My favourite technical blogs at MS at the moment are
- Jensen Harris: An Office User Interface Blog which spruiks and roots and toots about the new GUI for Office. (Java and Linux developers really need to look at this to get an idea of how far Java and Linux will need to come to meet the new bar; I’ve mentioned the Substance and Flamingo projects at javadesktop.org before.) Jensen writes well and has a light touch.
- Dare Obasanjo is a good omen for Microsoft’s intellectual vitality. Likeable, knowledgable, pro-active and on-message about his own projects, the honesty of his comments on other areas gives credibility to his comments on his own projects. I didn’t read any Microsoft technical blogs until I started reading Dare’s blog, which overcame my suspicion that the blogs would be reformatted press releases.
- Brian Jones: Open XML Formats is a goldmine of interesting information, though comments like
Let’s allow people to choose the formats they want. I’m not sure anyone is opposed to choice.seems a tad insincere unless MS distrubutes an ODF plugin with Office. (My attitude on ODF versus so-called OpenXML is little different to the Groklaw-style cynics or the Peterson-style enthusiasts: I welcome both but have a big eyeroll thinking of the twenty years of missed opportunities which Microsoft has cheated its users out of by not providing an XML interface until recently: I remember trying out their appalling SGML Author for Word more than a decade ago and wishing they just had a simple mini-SGML version of RTF instead, like the Rainbow DTD. I hope the “Open” in “Open XML” refers to a change of thinking in MicroSoft management in favour of agressive interoperability.)