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My Interview with Adam Hartung – Introduction

A few days ago, one of my writers sent me an email asking if I had seen “what Adam Hartung wrote about Microsoft”.

I went online to check it out and was blown away by the article on Forbes.com titled “Microsoft Still Can’t Find Its Future. Is It Too Late for the Company?“.

While the article made some interesting points, it seemed a little full of hyperbole and somewhat overdramatic.

Like a lot of other bloggers and journalists, I was tempted to write a point by point rejoinder to the piece dissecting his every paragraph.

I decided not to go down that path and I’m glad I did.

When I started this blog, I wanted to create an open platform for all points of view about Microsoft and Windows 8. I anticipated back then (three years ago) that there would probably be a vigorous debate about the next version of Windows and I wanted to be part of it.

Today, I continue to try and remain objective and am still willing to listen to all opinions about Microsoft and Windows 8.

In that spirit, I reached out to Mr. Hartung and asked if he would be willing to speak with me about his article. I was curious about his point of view but I didn’t want to extrapolate or assume. I wanted to hear it directly from the source.

He graciously agreed to speak with me and last Friday, we had a chance to speak for roughly an hour about Windows 8, the state of the tech industry and the future of Microsoft.

While I can’t say I agree with everything he had to say, I have to say I have a lot of respect for his lack of equivocation. He was candid, assertive, forceful and to the point but even more importantly, he stood behind everything he had written.

Once again I’d like to thank Mr. Hartung for his time. It was a very intellectually stimulating hour.

So without further ado, here is the transcript of my interview with Adam Hartung.

I hope you enjoy it.

Not Backing Down – Windows 8 and the future of Microsoft: My Exclusive Interview with Adam Hartung Part 1

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