RE: with all due respect

Joe Barrera (
Sun, 7 Dec 1997 22:54:38 -0800

> I *am* claiming that despite some useful products, Microsoft as a whole
> is only committed to innovation as a competitive weapon of last resort.
> They do not subscribe to the Geek vision of innovation as an end in
> itself, or the Humanist vision of innovation in service to customers.
> They only innovate when they have to, and are happy to substitute the
> appearance of innovation for the reality when it serves their purpose.

A wise person once wrote down some rules of war. Among his rules was "know
your enemies (friends) as you know yourself."

You certainly don't have to agree with this rule. You can believe anything
you want about Microsoft and its employees. I certainly won't be able to
convince you otherwise - all I have to share is my 5 years at Microsoft,
working in two research labs and with several product teams. So... who
cares. Believe what you want to believe.

- Joe

PS. If you want to check out the full set of rules, see

PS. Once again, I really recommend "Showstopper!" to anyone interested in a
case study of how Microsoft handle the balance between innovation, customer
needs and desires, and time-to-market for the original release of Windows
NT. This is one of the best books I've found for describing what it's like
to work inside Microsoft.

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