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Microsoft forced to revoke Patchou’s MVP award

October 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

One week after it named the creator of a Windows Messenger add-on to its list of Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft has revoked the award.  The news spurred criticism from fellow MVPs and the Windows Live Community due to Patchou’s Messenger Plus product being bundled with an optional adware.

Patchou’s popularity grew after he created Messenger Plus, a free program that adds some useful functions to Microsoft’s instant-messaging software (Windows Live Messenger), like the ability to stack several chat windows together and access them via tabs.
He was nominated and then last week, Microsoft named Cyril Paciullo, the creator of Messenger Plus and Messenger Plus Live, to its list of MVPs. The award recognizes people with expertise in Microsoft products who make significant contributions to other users, often in the form of technical advice.

Once the award was handed to Patchou people were up in arms over the issue alciming that his software distributed LOP,  a major source of annoyance and anger for web-users. This however is not true… Patchou switched to a different vendor that installs a small harmless and above all OPTIONAL software package with ads targeted at people from particular countries. These complainers won and the rest is history…

Microsoft released this following statement:
Microsoft today issued the following statement: “Cyril Paciullo was awarded with MVP status this year on the basis of his technical expertise and strong community contribution. However, his active MVP Award status was revoked as soon as the extent of the connection between his application and spyware was made apparent to the MVP Program.“.

While one could easily understand the company’s reaction in this matter, the very fact that Patchou was awarded the MVP award in the first place proves that Microsoft has acknowledged his extraordinary product expertise and significant contribution to the MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, now and in the past. Once again it’s been proven that all the criticism regarding the optional adware doesn’t devalue the quality of the addon in the eyes of its millions of users and those millions of users cant be wrong.

I can see where people are coming from complaining but in my honest opinion it dosen’t really matter.
Source derived from Mess.be

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10 Responses

  1. Sam Spade Says:

    “This however is not true… Patchou switched to a different vendor that installs a small harmless and above all OPTIONAL software package with ads targeted at people from particular countries. These complainers won and the rest is history…”

    Not true. Using legal semantics, Patchou swapped “distributors”, but the Sponsor Program is still lop malware, the sponsor program is still downloaded from servers in the C2Media IP range and the sponsor program is still detected as Swizzor Trojan. Don’t be fooled by a simple name change that took place to fool users into thinking Patchou had turned good. He has not.

    Is Circle Distribution related to C2Media and Lop? The sponsor program’s EULA says to write to “support@lop.com” about problems with CID software. Enuf said.

  2. Patrick S Says:

    I was informed otherwise… that the new software he includes with his patch for Messenger is less harmfull than his old versions. Perhaps I have been informed incorrectly. I may change this article later if I get more inforation about this.
    Thanks for pointing this one out to me

  3. Zack Says:

    Now, I’m probably being really naive about this one and thinking from a Microsoft point of view… but Messenger Plus! Live is without doubt the most used MSN/WL Messenger addon available… so why does he need a “distributor”? Why can’t he just cut them out completely and forget the sponsor program, because he doesn’t seem to need it. He’s worked bloody hard and created an amazing product – although Microsoft doesn’t “officially” support him, internally there’s great respect for him for the program he’s made and Microsoft have supported him with the creation of Messenger Plus! Live especially like giving him builds and development help.

    If he could take out the “malware”, even though it’s optional, I think that Messenger Plus! Live could support itself from word of mouth and experiences with it – go Patchou! 🙂

  4. Andre Nogueira Says:

    “so why does he need a “distributor”?” My guess is that he needs money to live 🙂
    Developing a product like Messenger Plus! probably takes most (all?) of his time, and money from ads/donations/etc helps him have food on the table.
    I personally dislike Messenger Plus! a lot, from a technical point of view I have to agree that it is a great piece of software. I just don’t understand what keeps Microsoft from officially supporting plugins… Not the plugins themselves, just a public interface for plugins to work. AFAIK, MSN Messenger and WLM are completely “closed”.

  5. Patrick S Says:

    Indeed…has to pay the bills somehow

  6. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Andre – it’s partly to do with licensing and stuff – long story short, they can’t officially support “free” stuff really, but as we know already, they’ll try and give support where and when they can.

  7. Andre Nogueira Says:

    But I’m talking about supporting an interface, not the plugins. Kind of like Microsoft supports plugins in Office or Visual Studio… They’d just provide an interface so people could create plugins which would communicate (using that public interface) with Windows Live Messenger.
    You can even say Windows is just a huge public interface – it has many functions (the Windows API) programs can call to create windows, receive mouse clicks, draw/write on the screen, etc.
    I personally think it would be a very good thing, provided Messenger had an easy way for the user to disable ALL plugins (in case spyware/etc gets installed), and the user is clearly warned that a plugin is about to be installed – just like IE7.

  8. Patrick S Says:

    Yeah since WLM first came out plugins are supported…. hit options and then click add-ins… There are a few out there. Whats more these Add-In’s can be turned off… I.e frameworks auto reply is pretty good.

  9. Andre Nogueira Says:

    Oh really? I didn’t know that, nor had I seen any reference to it… I must have been living in a cave by the time it was announced 🙂
    Since WLM already supports it and I was completely and utterly wrong, I can only say I’m happy the Messenger team decided to add that feature! 😀

  10. Patrick S Says:

    ha ha ha no problem ^_^… You should code up a wicked plugin mate 😛
    I have used the auto reply but that got annoying so i got rid of it. Its just a little dll file that messenger runs on startup.