Correcting the Record about Microsoft

I'm seeing some things on the blogs that just chap my hide.

First, I love Microsoft and Microsoft did not lose me — at least as a supporter and friend. I am not throwing away my Tablet PC or my Xbox or my other Microsoft stuff. 🙂

Second, my management team is awesome and I don't have a beef with them at all. They have ALWAYS supported me. I have, in my pocket, a corporate American Express card and they never have questioned any of my expenses. The reason I shared rooms with other bloggers is because I always treated Microsoft as a startup. I don't believe it's proper to waste shareholder resources if you don't need to.

Third, I wasn't, and am not, frustrated at Microsoft. I've never had more opportunities available to me. In fact, I am due to spend a day with ImagineCup contestants and Bill Gates later this month.

Fourth, believe it or not, but no one at Microsoft has complained to me about my views for a very long time. In fact, the harsher I got the more support I got. Friday I visited with Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems. Management at Microsoft didn't say a thing about that. Imagine if your employees went to your fiercest competitor and had a very public lunch, wouldn't you be up in arms? Not at Microsoft. At Microsoft I am encouraged to change the world and make things better for our customers.

Fifth, I've never been told not to travel to any conference by anyone at Microsoft and my travel expenses were always approved. I was encouraged to meet with developers wherever they lived. And, it is my job to go around to Microsoft offices worldwide and interview employees about the technologies they are building. At many conferences, where I was speaking about non-Microsoft stuff, I didn't feel it was appropriate to charge our shareholders for those expenses. That was my decision, not my boss's.

Sixth, how do you know that the company didn't move heaven and hell to keep me happy? They did. I have the best job in the tech world. Bar none. I got to meet and interview and influence the best people in the world. Career decisions are personal and opportunity and growth require thinking about a lot of different things, not just one or two. I've turned down quite a few offers for more money than I'm now making.

Seventh, there is a lot more positive PR to come out of my mouth about Microsoft. It is the best big company in the world (and I've been lucky to meet and study quite a few of the world's best companies lately).

Eighth, I'm not the only blogger at Microsoft. There are about 3,000 of them here. They are not having the plug pulled on them. They changed the world. I just was the cheerleader.

So, what about the other news? This is a rapidly-evolving part of my life. I just made this decision and it got out before I was completely ready to talk about it. I invite you to meet with me at the VLoggerCon tomorrow evening at 3 to 6 p.m. in San Francisco where we'll talk about it further (and I'll post again tomorrow about what's going on in my life and why I made this decision).

Oh, and thanks Niall Kennedy for your post. I really appreciate your friendship and am so glad you're at Microsoft.

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365 thoughts on “Correcting the Record about Microsoft

  1. Maybe they offered heaven and hell for you, but they obviously didn’t offer enough. And that says a lot about Microsoft. It says they really don’t care about the blogosphere. It says they really don’t care about the influentials. It says they really won’t be able to turn the bad PR around. To bad, cause they make some great products.

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  2. Maybe they offered heaven and hell for you, but they obviously didn’t offer enough. And that says a lot about Microsoft. It says they really don’t care about the blogosphere. It says they really don’t care about the influentials. It says they really won’t be able to turn the bad PR around. To bad, cause they make some great products.

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  3. Robert, I am definitely sad to see you leave Microsoft. You were a huge asset to the company and helped to change the way that Microsoft communicates with its customers. I am sure you will be doing great things at PodTech, but you will be missed over here.

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  4. Robert, I am definitely sad to see you leave Microsoft. You were a huge asset to the company and helped to change the way that Microsoft communicates with its customers. I am sure you will be doing great things at PodTech, but you will be missed over here.

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  5. Robert, I know that you have been creating video content on Channel Nine for years and doing a great job blogging, but I have always felt that you should do an audio podcast. I think it is great that you will be blogging and podcasting for John’s PodTech.net.

    I am sure that doing what you have done over the years at Microsoft has not been easy, but I do believe that they have treated you with respect. You are the kind of person that builds respect. You also exude positive energy and have eternal optimisim.

    Good luck to you and look forward to seeing you at Gnomedex in a few weeks.

