[Linux-aus] [Osia-discuss] Re: If you could ask Microsoft a question , what would it be?

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Sun Jan 13 07:53:51 UTC 2008

On Sun, 13 Jan 2008, Daniel Mons <daniel.mons at iinet.net.au> wrote:
> Do we have names and/or job descriptions of the Microsoft employees in
> question?
> The wiki says:
> "There’s a strong chance that we can have some fairly senior Microsoft
> Australia representatives at a SLUG meeting (likely January 2008). One
> shall be a business person, the others are engineers."
> Given the wide variety of markets Microsoft dabbles in, this means very
> little.  Even if we don't know the names of the individuals attending,
> do we at least have their respective job titles and/or areas of
> speciality?

I have requested that information, and hopefully I'll have it on Monday. 
The 'business person' is Sarah Bond, whom I am told is in charge of their 
OOXML efforts in Australia, amongst other things.

> I personally have strong interests in virtualisation and both high
> availability and high performance clustering.  There's a number of
> technical and political questions I'd like to ask concerning these
> specific areas, but if they are outside of the expertise of the speakers
> I'd rather let someone else's more relevant questions take up air time.

Interoperability and the Novell deal (of which virtualisation was a major 
part) is one of the reasons they have given for visiting SLUG.

"It is this switching cost that has given the customers the patience to stick 
with Windows through all our mistakes, our buggy drivers, our high TCO [total 
cost of ownership], our lack of a sexy vision at times, and many other 
difficulties" - Microsoft C++ General Manager Aaron Contorer, 1997
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