Revised & Reopened March 25, 2009
Hi all, this is my favorite post from my early days here at channel 9. I hope to be a more active niner. So, I want to invite you all to review this discussion. Add your thoughts and consider if you will the merits of this discussion. Also please stay tuned as I intend to bring up some new and interesting discussions that are on my mind.
Origonal Post Follows:
To Channel 9 and its Community: Well, with all the negativity out there I thought I would post in the positive direction. What's "Right" about Microsoft, MSDN and more importantly the Products?
Here is my take, for what its worth.
I believe that the vision and product benefits that Microsoft delivers are outstanding. We need more Microsofts in this world, companies that believe in the product they produce, and are willing to "bet the company" as they say on what they believe.
What’s right about Microsoft?
From the Desktop to the Server, Developer to Elementary Student (yes the latter two have a common thread), all have something gained from Microsoft. The "Current" and Internet centric “Product” base is right. Microsoft bet the company more than once on a technology, trend, or idea, and that’s exceptional. Produce for the masses software products that work well in all environments, for all kinds of users worldwide, that's a tall order! I know it is difficult to satisfy the cravings of even a few customers. Ask any successful business person or software vendor.
What’s right about MSDN?
Longhorn, Yukon, and Whidbey I predict are going to change our networked world again, leaving you with another impression of Microsoft. Hopefully that impression will be a positive one. MSDN gives developers a real interface to the platforms and technologies that our world invests in. What’s right is that people are interested in contributing to MSDN and in Building community therein, I know I am. Channel-9 is just another example of the commitment Microsoft has made to interfacing with society at the developer level. Besides who informs “VITO” on what technology to invest in anyway? We do.
What’s right about Microsoft’s products?
As if the current products didn't speak for themselves, I use them everyday, and I assure you they do. Connectivity, Interoperability and Extensibility are the words that come to mind. The software of the past has been powerful but always bridled. It’s as if the programmers of yesterday were consistently “protecting” the users from themselves, or creating boundaries that were obvious for users in attempts to preemptively avoid errors and crashes. Today developers own each error in a personal way and understand this responsibility. I attribute this change in thinking to Microsoft’s strategies. By creating opportunity in the three categories I mentioned; Connectivity, Interoperability and Extensibility, all of which are supported on a foundation that is user friendly, we are protected without being limited.
To Microsoft: I have always been an objective fan, not always happy with every detail, but generally I go to sleep at night, and wake up the next morning hungry for more. Keep up the good work!
To the community: I have for over 20 years experienced the good and the not so good in IT, and I challenge everyone to understand that when representing your experience with Microsoft products and services you must also represent the good from time to time.