    Rob Greenlee
    http://www.webtalkradio.com
    http://www.mobilcast.com
    http://www.melodeo.com

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  6. Robert, I know that you have been creating video content on Channel Nine for years and doing a great job blogging, but I have always felt that you should do an audio podcast. I think it is great that you will be blogging and podcasting for John’s PodTech.net.

    I am sure that doing what you have done over the years at Microsoft has not been easy, but I do believe that they have treated you with respect. You are the kind of person that builds respect. You also exude positive energy and have eternal optimisim.

    Good luck to you and look forward to seeing you at Gnomedex in a few weeks.

    Rob Greenlee
    http://www.webtalkradio.com
    http://www.mobilcast.com
    http://www.melodeo.com

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  7. Robert, congrats on the new gig. But it is a big deal that you’re leaving MS. There might be 3000 other MS bloggers but ask people to name three and most will draw a blank. I wish much success at your new endeavor.

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  8. Robert, congrats on the new gig. But it is a big deal that you’re leaving MS. There might be 3000 other MS bloggers but ask people to name three and most will draw a blank. I wish much success at your new endeavor.

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  9. As they might say in a VISA commercial:

    Cutting your air travel by 90%? Priceless.

    I wonder who’s going to take up a general-purpose blog for MS now? It’s great that they have a million different blogs for every little project, but where’s the wide view? A lot of people want to hear one voice on a variety of topics important to the company, just like Google does in their blog. I’m not aware of any other blog like that from MS.

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  10. As they might say in a VISA commercial:

    Cutting your air travel by 90%? Priceless.

    I wonder who’s going to take up a general-purpose blog for MS now? It’s great that they have a million different blogs for every little project, but where’s the wide view? A lot of people want to hear one voice on a variety of topics important to the company, just like Google does in their blog. I’m not aware of any other blog like that from MS.

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  11. We’ll always have a place you can recharge in Ireland if you and Maryam decide to drop in sometime again. Please consider making podcast pointers to the showcase of Microsoft bloggers in your blogroll.

    You make tech accessible. You deflate some of the most acerbic detractors on the planet. Those are big shoes to fill.

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  12. We’ll always have a place you can recharge in Ireland if you and Maryam decide to drop in sometime again. Please consider making podcast pointers to the showcase of Microsoft bloggers in your blogroll.

    You make tech accessible. You deflate some of the most acerbic detractors on the planet. Those are big shoes to fill.

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  13. I’m very sorry to hear you go. It was a great point of pride that we had the worlds most prolific tech-blogger at our company. The truth is, no matter who was writing your check, your blog has always represented your view of the truth — even if it meant biting the hand that fed you. You may be moving, but your RSS is still in the same place. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your new job.

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  14. I’m very sorry to hear you go. It was a great point of pride that we had the worlds most prolific tech-blogger at our company. The truth is, no matter who was writing your check, your blog has always represented your view of the truth — even if it meant biting the hand that fed you. You may be moving, but your RSS is still in the same place. Good luck, and I look forward to hearing about your new job.

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  16. See, Scoble, you don’t have skills with computers, or at least not to the level that you SHOULD have in a posistion such as yours. I had to correct you in the Vista post, because you didn’t understand about MD5 and SHA-1 hashes for comparing data. See, that right there tells me (along with other issues) that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I frequently use an OpenBSD server at my house, and along with being virus-proof and spyware/adware proof, I can do EVERYTHING I can with Windows. So, I just don’t understand how you can talk about Windows like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, when the reality is that it’s riddled with so much crap.

    And the Vista bloat! Geez, why do I need 15GB of free space! I can install OpenBSD 3.9 with only about 250MB of actual file space. I’m getting sick of all this crap, because you and Microsoft are lying about your products. Microsoft keeps trying to be better (example: UAC in Vista) but even UAC sucks. Have you EVER spent any time using and learning a *nix system? Hell, UNIX systems came out like 30 years ago, and UNIX is STILL dominating Windows even to this day.

    I can see right through your BS.

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  17. See, Scoble, you don’t have skills with computers, or at least not to the level that you SHOULD have in a posistion such as yours. I had to correct you in the Vista post, because you didn’t understand about MD5 and SHA-1 hashes for comparing data. See, that right there tells me (along with other issues) that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    I frequently use an OpenBSD server at my house, and along with being virus-proof and spyware/adware proof, I can do EVERYTHING I can with Windows. So, I just don’t understand how you can talk about Windows like it’s the best thing since sliced bread, when the reality is that it’s riddled with so much crap.

