Microsoft’s Ministry of Truth

Steven SinofskyIf you thought the current state of Microsoft’s transparency is deafening, wait till they fill this role.

In this highly strategic role, the Director of Windows Client Disclosure will report to the CVP of Windows Product Management and is responsible for managing the full set of disclosures for the Windows Client Operating System business including defining the roadmap of disclosures, reviewing the core messages and driving buy-in across the organization. …

… The scope of this disclosure is focused on the Windows Operating System products including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, but includes related products such as the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), Internet Explorer, and Media Technologies. …

… This includes coordination of messages between Windows Product Management and the Product Marketing and Communications team, the Windows Development Organization (WEX and COSD), the Windows Live Team, and the OEM team.

The Director for Windows Client Disclosure will play a key role in defining the communications agenda while grounding these disclosures in the technical and strategic realities of the Windows Operating System Business. This thought leader will also be responsible for making sure that there are zero surprises in our disclosure plans.

The Director for Windows Client Disclosure will be responsible for creating and communicating disclosure guidelines and processes across the Windows Team including Engineering, Marketing, Product Management, the sales force (working with Product Marketing), and operations.

The Director of Windows Client Disclosure is responsible for creating the roadmap for all disclosures that relate to the Windows Client Business. As a part of this, they are also responsible for making sure that all disclosures that relate to the Windows Client Business are made as part of a thoughtful process that drives clarity of message and orchestrated inclusion of key constituencies and audiences. To do this, the Director of Windows Client Disclosure must develop a process to collect and review all disclosures. …

Instead of just saying it like it is, it’s not hard to believe in the near future every blog post, press release, interview, podcast and video by Microsoft employees or involving them will have to be filtered to ensure it “drives clarity of message and orchestrated inclusion of key constituencies and audiences”.

Come to think of it, the Apple public relations people who took a bullet for Phil Schiller is perfect for the job!

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