Ed Brill on the Microsoft FUD campaign again
I don’t really like the endless Microsoft bashing that comes out of IBM, not because it’s not justified – it is – but because I want to hear about why IBM products are great, and I want to hear that from passionate users and to a large extent I don’t although it’s getting better each week. This week we have another post on the topic from Ed, this time picking apart a talk by Bill Gates. I have a few points I would like to make to Ed.
- Often Bill makes mistakes when he is talking about Microsoft products so it’s really no surprise that he makes them about IBM. Bill is a busy guy and he’s your competitor as well.
- Whenever I talk to people from MSFT I am amazed how badly they are informed about the competition, so Bill’s comments are no surprise to me.
- You seem to think people believe everything Bill Gates says – come on – I really don’t believe that your typical IT director is going to believe Bill will give a fair analysis
- Bill does get the “discontinuity” point badly wrong, especially as there is a Exchange Public folder to SharePoint discontinuity going on right now. However go back 6–9 months and everyone was talking about the risks associated with the unclear roadmap for Notes/Domino, so it’s not like he is totally wrong, he is just out of date. Of course maybe being out of date is useful for spreading FUD, but how up to date are your exec’s about Office 2007?