During the Noooxml campaign we witnessed an amazing openness of the Microsoft blogger scene that went from cut and paste of corporate gobblespeak to very responsive communication. Also the contributions to sustain the living of independent bloggers and wikipedia editors were amazing examples of corporate social responsibility shown. In a small file on my hard drive I found a link to Steve Ballmer's views on blogging at Microsoft (2006). CEO Steve Ballmer as a known world leader of transparency explains:
MSDN bloggers are important assets of the company to deliver the message:
…you know, we trust our people to represent our company - that is what they are paid to do. And if they don't wannna be here they wouldn't be here… Hey, if people need to be trained or understand better we can always do that.
As the Danish delegation once said in the Council
None of us are totally happy. If we were we would not be here.
Or as ex-ECMA's Jan van den Beld described standardisation:
…the answer is always the same: You are well paid, shut up.