"It is the beginning of an end of an era, indeed," Mini wrote in a June 15, 2006 post. "So long, Classic Microsoft. Hello, emerging Next Generation Microsoft."
Mini, who has a following in and outside Microsoft because he has dared to publicly but anonymously advocate for a Microsoft that's a "lean, mean, efficient customer pleasing profit making machine," thinks the transition is "a good thing, but, boy, when Gates got choked up on stage today [June 15, 2006] thinking about not seeing Steve [Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO] everyday my lip starting quivering, too, and my eyes got a bit misty," he admitted.
"That little devil popped up on my shoulder, muttering, "I suddenly feel guilty for all those bad things I encouraged you and your commenters to say..."
He is referring to his consistent, often caustic, criticism of Microsoft's leaders. He has even called for some of them to be fired due to their failure to get Microsoft products out on time, and for creating what some perceive as a stifling work atmosphere, among other things.