a Podtech person?

    Best Wishes – Stephen

  129. [...] Doc Searls says "what matters most in the long run is who you are. Not who you work for." That’s true, yet is is also true that company names open doors, something that has benefitted Robert immensely. In his parting notes, Robert Scoble congratulates Microsoft on accepting the fact that he has a "very public lunch" with the CEO of a leading competitor. What blogging has done is make all interactions between companies and individuals public, so that even lunches by lower-level employee (there’s a dying notion of hierarchy) open to scrutiny. However, companies have always been incredibly permeable. I don’t think Microsoft had much to tolerate. This is business, it’s different now because of networks. Scoble was the first to play the instrument like a virtuoso. [...]

  130. [...] Before I sprinkled a few words into the verbal deluge on the subject of Scoble’s exodus from the evil empire I wanted to read a lot of what has already been said, especially what Scoble himself had to say on the subject, so I wouldn’t say anything astoundingly stupid. Let’s see how well that strategy works: [...]

  131. [...] Scoble – Setting The Record Straight So Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft. He’s been able to de-mystify Microsoft without being dishonest and without behaving like a shill. I think he’ll do well wherever he goes – he just seems to have that kind of positive drive and energy (Have you ever noticed that he is the complete antithesis of Steve Gillmor? ). It pisses me off however to read this post which apparently broke the story. The author takes pains to sound so authoritative on the situation. Go read Robert’s own blog post which sets the record straight. It’s nice to see that good guys do not always finish last. posted by RichardQuerin at 8:00 AM   Comments | Blog This | E-mail This | Print This | Permalink [...]

  132. [...] The big news this weekend is that Microsoft evangelist and notable bogger Robert Scoble is leaving Redmond to join young startup PodTech.net. The story was broken by blog Beet.TV and, after much bouncing around the blogosphere, finally landed at Scoble’s blog where he confirmed it and straightened out a few of the facts. He’s hasty to point out that he was not unhappy at Microsoft, saying, “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.” Scoble will be joining PodTech.net as VP of Media Development. For endless discussion take a look at the waterfall of threads on the topic at Techmeme. [...]

  133. Good luck sir. Hopefully someone will fill the gap… Your kind of wierdly unbiased opinions about the company that I have spent my career around has been very refreshing. If every company had someone who could both love the company AND be critical publicly, the corporate world would be a better place.

  134. Good luck sir. Hopefully someone will fill the gap… Your kind of wierdly unbiased opinions about the company that I have spent my career around has been very refreshing. If every company had someone who could both love the company AND be critical publicly, the corporate world would be a better place.

  135. [...] Wow. Ввиду определенных сложностей в бытовом плане, о которых я пожалуюсь отдельно позже :), наложившихся на суету конца года я совершенно пропустил очень неожиданную новость: Роберт Скобл, один из наиболее читаемых блоггеров мира, покидает Майкрософт. [...]

  136. I may not always agree with you, but I think microsoft is losing, if not one of it’s best, one of its most interesting assets in your leaving. PodTech is lucky to get you. :D

  137. I may not always agree with you, but I think microsoft is losing, if not one of it’s best, one of its most interesting assets in your leaving. PodTech is lucky to get you. :D

  138. Yeah, it is only a company that has such a truly unique way of managing their employees “visionary” that can rise to the levels that they have. I cant imagine such tolerance in most industries. “Brains and techies” seem to need a whole different way of handling in order to allow them to express themselves and to bring out their true, creative innner geek. Hope you keep blogging as I had only just discovered your site and found it really interesting. Mick http://rockwatching.wordpress.com

  139. Yeah, it is only a company that has such a truly unique way of managing their employees “visionary” that can rise to the levels that they have. I cant imagine such tolerance in most industries. “Brains and techies” seem to need a whole different way of handling in order to allow them to express themselves and to bring out their true, creative innner geek. Hope you keep blogging as I had only just discovered your site and found it really interesting. Mick http://rockwatching.wordpress.com

