Corporate transparency and blogs

The cover story of Wired this month (yes, it’s still being published) is about Microsoft’s attempts to become more transparent by allowing its developers to speak openly about their work. The surprising thing? They’ve been doing it for three years.

Something that MS probably doesn’t get much credit for is that some of their corporate-sanctioned blogs are quite good in providing information about product development, the lessons learned, and even the history of the Windows products. The best example I’ve run across is Raymond Chen’s The Old New Thing, which is enjoyable reading even if my days of coding Windows-specific apps are (thankfully) long behind me.

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