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RE: [xml-dev] Microsoft's deeply cynical appeal to"standards compliance"
- From: Dan Mabbutt <Seigfried@msn.com>
- To: XML-DEV <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 16:37:25 -0600
With all the Gates-slamming, it might be a good idea to keep a little
noticed fact in mind:
Bill Gates doesn't run Microsoft anymore. Steve Ballmer does.
The fact that he appears in the commercials might have as much to do with
the way the company is run as the fact that Dave Thomas is still the
front-man for Wendy's.
I'm reminded of the long, painful slide of IBM when a string of
sales-oriented MBA's took over from TJ Watson, Jr. Each driven by money and
little else. I don't think any of us knows what actually goes on in the
Board Room at Microsoft, and I'm not trying to excuse the fast one that
Microsoft appears to be trying to pull. But I do think that Bill Gates
presided over a different era, not the one we're in now.