Raw nerves. You know you’ve hit one when the entity in question practically jumps through the roof to staunch the pain. In my case, the nerve belonged to Microsoft Corporation. And true to form, the company spent incalculable political capital – and cashed in more than a few favors – in order to orchestrate the most one-sided smear campaign in the history of IT journalism.
What has been said about me personally, or Devil Mountain Software as a company, is irrelevant – all de rigeur for the rabid tabloid crowd. Rather, what is disturbing is the timing of it all. The parties in question only loosed their dogs after this project, the exo.performance.network, hit a bit too close to home. It was our research into Windows 7 performance that prompted Microsoft to call in its chips.
And call them in it did, instructing its media cronies to silence me by dragging my name through the mud and casting doubt about what is by any measure a very successful professional history. And now, with xpnet.com, I’m doing more to expose the inner workings of the Windows community than ever before, putting myself on the line so that the truth about Windows market share composition, usage trends and real-world performance is known.
So, despite the hoopla surrounding the day’s developments, I will continue to flash my light at the dark underbelly of Microsoft’s cash cow. Because, in the end, this isn’t about any one personality or pseudonym. It’s about the data, and how it describes the IT world around us. And whether that data is positive for Microsoft or negative, I will never lose my resolve or allow myself to be cowed into silence by the powers that be.
In the meantime, I’d like to invite individuals and organizations that want to know the truth about Windows to register for a free exo.performance.network account. You’ll gain access to a range of useful tools while helping us continue to deliver valuable insight into Microsoft’s dominant OS platform. Together, we can make Windows a more open environment for everyone.
Randall C. Kennedy