Scoble has posted Steve Ballmer’s email on public policy engagement and outlines the thought process behind the reversal.

After reading the email, I just have to say, much props and kudos to you Steve and Microsoft! One of the key points Steve makes is…

After looking at the question from all sides, Ive concluded that diversity in the workplace is such an important issue for our business that it should be included in our legislative agenda. Since our beginning nearly 30 years ago, Microsoft has had a strong business interest in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest and most diverse workforce possible. Im proud of Microsofts commitment to non-discrimination in our internal policies and benefits, but our policies cant cover the range of housing, education, financial and similar services that our people and their partners and families need. Therefore, its appropriate for the company to support legislation that will promote and protect diversity in the workplace.

It highlights that social responsibility is good for business.

This devotion to diversity, frankly, is heartwarming and uplifting. As a “mixbreed”, I’m all over diversity. The more colors the better (although that doesn’t always apply to web design people). Reading Ballmer’s email made me feel that Microsoft might actually be a great place to work. And that’s a good thing for Microsoft. To be seen as a progressive workplace will invite the best and the brightest. As will shipping timely solid software. One down and one to go.