[linux-elitists] Fwd: [vox] Microsoft interested in our feelings
Karsten M. Self
Fri Dec 19 13:04:38 PST 2003
A Microsoft networking division manager has been contacting LUGs
(including LUGoD) regarding what appear to be focus groups concerning
"where you'd like to see Microsoft in five years". -6' comes to
Google tells you a bit.
Surkan has posted similar appeals to a number of LUGs. He's previously
written for a number of MSFT rags, perhaps most notoriously "I come not
to praise Linux":
Nov 18, 1998
"As long as GNU/Linux remains a religion of freeware fanatics,
Microsoft (and other NOS vendors) have nothing to worry about."
P.S. This report is a skunkworks project of mine, and really doesn't
have anything to do with my "day" job. I just feel very strongly
that Microsoft needs to listen better to what users need and want to
try and change attitudes.
I am a program manager in the Microsoft networking group, doing some
research around network security needs. My goal is to help us
identify the network security technologies Microsoft should be
focusing on to help our customers over the next 5 years or so.
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Subject: [vox] Microsoft interested in our feelings
I received an email last night from one Michael Surkan from Microsoft
(based on the mail headers, it looks legit; not some prankster ;^) )
He wanted to know if it would be appropriate to post a note to our 'vox'
list asking if folks here would be willing to talk about where they'd
like to see MS go down the road... kind of a 5-year-plan, to paraphrase.
Anyway, I told him 'go for it,' so he'll no doubt be posting soon.
I wanted to give a head's-up to the list before people start arguing over
whether it's a hoax or prank or not. The e-mail I got did, in fact,
originate from *.microsoft.com. Also, a Google for his name found a quote
from him at CBS News' website, and posts on LUG mailing list archives.
I'm quite curious as to what they're up to, and how much MS would actually
listen to us techie geeks. :^)
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