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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Bans Journalists Who Don't Love Microsoft

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Blacklisted by Microsoft!

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| Basically, they blacklisted me from certain super-secret (i.e. 
| pre-conference, NDA, off-the books) sessions at their Professional Developer 
| Conference (PDC) –- this after formally inviting me to attend those sessions 
| as an "esteemed reviewer" representing InfoWorld.   
| [...]
| Oct. 9, 2008 -- A short while later, I get my first hit. It seems that the 
| whole mess started when the Windows Server team made the mistake of inviting 
| yours truly to an event hosted by the Windows Client team. Apparently, the 
| folks on the Server team were unaware of my decidedly negative views towards 
| Vista, and when the Client folks found out they had invited Randall C. 
| Kennedy -– a.k.a. Vista's most vocal and effective critic -– to their 
| special, "for fanbois only" (nice photos, Paul) shindig, they went ballistic.      
| First, it appears that someone high up on the Client Team (Steve?) really 
| doesn't like me. I mean, really, truly loathes me. And it's not just your 
| run-of-the-mill frustration with a journalist who picks on them. This thing 
| is personal, and the executive in question is allowing his or her personal 
| feelings to spill over into the company's handling of formal press relations 
| with InfoWorld.     
| But it doesn't stop there. The "official" explanation for my blacklisting and 
| subsequent "dis-invitation" is that I somehow "violated the non-disclosure 
| agreement" for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta by publishing benchmark 
| results before the update was released.   



INQhack survives Vistability test in Volesville 

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| The Vole (Microsoft) supposedly invited The INQ over for tea because
| we are notorious "Microsoft doubters" - and we were accompanied by
| other supposed Vole doubters such as the folk from lifehacker and
| a very nice man from Slashdot, as well as some Microsoft MvPs.


Microsoft desperately wants my love -- and yours

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| I spent December seventh, eighth, and ninth in Seattle as Microsoft's
| guest. Microsoft flew me there from Florida at its expense, put me up
| in a nice hotel, provided decent food, and comped me and four other
| invitees to this "special conference" with presentations about the
| marvels of Vista and other recent or upcoming Microsoft products. They
| didn't quite play the old Beatles song "Love Me Do" in the background,
| but it was the event's unstated theme.


Bribing Bloggers

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| This is the most frustrating thing about the practice of giving
| bloggers free stuff: it pisses in the well, reducing the credibility
| of all blogs. I'm upset that people trust me less because of the
| behavior of other bloggers. Don't even get me started about PayPerPost.
| [...]
| Do not, under any circumstances, consider upgrading an XP system to
| Vista... even if it's fairly new and even if it's Vista Supremo
| Premium Ultra-Capable.


Microsoft's Laptop Giveaway Becoming PR Disaster?

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| This thing is starting to feel like a PR disaster. Bloggers are
| starting to smell blood and this thing very well may begin to
| turn into yet another episode of bloggers gone wild.


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.


Getting a Vaio [with Vista, from Microsoft, even in March 2007]

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| Microsoft Belgium rang me yesterday (I don?t think they realised it 
| was a public holiday here!).
| [...]
| The phone call yesterday was to confirm my address - the laptop (a
| Sony Vaio - dunno which model or spec yet) is en route with Vista
| Ultimate and Office Ultimate pre-installed.

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