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MS's Hilf Named Windows Server Marketer 98

Posted by kdawson
from the lengthening-the-lightning-rod dept.
netbuzz writes "The director of Microsoft's Open Source Lab, Bill Hilf, has added a new duty — general manager of Windows server marketing — to his already established role of shepherding the company's efforts to have open source software peacefully coexist with Microsoft technologies. What the company calls a 'natural evolution' of Hilf's job description may not be considered quite so natural among segments of the open source community that eye every Microsoft move with suspicion if not hostility." Bill Hilf answered Slashdot's questions two years back and sounded quite friendly to OSS; yet at other times he has come off like a hardcore Microsoftie.
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MS's Hilf Named Windows Server Marketer

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  • acronyms (Score:5, Funny)

    by User 956 (568564) on Monday October 08, 2007 @08:18PM (#20905641) Homepage
    MS's Hilf's Named Windows Server Marketer

    Ok, I know what MILF stands for, but HILF? You've lost me.
  • Re:acronyms (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 08, 2007 @08:21PM (#20905671)
    I'm leaning towards either "hacker" or "hamster". Since it's Microsoft, he's probably a rodent.
  • Re:acronyms (Score:2, Funny)

    by ianare (1132971) on Monday October 08, 2007 @08:26PM (#20905729)
    Horse I'd Like to Fuck ?
  • Re:acronyms (Score:5, Funny)

    by Digitus1337 (671442) <lk_digitusNO@SPAMhotmail.com> on Monday October 08, 2007 @08:30PM (#20905773) Homepage
    Maybe this T-shirt could shed some light on it [threadpit.com].
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 08, 2007 @08:32PM (#20905791)
    Dear Slashdot community,
    Wow, this is awesome! I'm glad Bill Hilf was promoted to this exciting new position at Microsoft! It is my hope that Bill Hilf will be able to help open source users synergize open source products with Microsoft's awesome, innovative Windows Server technologies. Well, I better go back to putting up posters of Steve Ballmer on my wall while I wait for my Windows gnome port to finish compiling in Visual Studio .NET C++!

    Sincerely,
    Miguel de Icaza
    Microsoft marketing contractor and part time developer
    --
    I wish my sig were a picture of Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates!
  • > "Bill Hilf, has added a new duty -- general manager of Windows server marketing -- to his already established role of shepherding the company's efforts to have open source software peacefully coexist with Microsoft technologies"

    So, let's analyse this. Hilf failed at getting open source software to "peacefully coexist" with Microsoft shite. His "reward" is to take on Windows server marketing - an area where open source beats Microsoft in terms of quality, TCO, initial price, and performance.

    So Hilf is being punished, right?

  • by JoeCommodore (567479) <larry@portcommodore.com> on Monday October 08, 2007 @10:27PM (#20906653) Homepage
    Bill Hilf comes from around from a rack of servers, "Hi there, I'm Bill Hilf, General Manager of Server Marketing here at Microsoft, and Linux 'Good Guy'."

    "We here at Microsoft are taking the cold Linux air out of data rooms by employing more than double the Servers running Windows, to make things warm - and quite pretty I might add - with all these blinking lights. Not just those pale green lights you see on Linux servers, but also the bright red and yellow flashing indicators and those reassuring alarms that let you know you are important and not lazy."

    Walking over to the rack he turns back to the camera, "Why use Linux and run everything on a single box and worry about having it fail when you can have the same stuff run on eight computers, like this..."

    Motioning to the rack full of blades, "One for the Files, one for the Microsoft license validation and tracking, this one here is for serving web pages, this is half the email service, the other one is to handle the other half, spam and viruses for the first, over here is the one for user authentication, Muti-media on this one... my, what big wires! And this one was provided by the federal government to ensure your security, I'm not quite sure what it does, but it is included free with every installation!"

    "Now all that 'technology' looks a whole lot more 'professional' than that one box over there, just think of that big data center with that one box, think of your job with just one box, pretty terrifying isn't it... I bet now you are getting the picture...", Hilf smiles as a toll free number appears on the bottom, "Call us today and our sales rep will tell your boss the 'truth'", winks, "... about Linux and how Microsoft keeps YOU 'competitive'."

  • Re:acronyms (Score:2, Funny)

    by mcgrue (104691) on Tuesday October 09, 2007 @04:51AM (#20908607) Homepage
    Husband.

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