[News] [Rival] "Microsoft Gags its Evangelists", Former Microsoft Employees Expose Microsoft

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Microsoft gags its evangelists


Microsoft Tells Loudmouths To Not Tweet Company Secrets

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| Microsoft is telling some of its biggest fans to 
| stay off Twitter for the next few days. 
| That's because right now Microsoft is holding its 
| annual MVP Summit -- a gathering of over 1,000 
| people who are, according to Microsoft, 
| "committed to helping others get the most out of 
| their experience with Microsoft products and 
| technologies."


How to get laid off: the Don Dodge approach


Microsoft Confessions: 'There were a ton of bozos'

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| Do middling, middle managers run Microsoft? 
| That's the consensus among the former 
| Microsofties who shared their work stories 
| with me over the last couple months. The new 
| work week starts with another Microsoft 
| Confessional -- the fourth in four days -- 
| from 13-year company veteran Boris, which 
| isn't his real name, of course. Boris was 
| smart enough to see the end coming, and he 
| made preparations in the days before his May 
| 2009 layoff. He learned to read middle 
| managers the way a genuine fortune teller 
| might read tea leaves.


Microsoft Needs More Traitors

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| Most companies dream of having loyal employees 
| and managers. They want people who will follow 
| the company strategy and stick to their jobs. 
| But at Microsoft, a culture of loyalty has 
| turned into slavish devotion to outdated 
| strategy, outmoded thinking, and personal 
| fiefdoms that today threatens to bring the 
| company down.
| [...]
| Really? Microsoft focused on one narrow 
| example and ignored every other criticism — 
| the VP in charge of Office refused to adapt 
| the product line to tablet computers, poor 
| timing on Web TV and MP3 players, lost share 
| in key product areas, and the steady exit of 
| the company’s smartest employees. Yup, it was 
| ignoring significant criticism because that’s 
| not part of the program. It would just make 
| the people in charge look bad.
| Maybe the problem is that many traitors 
| already work at Microsoft. They just don’t 
| realize it.


Microsoft On iTunes In 2003: 'We Were Smoked'



Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

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| "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said. "To say, as
| [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet
| liability, that's just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that
| game. On the other side, if Microsoft is concerned about its intellectual
| property, there is no one in the free software community that wants to
| violate anyone's IP. Disclose the patents and we'll fix the code.
| Alternatively, move on."
| Microsoft has said it does disclose which patents are being violated, but
| only in one-on-one conversations with vendors. To Shuttleworth, that is not
| disclosure, because patents are public documents.


[Mark Shuttleworth Interview]

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| Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won't
| say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: "It's an
| unsafe neighbourhood, why don't you pay me 20 bucks and I'll make
| sure you're okay," that's illegal. It's racketeering. What Microsoft
| is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It's a great
| company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a
| well considered position.
| So you wouldn't do a deal?
| No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at
| Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant
| in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win.

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