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.
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Wednesday May 12th, 2004 2:19 PM
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No one at any time called you that. In fact, in both of the posts that you have begun a conversation with you have directly stated that you are not a Microsoft apologist. For me, I don't care if one is or is not - what's the point of your message. Stating what you have, has only made me more likely to believe that you in fact use IE on Windows. I am not saying that you do (and I am not attempting to start a flame war), it is just the more you repeat this message of "Everyone hates me because they think I love MS" the more I think that is exactly the case. But that is fine, my parents still use IE and AOL and my girlfriends is still on Windows. Who cares? I love them still. And I would still respect you if that is the case with you but stop this crap when it isn't true.