    And the Vista bloat! Geez, why do I need 15GB of free space! I can install OpenBSD 3.9 with only about 250MB of actual file space. I’m getting sick of all this crap, because you and Microsoft are lying about your products. Microsoft keeps trying to be better (example: UAC in Vista) but even UAC sucks. Have you EVER spent any time using and learning a *nix system? Hell, UNIX systems came out like 30 years ago, and UNIX is STILL dominating Windows even to this day.

    I can see right through your BS.

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  18. Good luck Scoble.

    I hope to catch you at Supernova in a couple of weeks, and have a chat about the podcasting landscape. Working with Cam at TPN I’d be interested to get your perspective, as I’m gathering you think it’s a major emerging market.

    Rich

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  19. Good luck Scoble.

    I hope to catch you at Supernova in a couple of weeks, and have a chat about the podcasting landscape. Working with Cam at TPN I’d be interested to get your perspective, as I’m gathering you think it’s a major emerging market.

    Rich

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  20. Robert I think that it wil be a great move but I worry for your readership.

    Your biggest draw was your ability to get access to the inside word from within MS and report it. I know that there are now 3,000 other people carrying the flag now but they are doing it in a much more formal and official capacity. They also lack the organisation wide view, they blog on their bit of a bit or a product group. This will be a big loss to MS and they need to breed a Scobleizer Mk2 fast.

    In your new role you wont have the ability to get to the heart of the issue from inside, you will now just be another press hack who can be passed off to PR dept. Whilst this might take you back I think it will be a culture shock.

    Anyway enough of my negative rambling – mostly borne out of loss of a source. Go for it!

    Charlie

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  21. Robert I think that it wil be a great move but I worry for your readership.

    Your biggest draw was your ability to get access to the inside word from within MS and report it. I know that there are now 3,000 other people carrying the flag now but they are doing it in a much more formal and official capacity. They also lack the organisation wide view, they blog on their bit of a bit or a product group. This will be a big loss to MS and they need to breed a Scobleizer Mk2 fast.

    In your new role you wont have the ability to get to the heart of the issue from inside, you will now just be another press hack who can be passed off to PR dept. Whilst this might take you back I think it will be a culture shock.

    Anyway enough of my negative rambling – mostly borne out of loss of a source. Go for it!

    Charlie

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  22. Well, wow…

    Not even sticking around for Vista to go Gold? Heh. Team 99 never even made it to the finish line. 😉

    Least the virtol will die down, but a podcasting gig? You lost your collective senses? Yet another Menlo Park start-uppy overhyped geeky thing? Short sell quick would be my advice, drink as much in, before it dies…then you can roam from start-up to start-up, doing your eternal dancing-bear and shaky cam blogger routine.

    PS – LOST Season 2 be quite intense, you started on that yet?

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  23. Well, wow…

    Not even sticking around for Vista to go Gold? Heh. Team 99 never even made it to the finish line. 😉

    Least the virtol will die down, but a podcasting gig? You lost your collective senses? Yet another Menlo Park start-uppy overhyped geeky thing? Short sell quick would be my advice, drink as much in, before it dies…then you can roam from start-up to start-up, doing your eternal dancing-bear and shaky cam blogger routine.

    PS – LOST Season 2 be quite intense, you started on that yet?

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  24. Classy move, Robert.
    I’m referring to your being candid about how you feel about Microsoft.

    Congratulations and Best wishes on your other move as well.

    You’ve got a lot of supporters out here.

    All the best,

    michael

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  25. Classy move, Robert.
    I’m referring to your being candid about how you feel about Microsoft.

    Congratulations and Best wishes on your other move as well.

    You’ve got a lot of supporters out here.

    All the best,

    michael

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  26. All the best for the future Robert, this looks like a good move, and I hope it all works out.

    We’ll miss your funny laugh on C9 though, so if you could train up Chazz to do the laugh before you go that would be great 🙂

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  27. All the best for the future Robert, this looks like a good move, and I hope it all works out.

