Sunday, September 11, 2011

Microsoft doesn’t care about feedback from Australians

I’m attending the Build Windows 2011 Conference in Anaheim this coming week, and as part of this Microsoft sent me out an email (presumably to all attendees, or at least all who indicated that they were a developer) inviting them to share feedback in special limited numbers discussion groups. Firstly though, they require you to fill out a quick survey. So I click on the provided link, and I’m presented with the following question.


OK, fine, I’m not too proud to be lumped in with “the rest of the world” team, so I click “Somewhere Else”, then “Next”. I am then presented with this

Thank you for your interest in our survey. Those are all the questions we have today. We hope that you will consider participating in future surveys.

OK, so basically, if you are not from any of these 8 countries, then your opinion is completely irrelevant to Microsoft. Regardless of the fact that you are the technical architect for Windows/PC version of a product that has over 400,000 user licenses world wide. Regardless of the fact that you are fostering a product that is responsible for direct license sales of SQL Server 2008 R2. The message is loud and clear, if you’re not in Microsoft’s G8, then your opinion is worthless. I wonder if our Mac Technical Architect (when he is eventually appointed) will get the same kind of treatment from Apple?

Really, the least they could have done is to let me continue with the survey, and then disregard the information anyway, I mean it really doesn’t hurt to store a few extra bytes.


  1. Fellow Aussie11:08 am

    I was excited to fill out the form only to reach the same disappointing message :(

  2. Can I be your next mac or Unix technical architect? =P

  3. I wouldn't take it too personally. It did the same for when I chose the UK as well.

  4. I told ya...for all these kinds of questions, always tick "India" :P

  5. Very amusing mate. Still despite this I hope you enjoy Build

  6. Anonymous3:10 pm

    Yea there should be 196 radio buttons (192 if you're going by UN membership). Because it doesn't make any sense to have individual buttons for the top 8, then an "other" section for the remaining attendees.

    The Ausies I know are not such high maintenance, squeaky old ladies. You're not representing mate.