I’ve noticed a ton of Silverlight information coming through Ryan Stewart’s Google Reader link blog. He just gave us the stats on how much.
That’s really smart because Ryan is proving that he’s being an authority on the marketplace and not just a corporate shill for Adobe. Smart blogging because it inserts Ryan into the conversation. Why? Because is it more fun to have a conversation with someone who only presents one side of the story or someone who knows all sides of the story and can explain the pros and cons.
When I was on the Adobe bus earlier this week I experienced that first hand. I got a lot less “pro Adobe” talk than I expected to hear on the bus. Both Ryan and Adobe execs actually spent quite a bit of time praising Silverlight to me and telling me what they thought Microsoft did right.
Think that doesn’t work well with developers? Go back and listen to the Jay Smooth video I just posted. Take “churches” out and replace that with “tech companies.” Take “rap music” out and replace that with “developer tools.” Finally, take “kids” out and replace that with “developers.”
The same conversation techniques that Jay Smooth learned on the streets and in the music business works with developers. By not being afraid of Microsoft Adobe has demonstrated a lot more confidence than I’ve seen it exhibit previously. Kudos.
Turn it around now: is there anyone who’s expert on the pros of Adobe’s Flash/Flex/Apollo at Microsoft? Anyone we can go to to have a conversation with?
Who is Microsoft’s Ryan Stewart? Why don’t they have one? Heck, why doesn’t every company have one?