I’m doing a podcast with my friend Robert. It’s about Microsoft and related technologies. To use our own about page…
We’re aiming to take today’s news and apply it to what it means for the long term success of Microsoft’s many endeavors. How does Windows as a Service affect the perception that Windows is hard to use? What does it mean when Azure starts supporting Docker Containers as a first party technology? Does Microsoft’s hardware strategy add up to actual profit, or is it all about mind share in a world where consumers lust after new devices every year.
I pitched the idea to him and we’ve been at it for a solid month now. He’s living deep inside the Microsoft world (.NET dev, Windows Mobile user) and I’m a curious bystander (Java dev, Mac user). In my world, Microsoft is a four letter word. I’ve never subscribed to that completely, and I’ve always believed the best technology should win. It’s been great to see our different perspectives… we’re both rooting for Microsoft, but we recognize their flaws.
Why a podcast? Why Microsoft?
I’m glad you asked. So many times I’ve sat at this very screen and wanted to write about technology and found myself writing about Microsoft. I just think they’re the most fascinating company in technology right now. Many of these thoughts don’t fit a standard blog, and they end up in the drafts pile. Having a podcast means Robert and I can spit ball for two hours and cut it all down into cohesive thoughts within about 45 minutes. I also think Microsoft is vastly under represented in the podcast space and wanted to change that. To give you an idea, here’s the Apple focused shows I would recommend to someone:
- Accidental Tech Podcast
- The Talk Show
- The Rebound
- Under The Radar
- Mac Power Users
- … the list goes on.
These are shows firing every single week. Here’s the list of shows I would recommend for a fan of Microsoft:
- Windows Weekly
- The Sams Report
- Microsoft Cloud Show
- Windows Central Podcast
This is where Robert and I wanted to add something that’s been lacking. We don’t just repeat the news cycle, we take what’s going on and apply it to the long term viability of Microsoft’s businesses.
Why the talk show format?
I’m pretty particular about this and I’ve been very lucky Robert has gone along for the ride. You’ll notice Robert and I just start talking to each other. No pomp. Not much beyond an informal, “Hello Robert.” The thing is, as a podcast listener, I don’t like my time being wasted. When I tap on, “Windows Weekly” to listen, I don’t need the host to tell me I just clicked on, “Windows Weekly.” I come to the show to listen to the opinions and perspectives provided, not fifteen minutes of introductions. So, as a podcast producer, it’s my job to get you to the content as quickly as possible, because that’s why you’re listening.
If you’d like to check it out, I highly recommend heading over to the site. You can subscribe with any of your favorite podcast apps.