I'm obviously not in the loop..... Fortunately, Andy is.
Robert Scoble is the guy who single-handedly transformed my opinion of Microsoft. I joined IBM in 2000 with a headful of weird beliefs about politics, economics, the IT industry and the world in general. In particular, I had a strong antipathy towards both Microsoft and Sun (I forget why I hated Sun but I'm sure there was a good reason...). As is common amongst recent university graduates, it didn't take me long to realise that most of the opinions I'd formed at college were hopelessly naive but I never really lost my distrust of Microsoft. I developed a grudging respect but no more.
Robert changed that... he helped show that, just like in any other company, there are real people working in Microsoft, doing real work. Raymond is how I discovered how clever they are but Scoble is who showed me they're not evil.
Good luck at PodTech; they've made quite a catch.