We’ve copped a bit of criticism for how often we quote press releases here on Microsoft Confidential. And if we’re not doing that then we’re simply link blogging. Etc. Etc.
Sure. All valid. But here’s why we do it:
What you may not realise is that many other Microsoft based blogs do the same. Next time you are reading a post about a new product release from one of the big name blogs, you may want to pop over to the PressPass site and compare the content.
Yes, plenty of times you’ll find that investigative blog post is little more than a press release rehash.
The difference with us is that we are just really up front about it. When you see the quoted stuff in blue, you know it has come straight from Microsoft itself. The rest is all our (added-value <g>) content.
And as for link blogging, yes, no apologies there either. We always add the URL link and attribution, so we don’t see what the problem is. We add our opinion on things, but we never claim to be the originator of news. Quite simply, we aren’t that well connected to be breaking news items.
The reason people are reading us, is because we provide a pretty simple, hopefully readable, up-to-date, list of Microsoft news and views.
Anyway, hope that clears things up.