Scoble posted yesterday on trusting your friendly neighborhood blogger. He talks about communicating without solely thinking of ‘business’. I like that. I think part of why I’m posting so much about work and the things I’ve been involved in with the MacBU over the years is that I’d like to see people trust us a little more.
Ok, now that you’re done laughing and have wiped the milk and cereal off your monitor…
No, seriously. While it was before my time, Mac Word 6 really struck a blow to Microsoft’s credibility on the Mac, and the MacBU has had a long row to hoe to get any of it back. I’d like to think that we’ve done so with everything we’ve produced over the 10 years that I’ve been here. John Welch commented(warning: he’s a bit opinionated!) on the MacBU’s recent work in light of the new 5-year agreement that we signed with Apple in February, and I think that while he’s a little rough on Tom Yager, John does call to light everything we’ve done.
Every day I see so many rants and conspiracy theories and panic attacks and oh, just silly comments made by people. Ever read the commentary on Remote Desktop Connection? The vast majority of the feedback is really positive, and then there’s this one. Sins of the father, I guess?
That’s why I’m here; to give people a chance to see more of MacBU. We’re Mac folks, we’re human, and hopefully you can see us as that, and not simply as a preconceived notion of the Evil Empire. I guess what I’m saying is if people trust me, maybe they’ll start to trust the MacBU a little more.
I’m not asking people to trust us in the hopes of making more sales, or because I’ve got some marketing message to push; I’m asking because I’m a developer who likes what I do and who likes the people I work with, and I’m proud to have contributed to our products over the last 10 years.