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 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.

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

by Jugalator

Wednesday May 12th, 2004 3:13 AM

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"See the title of the site. "

It just says MozillaZine, this doesn't imply a Mozilla bias, just that it covers Mozilla news.

"If you honestly think slashdot, or even C|Net with Festa's coverage is unbiased"

He wasn't saying they were unbiased, but that these were sites where you can find other opinions about the browser. I agree, and it's often useful to know what non-Mozilla people thinks about the browser, since they can have useful suggestions on how to improve it.

"Last I checked we're a community driven news site."

Yes, and all respect for that. I also agree with you that people who find lots of Mozilla news that s/he thinks this site should cover, that person should then submit those news.

"if you hate Microsoft, and use Linux, you should understand advocacy"

Just because he dislike MS, doesn't mean he prefer biased news. That seems to be what he's trying to say at least.

"Third if we're missing so much news, why bother coming here?"

He told you why.