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Poll Results: Microsoft is one of the world's most ethical companies

TechRepublic member poll reaffirms that Microsoft is, indeed, one of the world's most ethical companies.

I must admit that when I created this poll on March 19, 2012, I was expecting a different result:

Do you agree that Microsoft is currently one of the most ethical companies in the world?

If all you had to go on was the negative comments we receive in the Microsoft Windows Blog here on TechRepublic, you would assume Microsoft would be categorized as one of the least ethical companies in the world. But that is not the case.

The majority of poll respondents consider Microsoft one of the most ethical companies in the world, which only goes to affirm the company's recognition from The Ethisphere Institute.

The results of the TechRepublic poll speak for themselves.

Your peers have spoken; is it time to reassess your opinion of Microsoft? Are you hanging on to old, worn-out, cliched views of the company?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

11 comments
hippiekarl
hippiekarl

and discover that it's a shill for its donors (corporate contenders for its 'awards')? Maybe it was in a ZDNet article....these kind of 'awards' should be looked into before they're picked up and used as being indicative of anything...especially if they fly in the face of one's own experience and knowledge.

cnaw
cnaw

I am retired from IBM. I've always felt IBM to be an ethical company, but in observing with 20-20 hindsight, I can see that others had difficulty in accepting that, because of their dominant position in computer industry in the 60's and 70's. IBM had guiding principles that we all believed, and operated under. But IBM was heavy-handed at times, and eventually had to abide by a consent decree. Microsoft has also had a dominant position in the software world with Windows, and has operated in a heavy-handed way, also. I strongly believe that they deliberately harmed competitors, on purpose, to maintain a "monopoly" position. The federal government did not apply sufficient anti-trust measures against Microsoft. But, now Microsoft appears to be losing their monopoly position, with strong competitve action. I also see that their actions appear to be more ethical than before. To me, they have debatable ethics, and they manage their business in a "heavy-handed" manner. By that I mean, Microsoft makes decisions in their own interest, above that of their customers. However, they seem to be "mellowing" towards their customers more now. They have become much more security conscious, and with the "free" Security Essentials", they are better aware of customer needs. After their fiasco with Vista, they are listening to their customers much better with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Their current trend is good, and they can be a big winner, if they can win customers minds and hearts! It worked for Apple, it can work for Microsoft.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

People who understand ethics have always been a minority....

toodevastate
toodevastate

It would be in order here to examine the criteria by which these determinations were made. Perhaps the organization that provided the honor was implying that corporate culture is so corrupt that even a little ethics is a very good thing indeed. The fact is that United States companies have shown themselves to be very insensitive to the masses. The cases can fill volumes but I only need address one practice both of note and inexcusable. The vast number of companies which wholesale abandoned the public for foreign slave labor is a case in point. Nevermind that United States citizens made these companies rich; the shame is that national pride had no effect on them.

wmroc
wmroc

Just ask i4i how ethical MS is. MS just paid nearly $300 000 000 in damages for patent infringement on a working product that was the basis for their business. This claim by i4i which MS fought for nearly 5 years all the way to US Supreme Court and lost. Look at i4i's website. They a are working business not PATENT TROLLS which a lot of you Loverock Davidsons claimed they were.

mwclarke1
mwclarke1

Or maybe time to reassess my opinion of some of my peers :-)

emailadsspam
emailadsspam

Microsoft has always been my choice since 1996. That's why I can never understand people like "Judge" Adrian Kingsley-Hughes constantly blasting Microsoft. Does the competition pay him extra for that?

bboyd
bboyd

(Intentionally written in anti-Microsoft Prose) M$oft must have attacked Zeus bot net just to hijack and use it to skew polls like this one by retrieving login credentials of TR readers. My case is proved by the massive increase of TR membership in the recent past. /sarcasm off All said until the courts stop giving more rights to corporate entities and removing said from living humans I'll revoke any judgment of positive ethics for them and evaluate only the people involved as ethical and or moral.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Is it time to reassess your opinion of Microsoft?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

[i]...Microsoft makes decisions in their own interest, above that of their customers.[/i] All businesses do this; it's part of being a business. And almost all such decisions are made with the understanding that you're not going to make all the people happy all the time. It only causes problems for the business when those making the decisions allow the interests of the business and the interests of the customers to diverge too far.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I can only vote once... Multiple one-ups, Tony!