    We’ll miss your funny laugh on C9 though, so if you could train up Chazz to do the laugh before you go that would be great 🙂

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  29. From one professional podcaster to a-soon-to-be-nother, congrats buddy. The professional podcasting industry welcomes you to the fold. If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a cake. It’s about time we had someone who could match Curry in the press stakes! 🙂

    I’m not surprised you only lastest three years at MSFT though. There was a time when you had to pry people’s cold dead hands away from their blue badge.

    At least I’ve got a “first” on you finally. I believe you are the second Micrsoft blogger to quit the mothership to join the podcasting business. 🙂

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  30. From one professional podcaster to a-soon-to-be-nother, congrats buddy. The professional podcasting industry welcomes you to the fold. If I’d known you were coming I’d have baked a cake. It’s about time we had someone who could match Curry in the press stakes! 🙂

    I’m not surprised you only lastest three years at MSFT though. There was a time when you had to pry people’s cold dead hands away from their blue badge.

    At least I’ve got a “first” on you finally. I believe you are the second Micrsoft blogger to quit the mothership to join the podcasting business. 🙂

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  31. i’m glad you’ll be in the area and i think this move by you shows that many people don’t really understand the immense power and future inherent in podcasting/vlogging — podtech may be “just” a silicon valley startup, but it’s time to kick some mainstream media ass as far as i’m concerned.

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  32. i’m glad you’ll be in the area and i think this move by you shows that many people don’t really understand the immense power and future inherent in podcasting/vlogging — podtech may be “just” a silicon valley startup, but it’s time to kick some mainstream media ass as far as i’m concerned.

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  34. As long as you don’t fall into the classic eejit trap of saying “the way WE (i.e. msft) always do it is …. ” then I’m sure that your new colleagues will love you.

    Good luck, and enjoy the challenge/break/paradigm shift/whatever.

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  35. As long as you don’t fall into the classic eejit trap of saying “the way WE (i.e. msft) always do it is …. ” then I’m sure that your new colleagues will love you.

    Good luck, and enjoy the challenge/break/paradigm shift/whatever.

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  37. Now we know why you bought Maryam a BMW because German cars are ubiquitous in Sillicon Valley. ;o)

    Congratulation on your move to new ventures and hopefully shiny new things will happen to you and your wife. 🙂 🙂

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  38. Now we know why you bought Maryam a BMW because German cars are ubiquitous in Sillicon Valley. ;o)

    Congratulation on your move to new ventures and hopefully shiny new things will happen to you and your wife. 🙂 🙂

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  39. Robert: Congrats of course – it must be quite a relief now that the word is official. It’s hard carrying a decision like this around in your pocket. FWIW, I think this is a great move for you and for both companies. Can’t wait to see (and hear) the great interviews we all know you’ll be doing.

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  40. Robert: Congrats of course – it must be quite a relief now that the word is official. It’s hard carrying a decision like this around in your pocket. FWIW, I think this is a great move for you and for both companies. Can’t wait to see (and hear) the great interviews we all know you’ll be doing.

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  42. Robert, I’m thrilled for you and hopeful that Microsoft backs the movement up and taps an equally stong blogger/evangelist to step into your shoes. They may *think* that role is already being served in various pockets around the organization… But, anyone who can ferret out the details like you did or have the kinds of access you have… will be far more effective than us keeping up with an incomplete batch of RSS feeds/blogs.

    That, more than anything, will tell us how committed they are to the trail you cut for them. We’ll see. And, again, congratulations!

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  43. Robert, I’m thrilled for you and hopeful that Microsoft backs the movement up and taps an equally stong blogger/evangelist to step into your shoes. They may *think* that role is already being served in various pockets around the organization… But, anyone who can ferret out the details like you did or have the kinds of access you have… will be far more effective than us keeping up with an incomplete batch of RSS feeds/blogs.

    That, more than anything, will tell us how committed they are to the trail you cut for them. We’ll see. And, again, congratulations!

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  45. I think we knew this was coming when you started talking about job offers (D’oh!)… You will be missed as a human interface to the Microsoft Unimatrix — the effort you made to follow up on users’ issues was extraordinary and I hope MS replaces you with someone of similar dedication.

