Microsoft: change the world or go home


A new poster from Hugh MacLeod – I like it a lot and plan to paste it around the building as liberally as I can and to see what Mr Ballmer thinks of it :)

Hugh gives a few explanations for which are:

  • Microsoft telling its potential customers to change the world or go home.
  • Microsoft telling its employees to change the world or go home.
  • Microsoft employees telling their colleagues to change the world or go home.
  • Everybody else telling Microsoft to change the world or go home.
  • Everyone else telling their colleagues to change the world or go home.
  • And so forth.

 and then paraphrases with

Basically, Microsoft is in the world-changing business. If they ever lose that, they might as well all go home

That’s what I say to people a lot when they said what is my job? I work for a company the changes the world. Maybe I drank too much from the firehose but I do believe it. I spent a day with Microsoft Research last week and that continued to make prove the point to me. I know not everyone will agree that we change the world for good (I’m expecting a tonne of flak on this post) but when you see some of the projects and causes that software touches you can’t help but feel humble about it. I’m hoping to help our UK citizenship team get a blog up and running soon to show you some more of this.

Comments (45)

  1. Linus says:

    Changing the world … are you sure ? … LoL my friend! You need change to Linux. Those guys are changing the world, not Msoft!

    Sorry but open your eyes now or go home!

    Regards from Spain!

  2. stevecla01 says:

    Hi Linus..I’m assuming you’re not *the* Linus given you’re from Sun right?

    Sorry to disappoint you but yep, i think we do change the world in small ways but then so does Linux. Would love to hear your views on it though.

    Live and let live my friend :)

    Steve (just back from Spain!)

  3. D.T. says:

    I agree Microsoft is world-changing for business. Believe me that is just small stuff compared to whats coming. Oh, you didn’t know. If you really want to see a the technology that will change everthing (the world), check out V2 at http://www.webkiller.net.

    Surprise, You’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy – –

  4. stevecla01 says:

    Hi DT – gosh "the most important project on plant Earth" – they’s hyperbole for you :) It all seems very exciting but I couldn’t quite get to the bottom of the what you’re planning to do and when. Will my shiny new Vista PC just plug in to "new" network somehow?? Or will I need a new network card and more?

  5. Last chance to put your name in the hat for one of 10 limited edition lithographs signed by Hugh MacLeod

  6. I just read this story on Rick Segal’s site and didn’t know quite how to react. My initial thought was

  7. Last week I was listening to Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code Podcast over at http://dailysourcecode.podshow.com

  8. I’ve been asked what this Blue Monster thing is all about quite a few times recently so Katie suggested

  9. Hugh MacLeod drew this last year for Steve Clayton at Microsoft. At the time Clayton said, "I like…

  10. It’s official – I have been bitten by the Blogging Bug. Came home rather late last night (after 12 hours

  11. It’s been a long journey. There were some wonderful candidates, and I feel we have found an outstanding

  12. Gordon Brown talks about a "unique global company" and sets the scene for BillG to talk about a lot of

  13. I’ve been an employee of Microsoft for less than a year. My initial impressions are that I made a good

  14. I presented at Melcrum’s Social Media Forum last week and it’s since been getting some good coverage

  15. The latest Blue Monster lithograph auction ended today with a final bid price of £150 which is $1 shy

  16. A new Facebook Group for "Friends of the Blue Monster" is here. If you're not familiar

  17. Yesterday (and it feels so long ago), I was in Orlando. I got to meet Steve Clayton and he gave me a

  18. Yesterday (and it feels so long ago), I was in Orlando. I got to meet Steve Clayton and he gave me a

  19. This is really cool. A worldwide contest for ISVs called the ingenuity pOint . Software that can change

  20. This is really cool. A worldwide contest for ISVs called the ingenuity pOint . Software that can change

  21. Ask Steve Clayton about who is the Blue Monster , that makes me happy. Recently, the new one has been

  22. Reading Steve Clayton’s post today on his offering a Blue Monster business card to Steve Ballmer prompted

  23. Reading Steve Clayton's post today on his offering a Blue Monster business card to Steve Ballmer

  24. Jakiś czas temu na sieci pojawił się taki mały stworek, którego pieszczotliwie nazywamy "Blue Monster".

  25. Jakiś czas temu na sieci pojawił się taki mały stworek, którego pieszczotliwie nazywamy "Blue Monster"

  26. I spent a great day in Liverpool yesterday on business though trying to put something back in to my home

  27. I spent a great day in Liverpool yesterday on business though trying to put something back in to my home

  28. Voilà, c’est à présent tout ce qu’il y a de plus officiel, et je vous invite à consulter le PR correspondant

  29. How long before this becomes the new CIO? According to Steve Rubel (and I agree with him) "dozens

  30. I’m presenting at a blogging conference in a few weeks and as I thought about what I will say I started

  31. I'm presenting at a blogging conference in a few weeks and as I thought about what I will say I started

  32. First video interview I’ve watched on the web recently – not least as it’s short, funny and you know

  33. 1 year ago today, a blogger called Hugh MacLeod sent me (and 3 others) an innocuous email with this link:

  34. Springboard says:

    I went to a Silverlight Training this week with some other Microsoft evangelists. I was lucky enough

  35. I see at times comments left on forums from folks whom have a beef with Microsoft that we don't innovate

  36. These guys keep appearing in videos together. I fully expect to see Bill in the next U2 video. Lots of

  37. These guys keep appearing in videos together. I fully expect to see Bill in the next U2 video. Lots of

  38. The Sydney Linux User Group was on Friday night and Sarah, Amit, Rosemary and myself were there to answer

  39. The Sydney Linux User Group was on Friday night and Sarah, Amit, Rosemary and myself were there to answer

  40. Expressate! says:

    Desde hace unos días estoy experimentando un poco con las nuevas herramientas de Expression Studio

  41. Desde hace unos días estoy experimentando un poco con las nuevas herramientas de Expression Studio 2

  42. This brilliantly titled book arrived at Chez Clayton today. Personality Not Included is by Rohit Bahrgava