A week or so ago, I wrote about the “chip” that some Microsoft employees seem to have implanted in their brains.
A couple of people contacted me to tell me the days of the “chip” were long gone.
Apparently that’s not the case, however. And here is the evidence.
Profile Microsoft evangelist Don Dodge was laid off, recently, in the latest round of cuts. As he says on his blog:
Microsoft announced more layoffs today, and I was one of them. This was a total surprise to me, and management offered no explanation. This is pretty standard procedure, mostly for legal reasons, but none the less left me with a cold feeling…but only for a minute or two.
Nice of him to be so level headed about the fact that he was just fired. Obviously, the chip is still inserted tight at this point.
A few days later, he is hired to work as an evangelist for Google. Seconds later, the chip has fallen out, and you get these remarks on his blog:"
Last week started a new personal journey for me. One without Microsoft. So, why not move forward without Microsoft technology, and try the new alternatives? Old habits die hard, but these were actually pretty easy to break…
I made the switch to Gmail last week and it has been awesome! Outlook has been an old familiar friend for years, but it was getting kind of tired…
Hey, isn’t this November of 2009? Why Word 2007? One of the nice things about Google Docs, and all web based products, is that they can be updated continuously with no interruption to you…
OK, now that I am no longer with Microsoft, I can admit I had iPhone envy. My Windows Mobile “Smartphone” didn’t measure up….
Thanks Microsoft Internet Explorer, but I’m moving to Google Chrome. Chrome starts faster, loads pages faster, and is easier to use…
Fake Steve Jobs, one of my favourite blogs on the internet, summarised the whole thing very nicely I thought, in a post where he calls Don a Borgocrat (Fake Steve refers to everything Microsoft as the Borg), and compares previous posts Don has made with his new position on products for the company.
If this isn’t evidence that the “chip” still exists, I don’t know what is.