    My only concern — HOW will this affect Chris Coulter? 😉

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  46. I think we knew this was coming when you started talking about job offers (D’oh!)… You will be missed as a human interface to the Microsoft Unimatrix — the effort you made to follow up on users’ issues was extraordinary and I hope MS replaces you with someone of similar dedication.

    My only concern — HOW will this affect Chris Coulter? 😉

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  47. Wow,
    If you had any doubts about the impact you have on the world of blogs, just look at what is going on here.
    I will continue to read your blog because you see it as cleanly as humanly possible.
    From what I read in this set of comments, there is concern about your blogging and several people happy for you.

    Robert, may the force of blog be with you.

    Guy

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  48. Wow,
    If you had any doubts about the impact you have on the world of blogs, just look at what is going on here.
    I will continue to read your blog because you see it as cleanly as humanly possible.
    From what I read in this set of comments, there is concern about your blogging and several people happy for you.

    Robert, may the force of blog be with you.

    Guy

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  49. Mazeltov!

    Sad news for Microsoft, though… and Microsoft’s customers. I feel like the dialog box says “Scobleization of Microsoft Corporation 12% complete…” and you just hit the Cancel button… sigh

    Was the phrase “Just tell me it isn’t Google” used at any point…? LOL

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  50. Mazeltov!

    Sad news for Microsoft, though… and Microsoft’s customers. I feel like the dialog box says “Scobleization of Microsoft Corporation 12% complete…” and you just hit the Cancel button… sigh

    Was the phrase “Just tell me it isn’t Google” used at any point…? LOL

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  51. Even though you are going to be busier than ever – read the Don Miguel Ruiz books The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love sooner rather than later. It will give you some great insights you need now more than ever.

    Congratulations – looking forward to talking more later today…

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  52. Even though you are going to be busier than ever – read the Don Miguel Ruiz books The Four Agreements and The Mastery of Love sooner rather than later. It will give you some great insights you need now more than ever.

    Congratulations – looking forward to talking more later today…

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  53. Congrats! I hope you enjoy the new place as much as the old one. And I hope you get a little downtime in the midst of the switch; you deserve it. You’ll continue the scobleization of your surroundings wherever you are, and that’s a Good Thing.

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  54. Congrats! I hope you enjoy the new place as much as the old one. And I hope you get a little downtime in the midst of the switch; you deserve it. You’ll continue the scobleization of your surroundings wherever you are, and that’s a Good Thing.

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  55. At first I didn’t get it, but then I checked out the podtech.net web page. Actually for me this link did it: http://www.podtech.net/?p=730. It seems pretty cool to go around and get the news right from regular people without all the hype that news networks put around things.

    Good luck and I look forward to hearing more!

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  56. At first I didn’t get it, but then I checked out the podtech.net web page. Actually for me this link did it: http://www.podtech.net/?p=730. It seems pretty cool to go around and get the news right from regular people without all the hype that news networks put around things.

    Good luck and I look forward to hearing more!

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  58. Best of luck with the Scobleizer Show, you’re going to make a great Vlogger Star!

    I’m in Boston at TechEd, hope your having fun at Vloggercon, those guys and girls are inspirational.

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  59. Best of luck with the Scobleizer Show, you’re going to make a great Vlogger Star!

    I’m in Boston at TechEd, hope your having fun at Vloggercon, those guys and girls are inspirational.

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  63. Something tell me this is the type of videoblogging we are in store from from Scoble

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8218176694028201834

    Scoble won’t be missed all that much as far as MS’s stock price or sales go. Which is all that ultimately matters to shareholders. I rather doubt he had all the much influence in closing huge Enterprise Agreements or ultimate sales in software. At least recent earnings reports don’t seem to indicate that.

    Good luck, Scoble. As far as videoblogging being the next big thing? Well, as “Yogi Berra said: “It’s deja vu all over again”. This has so many similarities to the late 90’s hysteria. But, gotta admire the big bet. I don’t see this being a Broadcast.com, though.

    Speaking of which, here is Mark Cuban’s take on the “industry”

    ttp://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000667050432/

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  64. Something tell me this is the type of videoblogging we are in store from from Scoble

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8218176694028201834

    Scoble won’t be missed all that much as far as MS’s stock price or sales go. Which is all that ultimately matters to shareholders. I rather doubt he had all the much influence in closing huge Enterprise Agreements or ultimate sales in software. At least recent earnings reports don’t seem to indicate that.

