Wednesday, September 16, 2009

How much to you trust Microsoft?


Being a .NET (Microsoft stack) developer requires a substantial amount of trust in Microsoft.  I have to trust them to stay in business.  I have to trust that having in-depth knowledge of there technologies is a good economic decision for my years ahead.  I have to trust them to fix bugs in there software, trust the quality of their products like IIS, Windows server, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and others, and trust them to support the technologies I use for the foreseeable future.  I have to trust that the web sites I develop will work properly when running on their platform. 

This is a lot of trust.  And Microsoft has been working hard for years to gain it.  But now they are asking for an entirely new level of trust.  With Microsoft's cloud computing services called Azure, Microsoft is asking us to not only trust their software but their hardware as well.  They're now asking us to trust them to take care of all the infrastructure and to trust that everything will work just fine in their hands. 

This is a big step.  And so I wonder if Scott Guthrie's announcement yesterday about putting jQuery and Ajax.NET on their new Ajax CDN is not just an act of goodwill but is also intended to help build trust in Microsoft hosted web content.  Maybe it's a bit of both.

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a very interesting tactic for Microsoft to do. I am not sure what the motives for this are... but I trust them enough to use it (both Azure and the new Ajax CDN).