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April 12, 2007

Throwing the baby out with the bath water

Posted by David Hunter at 11:39 PM ET.

Tech companies hate leakers (just ask Apple), but Microsoft has come up with a new twist:

Microsoft Corp. is taking tough measures to find out who leaked a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Home Server to The Hotfix.net blog after the software preview was posted on the site by a user named “Richard” soon after it was released to a small group of testers.

In a e-mail to testers obtained by the IDG News Service, Kevin Beares, the Windows Home Server community lead at Microsoft, wrote to Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) whose name contain “Richard” that they will not have access to the beta until he finds out who leaked the software to The Hotfix.net site. MVP is a title Microsoft gives people who are active and helpful in communities for Microsoft’s different product groups, and many MVPs end up being early testers of products.

“For right now, you have no access to the beta until I can find the Richard who posted the WHS (Windows Home Server) CTP on this site,” the e-mail said. “I will work with the Connect Admin team to determine which one of you is the real culprit of this leak.”

Beares apologized for having to punish all MPVs with the name “Richard” by withholding the CTP, and said if the person who posted the release “comes clean,” he may “have some discretion as to what actions I take.”

Apparently there’s a clue shortage in Redmond, but I guess the MVPs are lucky that the leaker didn’t sign up at www.thehotfix.net with a chosen user name of “Richard, Bill, Steve, Tom, Dick & Harry.” Or “Kevin Beares.” C’mon Kevin – if it is really that important, you know how to arrange for attribution tracking of the copies.



Filed under Beta and CTP, General Business, Microsoft, OS - Server, Public Relations, Windows Home Server

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One Response to “Throwing the baby out with the bath water”

  1. Microsoft releases Windows Home Server CTP -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] You’ll be happy to know that Microsoft found the Windows Home Server leaker and it was not an Microsoft MVP. But you don’t need a leak – Microsoft just announced a CTP of Home Server and you can apply to be a tester here. Filed under OS – Server, Beta and CTP, Microsoft, Windows Home Server [...]

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