    Good luck, Scoble. As far as videoblogging being the next big thing? Well, as “Yogi Berra said: “It’s deja vu all over again”. This has so many similarities to the late 90’s hysteria. But, gotta admire the big bet. I don’t see this being a Broadcast.com, though.

    Speaking of which, here is Mark Cuban’s take on the “industry”

    ttp://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/1234000667050432/

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  65. Hey Robert,

    You’ve been a great blogger for Microsoft to have and an inspiration for many, it is for that reason that I am very sad to see you leave Microsoft and can only hope that you have as much fun at PodTech that you did in Microsoft, I guess all good things come to an end, you will be missed deeply!

    Don’t stop blogging though. 🙂

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  66. Hey Robert,

    You’ve been a great blogger for Microsoft to have and an inspiration for many, it is for that reason that I am very sad to see you leave Microsoft and can only hope that you have as much fun at PodTech that you did in Microsoft, I guess all good things come to an end, you will be missed deeply!

    Don’t stop blogging though. 🙂

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  67. I think I’m about to re-subscribe to your blog . . .

    Admittedly, I used to read you, but started to tune you out then eventually unsubscribed. I think I’m allergic to evangelists. Nothing personal. But I’ve always supported you (especially in all those hallway conversations) in your enthusiasm, your sincerity, and your right to assert your views whether pro-Microsoft or sometimes contrary and controversial. You changed the company. And for the better, I hope. Time will tell. Let’s hope that Ray Ozzie can realize such change, too.

    Congratulations and best wishes to you on the next leg of your career.

    – Some other ex-‘softie

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  68. I think I’m about to re-subscribe to your blog . . .

    Admittedly, I used to read you, but started to tune you out then eventually unsubscribed. I think I’m allergic to evangelists. Nothing personal. But I’ve always supported you (especially in all those hallway conversations) in your enthusiasm, your sincerity, and your right to assert your views whether pro-Microsoft or sometimes contrary and controversial. You changed the company. And for the better, I hope. Time will tell. Let’s hope that Ray Ozzie can realize such change, too.

    Congratulations and best wishes to you on the next leg of your career.

    – Some other ex-‘softie

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  69. congratulations again, Robert!

    I think you’re my favorite futurist. You always seem to put /making people think/ so far ahead of any worries over whatever they might think /about you/

    get back in touch sometime, ‘k?

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  70. congratulations again, Robert!

    I think you’re my favorite futurist. You always seem to put /making people think/ so far ahead of any worries over whatever they might think /about you/

    get back in touch sometime, ‘k?

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  71. looks like your not going to need your corporate card anymore. i’d be happy to take it off your hands. 🙂

    good luck and best wishes!

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  72. looks like your not going to need your corporate card anymore. i’d be happy to take it off your hands. 🙂

    good luck and best wishes!

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  74. Sometimes it is good to find something new. Just quit a tech job in an international software company myself. Got enough money to take 6 months off, still enjoying that. 🙂

    Everyone should try and keep themselves more or less happy and strive to be the best you can be. Doesn’t have to be something wrong with the company in order for you to need something new.

    Good luck to you. 🙂

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  75. Sometimes it is good to find something new. Just quit a tech job in an international software company myself. Got enough money to take 6 months off, still enjoying that. 🙂

    Everyone should try and keep themselves more or less happy and strive to be the best you can be. Doesn’t have to be something wrong with the company in order for you to need something new.

    Good luck to you. 🙂

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  78. Best wishes and the best of luck Robert. I hope you’ll still get insider news on Microsot products, and that you’ll share those with us. You’ve grown on me over the last few years and I look foward to reading your blog more than just about any. I wish you and your family the best of luck, sometimes you have to follow the money for them.

    P.S. If you are making more money now, I hope you’ll be able to buy a toy now and then, as you actually do deserve it, no matter what people tell you. Work hard, play hard, live life to the fullest brother!

    -Jason

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  79. Best wishes and the best of luck Robert. I hope you’ll still get insider news on Microsot products, and that you’ll share those with us. You’ve grown on me over the last few years and I look foward to reading your blog more than just about any. I wish you and your family the best of luck, sometimes you have to follow the money for them.

