Microsoft: change the world or go home

Microsoft: change the world or go home

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A new poster from Hugh MacLeod - I like it a lot and plan to paste it around the building as liberally as I can and to see what Mr Ballmer thinks of it :)

Hugh gives a few explanations for which are:

  • Microsoft telling its potential customers to change the world or go home.
  • Microsoft telling its employees to change the world or go home.
  • Microsoft employees telling their colleagues to change the world or go home.
  • Everybody else telling Microsoft to change the world or go home.
  • Everyone else telling their colleagues to change the world or go home.
  • And so forth.

 and then paraphrases with

Basically, Microsoft is in the world-changing business. If they ever lose that, they might as well all go home

That's what I say to people a lot when they said what is my job? I work for a company the changes the world. Maybe I drank too much from the firehose but I do believe it. I spent a day with Microsoft Research last week and that continued to make prove the point to me. I know not everyone will agree that we change the world for good (I'm expecting a tonne of flak on this post) but when you see some of the projects and causes that software touches you can't help but feel humble about it. I'm hoping to help our UK citizenship team get a blog up and running soon to show you some more of this.

  • Changing the world ... are you sure ? ... LoL my friend! You need change to Linux. Those guys are changing the world, not Msoft!

    Sorry but open your eyes now or go home!

    Regards from Spain!

  • Hi Linus..I'm assuming you're not *the* Linus given you're from Sun right?

    Sorry to disappoint you but yep, i think we do change the world in small ways but then so does Linux. Would love to hear your views on it though.

    Live and let live my friend :)

    Steve (just back from Spain!)

  • I agree Microsoft is world-changing for business. Believe me that is just small stuff compared to whats coming. Oh, you didn't know. If you really want to see a the technology that will change everthing (the world), check out V2 at

    Surprise, You're not in Kansas anymore Dorothy - -

  • Hi DT - gosh "the most important project on plant Earth" - they's hyperbole for you :) It all seems very exciting but I couldn't quite get to the bottom of the what you're planning to do and when. Will my shiny new Vista PC just plug in to "new" network somehow?? Or will I need a new network card and more?

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