Hejlsberg: I've been at Microsoft now for about eight years, and I've certainly seen a big shift in the attitude from the company toward its customers. There's much more transparency at Microsoft now, there's much more openness. You see, I don't even know how many hundreds or [maybe] thousands of bloggers that we have inside Microsoft talking about exactly what's going on. [There's] much more customer interaction. And I think the whole attitude and the whole approach with which we developed .Net and had deep involvement of third-party language implementers from the very beginning of the platform goes to show that really it is a different Microsoft. And it is a different approach to our customers and I think we've gotten much better at listening than we were when I started.
InfoWorld: You would say that whole anti-Microsoft attitude started because Microsoft's customer relations were not as good as they should have been?
Hejlsberg: I mean you could say that's perhaps part of it, but quite honestly I think there is a mechanism in humanity that says once you get to be the biggest you get to get all the arrows in the back, and that's just how it is.
InfoWorld: Are there any plans at Microsoft to port to any other chips besides Intel-compatible or any plan to support any OS besides Windows?
Hejlsberg: Not in my domain, no.