Share the love, not the viruses

Monday, 29 September 2003, 9:10 AM EST

“I’m confused,” said the man from Microsoft, as a young woman in the audience pressed an invitation to an evening of "sensual art" into his hands.

This was an evening event to mark the launch of Ecademy’s Microsoft .net club and the guest of honour was Microsoft’s Scott Charney, the company’s chief trustworthy computing strategist.

The Ecademy network strikes me as an unusual place to launch a Microsoft club of any kind, but Jonathan Greensted, whose idea it is, constantly reminded the audience that he runs a company called Sentient which has been doing “clever stuff with Microsoft enterprise software for the past 10 years”.

Greensted, I suspect, is a bit of a Microsoft fan, and there were hidden clues in his speech.

“I love Microsoft software, I love Microsoft, and Microsoft has been very good to me. The Microsoft and .net club is a place for me to share the love around," he said.

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