Pontifications on Microsoft and the Tech Industry

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September 2008 Entries

Constructive Engagement...with Developers

I thought I’d summarize a few recent developer tool announcements from Microsoft. Taken individually each of these announcements is certainly positive but may appear somewhat inconsequential. Taken together I think they constitute a very important trend. First, let’s enumerate them: Visual Studio Team System Database Edition, known informally as “Data Dude,” will be merged into Visual Studio Team System Development Edition. Current software assurance licensees of either product are being immediately ......

P.C.: Free to be You and Me

Many people have now seen the first “I’m a PC” television ad from Microsoft. (If not, see it here.) And whether or not you believe that the rather sudden transition from the Gates and Seinfeld ads to this new theme is mere coherence to a plan, the overwhelming reaction to the new spot seems to be positive. What I really liked about the ad was its focus on diversity. Showing people from all walks of life, and from different countries (without being smug about it) is a good message. This really serves ......

Browser Wars: A New Hope

I was excited today to download Google’s new “Chrome” Web browser. Even I, a Microsoft technology die-hard, was intrigued by the idea of more competition in the browser space. While I am impressed with what I have seen so far in the Beta of IE8, I still feel that, viewed over roughly the last decade, Microsoft’s browser has changed so little as to be an embarrassment. Microsoft does a lot of things, and they have to prioritize. I suppose it’s not surprising that an area in which it has little competition ......