TechFlash had an interesting post about an ex-softie that had not used non-microsoft technology while at microsoft. Wow… they must be talking about a totally different company. As a technology specialist, I make it my business to know all about as much technology as I can – not just the microsoft stuff. It’s my job – and more so, it’s my passion.
Of course, the default MS-IT supportable corporate image for most PCs is largely Microsoft software, but in the specialist team I work in its a point of pride not to use a corporate image. If we aren’t capable of quickly and efficiently building and customising our own setup, we wouldn’t be credible specialists! I think it is great that MS-IT has policies that allow us to do this – locking down the desktop is not the only way to have a highly secure and productive computing environment.
All this talk of monocultures reminds me that we have a little brother-from-another-mother in Office for Mac. We’re probably the largest third party software developer on the Mac platform because of it. This is an oldie, but a goodie!