    P.S. If you are making more money now, I hope you’ll be able to buy a toy now and then, as you actually do deserve it, no matter what people tell you. Work hard, play hard, live life to the fullest brother!

    -Jason

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  81. Robert, it’s good to read your personal views on the matter rather than more speculation. It sounds like it was just time for you to move on. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do at PodTech!

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  82. Robert, it’s good to read your personal views on the matter rather than more speculation. It sounds like it was just time for you to move on. I’m looking forward to seeing what you will do at PodTech!

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  83. You don’t leave a company you believe in. Don’t lie Robert. You saw the grass greener on the other side and left. Don’t try to sweet talk us who are staying. We still believe.

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  84. You don’t leave a company you believe in. Don’t lie Robert. You saw the grass greener on the other side and left. Don’t try to sweet talk us who are staying. We still believe.

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  85. Congrats with the important decision and best of luck!
    It has been a plasure learning more of the innards of Microsoft through your blog and Channel 9. Will still follow you and visit your blog regularly.

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  86. Ah, Dr. Scoble ….

    Excellent post. Excellent truths spoken.

    Watching the arc of your motions, since first
    I noticed you popping up in Dave Winer’s universe,
    has been a lovely thing.

    The truth of Microsoft, in all its complexity, is
    difficult for many folks to grok, let alone publicly
    support.

    You’ve done well, will continue to do well, and
    we all thankya.

    — stan

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  87. Ah, Dr. Scoble ….

    Excellent post. Excellent truths spoken.

    Watching the arc of your motions, since first
    I noticed you popping up in Dave Winer’s universe,
    has been a lovely thing.

    The truth of Microsoft, in all its complexity, is
    difficult for many folks to grok, let alone publicly
    support.

    You’ve done well, will continue to do well, and
    we all thankya.

    — stan

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  88. Congrats with the important decision and best of luck!
    It has been a plasure learning more of the innards of Microsoft through your blog and Channel 9. Will still follow you and visit your blog regularly.

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  89. This is the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Repent ye sinners, the kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. And I am coming “soon”.

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  90. This is the beginning of the end for Microsoft. Repent ye sinners, the kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. And I am coming “soon”.

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  92. Good for you Robert, may God bless you! I wish you success in your latest endevor!

    You made Microsoft much more tolerable for me and I thank you for it.

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  93. Good for you Robert, may God bless you! I wish you success in your latest endevor!

    You made Microsoft much more tolerable for me and I thank you for it.

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  94. It’s seems that not even the brightest stars can change the course of a sinking ship. I have seen the future, it aint on the horizon, it isn’t a grand Vista, it is in the little things, that’s where the biggest changes occur. It was an exciting time at Microsoft, and as a customer it was exciting as well. Microsoft has lost more than a single employee, it has lost a conduit to it’s inner humanity as a corporation.

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  95. It’s seems that not even the brightest stars can change the course of a sinking ship. I have seen the future, it aint on the horizon, it isn’t a grand Vista, it is in the little things, that’s where the biggest changes occur. It was an exciting time at Microsoft, and as a customer it was exciting as well. Microsoft has lost more than a single employee, it has lost a conduit to it’s inner humanity as a corporation.

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  96. Hmm …. Robert, I am sure you have your own reasons and there is no need to draw conclusions about Microsoft or the situation. All I can say is … Good Luck! and don’t F**k up. 😉

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  97. Hmm …. Robert, I am sure you have your own reasons and there is no need to draw conclusions about Microsoft or the situation. All I can say is … Good Luck! and don’t F**k up. 😉

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  99. Congratulations Robert. This is a possible huge win-win-win for both you, Microsoft and Podtech. You can still be involved with Microsoft and Channel 9, work towards your Second Life and bring the energy you brought to Microsoft into Podtech.

    I would pose the question as to why you could not stay engaged at Microsoft now as a Podtech person?

    Best Wishes – Stephen

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  100. Congratulations Robert. This is a possible huge win-win-win for both you, Microsoft and Podtech. You can still be involved with Microsoft and Channel 9, work towards your Second Life and bring the energy you brought to Microsoft into Podtech.

    I would pose the question as to why you could not stay engaged at Microsoft now as a Podtech person?

