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.

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

by MillenniumX

Wednesday May 12th, 2004 10:34 AM

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You seem to be suffering from the common delusion that there is such a thing as unbiased media. This is simply not the case.

All media is biased, one way or another. Sites like MozillaZine, which are open about their bias, are inherently more trustworthy than sites which claim to be unbiased, impartial, or "fair and balanced", because either these sites are too inept or arrogant to see their own biases, or they know their biases all too well and are trying to manipulate you.

If you want to get more diverse views, then I suggest you find a site with a strong IE/Windows bias (preferably one which is open about its bias) and draw information from BOTH places. A camera can only see in the direction it's pointed, so if you want multiple angles, use multiple cameras. Take in all of the information, knowing the biases of each piece, and then -horror of horrors- decide for yourself what to believe.