THIS post is part of a series of posts. Previous items in this series are:
- Wanted: List of Bloggers, Journalists, and Analysts Whom Microsoft Bribed at PDC 2008
- Microsoft Polices Coverage of Vista 7 by ‘Kicking Out’ Disobedient Journalist
- Microsoft is Bribing Bloggers Again… for Vista 7 Raves
- Praise Microsoft, Receive Bribe
- Harry McCracken, Technologizer: Bribed by Microsoft
- Tim Anderson Received Bribe for Vista 7 Review
- Jason Brooks (eWeek): Bribed by Microsoft
- Laptop Magazine: Bribed by Microsoft
- Ed Bott: Bought by Microsoft
- GeekPi/Steve Allwine: Bribed by Microsoft
Wilson Rothman (of Gizmodo) has taken a good look at Vista 7 [sic] and the following bit was an eye opener.
The feature will only work on Windows 7, so to test it I’d need a second loaner unit.
Second one? So there’s a first one, but the post says nothing about it. Where is the disclosure? This post enjoyed large readership and was even mirrored (or scraped). It made the front page of Digg.com to boast about Vista 7. Wouldn’t Microsoft be ecstatic?
One reader of ours, Goblin, wrote in IDG Blogs:
If you check out the Microsoft Watch site, you will see just how impartial Mr Da Co$ta is.
Of course I believe its a bribe. Afterall if the package was any good people would be lining up for a demo disk to install on their machines, instead of waiting with begging bowls saying “please sir can I have some more?”
Mr Da Co$ta has quiet a repution for pro MS posting, matched only by his ability to avoid difficult MS related questions. “is generally positive” is a very general term isnt it Mr Da Co$ta?
Here is the Microsoft Watch page which Goblin is referring to. That site is filled with Microsoft employees and sympathisers and this includes the editor, who admits to being a fan of Microsoft’s guerrilla marketing.
The above was said in response to Andre Da Costa from ActiveWin (pointing to his Microsoft-oriented Web site and his own Vista 7 review). It’s possible to also find Microsoft apologism all over the place. It’s amazing what people would do for money and Microsoft understand this very well. It explains it clearly in the following leaked document (click the image to open the PDF). █