  140. [...] Scoble is out of here, but Microsoft bloggers are here to stay A lot of people are making a pretty big deal about Robert Scoble’s departure.  Not just bloggers, but the old-school media like newspapers and even Slashdot.  In fact, somewhere down in the valley, Scott McNealy is sitting in his living room probably wondering “why didn’t people make as big a deal when I left Sun?” ;-)   I must admit that I was a little shocked and saddened when I heard the news.  There’s no question about the man’s passion—if only everyone at Microsoft cared that much about the company.  Alas, nothing is forever and Robert is off to new things.  But as far as the blogs and articles that suggest that Microsoft’s openness is over because one person decided to leave the company is ridiculous.  Let’s think about what is really changing… I am pretty confident that Robert will continue to blog (hmm, you think?).  And I believe the content won’t change that much.  Remember—what makes people interested in what Scoble says is that he “tells it like it is”.  You don’t have to like his blog to respect it.  When Microsoft does something great, he’ll be a big cheerleader.  And when we misstep, he’ll call us on it.  Just like last year, last month, and last week.  He wasn’t a hired PR guy and his blogging was just a component of his job as my blog is a component of my job (yes, he is better at it than me—good thing there’s no more stack rank ;-) ).  He may not be as privy to insider info anymore, but he couldn’t blog about that stuff anyway.  Channel 9 will miss his sensibilities and Jeff Sandquist and his gang will miss having the guy around, but all this means is that he is going to be blogging about some other stuff too.  Robert leaving Microsoft doesn’t mean he’ll change his tune any more than Niall Kennedy joining Microsoft means he’ll change his tune.  Therein lies the beauty of a genuine blogger.  In the words of Led Zeppelin, “the song remains the same”.  Will there still be people who challenge the status quo?  Heck, my last post suggested we take Microsoft private.  That may not be Scoble bold, but I think it’s a pretty open opinion.  So call off the dogs.  Microsoft will be just fine.  And good luck Robert. Published Wednesday, June 14, 2006 12:58 PM by SandyK [...]

  141. JC Quits Mobius…

    At least Microsoft has 3,000 well-trained employee bloggers to sub for Scoble.

    Philippine game publisher Mobius has no one to sub for local gaming guru blogger John Cuneta….

  142. [...] I also liked Adam’s assessment of the Scoble departure. He’s dead on: are there many softies who will write about the mundane but still colorful parts of their everyday lives? I hope so. Maybe I will start doing that more–Scoble did such a good job that it was never critical for us to start, but maybe the time is right to start showing how, we too, are your ‘neighbors-next-door’ (so to speak). [...]

  143. Hey Robert,

    I followed Channel Nine and it inspired me to many heights. I was given the task to Author the Official CeBIT Australia Blog (contradiction in terms I know) and also enjoyed lots of success with my own blog, UberTablet.blogspot.com. I can credit a great deal of inspiration to your own activities and with that in mind I wish you the very best. May your next journey be more sucessful than this one and may it bring you all you need.

    Enjoy mate…Aussie Blogger, Hugo Ortega.

  144. Hey Robert,

    I followed Channel Nine and it inspired me to many heights. I was given the task to Author the Official CeBIT Australia Blog (contradiction in terms I know) and also enjoyed lots of success with my own blog, UberTablet.blogspot.com. I can credit a great deal of inspiration to your own activities and with that in mind I wish you the very best. May your next journey be more sucessful than this one and may it bring you all you need.

    Enjoy mate…Aussie Blogger, Hugo Ortega.

  145. [...] The first might seem paradoxical. Robert Scoble, perhaps the most well known blogger of all, is leaving Microsoft. He is a strong proponent of the idea of the blog as a way of opening dialogues with customers. He leaves with only best wishes for his former employer. His departure is being grieved by many in Microsoft. Steve Clayton’s comments are typical: There is a revolution underway and though some parts of Microsoft get it, some still don’t and perhaps Robert’s departure may help in a small way to drive some of the changes that are still needed. [...]

  146. [...]     foreach(SalesPerson p in newSalesPeople) {        Console.WriteLine(“{0}t{1}”, p.FirstName, p.LastName);    }} (Which version do you prefer? :) It is easy to write down the code. To really make this happen, a lot has to happen behind the screens. The type of aw.SalesPeople should implement IQueryable<T>. The C# compiler will then translate the query into an expression tree. The query isn’t executed until the newSalesPeople object is enumerated over by the foreach statement. At this point the expression tree has to be translated to T-SQL to be sent to the SQL Server database. As no ADO.NET vNext bits have been released yet, it is not clear if the IQueryable<T> implementation already exists for ADO.NET vNext and/or if ADO.NET vNext will use Entity SQL as an intermediate step. BTW: The Channel9 video on ADO.NET “3.0″ that also disappeared will probably not re-appear. It might be a bit hard to reshoot now that Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft ;) I guess it has been superseeded by the Channel9 video with Anders Hejlsberg and Sam Drucker. Filed Under: .NET [...]

