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June 09, 2005

Bitching, Moaning, & Complaining

Boy, you can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a Microsoft blogger bagging on the company. Gretchen Ledgard unloaded on clueless Hiring Managers (which was picked up by the ever-voluble Ed Frauenheim at CNet). The next day Micro delivered a few body blows, and a few days after that Mini echoed the theme that Microsoft sucks in so many ways.

Then of course you had people bitching about the moaning, and moaning about the complaining, and complaining about the bitching. And people complaining about the moaning about the bitching...you get the idea. By my rough count Gretchen's article had 36 comments saying she was a genius and 11 saying she was an idiot; Microsophist had 21 saying he was the second coming of Einstein vs. 9 saying he was a classless ho; and Mini-Microsoft's comments were 16-to-2 in favor of dude-liness (preaching to the converted, he must be).

As for me, I work on Monad, the coolest project at Microsoft. But I subscribe to the theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity. And I especially appreciate Gretchen for having the gumption to sign her work. Keep those insights coming, folks.

Posted by AdamBa at June 9, 2005 09:27 PM

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Speaking of bad publicity, and the supposed no such thing as, so Monad gutted from Longhorn then? Exchange 12 release? That meaning Exchange comes after Longhorn? Word from TechEd, not very clear. Plus Exchange has own set of problems, no to SQL Server, yes to clunky JET.

Posted by: Christopher Coulter at June 10, 2005 01:36 AM

Christopher, I can't really comment on that stuff. The only thing I will say is that Mary Jo Foley put two facts together wrong. She saw Bob Muglia saying "it will take three to five years to fully develop and deliver", and the information that it wouldn't ship in Longhorn, and assumed that the reason it wasn't shipping in Longhorn was because it wouldn't be ready at all for 3-5 years...thus leading to your question implying that Exchange could then not ship for 3-5 years. That's incorrect. Bob was talking about "fully developing" Monad--actually I'm not sure what specific milestone he had in mind, but certainly Monad will be ready to ship a version 1 before then.

I see we just got slashdotted again with this stuff.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at June 10, 2005 04:22 PM

Is this the same Monad which was pretty good but the team was disolved for not being "strategic" and then a new Monad (but not the same) rose from the ashes - that Monad?

Posted by: at June 10, 2005 09:22 PM

It's the current Monad (new command-line, under WEMD, etc). I don't know of any previous things that owned the same code name, and although the project has had its twists and turns, it hasn't been dissolved and re-risen.

- adam

Posted by: Adam Barr at June 10, 2005 10:30 PM

Seems to me the bloggers' energies are better spent by trying to effectuate change from within, rather than airing dirty laundry in public. What is Gretchen, Mini, and everyone else doing to make things better at MS? Why not use the time they blog to make a positive impact? If they need to get things off their chest - why not create an MS internal blog? Please help me understand.

Posted by: at June 22, 2005 10:56 PM