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Friday, June 16, 2006

What Does Mini Think About Microsoft's Transition Plans?

What does  Who da'Punk (Mini), the anonymous Microsoft employee whose Mini-Microsoft blog is credited by some observers with spurring many changes inside Microsoft, think about the company's June 15, 2006 announcement (See Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates) that Chairman Bill Gates will transition "out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "?
"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.
For more of Mini's views, see "Bill Gates Will Retire. One Day. Kinda.  By the way, following the May 28, 2006 publication of Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat's "Microsoft's mystery insider," Mini, who has critics who thinks he's a coward because of his anonymity, decided to scale back his criticism. To read why, see his May 28, 2006 post headlined "All Good Things..."


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