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December 27, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Mini-Microsoft chimes in on what’s good

The anonymous internal Microsoft blogger has a post up today — the first since early November — that aims to keep things positive as the calendar year comes to a close. As usual, I found several of Mini’s observations noteworthy.

Some of the fan boys who treat Apple vs. Microsoft as a spectator sport to rival the English Premier League might declare victory after reading this: “Something I haven’t seen before, especially around [employee attitudes toward] Apple, is a level of humbleness and respect when considering, say, what Apple is doing – and doing well – and how we can endeavor to do better ourselves. I haven’t or heard much trash-talking around Apple, but rather aspirational discussion. That’s great and makes me believe that we’ll be able to deliver something that actually delights our users… and hopefully therefore our shareholders.”

Mini goes on to praise his new, black 8GB Zune, including its software and user interface. He acknowledges, however, that “yes, the iPod is still better.” But as far as players that handle the WMA format, Zune is the best of the five he’s owned.

On a related note, he suggests that Microsoft’s shutdown — make that re-branding — of the Plays For Sure program is helping to detangle the company from the “DRM monster,” which Mini sees as a good thing.

I was surprised that Mini — whose blog has been a rare unfiltered window into the company — gave thumbs up to the info lockdown that has emerged in the Windows division. “When it comes to translucency vs. transparency, I support putting the kimono back on and tightening it up, perhaps doing so in an enticing burlesque-style way, revealing only what we want to reveal.”

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