Yesterdays post on the EU fining Microsoft did draw quite some reactions. To me (and most readers) it is the technological side which troubles me. I was wondering, it was the EU versus Microsoft. Which is a legal case. But what are you thinking of when ms is mentioned ? Let’s take three familiar faces :
- Steve Ballmer. He is very good at shouting “developers, developpers“, but he is seldom seen in the world of developers. His main image is that of the shark ms-bashers love to hate.
- Bill Gates. He’s about “leveraging the experience“. His talks and conversations are about a school-boys dream came/coming true. To the non-developers world he’s just ver very rich.
- Don Box. In his days before “working for the firm” (to quote his own words) he was deep in ms’s propriatary COM. Since joining he’s deep into xml and soap, the non propriatary ways to communicate with the world outside ms. The non-developers world doesn’t know him.
To me, as a developer, Don and the many, many other inspiring people working at ms are the face of ms. I do like what they are doing and I can make a living using their products. Steve and Bill are part of a (good) sideshow, they provide the playing ground. The EU-trial is a bad side-show, they want to take the toys from the boys.