    Best Wishes – Stephen

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  101. Good luck sir. Hopefully someone will fill the gap… Your kind of wierdly unbiased opinions about the company that I have spent my career around has been very refreshing. If every company had someone who could both love the company AND be critical publicly, the corporate world would be a better place.

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  102. Good luck sir. Hopefully someone will fill the gap… Your kind of wierdly unbiased opinions about the company that I have spent my career around has been very refreshing. If every company had someone who could both love the company AND be critical publicly, the corporate world would be a better place.

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  103. I may not always agree with you, but I think microsoft is losing, if not one of it’s best, one of its most interesting assets in your leaving. PodTech is lucky to get you. 😀

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  104. I may not always agree with you, but I think microsoft is losing, if not one of it’s best, one of its most interesting assets in your leaving. PodTech is lucky to get you. 😀

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  105. Yeah, it is only a company that has such a truly unique way of managing their employees “visionary” that can rise to the levels that they have. I cant imagine such tolerance in most industries. “Brains and techies” seem to need a whole different way of handling in order to allow them to express themselves and to bring out their true, creative innner geek. Hope you keep blogging as I had only just discovered your site and found it really interesting. Mick http://rockwatching.wordpress.com

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  106. Yeah, it is only a company that has such a truly unique way of managing their employees “visionary” that can rise to the levels that they have. I cant imagine such tolerance in most industries. “Brains and techies” seem to need a whole different way of handling in order to allow them to express themselves and to bring out their true, creative innner geek. Hope you keep blogging as I had only just discovered your site and found it really interesting. Mick http://rockwatching.wordpress.com

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  107. Hey Robert,

    I followed Channel Nine and it inspired me to many heights. I was given the task to Author the Official CeBIT Australia Blog (contradiction in terms I know) and also enjoyed lots of success with my own blog, UberTablet.blogspot.com. I can credit a great deal of inspiration to your own activities and with that in mind I wish you the very best. May your next journey be more sucessful than this one and may it bring you all you need.

    Enjoy mate…Aussie Blogger, Hugo Ortega.

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  108. Hey Robert,

    I followed Channel Nine and it inspired me to many heights. I was given the task to Author the Official CeBIT Australia Blog (contradiction in terms I know) and also enjoyed lots of success with my own blog, UberTablet.blogspot.com. I can credit a great deal of inspiration to your own activities and with that in mind I wish you the very best. May your next journey be more sucessful than this one and may it bring you all you need.

    Enjoy mate…Aussie Blogger, Hugo Ortega.

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  111. gogogo scobly! As long as you are blogging, thats fine. btw, i recently hit on a new MS blogger…he or she is quit negative about ms though….msftgoodnbad.blogspot.com

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  112. gogogo scobly! As long as you are blogging, thats fine. btw, i recently hit on a new MS blogger…he or she is quit negative about ms though….msftgoodnbad.blogspot.com

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  114. I’m no longer able to keep up with all the activity in the blogosphere and vlogging world. Big things are happening with employee changes in the past month or so:

    Scoble leaving Microsoft (cf. Valleywag spin, buy his house)
    Tara leaving Riya
    Ama…

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  115. I’m no longer able to keep up with all the activity in the blogosphere and vlogging world. Big things are happening with employee changes in the past month or so:

    Scoble leaving Microsoft (cf. Valleywag spin, buy his house)
    Tara leaving Riya
    Ama…

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  116. Great post, I see racial self-segregation all the time, and I want to investigate the issue more thoroughly.
    I always find something new and interesting every time I come around here – thanks.

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  117. Great post, I see racial self-segregation all the time, and I want to investigate the issue more thoroughly.
    I always find something new and interesting every time I come around here – thanks.

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  118. I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

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  119. I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

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  120. thank you I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

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  121. thank you I was prompted to update my copy of Microsoft Office today. Everything is ok. About Windows Vista. i.m.h.o. – the world’s coolest operating system.

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  122. It’s mind boggling how Microsoft is still very far from being a competitor for Google or even Yahoo. I searched for medical and health information and even ASK.com was a better resource than Microsoft. Very disappointing.

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  123. It’s mind boggling how Microsoft is still very far from being a competitor for Google or even Yahoo. I searched for medical and health information and even ASK.com was a better resource than Microsoft. Very disappointing.

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