Just Say No To Microsoft is a mandatory read if you fall into one of the following three categories:
1. Someone who wants to switch from Microsoft-based software to something else.
2. Someone who creates software that competes with Microsoft products.
3. Every single Microsoft employee.
As you might expect, there’s plenty of snarky stuff in a book with a title of Just Say No To Microsoft. However, it’s extremely well organized, technically deep while being accessible to mainstream computer users, and often very entertaining.
I’m a long time Microsoft fan and supporter (many of the companies I’ve been involved in over the years – including my very first one – have benefited greatly from their relationship with Microsoft.) I’ve also funded and been involved in numerous companies that either compete with Microsoft or have a distinct anti-Microsoft approach to the world. I use a bunch of Windows-based PC’s (and a nifty new Xbox 360 on my desk at my office), but I also have a very nice Mac on my desk at home that I play around with. I’ve never been much into religion (in this case, pro-Microsoft vs. anti-Microsoft), so I stay away from being aggressive about it, but try hard to understand all aspects of it.
For the categories above, I recommend this book for different reasons:
1. Microsoft Switchers: Quit talking about it – this book will help you figure out how to do it.
2. Microsoft Competitors: This book will help you understand Microsoft’s weaknesses more clearly.
3. Microsoft Employees: You want to know your weaknesses so you can do a better job, don’t you?
Today was a two book day. Both were very good. I’m pleasantly surprised. I’ve had enough intellectual stimulation for the day – I’m going to go upstairs, lay on the couch, and watch The Running Man with Amy.