Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Fun with memos

Bill Gates has written a memo about missed opportunities and the necessity for Microsoft to stay on top of the emerging market in online services. Reports of the memo have found their way into so many publications that one can only conclude that it was a deliberate leak. Maybe it has something to do with the word Washington, east or west, everything has to be an off-the-record leak.

Dave Winer correctly concluded that the public should have a chance to read the memos for themselves. So he asked his contacts within Microsoft to send him copies and they have.

Here is some unsolicited advice for Microsoft. Next time you want to offer the world a view of your internal marketing discussion, just post the memos on your website. It would set a good example for Washington East.

At least Microsoft is smart enough not to sue bloggers over leaks.

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