However, recently Microsoft impressed me mightily so it is only fair that I acknowledge that here.
Microsoft Ireland are the main sponsors of the upcoming IT@Cork Web 2.0 half day conference. When the whole controversy broke about O’Reilly’s issuing a Cease and Desist letter to IT@Cork for using the term Web 2.0 in the conference title I knew I would have to alert Microsoft.
It wasn’t a call I relished. I fully expected Clare Dillon, my contact in Microsoft, to pull Microsoft out of the event because of the controversy.
On the contrary, when I explained the situation to Clare, her first words were “How can we help?”. I was flabbergasted -so much so that I didn’t have an answer. I honestly didn’t expect that response.
Had I thought for a second, I would have asked her to double the sponsorship amount to cover our potential legal costs
Ah well, live and learn. Thanks Clare, and thanks Microsoft.