Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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From Monitoring to Watching

I was wondering what happened to Joe Wilcox. Ed figured it out. His Microsoft Monitor blog has been silent for a while now. After Mary Jo left Microsoft Watch, I stopped reading the site (especially after I read the garbage that was on there the first few days), so I had no idea that he had been writing for them.

Joe is a great reporter, but I felt his analytical pieces were short on analysis and long on supposed business reasons for delaying the adoption of Microsoft products. I think that was more of a function of sticking to Jupiter's "party line" than it was his own opinions. So I've re-subscribed to Microsoft Watch, and I look forward to hearing what he has to say at his new job.

I do agree with Ed though, your personal site is painful to read. It'd be better if you left the background around the edges, and left a white or gray background in the middle...



  • Neil said:

    Since Mary Jo Foley had left Microsoft Watch the standard of Journalism has gone done the tubes !

    Specially articles from Scot Peterson and Jim Rapoza !

    I now notice that most of the articles written on the site are from Joe Wilcox, and the main reason (I feel anyway) has been the "Howl" of criticism that has come from people who have commented on the articles (including me).

    The main article that got under my skin was an article done by Scot Peterson on the 1st of November with the headline "Is Vista ready ? Not for me" where Peterson writes an article on RC1, seven days later Vista goes to RTM ! WHAT A JOKE !

    What use was the article ? ...... NONE ! It just seemed to be "let's bash microsoft" that all !

    I hope that Joe Wilcox is better !

    November 19, 2006 9:46 PM
  • Funny thing. I just started reading Microsoft Watch, and so far I like what I see. They keep it updated pretty often too. The Microsoft bashing is really becoming an epidemic in the tech press these days. All too often I see a catchy headline, that gets everyone to repeat and link back to it. When you finally get to the meat of the story you find out that the truth has been twisted. The Jim Allchin comments come to mind. They took him out of context and made a headline. Then when he *corrects* them many press outlets create a headline of "Allchin takes back no anti-virus comment". What a bunch of idiots. I am very weary of any anti-ms headline these days and look much further past the story to see what the truth is.

    Steve Wiseman

    November 20, 2006 7:30 PM
  • Neil said:

    Well I gave Joe Willcox the benefit of the doubt ...... Well I am sorry to say that he is just the same as the other people who write for "Microsoft Watch" !

    You only have to look at his story "When a Crane Flies, Duck" to see what I am talking about.

    The "Microsoft Watch" name should be changed to something more suitable, such as "Microsoft Bash" or "idiots who write about Microsoft" and in Joe Wilcox's honour (cough, cough) name it "Incencative People who write trying to bash Microsoft" !  

    November 20, 2006 9:32 PM
  • I'm just curious... when was the last time a Microsoft analyst/reporter installed Office all by themselves?

    November 21, 2006 6:55 PM