Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Mar 2006 00:56 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft employees are arguing among themselves over who is to blame for the delay in the launch of Windows Vista. One disgruntled insider named Who da'Punk voiced his feelings in a blog posting under the heading 'Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now!'.
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It's a matter of principle. Employee grievances should be handled through the proper channels of communication within the company.

No doubt in perfect world that would just fine. But clearly this is the only recourse these people have. Especially after last year when someone was fired there simply for taking pictures of the G5 PowerMacs arriving at Microsoft's loading dock. After that episode, who would dare speak out. We all know know how Gates would love to have absolute control. But it could be advantageous for Microsoft to allow the employees to speak out like this rather than, say, file a class action lawsuit against the company. I'm sure they could find grounds for one if they look hard enough.

If they don't want certain things publicized, that's their call. The "rank and file" don't have the right to make that call for them.

This is old fashioned thinking. No doubt, Dale Carnegie would have appreciated that kind of mindset, but if we learned anything about corporations in this last century, it's that they must be held accountable whether it's something minor like this or something major like Enron. Bill, perhaps, needs to clean up his house, and if he doens't know where the dirt is maybe someone else can show him.

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