Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Is Microsoft Evil? Are you a Moron?

(Disclosure: I worked for Microsoft for 12 years and currently hold some Microsoft Stock.)

While I enjoy a good bun fight as much as the next guy, all the whoop de-doo on the blog-o-sphere about MSFT gets pretty silly. For some reason, folks just don't like MSFT. That's totally fine with me. I have better things to do with my life than to hate non-persons, but whatever.

On the other hand, claiming that MSFT is EVIL INCARNATE seems to be a bit far round the bend. These same folks seem to think that sunshine comes out of Google's arse. Pretty funny stuff really.

Really, the only difference between MSFT and GOOG is time. MSFT is a very very successful company (arguably the most successful ISV of all time) and Google has not yet found their limits. In time, Google profit growth will slow or even decline and they will seek new markets to conquer. In doing so, they will crush hapless small competitors or kill products people love. Then THEY will be evil. Give me a break.

Reality check folks. MSFT and GOOG have shareholders (including me in the case of MSFT and I'll buy GOOG if it keeps dropping). The leaders of those companies have responsibilities to those shareholders to make money. Lots of money. Lots and lots... If they don't do that they get fired.

SO IF YOU SAY: "Vista Sucks" this is your god given right
AND IF YOU SAY: "Microsoft is Evil" you're a moron

Just my opinion, but hey, it's my blog.


PS: Vista does suck. Take it from a guy who was there when it was built.

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