Interesting observation about the sense of community, or lack thereof, around different products/vendors in the IT marketplace from Michael Singer:

Does the largest software vendor in the world have people who are actually excited by its products and drive themselves into a frenzy when the latest version comes out?

Rob Enderle, principal analyst and founder of the Enderle Group, suggests Microsoft did have a religion and a passionate audience up until 1995, but Microsoft never really nurtured them and they died off.

"Now Windows is just part of the PC," Enderle said. "There are still those that admire the company and Gates, but the passion that exists around FreeBSD, Linux, and Apple simply has no analog in Windows. Great products come from passion -- when Windows lost that, it lost its heart."  ...

"As long as organizations and individuals adopt the Microsoft way of doing things, they find it easier to adopt a Microsoft tool for the next thing they wish to do. This approach leads to market control, not to an emotional rush," Kusnetzky said.

And what about the seeming lack of Microsoft fanboys? Resignation is the feeling.
I think Singer oversimplifies it, but there certainly is a relative lack of community presence around Microsoft products vs. what we've seen in the Lotus marketplace.  I'm grateful to you all for making community an element of what Lotus stands for -- it is much of what gets me, and many of my colleagues, up in the morning.

Link: Information Week Blog: Why doesn't Microsoft have a cult religion? > (Thanks, Karen)

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