Today is a big day for the Media Center community, and as speculated upon
way too much The
Green Button has become an official Microsoft web property!
So what does this mean? A few things, starting with
increased Microsoft interaction that nearly everyone told us was so important.
When Jessica Zahn left to join the Zune team, she collectively broke the hearts
of all TGB members who lost the opportunity to get direct Microsoft feedback,
but fear not increased Microsoft presence will come with the acquisition of The
Next up on the list, ads are gone! Google AdWords and
all pop-up text ads are gone (Plug: advertisers looking to target the Media
Center community should
consider advertising here), so everyone can enjoy the perks of a community
built on members and not non-Media Center related pop-ups.
Other changes will be coming, but as the official
announcement states Microsoft is not looking to shut down or limit your freedom
of speech on The Green Button. I will still be a moderator as will Mike
and the rest of the gang, so nothing will change in your ability to criticize
Microsoft for poor decisions and have your voice heard (and as always, attacks
directed at members or Microsoft employees will not be allowed).
Please let me know what you think of the change, but I think
the increased funding and potential for direct communication will benefit all!