Innovation at Microsoft? Show Us, Don't Tell Us!
If it was a little boy you would pat it on the head, give it a dollar and tell it not to spend it all at one place.
Smith must have interfaced with somebody at Microsoft recently. Nice people, but enough is enough: Show us, don't tell us.
Fantastic. Oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip?
Smith editorializes in his next sentence: "Think about that the next time someone tells you Microsoft doesn't have a future." He wrote an excellent public relations piece for the company.
Just as I do not question the coolness or genius of Google's driverless car, I appreciate Microsoft tinkering with futuristic touchscreens, interactive 3-D models and robots that play catch. I love that stuff; however, we already know that Microsoft, somewhere beneath its uninspiring veneer, had some hip in it.
If you kick the tires at all, you know this. Back in June a Reuters story about how excited young interns are to work summers at Microsoft made the rounds. Among this set, the company apparently ranks cooler than Facebook (FB) and almost as desirable as Google.
Given my love for startup culture, particularly among mature companies, I can't help but respect the slightest inkling of innovation at Microsoft.
I'm as big, if not a bigger idealist, than the next guy. But at some point the realist lens enters.
As Eric Jackson explained this past week on TheStreet, outside of Apple, who in tech is really innovating these days? Jackson singles out Facebook:
Facebook innovated by displaying your Facebook email address as your primary one and hiding all others.