This James O’Neill fellow with whom I’m currently sparring (see comment in the previous post) turns out to be a MS “IT Professional Technical Evangelist” so I’m guessing kind of like Scoble’s old job. Anyway, he has a post up “Who tells our story – we do, providing we aten’t dead.” in which he says:
Rights and duties aside, other people do tell the story. Some are neutral, others biased (not always against us), some call us the evil empire. Who’s comfortable being called Evil ? We’re engineers and marketeers, not mass murderers. Our business isn’t based around polluting industrial processes, we don’t make landmines or use child labor.
I suppose Microsoft was founded on bringing love and sunshine to the world? Maybe part of the problem is that they’re digital drug dealers; to quote Bill Gates from 1998:
Although about 3 million computers get sold every year in China, but people don’t pay for the software […] Someday they will, though. As long as they are going to steal it, we want them to steal ours. They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.
Hey, its 2007 now and WGA is in full gear, what do you know?
What’s that you say? Surely that was a long time ago and MS would never actually want people to get “addicted” to their software…
Oh wait, just last month “Microsoft business group president” Jeff Raikes made almost the same comments:
“If they’re going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else”
“We understand that in the long run the fundamental asset is the installed base of people who are using our products”
“What you hope to do over time is convert them to licensing the software.”
I note in the comments to O’Neill’s blog post that a “Guy Adam” comments:
I actually think the constant attacks on Microsoft and Microsoft’s blogging employees are very tiring. Perhaps these people should have all Microsoft products removed from their lives and see how much better they can continue with their work or play without. I am pretty sure within a day or so they would need a function or tool which they couldn’t get free off the internet or even if they could it wouldn’t encapsulate the full functionality needed to complete said task.
Wow, nothing like threatening to cut off the heroin to get people to shut up, huh?
Is it any wonder that there is such concern about ‘OOXML‘? If MS wanted to implement a really open standard, they should adopt (or at least make available!) ODF as part of Word. But MS isn’t known for producing the best software, its about maintaining their monopolies.
But let me say that not only is it possible to get rid of all your MS software, but its actually not that hard to give it up completely; I’m typing this from Firefox inside Ubuntu Linux and its quite nice :)
The other thing in his post is this image: