Don Dodge used to be an official evangelist for Microsoft, hyping the company's software and insulting its competitor Google. Then Microsoft laid him off, and Google hired him. Cue the bitter, flip-flopping blog post in which Dodge loudly switches sides.
According to quotes compiled by blogger Dan Lyons, Dodge used to say things like "Microsoft is a great company to work for" is "always putting employees first." But he's changed his tune, now that he works for Google. A new post on his personal blog starts with this dig at his old employer:
Laying off 5,000 people when you have $37B in cash and huge profits isnot cool. But hey, thanks for pushing me on to the Next Big Thing.
And suddenly, Dodge has a new viewpoint about Gmail. Before:
Even Microsoft's online version of Outlook called Outlook Web Access is far better than Gmail... Gmail... doesn't compare to Microsoft Outlook.
Outlook... was getting kind of tired. Gmail is new, fast, web based, and has all the features I need. I especially like the way it threads conversations making it easy to keep everything in context... One other subtle thing: no spam. I never realized how much corporate spam invaded my Microsoft inbox.
But he "realizes" now!
Dodge is also ditching a bunch of other Microsoft products. Here are the actual headers from his post, each followed by copious text promoting Google:
- "Thanks Microsoft Office 2007, but I'm going to Google Docs." (Previously: "Google knows that on a feature comparison basis there is no contest. … Microsoft Office wins.")
- "Thanks Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5, but I'm going to Google Android."
- "Thanks Microsoft Internet Explorer, but I'm moving to Google Chrome."
Thanks for all the "thanks," Don, but the "fuck you" is still implied. Not that we're complaining.
(Pic: Dodge, by Jay Goldman)