Windows Seven: We're Hiring!

The software giant is looking to hire a technical evangelist for Windows Seven. That sounds like a really good idea to me. But Microsoft had better hire someone who can be more thought leader than mouthpiece—a straight talker who can generate genuine enthusiasm while setting realistic expectations. Longhorn really hurt Microsoft's credibility. In early 2004, Microsoft started breaking feature promises made in late 2003—and the broken promises continued through 2005, as Microsoft dumped more and more Longhorn (aka Windows Vista) features.

The Windows Seven evangelist needs to sell benefits while not overstating them. In fact, Microsoft needs someone who can sell aspiration around limited benefits so that people can get excited about the product and the company can deliver more than promised later on. People buy things because they want to be happy, to believe their lives will be better from the purchase. Apple sells aspiration so well, and Microsoft needs to, too. The shoes are mighty big. Maybe Microsoft should call on the Friendly Giant. The job posting is dated Dec. 11, 2007, but Microsoft hasn't yet filled the position. It's a big, big job.

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> The Windows Seven evangelist needs to sell benefits while not overstating them.

...just in case those features get dropped halfway through the development.

You know, they always post about how they dropped features "Microsoft dumped more and more Longhorn (aka Windows Vista) features. "

But how many of them actually can name more than like 2?

(MioTheGreat said @ #11)
You know, they always post about how they dropped features "Microsoft dumped more and more Longhorn (aka Windows Vista) features. "

But how many of them actually can name more than like 2?

The features they kept or added later were even worse. I would have liked MinWin with DX10, the new TCP/IP stack and driver model, and the new explorer and various GUI tweaks. It would have been nice if MS forced 64bit compliance too. Everything else in Vista is noob-oriented bloat and superficial eye candy that the marketing team came up with. No one asked for this nonsense, I bet some Mac-using Steve Jobs wannabe moron at MS who doesn't even use Windows came up with these things. It's too bad that MS's management has so much Mac envy. I also bet that MS employees are ashamed of how low-class Vista is. It's like a kid's bike with training wheels and flashing lights and noisemakers.

Vista catered too much to the lowest of computer users and it sacrificed performance and stability to do so.

You know, I'll be happy the day they hire a 'fact stater' and not an 'evangelist'. Of course, that's not how this business works. With marketing becoming the mouthpiece for every company, why should we take anything any company has to say seriously? With every mis-speak having a bad effect on stock price, why would any company do anything except lie and do damage control all the way to the grave? The fact that they need to hire an evangelist says that the product will not speak for itself, or that customers simply won't see value in the product and they need to be actively convinced to make a choice they otherwise would not. It seemed like MS was going in the right direction when they decided to blog more openly about what they were doing, but this seems like a huge step backward.

'We`re hiring because everyone working on vista has either died in a "Oh total accident" or has randomly feel off the edge of a cliff in a over-packed sealed car'

lol instead of an evangelist they should rather light a few candles and say a prayer, that might help them more :nuts:

I hope they hire someone with better graphic experiance and let the current 6yr old they use to enjoy 'growing up'.