It seems that some people just can't keep a secret. Last week, a press release proclaiming that Optus Communications had chosen Microsoft Exchange Server as its standard enterprise-wide messaging platform popped out of the ARN fax machine, prompting one of our diligent news-hounds to check it out.
But a simple call to Optus to shed some more light on the 8000-client deal met with an interesting, nay surprising, response from an Optus spokesperson.
The following is an actual transcript of the conversation between ARN's wallfly and the Optus spokesperson:
Wounded Vulture: I'm looking for more details on the Exchange Server rollout at Optus. Can you be of assistance?
Optus spokesperson: Which publication are you from?
Wounded Vulture: Australian Reseller News.
Optus: And where did you get the press release?
Wounded Vulture: We received a fax from Microsoft.
Optus: OK. Can I call you back?
Wounded Vulture: Oh, OK.
Needless to say, the Optus spokesperson probably had a word or two to certain Microsoft officials with regard to leaking what was apparently confidential information to the media without approval.
Shame Microsoft, shame.