Former Google employee states why he now likes Microsoft

Earlier this month, former Microsoft and Google employee James Whittaker made waves on the Internet when he revealed why he left Google suddenly to rejoin Microsoft. Writing on his blog site, he stated that in his opinion, Google had changed in the time he worked there from a company dedicated to innovation to "an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus."

Now Whittaker has written yet another blog post that is basically the opposite side of his journey; namely, why he decided to rejoin Microsoft, this time as a web futurist.

So why come back to a big company like Microsoft, when a smaller organization could possibly be a bigger fit? Whittaker states that one of the reasons is having lots of talented people. He states:

The talent at big companies is abundant. That reason alone should explain anyone's choice to work for any big company. Who doesn't want to be surrounded by smart people all day? That's why startups work so hard to hire big company talent away. That's why big companies create tugs-of-war over top performers, because they all have them.

He also says that big companies can have the scale to work on big problems and the reach to offer products across the globe.

Whittaker feels that Microsoft is making strides to use its talent, scale and reach " ... to be a disruptor. They aren't beholden to revenue streams or walled gardens. They stand to benefit the most from such a disruption."

While Whittaker says that not everything about Microsoft is perfect (meetings at the company can be too long and are held too often, according to him), he does see a number of changes at the company compared when he worked there last time. He states:

When I joined in 2006 the company was centered around Windows and Office. Today there is a new main street in Redmond and it houses the studios, not offices but studios, of the Xbox team. This change is more than symbolic. Windows and Office, far from sacrificial lambs, have clearly undergone some sort of genetic re-engineering. I have yet to fully grasp what they have done and how they have done it but their mojo is undeniable.

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LaP said,
All companies have one goal. Making money.

Of course they do. If you own a company and your goal isn't to make money, you won't survive. Doesn't mean you can't have other goals either. At the IT company I work for, our motto is Do Good, Have Fun, Make Money and we're doing pretty well on all three

The way I see Microsoft now is that they have come out of the "we're the biggest and best" stage that Google are still in and are more like "we'll give this a try" and purchasing companies to enhance their own OS.


Google think their ads are great. I don't.

I have never clicked on an ad from ad-sense and never will. If I want to find out about the product then I will research it on my terms, not what the server thinks I want.

More so, I don't need to see ads about DFS Sofas just because I have been on their website. If I wanted to continue to look at sofas then I would still be on their site.

Saying that, I still use Gmail (although my front end is Windows Live Mail so makes no difference) and have an Android phone (I like being able to install things not from the marketplace )

Microsoft turned evil after XP and even more after their antitrust oversight ended and Google can save us all from this tyrant monopoly by producing a decent desktop operating system.

xpclient said,
Microsoft turned evil after XP and even more after their antitrust oversight ended and Google can save us all from this tyrant monopoly by producing a decent desktop operating system.

Please go away!!

Google is another one of those large conglomerates I would just as soon see go belly up!! Would hate to see those people lose their jobs obviously, but Google has gotten way to big for their own britches! Never have liked them and do not use ANYTHING that has anything to do with them!

Personally,
I'd hate to work for a large company as they usually don't give a crap about anything. Seems the bigger a company gets, the dumber it's ran!

xpclient said,
Microsoft turned evil after XP and even more after their antitrust oversight ended and Google can save us all from this tyrant monopoly by producing a decent desktop operating system.

Not sure if serious.jpg

(I wish Neowin allowed embedded images for comments like that ).

Nas said,
This is SUCH OLD NEWS! It was already covered worldwide about 2 weeks ago!!!

This is such an old comment. It was already said worldwide, some time ago. Look above!

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
"Who doesn't want to be surrounded by smart people all day"

Like the smart people who thought Windows 8 was a good idea?!

The People who created Windows 8 was smart the UX Team is idiots.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
"Who doesn't want to be surrounded by smart people all day"

Like the smart people who thought Windows 8 was a good idea?!


I love the whole Windows 8 thing. I've yet to understand where all the hate comes from.

If you hate Windows 8, you haven't tried it enough. That's my take on it :-)

The one reason why I'd like to work for MS over any other place would be due to their developer tools. I've used many platforms for developing applications but C# and the .NET framework are at the top of the list in ease of use, documentation, functionality and just plain fun to use IMO.

helios01 said,
The one reason why I'd like to work for MS over any other place would be due to their developer tools. I've used many platforms for developing applications but C# and the .NET framework are at the top of the list in ease of use, documentation, functionality and just plain fun to use IMO.

Yes but when you start to use them in anger you suddenly find the little gotchas - don't get me wrong I enjoy .net coding but it can turn into a nightmare when you find it cannot do what you want it to do.

Depicus said,

Yes but when you start to use them in anger you suddenly find the little gotchas - don't get me wrong I enjoy .net coding but it can turn into a nightmare when you find it cannot do what you want it to do.

In that situation your probably doing it wrong...........

dekoy said,
How can you trust or believe a guy like this? He has no loyalty to no one but himself.

Wouldn't that make him the best guy to trust in a situation like this? If he has no loyalty to Microsoft or Google then it wouldn't be biased to either company.

dekoy said,
How can you trust or believe a guy like this? He has no loyalty to no one but himself.

He is supposed to have loyalty to anyone, but himself? I'm lost here. He should be doing whatever is in the best interest of his career, not the company's... They won't be crying over laying him off when times get tough...

The way he speaks I'm starting to think Google Fired him and he's just crawling back to Microsoft. But he makes good points on Google all I see is Google ruining all their services and trying to make the ghost town Google+ the main goal.