Scoble leaving Microsoft was 8th most-read story at the open source blog

I suspect Microsoft likes the good cop-bad cop act, but I wonder for how long that can continue. Seeing whether Microsoft gains a unified open source strategy will be one of the great stories to watch in 2007.

My brief piece on Robert Scoble (left) leaving Microsoft, and speculation about Microsoft leaving the open source discussion, was the 8th most-read story on this blog for 2006.

In that item I also noted that Jason Matusow had not updated his own blog at Microsoft in some time. He's still not updating often -- the most recent substantive entry as of today is dated November 15.

But does this really matter? Is a company blog evidence of true engagement, and is the lack of one evidence of disengagement?

Personally I think Microsoft is divided on the question of open source. This is not a surprise, given that it's a large company, filled with brilliant people, and the open source movement is something that's outside its basic experience -- growing and as easy to catch as water.

I suspect Microsoft likes the good cop-bad cop act, but I wonder for how long that can continue. Seeing whether Microsoft gains a unified open source strategy will be one of the great stories to watch in 2007.

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