  147. [...] So Scoble’s leaving Microsoft.  That’s the buzz this morning.  Some have been pretty critical of Microsoft for letting him go, and Robert answers those critics with a spirited defense.  He says “Career decisions are personal and opportunity and growth require thinking about a lot of different things, not just one or two.”  Amen! I’ll bet they did move heaven and earth to keep him, contrary to what the critics say.  Microsoft doesn’t let its stars go easily, and they make it very easy for them to come back, if / when some discover they’ve made a mistake.  [...]

  148. [...] Anyway, as Paul Fabretti points out, now both are out on their own, sans day-job, starting new projects and aligning themselves with new opportunities. In these situations, you never get all of the details of the story, so it’s hard to say what caused these personnel changes, even when you hear the story right from the HorsePigCow’s mouth. I think that both Robert and Tara simply outgrew their surroundings (What? Scoble got too big and powerful for Microsoft!?) and became their own brand, simply by being themselves. Both claim an amicable split, and both are likely to end up coming out ahead when the dust settles. Robert Scoble had the benefit of association with the hugest company on the planet, while Tara had some great ideas she thought might work, and a knack for networking. Both published great content, and their audiences grew like crazy. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record about this, but this sends a pretty clear message to me: People will connect with you, and with your company if you offer them some value in the form of content, and just be willing to have a conversation with them. In the case of Robert and Tara, they gained a following both for themselves and the companies they were plugging (and often times critiquing). If you’re smart about it and put the time in, it can work for you, too. Yes, it;s a bit of work, but if you’re talking about hting you’re passionate about, it becomes more of a hobby than anything. Think of it as free PR, if that makes you feel better. What’s the secret? Be yourself, tell the truth and have a bit of fun in the process. [...]

  149. [...] Foundation, SOA,  Microsoft Share this post: Email it! | bookmark it! | digg it! | reddit!| kick it! Published Wednesday, June 14, 2006 5:47 PM by SamGentile Filed Under: Blogsphere, New andNotable, SOA, WCF/Indigo, WinFX [...]

  150. [...] I’m not sure I want to say that this is a flash-in-the-pan, but I think podcasting has some significant hurdles to overcome if it’s to last.   It might be foolish, at this point, to jump full force into it.  it certainly has the feel of a bubble-type business plan.  Perhaps Google will come up with an Adsense for podcasts, but I’d be hesitant to put money into a business depending on Adsense at all, let alone something that hasn’t even been unvailed yet let alone tested and proven. [...]

  151. seismic shifts in the blogosphere

    I’m no longer able to keep up with all the activity in the blogosphere and vlogging world. Big things are happening with employee changes in the past month or so:

    Scoble leaving Microsoft (cf. Valleywag spin, buy his house)
    Tara leaving Riya
    Ama…

  152. [...] Er war das Aushängeschild von Microsoft in der Blogosphäre: Nun verlässt Robert Scoble (”Scobleizer”) den Softwareriesen und wechselt zum StartUp PodTech, das auf Podcast-Interviews mit Promis aus der IT-Szene spezialisiert ist. In seinem Weblog betont Scoble, dass die Trennung in bestem Einvernehmen stattfindet und Microsoft nach wie vor “the best big company in the world” ist. [...]

  153. [...] So when will Microsoft release Scoble v2.0? Now that the man is leaving us (is he crazy?), who has the talent to fill those shoes?  I’d love to do it, but frankly it would mean uprooting my family and leaving blistering Texas heat for the cool Seattle skies.  That is actually the reality we all face in our careers.  Like many companies, there are a significant number of job opportunities in Seattle where the mothership docks.  Corporate campuses are like that.  Tons of stuff to do, but not enough people to do it. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re hiring.  There are 4300 jobs posted for the USA at http://members.microsoft.com/careers/search/default.aspx.&nbsp; I wish half were here in Texas, but sadly they aren’t.  So what would it take to get hired into Microsoft and blog half the time, drive channel 9 half the time, and have a life the other half the time.  You’ll notice it doesn’t add up.  To do what he did, expect to work a lot of hours.  To work those kind of hours, you’d better make sure you have passion about technology.  You’d also better have passion about Microsoft technology. When I left the company I was working at to go work for Microsoft, I remember some of my co-workers, friends and mentors saying I would be back.  My manager at the time asked me what he could do to keep me.  I told him there wasn’t anything he could do.  It wasn’t about money.  It was about going to work for a company that could help shape the direction of technology. So they said I would be back.  In two weeks I celebrate my tenth anniversary with Microsoft. Will Robert be back?  Time will tell… Published Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:00 PM by Keith Combs Filed Under: World Wide Web, Career [...]

