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Shock as Microsoft Evangelist Robert Scoble Recommends Microsoft Technologies

Monday May 10th, 2004

Much has been made in recent days about Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble and his comments about how Mozilla can take advantage of the new technologies introduced in Longhorn, the next major version of Windows. Scoble's thoughts on how Mozilla Firefox could be enhanced via features such as Avalon, Longhorn's new graphics layer, and WinFS, the enhanced file storage system, prompted InternetNews to conduct a follow-up interview, sparked a discussion at Slashdot and caused MozillaNews to quote almost enough to stretch the definition of fair use.

Which is interesting, as nothing Scoble said was particularly surprising. The fact that a Microsoft employee even mentioned Mozilla was a shock to some but it should be noted that Scoble, who was an established member of the weblogging community long before taking a job at Microsoft, was speaking for himself and not Redmond. Furthermore, Microsoft have recently started encouraging their employees to maintain weblogs, launching initiatives such as blogs.msdn.com and Channel 9. In addition, while some media outlets reported that Scoble was offering advice to Mozilla, in reality he simply was recommending technologies whose widespread adoption would benefit Microsoft. At its core, this is a simply case of a Microsoft evangelist evangelising Microsoft. Nothing particularly surprising about that.

So far, the reaction from the Mozilla camp has been cool. While some features like WinFS and Avalon may be embraced in time, any evaluation is unlikely to take place until much closer to Longhorn's release. Meanwhile, technologies such as XAML (which, to be fair, Scoble is not advocating Mozilla adopt), have been met with outright hostility, with leading Mozilla figures viewing the proprietary XML user interface language as a threat to the freedom and interoperability of the Web.


#22 Re: What is going on with MozillaZine?!

by kerz <jason@mozillazine.org>

Wednesday May 12th, 2004 12:45 AM

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1. See the title of the site. We're here to both report news, and advocate Mozilla and it's technologies. We readily admit that in the title of our site. If you honestly think slashdot, or even C|Net with Festa's coverage is unbiased, I feel sorry for you, as you clearly live in some sort of fantasy world. Why can Scoble editorialize, but we can't?

2. Last I checked we're a community driven news site. Alex and I both work full time jobs, have real lives away from the site, and still find lots of time to dedicate to it. However, we are of course not going to find every news item out there, which is why we rely on our readers to report them. If you're so good at finding news, why don't you submit it? Or are we just supposed to serve you? As far as Scoble's little turd-drop, it wasn't worthy enough to carry until people started making a big stink over it.

As far as your three things are concerned, if you hate Microsoft, and use Linux, you should understand advocacy. Second, if you don't have your own site, then you don't know the work that goes into it, do you. Third if we're missing so much news, why bother coming here? It's one thing to post suggestions, it's another to just flame those of us who work hard on the site, so I hope you didn't expect anything more back than what you contributed, which was very little.

jason