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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.


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

by jesusX <jesus_x@mozillanews.org>

Thursday May 13th, 2004 12:35 AM

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Quote: 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. EndQuote

And to be fair, we at MozillaNews don't really claim to be unbiased either. We're blatantly pro-Mozilla (although we don't shy away from the warts). Everyone has an agenda. MoZine and MozNews both make ours plain, so you can think for yourself, folks.

As for fair use, most of our quotes came from the comments in Scoble's blog, from either Scobe, or Mozilla luminaries. We only quoted a small portion of the InternetNews site.