  154. [...] Er war das Aushängeschild von Microsoft in der Blogosphäre: Nun verlässt Robert Scoble (”Scobleizer”) den Softwareriesen und wechselt zum StartUp PodTech, das auf Podcast-Interviews mit Promis aus der IT-Szene spezialisiert ist. In seinem Weblog betont Scoble, dass die Trennung in bestem Einvernehmen stattfindet und Microsoft nach wie vor “the best big company in the world” ist. [...]

  155. gogogo scobly! As long as you are blogging, thats fine. btw, i recently hit on a new MS blogger…he or she is quit negative about ms though….msftgoodnbad.blogspot.com

  156. gogogo scobly! As long as you are blogging, thats fine. btw, i recently hit on a new MS blogger…he or she is quit negative about ms though….msftgoodnbad.blogspot.com

  157. [...] Confidence shaker… I just caught wind that Robert Scoble is going to be leaving Microsoft to join PodTech.net. According to this article, it isn’t necessarily because he’s unhappy and if it is because he’s unhappy, he isn’t providing any kind of hint or indication as to why. I have to admit, regardless of what his reasoning, after reading this post by David Winer, I think there may be more to it than meets the eye. I only hope that after the dust settles a real explanation is provided as opposed to the very vanilla/feel good one that’s being published on Scoble’s blog. Regardless, it’s a sad day in he MS fan body world as Scoble was someone who I personally looked up to and thought very highly of. I hope he’ll still make PDC appearances and we’ll still get some Channel9 goodness out of him. On a different note, Crystal and I just went and saw Cars last night. I’ll admit, I was pretty worried and a bit skeptical of this movie. From the previews I honestly didn’t think it was going to be very good but she really wanted to see and after the whole “Omen” thing the night before, I figured I owed it to her. I’m happy to say though that the movie blew all doubts away. It was probably the best movie Pixar’s generated yet IMO. I know my dad went nuts at the end w/ the appearance by a certain Ferrari Formula 1 driver. I’d say who but if the one person on the inter-web that is going to read this blog hasn’t yet seen the movie, I don’t want to ruin the surprise. Published Sunday, June 11, 2006 11:44 AM by hamaze Filed under: Microsoft [...]

  158. [...] As everyone knows, I’m sure, Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft on June 30th. Now, I had no intention on mentioning this because I felt as though I had nothing to add to the conversation. I didn’t think Scoble’s departure from Microsoft would have any direct effect on me. That is, until I started to look for some blogs from other Microsoft employees and realized the pickings are pretty slim. Or, maybe there are some great feeds from MS employees that I just can’t find! I suspect the latter is the case. Microsoft’s going to need someone, like Scoble, who “gets it” and takes steps to improve the user experience for those of us that are trying to find feeds via the Microsoft website.  [...]

  159. Off the Desktop, Onto the Web

    If Outlook 2007 is to ever win me back, it had better move far away from those principles, integrate well with many Web-based services using open standards (iCal, RSS, OPML, etc. CSV ain’t everything.), quit hogging my system, and offer useful benefit…

  160. [...] Scoble will be joining PodTech, a podcasting startup founded by John Furrier. Furrier hosts the InfoTalk podcast, which focuses on technology and Silicon Valley. The company recently raised $5.5 million in venture capital to expand its offerings, and to “play a big role in the evolving ecosystem of this new media.”According to Scoble, he was happy and supported at Microsoft, but he’s leaving for new opportunities. [...]

  161. I’m no longer able to keep up with all the activity in the blogosphere and vlogging world. Big things are happening with employee changes in the past month or so:

    Scoble leaving Microsoft (cf. Valleywag spin, buy his house)
    Tara leaving Riya
    Ama…

  162. I’m no longer able to keep up with all the activity in the blogosphere and vlogging world. Big things are happening with employee changes in the past month or so:

    Scoble leaving Microsoft (cf. Valleywag spin, buy his house)
    Tara leaving Riya
    Ama…

  163. Great post, I see racial self-segregation all the time, and I want to investigate the issue more thoroughly.
    I always find something new and interesting every time I come around here – thanks.

  164. Great post, I see racial self-segregation all the time, and I want to investigate the issue more thoroughly.
    I always find something new and interesting every time I come around here – thanks.

  165. Microsoft Interviews Hugh MacLeod

    With top employee blogger Robert Scoble gone, Microsoft looks to top marketing blogger Hugh MacLeod for buzz and clue. Here they are interviewing him on blogs, marketing, and the Cluetrain.

