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July 25, 2006


Rick, Great post, and excellent history lesson. I have only been at Microsoft for 18 months so a lot of this is new to me. However, these are BIG changes for Microsoft. For much of my software career I competed against Microsoft...and it was tough.

Microsoft is serious about supporting developers and partners. Thousands of really smart Microsoft people go to work every day with the job of helping developers and ISV partners be successful. I am one of them. It is a great job.

Microsoft is becoming much more open and transparent about waht we are doing and where we are planning to go. This is great for partners and competitors. The software business is huge...there is room for everyone.


According to there is almost nothing new in the 12 principles:

Also, if Microsoft worked so hard at documenting the APIs, then how come Andrew Sulman's Undocumented Windows was such a huge seller?

I know you want us to believe that Microsoft has the very highest ethical standards, but you really should think about why so many people disagree.

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