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Microsoft to build on Rogers Partnership

Chief architects drawn together

April Fool's Rumours abound that Microsoft is to acquire famed architectural business the Richard Rogers Partnership, in the expectation that it will give a significant boost to the company's architectural capabilities.

At time of going to press, the terms of the acquisition had not been disclosed.

Though there is no official word from Microsoft spokespeople, CEO Steve Ballmer was said to be so excited about the upcoming deal that he could be heard outside the Redmond campus even though he was not using an industrial megaphone.

"No one has ever really understood how Microsoft products work or how to integrate with them easily because all the technical detail is hidden away," he was heard to shout. "Acquiring the Rogers Partnership will allow us to change our fundamental approach and not only be open, but be seen to be open. We will be able to change our fundamental approach by using the partnership's patented technology to put the fat pipes and plumbing on the outside."

Cynics might also care to ponder that such an acquisition would give Microsoft access to a Welsh Assembly facility at the same time. This could be an important move, particularly for Microsoft founder Bill Gates who has already been described by author Gary Rivlin as the Great White Whale.

There have been suggestions that Microsoft will use Lord Rogers' influence and expertise to bring new gravitas to the Microsoft Certified Architects Program. The Good Lord is said to be already planning to shift the emphasis of the program in order to highlight the past tense qualities of "certified" architects. This will move it away from Microsoft's more common future tense positioning of certifiable architects. ®

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