  166. [...] 92. Google Reader users can share their feeds (3/24) 91. Google Base Accepts Payments (2/27), and eBay Express follows 90. Google shows off new toys: Google Page Creator and Google Notebook 89. CarPhone Warehouse purchases AOL UK (10/11) 88. Google and Dell create personalized homepage (1/7) 87. Amazon launches their own CPC program ClickRiver Ads (11/5) 86. Yahoo & IBM team up on corporate search (12/13) 85. Adam Lasnik is hired by Google as Search Evangelist (5/12) which was predicted over a year ago 84. Yahoo! and Ask embark on huge traditional ad campaigns but still remain at 2 & 4 respectively in searchers 83. RH Donnelley buys Local Launch (9/7), MediaWhiz acquires Text Link Ads (11/7) 82. Lycos Teams with Ask for Ads (11/1) 81. DMOZ editor corruption exposed (publicly) (8/18) 80. Google Buys dMarc Radio Advertising (1/17), then launches Partnership Initiative with Newspapers (11/6) and Radio (11/7) 79. Yahoo partners with newspapers to offer job marketing content (11/20) 78. UTube sues YouTube (11/1) and then begins selling ringtone, poker and sex ads (12/13) 77. SEO is put down by Jason Calacanis, Ted Leonsis and Bill Pasternak/Kevin Lee – leading to some interesting contests and fact-based retorts about the Half-Truths of Talking Frogs 76. Web reaches 100,000,000 site milestone (11/1) 75. Start-ups score big names: Robert Scoble Leaves Microsoft for PodTech (6/10) and Tim Converse leaves Yahoo for Powerset (12/18) 74. Orkut’s Brazilian Popularity Soars (4/10) 73. The revolving door at SearchEngineWatch – Gary Price leaves SearchEngineWatch for Ask (2/9) and Barry Schwartz takes his place (2/9) but then leaves with Danny to SearchEngineLand (11/20) 72. Corporate search engine personnel moves – Steve Berkowitz leaves Ask for MSN (4/22), Udi Manber Leaves Amazon for Google (2/8) and the Microsoft “Brain Drain” has Managers Leaving to Google (7/1) 71. Corporate moves in the SEO world – Todd Malicoat leaves WeBuildPages (3/30), Andy Beal leaves Fortune Interactive (8/4), Mike Grehan leaves MarketSmart (8/3) followed by Garrett French (10/30) and Jake Baillie Leaves TrueLocal (12/22) 70. Florida spammer is fined $11 billion dollars 69. Google launches Book Search (8/30) 68. Google acquires Writely (3/6) and then JotSpot (10/31) 67. Microsoft launches Live Spaces social network (8/3) 66. Yahoo! launches new Video site (5/31) 65. Microsoft announces plans for July 2008 transitioning out of Bill Gates (6/15) 64. Google Sitemaps becomes Webmaster Central (8/8) 63. Conde Nast acquires Reddit 62. Wal-Mart (10/9) and Sony (12/12) learn that the blogosphere is very transparent 61. Google acquires Measure Map blog analytics software (2/15) 60. Microsoft acquires web analytics firm DeepMetrix (5/3) 59. Google opens Online Video Store (1/7) 58. Tracking Memes – led by Techmeme, Tailrank & Megite 57. Though Shall Not Google – Google is declared a verb (7/6) but Google doesn’t like it (12/26) 56. Yahoo acquires Bix.com (11/16) 55. Google announces Google Checkout (6/29), competes with eBay-owned Paypal (7/6) 54. Yahoo settles click fraud suit (6/28) 53. Google launches Docs & Spreadsheets (10/10) 52. Sponsored blog posting services ReviewMe, PayPerPost & Blogvertise make a splash and lead to the FTC ‘encouraging’ disclosures from bloggers (12/20) 51. Google agrees to censor results in China (1/24) 50. Microsoft Small Business Directory stops accepting new submissions (11/15) 49. Australia suggests that permission be granted to index web pages (11/2) 48. Google Bombing as a political tactic (7/19) 47. Foreign search engines threaten Google’s international presence: Baidu in China and Japan (12/4), Quaero in France and Theseus in Germany (12/21) 46. Wikipedia founder announces plans to launch search engine (12/23) 45. Google launches Google Trends (5/10) 44. Google News Comes out of Beta (1/23) 43. Netscape launches Digg-like site (6/14), Jason Calacanis lures users with money (7/18) but leaves Netscape shortly thereafter (11/17) for a position at Sequoia Capital (12/5) 42. Yahoo and eBay join to fight the Google and Microsoft giants (5/26) 41. Yahoo launches Search Builder (8/7) 40. Google CSE (Custom Search Engine) announced (10/23) 39. Google begins notifying webmasters of penalties (4/26) 38. Socially-governed video