Michael Gartenberg sells out, joins Microsoft as ‘Enthusiast Evangelist’

“The Vista marketing challenge saw an interesting new development today with the announcement that Microsoft has hired Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg as Enthusiast Evangelist. Gartenberg says in a blog post on his move that he will ‘find, engage and work with enthusiasts and other influencers and show them all the cool stuff that Microsoft is doing. In short, it’s our [department’s] job to act as the bridge between Microsoft and end users,'” Marshall Kirkpatrick reports for TechCrunch.

Kirkpatrick reports, “The experiment with Robert Scoble as Microsoft’s blogging point man must have worked well, as the company has now hired two very high profile commentators to carry out functions similar to what Scoble did. Bringing Jon Udell over from InfoWorld in December was the first of two notable coups.”

Kirkpatrick reports, “Gartenberg has served as the Jupiter Research vice president and research director for the Personal Technology & Access and Custom Research groups. He’s a highly respected analyst who was quoted extensively by press upon the release of Vista. ‘The challenge,’ Gartenberg said about Vista two weeks ago, ‘is that it’s the only product on the market that has to appeal to the CIOs of Fortune 500 companies and my mother all at the same time.’ Presumably Gartenberg’s mother is now more favorably inclined than she might have been before.”

Kirkpatrick wries, “It’s a perfect example of one of today’s leading questions: is the benefit of bringing a respected public figure onto the payroll greater than the potential loss of credibility that person risks?”

Full article here.
Leave it to Microsoft to copy Apple poorly once again. First you have to have products worth evangelizing before you hire evangelists, dummies. Why is everything Microsoft does assbackwards (besides to avoid legal actions)?

For his part, soul-seller Gartenberg explains:

Why Microsoft? There’s a revolution going on. A battle for the hearts and minds of consumers in terms of their digital lives. I firmly believe that Microsoft is the only company that will enable the seamless transition for users to move in and out of the different aspects of their lives. In short, no one else comes close to presenting a complete, unified and integrated view of the digital home of the 21st century.

Whether it’s work, school or home, Microsoft has the potential to change lives even more than they already have. Who else could deliver mission critical technology to the business world, create the best Smartphone operating system, build a successful platform for console games (and pioneer online and connected play) and take on the iPod. All at the same time.

Michael, are you sure you haven’t really been hired as a comedian?

Naturally, you might ask, “What sort of things did Gartenberg write before he sold his integrity?” Here’s an example from August 2003, which should be far enough back to make sure that Microsoft hadn’t yet come calling:

…Deploying Mac OS in areas that depend heavily on content creation makes good sense, but there are probably other places that could benefit as well. Most IT departments lament the lack of choice among desktop operating systems. The truth is that there are choices out there, and viable ones at that. IT departments that can overcome their traditional prejudices against Apple may well discover that there’s a new PowerBook or G5 in their future, and once they do, they may never go back to Windows.

And, just for grins, Gartenberg from Computerworld, May 2005 (a quote also currently featured on Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger “Reactions” page):

Want to see what the future of personal computing looks like? Don’t wait for Microsoft to show you; go out and get yourself a copy of Apple’s latest operating system release, OS X Tiger. It’s that good.

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56 Comments

  1. What sort of thing did Gartenberg write before he sold his integrity, you ask?

    No, I don’t ask. Before he was paid to be an impartial analyst. Now he is paid to promote Microsoft. Obviously the tenor and focus of his commentary will be different. This has nothing to do with his integrity or selling his soul, asshole.

    It’s not like he’s shilling poison as a way to cure cancer/lose weight/increase your penis size and performance. And it’s not like he’s a propagandist for some fascist regime bent on world domination. He’s just some guy taking the opportunities that he has created for himself.

    Better that you focus on his claims made and refuting them without impugning the man’s integrity. Nothing in the recent quote is contradicted by the August 2003 quote.

    Give Gartenberg a chance to actually ruin his reputation before you pass such brash judgements. Working for MS doesn’t inherently do that.

  2. Microsoft clearly dumped a truck load of money on this guy’s lap to get him to move over. Based on his past criticisms of Microsoft this is the only thing that makes sense. Microsoft hasn’t done ANYTHING exciting in the past decade to warrant a complete 180 by Gartenberg. Microsoft is the only company that can bridge the living room with the computer? Please, Media Center PCs are about as successful as tablet PCs. A niche product for a mediocre effort.

  3. What I take from this story is that MS doesn’t know what the hell an evangelist is supposed to do. Apple’s evangelists work in *developer* relations. Their job is to promote the use of Apple’s technologies among third-party developers. They’re not cheerleaders like Scoble was, they don’t do PR, and they’re not product marketing.

    MS is on their way down. Enjoy the spectacle.

    -jcr

  4. So, Microsoft must have been disappointed in their investement in Enderle, Thurrot and Dvorak.

    Apple of course has as many evangelists as it has users – even more maybe.

    Microsoft has perhaps one evangelist per 100,000,000 users – on a lucky day.

    No wonder they need to buy some more in.. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I like my line:
    the merits Of MS wil always way by there folly start.

    Also
    From: effwerd Yeah, We know what your saying he can work where he wants LOL
    he may start giving MS bad reviews. Windows is so bad to use it really is its sick.

  6. The merits of MS will always way by ther folly start,

    They started a bit corrupt if you ask me, seems they took systems from a competitor and since built on this in dominance.
    So all new systemn the do make tha are quite good sometimes do not get recognised, its funny really.

    The stole of Apples susytems when they started and made windows 3.1

  7. Anthony Online,
    Is English a second language for you? If not, you need to go back to high school and pay attention in class. If it is, you need to study it longer. Your posts make no sense, even ignoring the spelling errors.

  8. Now effword, if what you said were true, then personal integrity is simply a non-factor in anything that people do. Whatever you get paid to do justifies what you say! So then the question arises, are you paid to troll here on MDN? I’m not paid to post here, but then my employer isn’t the source of my ethics.

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