22. May 2007 03:38
It is my first day back on the job after returning from vacation. I am still attempting to get my mind back on track from staring at the ocean for a week. So, I am taking it easy on blogging tonight and will kick it back to Mr. Wally McClure.
He recently blogged about a topic that was stirred up about the time I left for vacation. As such, I never really had a chance to throw in my two cents. It all started when an article appeared on Information Week asking "Why Doesn't Microsoft Have a Cult Religion?". The same issue was raised by Mary Jo Foley in her post entitled "Could Microsoft take a community lesson from Sun?"
There have been a number of responses to this article from various members of the Microsoft community such as Clemens Vasters, Robert McLaws, and Wally. Generally speaking, I agree with their responses, and they have more eloquently made the argument than I could. So, I will simply throw in my two cents and let it go. As pointed out in their blog posts, there are beaucoup examples of a vibrant, passionate Microsoft community. Don't believe me? Drop by a Code Camp or User Group Meeting sometime. Or, attend a conference such as Mix, TechEd, or PDC.
I have witnessed the excitement of these events and talked with plenty of developers to convince me there is a passionate Microsoft community that is experiencing continued growth. From my point of view, the MS community has a plentiful supply of developers championing the technology.