Creative Marketing by Microsoft at DrupalCon Chicago

As seen at DrupalCon Chicago (in the program book):

Web Developers - We are very sorry for Internet Explorer 6 - IE9 Drupalcon Ad

I think the IE development and marketing team at Microsoft 'gets' the situation, and is being very creative about it's efforts in promoting IE9 (case in point: IE6 Countdown). As to how far IE9 will ultimately go towards stemming web developers' collective hatred toward Explorer as a platform... that remains to be seen.

The ad above reads:

Dear Web Developer,

We are so very sorry about IE6.

Come have a drink on us at the Opening Night Party. Also, stop by our booth #67 and we will show you why IE9 is way better.

In my own testing of IE9, I've found it to be about on par with FireFox in how much I'd recommend it to users over any other browsers... that is to say, Chrome/Safari is still better, but I no longer need to tell people they should switch—IE9 is good enough for regular Internet users.

The only thing I really, really hope Microsoft starts doing is taking a more Chrome-like approach to adding in little bits of HTML5 and CSS3 goodness (and fixing some bugs) with point releases, rather than waiting 3-5 years for another IE release! (Of course, IE9 isn't released yet...).

What does this have to do with Drupal?

Observing Microsoft's recent inroads in the Drupal community (making sure Drupal runs well on IIS and Windows, and supporting the Drupal community here and there, for instance), I think Microsoft is doing a pretty good job of approaching an open source community with open arms, and changing people's minds (slightly) about their products and offerings.

For example, a couple years ago, there was no way I'd consider hosting a Drupal site on IIS. With Drupal 7 and a good hosting provider/server setup? Definitely.

Comments

Open Source Catholic's picture

The TwitPic that started it all... retweeted an incredible number of times. http://twitpic.com/478jgy

Advancing the faith.

Glumbo's picture

I'm starting to like microsoft again

Anonymous's picture

As long as people realize it's just marketing and that MS has done and is doing nothing to remove IE6 from the market.

Tai's picture

Due to the fact that IE9 is planned to only run in Vista/Win7
it won't be mainstream for a very long time..

Microsoft no hugs for you! (yet)

Open Source Catholic's picture

True, but Win 7 is finally pickingup some steam. I still recommend XP users get either chrome or FireFox.

Advancing the faith.