search sites launched: StumbleVideo (12/13), Digg (12/18), Megite (12/26), and Tailrank (12/26) 37. Microsoft launches Internet Explorer 7 (10/18) and Mozilla launches Firefox 2 (10/24) 36. Yahoo focuses on integrating social components in brand websites (12/1) 35. Time Magazine names YOU ‘Person of the Year‘ 34. AskCity Launches (12/4) 33. The rise of Internet Celebrities: LonelyGirl15, Christine Dolce, and Ze Frank proving that sometimes you don’t have to even be real to be famous online 32. Microsoft signs ad deal with Facebook (8/23) but perhaps the bigger story is the non-acquisition of Facebook by Yahoo! (9/21) 31. The Arbitrage Debate Rages 30. KinderStart sues Google over PageRank and traffic (3/18) but the lawsuit is dismissed (7/13) 29. Google will not give in to the DOJ’s search request out of privacy concerns (2/18) but the DOJ says it is not a privacy issue (2/27). Google is forced to give up data (3/14), but not all of it (3/17) 28. AOL leaks user search data (8/7) and an AOL Searcher No. 4417749 (8/9) 27. 90% of all email now spam 26. Microsoft launches adCenter and drops Yahoo! Search Marketing ads (5/4) 25. Yahoo announces Panama Search Advertising System (4/6), which is delayed and results in profit dips for Yahoo but it then launches in October (10/19) 24. MySpace auctions off search business (6/14) and Google wins a 3-year $1-billion dollar deal (8/7) 23. Widgets take off – led by YouTube and MyBlogLog 22. AOL goes free (8/2) and begins to focus on SEO (11/3) 21. Google shuts down Answers (11/28) while Yahoo! integrates their own Answers into the SERPs (a rare up moment in Yahoo’s year) 20. Yahoo announces Panama Search Advertising System (4/6), which is delayed and results in profit dips for Yahoo but it then launches in October (10/19) 19. Google tops $500 a share (11/21) 18. Local search continues to gain momentum (9/28) 17. Click fraud findings are addressed (7/21) and online giants join the fight (8/4) but does click fraud threaten the foundation of online ads? (10/21) 16. Google says click fraud worries are overblown (8/9) despite the $90 million click fraud settlement (7/28) and Google’s claim that their click fraud rate is less than 2% (12/11) 15. Microsoft introduces new search engine (3/8) and then redirects search.msn.com to Live.com (9/14) 14. MySpace traffic tops Yahoo’s in November (12/19) 13. The Butler is Dead – AskJeeves rebrands itself to Ask.com (2/20) 12. Link Baiting and what Paris Hilton can teach us 11. Two Words – Quality Score 10. nofollow concerns (7/7) leads to some high profile sites changing their no-follow policies 9. Digg updates their algorithm (9/8), changes their look (12/18) and bans lots of legit sites in the process (12/21) 8. Google’s ‘minus thirty’ penalty 7. Congress bans Internet gambling (10/2) 6. The Peanut Butter Manifesto (11/18) and Yahoo reorganizing its operations (12/5) 5. Google, Yahoo and Microsoft support Universal Sitemaps Standard (11/16) 4. Google rolls out BigDaddy (1/4) 3. Social Media Optimization and its dark side 2. Danny Sullivan leaves Search Engine Watch (8/29) launches SearchEngineLand (12/11) and the Search Marketing Expo conference and Search Marketing Now webcasts (12/5) [...]

  167. [...] Microsoft was one of the first organisations to use bloggers, and I remember reading they had 200 staff who were active bloggers, including Robert Scoble, who has been credited with helping to humanise Microsoft and shift its stance “from arrogant and aloof to one that is more inclusive and accepting of criticism”. He has since left. [...]

  168. I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

  169. I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

  170. thank you I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

  171. thank you I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

  172. It’s mind boggling how Microsoft is still very far from being a competitor for Google or even Yahoo. I searched for medical and health information and even ASK.com was a better resource than Microsoft. Very disappointing.

  173. It’s mind boggling how Microsoft is still very far from being a competitor for Google or even Yahoo. I searched for medical and health information and even ASK.com was a better resource than Microsoft. Very disappointing.