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Their Dogfood Tastes Better

The iPod dominates on Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Could it be because competing products suck?

Choice snippets from Wired’s very amusing “Hide Your iPod, Here Comes Bill”:

“These guys are really quite scared,” said the source of Microsoft’s management. “It shows how their backs are against the wall…. Even though it’s Microsoft, no one is interested in what we have to offer, even our own employees.”

I wonder why… Dave Fester, GM of the Windows Digital Media division:

“I sure hope Microsoft employees are not buying iPods. We have great alternatives.”

Apparently, several Microsoft executives have tried these alternatives, utterly failing to encounter the greatness that Mr. Fester claims they exhibit:

The Microsoft manager [the anonymous source] said he’s heard from several executives who dutifully bought Microsoft-powered players, tried them, failed to get them working, and returned them in favor of an iPod. He went through the same experience, he said.

“I don’t really care if it pisses them off,” he said. “I’ll argue why they’re doing it wrong. If you want me to stop using it, give me a product that works and is as easy to use.”

Update: The wording is somewhat ambiguous, but I think the bit about Microsoft executives having trouble with Microsoft-powered players is from Wired’s anonymous source, not Robert Scoble.

By Daniel J. Wilson

I am a designer, drummer, and photographer in Brooklyn, NY.