Mark Young is the chief evangelist for .NET at Microsoft. As such, he is the architect of the alliance between ABB and Microsoft. "ABB, more than any other partner, is leveraging the power of the .NET platform," he said. "We picked the right partner in ABB for the plant floor." I wonder what Microsoft's other plant floor partners think about this. Invensys might have some feelings about this, as might Iconics, and the other heavy Microsoft partnerships. We'll see if this means that Microsoft is saying that they like some partners better than other partners, or if Mr. Young just has foot-in-mouth disease.