OK, so I've never heard of "BING!" before this evening.
This is positioned as "An Insider's Perspective."
What say you (y'all)?
I'll be cheering on Google.
Because its MS? Or because Google is better? Just askin'.
Both. I hate to see MS borg yet another business and ruin it, and Google for the most part actually has usually done the right thing.
Hey, this is the author. Don't h8 just 'cause we're Microsoft. Search could use some competitors and, as I note in my post, it's hard for other entrants to get into this market. Before you pass judgment, try Bing when it launches next week. Looking forward to your comments!
-Mark Johnson, Bing Program Manager
Microsoft is not a competitor, they destroy competition through unethical and often outright illegal means. I will not do business with Microsoft and will do whatever I can to support Google or whoever else is against Microsoft.
So, I take it, based on this, that in the now unlikely event that Microsoft offered you a software development job, that you would turn it down because you wouldn't work for the "Evit Empire."
I guess that makes me part of the "EE" since once (if we are ever) funded, we plan to "engage" with them.
O.K., so you think it would be acceptable to work for a company that engages in unethical and illegal business practices? Really? Seriously, you can't think of a company that you'd be ashamed to admit you worked for?
But anyway, since my strengths of skills and experience are centered on non-Microsoft technologies, it is as you note, pretty much an academic question. Also the fact that I have no interest in living in the Seattle area (or SF/SV where most of their other US developers are) would make it unlikely that I'd ever be willing to work for them even if there were no other issues.
I will caution you in one regard. History is littered with memorials to and corpses of companies that engaged Microsoft. Many others that survive bear scars. Microsoft doesn't play nicely, even with their business partners. Maybe you will be fortunate, but you should definitely watch your back when dealing with them.
I meant "Evil Empire," but still. All I did was pose a question. Clearly, your experience(s) with MS are different from mine. In all things business, you must be cautious in dealing with any "partner." I know plenty of people who have had "positive" dealings with MS; I also know fro my own experience how "they play."
PS: My back is always watched.
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