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September 19, 2008

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Andrew Cohen

I couldn't agree more that this was hugely childish on Microsoft's part. It diminished my opinion of Microsoft, rather than enhancing it. I brought it up with someone at the Microsoft booth and their response was (cough, cough) "It's an industry event". Of course they immediately turned away and started speaking with somebody else. No, it wasn't an industry event, it was VMware's event.

Bottom line, I give credit to VMware for inviting its direct competitors to its show.

marc farley

Drue-man. Remember this one from last Spring?

http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2008/03/04/48580.aspx

Microsoft was just copying Dell. Now who says Dell doesn't innovate?

Matt Simmons

Once, in my younger days, I got kicked out of the Windows 2000 release party (along with a dozen of my friends or so) for giving away Linux cds.

dbmuse

if you think Microsoft plays dirty in public. Imagine how dirty they play in private. The Microsoft monopoly needs to be split up.

Drue Reeves

Hi Marc,

Thanks for telling me about this one.

I didn't know Dell did this at HP's event...otherwise I would have blogged about it too.

Some people think these things are funny or amusing, and I suppose on some level, they are. But after people get a chance to reflect on it, they seldom think of these things as funny. In conversations I've had with colleagues, these types of things come up in part of a negative comment on the company.

But what I don't want to see happen is every event I go to have some competitor to the event shove some piece of marketing collateral in my face under covert pretenses. It's like the guy with the trench coat selling watches on the corner. Before we know it, everyone will have to be searched (for competitive material) before they can be let into the conference.

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